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Photo of the Mountain Challengers at the top of the Old Man of Coniston
Some of the Mountain Challengers at the top of the Old Man of Coniston

Mountain Challenge team hit the heights

The rain poured. The wind roared. But our Mountain Challenge team just kept on going!

Our mountain guides said it was the worst June weather they’d seen in many years, but that didn’t stop our challengers, who all made it safely to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, and came back beaming with pride.

Here’s what our students thought of their weekend in the Lake District:

Bedo, Y7: ‘The Mountain Challenge was an interesting experience and it was an excellent way to make new friends! It was a big relief to reach the top but it was also a challenge because it was really windy.’

Finn, Y8: ‘It was hard work but when I reached the top it was really rewarding and satisfying. It may have been windy and cold but we shared a real sense of achievement.’

Brooke, Y7: ‘I made a lot of new friends. My favourite part was staying out camping when lots of other people stayed in the barn.’

Oscar, Y8: ‘It felt amazing to get to the top because it was such hard work and so windy. It was good to be all together at the campsite, having fun. My favourite thing was playing football with a mixture of year groups!’

Jack, Y8: ‘My high point was finding a bunch of sticks and getting to feel like Gandalf on the mountain. Definitely. I felt like I was going to pass out, or fall over, sometimes because I never got any sleep… but somehow I managed it!’

Malcolm, Y8: ‘It was annoying when the tents got wet because of the rain, but in the end it was really fun to be camping out with my friends. I don’t want to discuss my phone dying by getting drenched on the mountain!’

Nicole, Y7: ‘It was a beautiful setting in the Lake District and I would like to see more of it in the future.’

Avery, Y7: ‘My highlight was getting to the top and screaming for so loud and so long that I lost my voice. The thing I will always remember is the (now patented) Big Barn Sleepover as it was just such a weird experience, being with 40 other kids from my school and some teachers too! What I found really interesting was climbing the mountain because it felt surreal above the clouds. The only thing I disliked was seeing a peak, thinking it was the top and then realising there’s another peak and therefore more to come.’

Gideon, Y7: ‘My highlight was climbing my first mountain and getting closer to my peers and teachers from school.’

Robert, Y8: ‘I enjoyed the trip despite all the rain. I will always remember finishing climbing the mountain with friends.’

Well done to our amazing team, and a great big thank–you to everyone who contributed and helped raise over £3,000 for Macmillan!

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