At the start of Half Term six intrepid girls from Benenden jumped out of a plane solo from 4,000 feet to raise money for Walking With The Wounded and Dare to Live.
None of the girls had ever done parachuting before and after a full day of training, which covered how to control and land the parachute, they were ready for their first ever jump the next day.
The weather was in their favour and over the weekend they actually completed three jumps, not just one! You can view one of set of jumps in our video below.
The girls are all part of the Benenden Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Benenden is one of the few girls’ schools in the UK to run a CCF contingent, which we offer in collaboration with The John Wallis Church of England Academy.
CCF is a nationwide movement, run in a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and schools, which gives young people aged 13 to 18 the chance to develop personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline through a military approach. A popular option at Benenden, it involves girls learning practical skills, taking part in drills and representing the School in village events, most notably on Remembrance Sunday.