There are three ranks of Colours that can be awarded to a pupil at the College:-
- Music Colours.
- College Colours.
- Headteacher Colours.
The Award of Colours is made towards the end of each term and takes into consideration the following:-
- Reaching a high level of academic achievement on the GCSE, A-Level Music courses (eg. Grade 7-9, Distinction or A).
- Achieving a high standard of instrumental or vocal performance (approximately ABRSM Grade 6 equivalent).
- Consistently producing a range of well-written, creative and original compositions or arrangements.
- Success in musical competitions both inside and outside of the College.
- Showing outstanding commitment towards extra-curricular groups by regularly attending all rehearsals and performances.
Combined Cadet Force
There are currently 252 CCF Contingents based in UK schools, 200 of these Contingents are within private schools, therefore Cardinal Griffin Catholic College is very privileged to have a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and to be able to offer its pupils the opportunities available to CCF Cadets.
The aim of the CCF is to provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that its pupils may develop the powers of leadership by means of responsibility, self – reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. This is done by basing CCF training on military training.
We meet every Monday after school (term time only). We teach a range of skills such as self-discipline, teamwork, organisation as well as more specific training with map work to help develop the potential of each cadet. We achieve this through a number of exercises and give opportunities to those who are willing to work hard for it. Our contingent is the only contingent to be linked to a school in Cannock Chase. The CCF is only operational due to the hard work of members of staff who volunteer their time so that pupils at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College can benefit from new experiences.
The CCF offers certain qualifications, which can help the employment prospects of cadets. The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) both basic and advance levels can be attained through the training program. This qualification can help towards employment in security.
First Aid is also taught to cadets. A ‘First Aid at Work’ Certificate is signed for those that pass this stage of training. Most employers look for candidates with First Aid qualifications as it is required to have a certain number of trained personnel in the workforce by law. This also entitles you to higher pay in most jobs and can lead to employers sponsoring further medical courses.
Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in adventurous training such as water sports, Rock climbing, abseiling and other fun activities.
The contingent is always looking for instructors to assist with all aspects of the Combined Cadet Force. The CCF have the opportunity for adult instructors to become qualified in First Aid, Range management (Range safety), Adventurous training and much more.