Students in Year 11 will be assigned to one of the following services and will become a member of that Service throughout their time in the School.
Coastguard Rescue Team
The Gordonstoun Coastguard Service is the longest-running Service in Gordonstoun, established soon after the School was founded. The Coastguard Rescue Team is an active team forming part of the Moray Sector, working closely with local teams to provide a Search and Rescue capability for the area. They are called out on a regular basis to assist with searches.
Community Service works in the Elgin area with many groups, including disabled riders, seniors’ homes, children’s homes, charity groups in shops, youth groups and primary age children in local schools. Without doubt, Community is the Service that has the most tangible impact on the local community, though is often the most invisible.
The Conservation Service aims to improve the local environment by creating areas that are sustainable, attractive and of use to the local population, both on and off campus. The Service responds to requests for help from outside agencies, such as the forestry commission, the Findhorn Foundation and the Keith to Dufftown railway. It also works to develop the organic garden on the School’s campus
Gordonstoun’s Fire Service is officially a Volunteer Unit of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), designated as Station R60. It is a fully-operational part of the network of fire stations protecting the Moray and Aberdeenshire region. Its role is to support crews operating out of Lossiemouth, Elgin, Forres and Rothes in whatever ways it is tasked to by the Scottish Fire Control Centre.
The Service aims to provide first aid within the School on an as required urgent basis or as a First Aid Service at sporting fixtures. Dependent on need, this is a Service that may be offered as a Community Service for events such as supporting the British Red Cross. It may also be the case that you are called upon within your House to deal with an injury or illness.
Members of Gordonstoun’s Outdoor Leadership Service work hard to develop many skills in outdoor leadership including canoeing, kayaking, climbing, orienteering, roller skiing, hillwalking and mountaineering. We also offer the opportunity to take part in training for First Aid qualifications and learn techniques involved in marine conservation.
The Pool Lifeguards Service has two essential roles: firstly, we run the school pool for the sports department, other Services and for the local community.
In order to take part in these service opportunities, students need to be professionally qualified, and so each Wednesday we train for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). This not only qualifies you to serve at Gordonstoun but in all Leisure Centres across the UK, and in most of the US, Australia and Europe
The Sports Service has been introduced to the programme to offer a commitment to the local community, supporting the opportunities for sport and exercise amongst primary schools. With the spotlight on activity in young people growing, the overall aim of the service is to work in partnership with Active Schools and Moray Council to promote healthy living and sport participation by delivery sport sessions in the schools after classes. The Sport Service students are in full control of the sessions, delivering structured and planned lessons to the children. These sports have included netball, rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball, with many more to be introduced.
The objective of the Gordonstoun Tech Support Service (or Tech Crew as it is commonly known) is to ensure that school events that need theatrical sound, light or AV technology have an appropriate level of technical support. This objective can at times extend to parts of the local community that might benefit from use of school equipment and operators.
The Volunteer Mentor Service is an entirely voluntary, extra service to which students commit on top of any ‘full’ Service. Members of this voluntary service offer valuable support to other students in school, especially when such students feel they can’t talk to anyone else. There is a particular focus on working in house teams to provide trained peer mentors within each boarding house. Representatives of these house teams meet once a week to plan brews, chapels and initiatives like anti-bullying week. Volunteer Mentors receive sessions of training in basic counselling techniques, focusing on listening and questioning, body language, confidentiality and using possible scenarios to enhance their understanding. These help prepare them to work together in their houses to encourage and support anyone who wants to talk and share a problem.
‘We are here to listen to you.’