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                  Whole-school walk raises £1500
It’s the world’s toughest row and, for one day only, children from Cundall Manor School, Yorkshire, found out just what it takes to row the Atlantic with help from the Row4Victory crew.
Over 250 children aged from six to fifteen, had the opportunity to test their mettle as they competed in a House rowing competition organised by the Row4Victory.
The 4-man crew are set to take on the daunting 3,000 nautical mile trip across the Atlantic in December 2018 as part of the inaugural Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The crew will also raise funds in support of the Royal British Legion and Soldier On.
Currently, fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have travelled into space or climbed Mount Everest. Described as the “world’s toughest row”, the team will start in La Gomera, Canary Islands, and finish in Antigua.
The team paid Cundall Manor a visit to encourage children to get involved with rowing and to tell the children a little more about the
great work charities that support ex- servicemen and servicewomen do.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and the team will raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
The team will attempt to win the four-man concept class race and smash the current race record. The race could take between 29 and 70 days with the team rowing two hours shifts in pairs and will be completely unsupported and self- sufficient.
To find out more about the Row4Victory team and how you can support them on their journey across the Atlantic, visit
A whole-school 27km walk along the Suffolk coast by nearly 300 pupils and staff from Saint Felix School, has raised over £1,300 for a youth centre based in the town.
The sponsored walk, which took place to coincide with the school’s patronal festival Saint Felix Day, started in Aldeburgh, and followed a route via Thorpeness, Sizewell, Dunwich and Walberswick before concluding with a celebratory
tea at the school just outside Southwold. Pupils from all departments aged between 4 to 18 years old, participated in the walk.
Saint Felix School celebrates its 121st anniversary this year, so the walk began at the school’s original location in Aldeburgh, where Saint Felix was first established with a cohort of just 7 pupils in 1897
by Margaret Isabella Gardiner to provide, as she stated, “a school where girls are treated like sensible beings”. Fittingly, the school
was first located at the holiday home of Dr Elizabeth Garrett
Anderson, elder sister of Millicent Fawcett, herself a leading light in the suffragist movement aimed at empowering women through emancipation.
In acknowledgement of the school’s origins, Headmaster James Harrison began the walk accompanied by seven Senior Department pupils. Over the course of the day, pupils from
all Departments aged between 4 and 18 joined in at various points along the route before arriving back at school for a celebratory afternoon tea with pupils, parents and staff.
Students were sponsored by family and friends for their participation, raising a total of £1,307. In acknowledgement of links between the school and Sizewell B through pupils past and present, as well as its location along part of the route walked, the Sizewell B Community Fund has donated a further £250 bringing the grand total to £1,557.
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 Pictured: James Harrison presents Keith Meldrum, Centre Manager for The Loft Youth Centre with cheque for over £1500. Image by T. O’Connell
 Head’s icy swim
In a rash moment a few weeks ago, Gareth Jones, St Andrew’s Prep, Sussex, Headmaster, pledged to brave the icy English Channel each day of the summer term in a bid to raise money for the refurbishment
of the St Andrew’s Prep school pavilion.
True to his word, Mr Jones started his challenge taking to the waters on a blissfully
sunny day. The sea temperature, however, was positively glacial.
Mr Jones said, “I figured there would be a number of parents who would happily pledge money for me to endure the icy waters regularly! But seriously, this is all to help fund a fantastic resource that will be used by pupils of all ages and for a variety of reasons. It’ll be fun. And it really is jolly cold!”
For an extra insight into his very first swim, please click on this link:
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