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Over the last two days we have witnessed a fantastic example of teamwork as students, staff, parents and family have been climbing the school climbing wall to raise money for Community Action Nepal following the devastation of the recent earthquake.

We are an Adventure Learning School and as a member of the Adventure Learning Schools Network we were approached to support the work of their chosen charity, Community Action Nepal.  CAN are providing support to communities in the mountain regions of the Himalayas, providing health centres, school and support staff.  It is an organisation set up by Doug Scott CBE, who was the first Briton to stand on the summit of Everest.  He subsequently went on to lead a further 40 major expeditions in the Greater Ranges and is one of the country’s foremost mountaineers.

Rather than have a non-uniform day we have decided to take on a mountain of a challenge.

Nepal is the home of Everest, the world’s highest mountain.  It is 29,029 feet high.  We have our school climbing wall at a height of 30 feet and it would take 968 ascents of the wall to equal the height of this peak.  Following assemblies last week everyone was challenged to attempt the wall.

Thursday morning saw a 7:30 start with Mrs Davey leading the way to the top of the wall.  It was great to see parents dropping in to have a climb and donate to the project.

As I write this we have completed 502 ascents of the wall and are on track to reach the target height.  The effort from the students has been outstanding and we hope to raise a considerable amount of money for the charity.

A big thank you to all who have supported this event.

Report by Mr Raggett