Mr Sanderson, our Principal, and three of his Senior Leadership Team - Assistant Principals Mr Rushworth and Mr Hilditch, and Pastoral Manager Mr Skinner have decided to ‘Walk The Talk’ of the School’s motto ‘Inspired to learn, empowered to excel’.

Mr Sanderson wrote to parents recently outlining why, as Senior Leaders, they felt they needed to show that it wasn’t just students and their families who were contributing to the School’s funds; committing to going ‘above and beyond' with a 26 mile marathon trek ascending and descending the 15 Welsh peaks that measure over 3000 feet high, aiming to complete it in under 24 hours. A challenge known as ‘The Welsh 3000s’.

Travelling to Snowdonia National Park on the 31st May the Team will keep their kit as light as possible by not taking tents. As they wait to start their challenge at sunrise from the peak of Mount Snowdon on the 1st June they will be sleeping under the stars (unless it's cloudy of course!) in sleeping bags on the ground of the rocky summit, with temperatures forecast to feel as cold as zero degrees that night! They will then walk continuously for the whole 24 hours, only stopping to rest briefly and eat, until they reach the finish line at Foel-fras.

Training techniques used by the participants have included chopping logs, bicycle riding (but only when the sun shines) and the mental exertion of spending time supporting the many students who are facing their GSCE and ‘A’ Level exams in the coming weeks!

Mr Sanderson wrote: “We continuously strive to offer a broad and varied curriculum, as well as a wide range of enrichment opportunities for our young people in a fully comprehensive education environment. However, funding continues to be a challenge; with Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire Schools still among some of the worst funded schools in the country. We are lucky to have the wonderful Chipping Campden Parents’ Association that regularly raise significant funds for the School, however, they can’t possibly address this challenge alone, so last year we launched The 1440 Fund. As members of the School body we wanted to show our comittment and dedication to Chipping Campden School personally. We are enormously appreciative of all those who have donated so generously already.”

Initially the fundraising/JustGiving page target was £3,000 but this was smashed within the first fortnight of the event being announced, so with the hard work still to come and many more excellent projects needing funding, a new more ambitious target was set – to raise £6,000. Every penny of which will go directly to benefit students at the school, now and for the future.

Follow @CampdenHead on Twitter for updates during the event from 31st May to the 2nd June. Sponsorship by businesses would also be welcomed.

To donate go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/chipping-campdens/campden1440trek

Students in Year 7 enjoyed a novel experience – author Sarah Mussi came in to talk about writing her ‘Snowdonia Chronicles' series. There are two books in the series so far and they are aimed  at Young Adults. The books, called 'Here Be Dragons' and 'Here Be Witches', are set in the mountains of Snowdonia and are full of folklore and magic.Sarah spent all day holding engaging and interactive sessions about creative writing, literary devices, her inspirations and creative processes  - which even included moving to a remote cottage in North Wales to help research and build the atmosphere!

Several groups of students then worked with Sarah on creating their own piece of writing, which included some very noisy mock battles taking place in the Library!  

Our fantastic Parents’ Association enabled the students to enjoy this experience and also donated copies of Sarah’s books to the Library, which have been flying off the shelves.

 

 

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