Cadet experience enriched through oration, museum visits
Senior cadet leaders had a rare opportunity to meet Major General Len Roberts-Smith RFD QC (retired) at the Brigadier Arnold Potts Oration Dinner, held recently at Paterson’s Stadium. The former Judge Advocate General (ADF) and Commissioner of the CCC of WA presented the oration, which was hosted by the 16th Battalions’ Foundation.
CCGS Army Cadets Co-ordinator Mick O’Sullivan MM said the Major General gave an excellent oration covering significant events in the battalions’ history including its major involvement in the Kokoda campaign. “The Major General made a point of engaging with our senior cadets and was very impressed with the high standards presented,” he said.
Mr O’Sullivan said it was an honour to be invited to attend such a prestigious occasion. “To interact with veterans and families of the most decorated battalion in the Australian Army was greatly appreciated by all in attendance and reflected well on the School, the unit and the senior cadets,” he said.
Cadet Under Officers Lachlan Watts (Cadet Adjutant), James McDonald, Alex Knight, Jonathon Dimovitis and Company Sergeant Major Braeden Webb attended along with Headmaster Garth Wynne, Captain Conrad Scott and Lieutenant Digby Gibson. “We were also pleased to have the company of Major (AAC) Michael Jenkin from WA-AAC Brigade Headquarters,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the CCGS Cadet Unit broke into two groups, senior cadets and first-year cadets, to visit the Army Museum, at the Artillery Barracks in East Fremantle, and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Museum, at the Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne.
Captain Conrad Scott said both visits were very successful. “The cadets got a great deal out of talking to current serving members and veterans of the ADF,” Mr Scott said.
The senior cadet group was privileged to have Major Tim Hawson, SASR Executive Officer and Christ Church old boy, as well as SASR Museum curator Major Greg Mawkes MBE (retired), as hosts on their tour of the SASR Museum.
At the Army Museum, the first-year cadets were escorted by a group of veterans. Mr Scott said the veterans’ stories enriched the cadets’ visit – sharing their experiences on the different displays. “Staff from both venues made particular mention of the courtesy shown by all of the cadets,” he said.