Kings School, Taunton Visit to BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Monday 24th June 2019
Kings School, Taunton Visit to BRNC

Students from Kings Hall School in Taunton had the chance to take the helm of a warship during a visit to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. 

A group of 52 Year Eight pupils spent the day at the world-renowned college as part of their leavers’ trip.  

Among the highlights of their visit was the opportunity to experience BRNC’s multi-million pound bridge simulator.  The simulator recreates a fully operational bridge, which allowed the students to act as the Commander of a ship. 

It can represent open sea, narrow channels, harbours and coastlines from all over the world.  Additionally it can be set up to represent different classes of ship whilst also changing the environmental conditions including sea state and visibility. 

The students were also able to take a trip on the River Dart in the small boats belonging to the College and took part in team building challenges on the low-ropes course and in the gym.

Mr David Hands, one of the teachers who accompanied the students, said: “This is such a valuable visit for our students to take; to understand something of the role of the Royal Navy  in a modern Britain, and if interested to join the Navy Combined Cadet Force section at King’s College, our senior school.  The children all enjoyed the day and asked lots of questions when back at school afterwards.”

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