Sherbourne Challenge 2017 Summary
Sherbourne Fields 5 Peak Challenge!
In the early part of 2013, we set ourselves the challenge to climb each of the highest peaks in the United Kingdom & Ireland.
2017 saw the challenge come to its conclusion!
In 2013, we scaled Snowdon (Wales) [3,560ft]. In 2014, we scaled Scafell Pike (England) [3,209ft]. In 2015 we scaled Ben Nevis (Scotland) [4,411ft] and in 2016, we scaled Carrauntoohil (Southern Ireland) [3,406ft]. In 2017 we scaled Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland) [2,790ft]
The five peaks of the United Kingdom and Ireland – Complete!
The Sherbourne Challenge mountain climbs comprise of school staff and students participating in an extreme test of character and resolve. We have been led on our challenges, by local polar explorer and friend of the school, Mark Wood, who has been instrumental in supporting us on each of our adventures.
The school motto is Raising Aspirations, Access and Achievement. By participating in these challenges, that’s exactly what we will be doing. These amazing students face challenges daily in various aspects of their lives. This makes what they have each achieved all the more special.
The 5 peaks are no mean feat for the average person, and even experienced walkers will have been challenged at some point on these peaks. The final group of students returned home after conquering Slieve Donard, knowing what they have achieved, is quite simply phenomenal. They are an inspiration, not only to their peers and fellow students here at Sherbourne, but stand as inspiration to society as a whole, showing just what is possible, no matter the circumstances.
These challenges give each member of the team a chance to shine, and show what they can do. Ranging from Year 10, through to year 14, they are able to mix with students in different Key Stages. This allows them to mix in a different light, and under different circumstances. Supporting each other is a key part of each challenge, and the older members of the groups during each climb were instrumental in supporting, inspiring and motivating the younger members of the group. Teamwork – it is what these challenges are all about. Succeeding as a group, and conquering all fears.
We are all very proud of what this exceptional group have achieved and we think we may well be the first school to have scaled all 5 peaks! The staff and students back at Sherbourne were also incredible in terms of supporting all of us. Each climb involved a phone call from the top of the mountain to the rest of the students and staff doing challenges back at school. The sense of excitement from everyone back here at school, which we could hear on the phone, was quite simply astounding. It was enough to give each of us goose bumps!
The whole of the Sherbourne community really do pull together at times like this, and it really is something special.
Well done Sherbourne Fields!