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Posted on: 9 February 2018

Commando Training for TPS Students

The Royal Marine motto "Per Mare Per Terram" translates into English as "By Sea by Land". Believed to have been first used in 1775, it describes the Royal Marines’ ability in fighting both afloat on-board ships of the Royal Navy, as well as ashore in their many land engagements.

Their mantra is Spirit, Courage, Determination and Unselfishness - all of which were in action yesterday when students from Year 10 and 11 had the fantastic opportunity of being put through their paces and experiencing Commando training at HMS Excellent.

The students climbed up the highest portable climbing wall in Europe - a staggering 10m high - followed by a gruelling PT session with ex-TPS student Joe Jones. The students were crawling through a muddy field and carrying boxes round obstacles on what was the coldest day of the year!

A quick lunch was followed by the most exhilarating rib ride on the Solent at break-neck speed involving lots of tight turns.

Students listened to a talk about the weapons that the Marines use and were able to handle them.  An unarmed combat display rounded the day off, showing the admirable strength and co-ordination of the Marines.

“The Marines pushed me completely to my limits and showed me the heights that I could achieve with grit and determination” - Mitchell

“Learning to drive a boat and how they train has inspired me to be a Marine” - Beth

“Never tell yourself you can’t” - Harvey

“Absolutely thrilling!” - Andrew

Careers Co-ordinator, Karen Heath concluded, “I can honestly say the rib ride on the Solent was the scariest thing I have ever experienced, but the students thoroughly enjoyed it! September next year will be the first time that girls will be recruited into the Marines, so who knows - perhaps a TPS girl will be amongst them!  I am very grateful to the Marines for their time today - it was inspirational.”