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 – 17th July 2017
• Mountain Day, selection days – Peak District – 16th-18th March 2018
• Mountain Day – Lake District, Scafell Pike - 27th April-28th April 2018
• Welsh, Three Peak Challenge in 24 hours - 11th-13th May 2018
• Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon) - 22nd-25th June 2018
• Peak over 3000m in the Pyrenees - 19th-26th July 2018
The project is introduced to years 7 and 8 in the summer term where pupils must complete a gruelling 19 mile walk from school to Wimborne. All that complete this walk are then given an application form which must be completed over the summer break. They must also provide a record of any fitness they have completed as well. The importance of keeping fit is one of the aims of this project and is emphasised clearly at the start. We want our students to feel that they have a real goal to keep fit so that they can keep up with the challenge of the stages.
Those students that hand in their completed application forms and a diary of fitness are then invited to the second stage – Mountain Days in the Peak District. This stage gives students the first glimpse of a mountainous environment and really inspires them to complete this stage in order to move on to the next.
The project then takes pupils to the highest peak in England – Scafell Pike 978 meters in the Lake District. Completing this mountain is a huge accomplishment; it also forms part of the National Three Peaks challenge which is a stage to be completed later on in the project.
Students then embark on their first challenge – The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. This challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in Wales – Snowdon 1085 meters, Cadair Idris 893 meters and Pen y Fan 886 meters. Determination and fitness will both be needed to complete this challenge, which prepares the pupils for the penultimate challenge – The National Three Peaks!
The National Three Peaks challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales. Ben Nevis 1345 meters, Scafell Pike 978 meters and Snowdon 1085 meters. We aim to complete this challenge in 24 hours which is extremely tough considering we must drive between three different national parks as well as climb the highest mountains in the UK.
We finish the project with one final expedition to the Pyrenees. Students will have the opportunity to climb peaks over 3000m and experience the stunning scenery of this fantastic mountain range. During the expedition students will also experience the local culture and cuisine.