Dishing up a dream of life in the forces

Pupils at Seaham School of Technology making healthy food with Navy officers, PO Skally Smith and AB Dan Relph as part of their career development.
Pupils at Seaham School of Technology making healthy food with Navy officers, PO Skally Smith and AB Dan Relph as part of their career development.
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LESSONS were given a military overhaul during a special school visit.

The Royal Navy’s Fit4Life team arrived at Seaham School of Technology amid a wave of excitement.

The team have been spending a few days working alongside students as they offer a glimpse of a career in the Navy.

Two fitness instructors helped to run PE lessons, showing teenagers how they keep themselves in shape.

Two chefs also joined in cookery classes in the school’s food room, showing how they use resources and ingredients to create healthy dishes while at sea.

Pat Salem, the school’s technology faculty leader, was also able to reveal what it is like to work in the Royal Navy.

She became a Wren after leaving school and spent four years in the job, working on radar stations and in fishery protection.

She said: “I hope the pupils take some good experiences and some aspirations from what’s going on.

“Quite a lot of people join the Army when they leave school.

“I want to show them there’s an alternative.”

About half the pupils in the school have been working with the Navy team during the three-day stay.

Among the crew was leading physical trainer Wayne “Dizzy”Dawson, who is originally from Blackhall.

The 32-year-old joined up two years after leaving Wellfield School and has since travelled to about 50 different countries as part of his job.

He said: “This means a lot to me because nobody did this when I was at school.

“It’s been good to get involved with the kids and we’ve been doing team-building, leadership and sports so far.”

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