In June 2015 a project called The Sky’s the Limit was started at Carter Community School. Run by two members of staff, Mr Phillips and Mr Lea. The aims of this project – to Challenge, Inspire, improve fitness and build Determination in our pupils. The Project consists of six stages all of which build on one another in terms of difficulty. The stages are as follows:
• 19 Mile qualifying walk – 13th July & 15th July 2015
• Mountain Day, selection days – Peak District – 9th -10th October 2015
• Mountain Day – Lake District, Scafell Pike - TBC 2016
• Welsh, Three Peak Challenge in 24 hours - TBC 2016
• Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon) - TBC 2017
• Peak over 3000m in the Alps - July 2017
The project was introduced to years 8 and 9 and we had roughly forty pupils sign their name up and say they were definitely up for the challenge! We ended up taking thirty six pupils on the qualifying walk which went from our school all the way up to Wimborne. It was nineteen miles long and took almost eight hours to complete! From this we had several pupils drop out and realise that this was perhaps not for them; but for the others it meant the next stage!
The remaining pupils were given an application form to take home over the summer and were also told to provide a diary of any exercise they did over the holidays. The importance of keeping fit is one of the aims of this project and was emphasised clearly at the start. We want the pupils to feel that they have a real goal to keep fit so that they can keep up with the challenge of the stages.
We came back in September with a total of nine pupils providing fantastic evidence of keeping fit and some brilliant application forms outlining why they think they would like to be part of this project. These nine were recently taken to the Peak District National Park where we camped at Middle Hills Farm, Grangemill for two nights over a weekend. We took the pupils in to the mountains on the Saturday to show them what sort of terrain they can expect to see in future stages and to give some of them their first mountain experiences. On the second day we visited Dove Dale and walked up the valley following the beautiful scenery of the river and the mountains. This stage allowed us to see how the pupils dealt with mountainous terrain and helped us identify areas of weakness in terms of fitness.
All of the pupils came back buzzing after the expedition and are really looking forward to the next stage! Our plan now through the winter is to ensure fitness levels are approved and to look for sponsorships for our 24 hour challenge next year!
HUGE congratulations to all of the pupils so far! Well Done!