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 Patron of the Oceans guest speaker
Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, welcomed Lewis Pugh to give a series of guest lectures to pupils and parents about the fragility of the oceans.
Lewis was appointed Patron of the Oceans by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2013 and has completed a remarkable range of extreme swimming quests to draw attention to the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity.
He is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world and is the first person to swim across the icy waters of the North Pole.
Lewis (pictured below with students) visited Cheltenham College to address pupils and parents at two events. He spoke engagingly about his work, highlighting two swims in particular. Firstly, a gruelling 1,000 metre swim at the North Pole in waters of -1.7°C, in order to raise awareness of the melting ice caps and effects of global warming. He then spoke about a 140 kilometre swim across the breadth of the Maldives, to draw attention to their fragility as a result of rising sea levels.
Through his experiences, Lewis demonstrated the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and the power of a ‘made up mind’. He spoke passionately about the value of personal belief and motivation, using as an example a touching
account of his 1,000 metre Arctic swim. A flag representing each nationality of his team members was placed at every 100 metre mark, highlighting the combined efforts of a dedicated group
and providing much needed motivation.
As well as learning from his inspirational speech, pupils were heavily involved in all aspects of Lewis’ visit to College. Lewis was interviewed before his talk by pupils, and art students designed the posters that publicised and promoted his visit.
Both of Lewis’ talks were at full capacity with audiences keen to hear the lessons and stories that have gained him over 7 million views on YouTube as well as invitations to speak at TedX, Unilever, Coca-Cola and the World Economic Forum in Davos amongst others
Mr Richard Penny, Senior Housemaster at Cheltenham College added: “It was a privilege to hear Lewis address the audience of parents, staff and pupils who all left the talk inspired and armed with practical tips to aim high and sustain their effort. Resilience and tenacity are life skills as applicable to the school environment as
they are to the work place of the future and the fragile ecosystems which Lewis promotes through his endeavours of endurance.”
Pre-Prep and Nursery children raise ££££s
The Pre-Prep and Nursery children of Devon’s West Buckland School have so far raised an astonishing £921 for Children’s Hospice South West through a series of fun initiatives throughout the year.
Fundraising ideas included taking part in an afternoon working in teams to complete a series of challenging activities against the clock. The children were sponsored to take part. In addition, they have had cake sales, casuals days and a
number of other events supported by parents, children and staff.
Head of Early Years, Mrs Cassy Steel, said, “We are delighted to be supporting this wonderful charity that gives so much support and care to children who are terminally ill and their families. Many thanks go to all the children for their smiley participation and endless energy, and to their parents for collecting so many sponsors.”
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