Conway Sea Training Award

Mount Kelly is proud of its long association with HMS Conway and the Conway Merchant Navy Trust, and the name of Conway House keeps this connection alive in the minds of today’s pupils. The house contains a great deal of Conway memorabilia, and the School is delighted to host events to support the Conway Association.

Although HMS Conway itself closed as a training establishment in 1974, the Conway Merchant Navy Trust (CMNT) continues to support young men and women hoping to pursue careers in the merchant navy, and as part of the School’s Guidance Programme, the Association works with the School to raise awareness of and to promote maritime careers.

In an act of extraordinary generosity, the CMNT also fully fund between three and five places for Mount Kelly pupils who have signed up for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, on a Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) voyage. The TSYT exists “to enable young people to fulfil their life potential through genuinely life changing adventures at sea”, and operates a fleet of yachts that cruise European, Mediterranean, and North Atlantic waters throughout the spring and summer and into the autumn.

A TSYT voyage not only qualifies as the Residential element of the Gold Award, but – more importantly – is a genuinely life-changing experience.

Details of the scheme are published by the School early in the Michaelmas Term to all those signed up for their Gold Award, and applications are considered jointly by the School’s Senior Leadership Team and the CMNT. Those whose applications are successful give presentations both to the College and to the Prep early in the Michaelmas Term, and are required also to write an article on their experiences for publication in The Foundation and in The Cadet – the journal of the Conway Association.

Mount Kelly pupils are uniquely privileged to be able to benefit from this support, and the Conway Sea Training Award is a highly valued connection to an important part of the School’s heritage.