Marham Girl Wins Crest Award with RAF
14 year old Valerie Bond, a pupil at the Stephen Pearce Foundation from Marham, has just won a British Science Association silver CREST (Creativity in Science Engineering Science and Technology) Award as part of a week long course with the RAF. Valerie, who is a member of the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets, has just spent a week at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire with other cadets from across the UK looking at the complex world of military logistics.
Course organiser, Squadron Leader Glynn Dean said “We run several courses of this kind each year to give young people a glimpse into the career possibilities in the Royal Air Force. All of the girls on this course have spent a week with RAF Personnel looking at everything from catering and supply ordering to aircraft loading and fuel quality analysis.”
The residential course gives the girls a chance to live the life of airwomen by staying in the junior ranks barrack rooms, participating in RAF fitness and drill and wearing the uniform of the GVC Air Cadets.
Valerie, who completed a complex logistics plan for a RAF expedition as her course work submission for the award said: “I found some of the maths hard but really enjoyed finding out more about logistics from people actually doing the job.” Valerie hopes to become a lawyer, and having seen the RAF lifestyle is considering qualifying through the forces.