Update: Success! We had to climb over 10,000 feet vertically to ascend the 3 mountains, walking over 24 miles in the process, not to mention the 462-odd miles of minibus travel.
The students were amazing, with some real physical and mental battles occurring, but with plenty of resilience shown all students made it to the top of the 3 peaks, with students supporting and helping one along the way! The staff team of Tim, Amy, Mo, Christina, Ben and Lucy were awesome also, staying positive at all times whilst cajoling/ motivating students up mountains; carrying student rucksacks; giving up snacks/ lunch to exhausted students; putting up with a variety of inane chat from the boys; trying to stop the more hyperactive male students running off the edge of mountains, not to mention taking turns driving on dark country lanes/ motorways after long mountain days (whilst listening to the sounds of students snoring in the back!), all whilst suffering sleep deprivation only normally known to soldiers undergoing resistance-to-interrogation training.
Take a look at a few of the photos below.
A massive THANK YOU to everyone involved!
FPA Remembrance Challenge
A remarkable group of students and staff from Firth Park Academy (FPA) are planning to climb the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland in memory of two of their classmates who tragically lost their lives recently.
The FPA Remembrance Challenge, will run each year at Firth Park Academy to remember those special to our world and especially to our community, whilst raising money for charities and those in need within our school.
This year sees students and staff taking on one of the toughest outdoor challenges in Britain, by travelling to, and climbing Ben Nevis (1345m) in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District, and Snowdon (1085m) in North Wales, over the weekend of 5-7th July 2019. The team will climb over 10,052 feet to ascend the 3 mountains, walking a total of 23 miles, and will travel 462 miles by minibus to get to the 3 peaks.
This years’ challenge comes at the time of the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings, when so many gave their lives to protect our freedom. However, tragically this years’ event also comes at a time when our community is in shock at the loss of two of our students, Tristan and Blake Barrass. Therefore, the challenge will run in the memory of our Barrass brothers, raising money to invest in permanent memorials for these brother’s within our school and in awards that will be presented to future students in their names. The expedition will plant flags in the blue and purple memorial colours on each of the highest mountains.
Comprising of 15 students and 6 members of staff, the team will be raising money for some of Tristan and Blake’s favourite charities, including Cancer Research and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, as making magical memories in the time we have with children has never been more at the forefront of our minds.