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Cadets

School Military Cadets took a major role in the School from its inception in 1936 until 1970 when the Government withdrew financial and administrative support for the unit.

In 1936 the Kings Battalion played a creditable part in a Ceremonial Parade for the Coronation of King George VI.  A Guard of honour was furnished for the Governor General on his arrival in Dunedin on June 7.

The Governor General inspected the Battalion in 1966

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The Unit regularly paraded in the Anzac Day Service at the Cenotaph. The first week of school was always devoted to a ‘barracks’ week – military training for a week with no academic classes. This was followed by regular afternoon sessions of Cadet Training.

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The unit over the years had and Artillery Section, a Med a bugle band, a brass band (est 1945) and a pipe band. Bren guns and WW1 303 rifles played a major part in the training as did route marches and parades.

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The Artillery Platoon in action

An Air Training Unit was established in 1942. The unit wore grey coloured  Air Force field service caps.

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ATC Flight 3 1959

ATC Compass Traverse

A Sea Cadet Unit was established in 1952, The unit was issued with full seaman’s kit.

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Rifle shooting was undertaken first at Lawyers Head and then at Pelichet Bay.  The School eventually acquired its own rifle range.

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