Drill - a unique RMS Tradition
RMS girls perform the School Drill three times a year. Imagine, 180 girls from the ages of 11-18 (with one exception) performing a twenty minute routine of callisthenics and marching to music with no spoken instructions. It is a stunning sight!
Swedish Drill was popular in schools in the 1880s and forms the basis of the RMS tradition which dates back to 1876. Today we are the only school in the country to perform this impressive routine and a place in the Drill Team is highly sought after by the girls. Their commitment and practice in search of perfection is admirable and they wear their Drill Team badges with enormous pride. The routine is based on height order and so each year the girls have to re-learn their part as their height, and therefore their position, change within the team.
The one exception to the age of the girls taking part, as noted in the first paragraph, comes at the end of Drill when the youngest girl in the School walks alone to the front of the hall with the older girls following her in a protective formation as a show of support. It is a charming and moving finale to an otherwise dramatic spectacle.
School Drill is performed in the week leading up to Senior Prize Day in October, at Prize Day itself, and finally after the Service of Remembrance in November.
2015 Drill Captain, Beatrix, shares her thoughts about Drill here