Stu­dents take on moun­tain­ous chal­lenge

Group of stu­dents in ex­treme chal­lenge

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

STU­DENTS from Hayes took on an ex­treme chal­lenge by climb­ing Bri­tain’s three high­est moun­tains.

Barn­hill Com­mu­nity High A-level stu­dents Billy Moone, Jack McDer­mott and Sam Dixon, all 17, joined their teacher He­len Gilling­ham to scale the three peaks as part of an an­nual chal­lenge or­gan­ised by ed­u­ca­tion char­ity The Trans­for­ma­tion Trust.

The brave young peo­ple were among teams from seven schools across the coun­try, with each school be­ing paired with a set of business men­tors.

Ms Gilling­ham, key stage di­rec­tor of years 11 to 13 at the sec­ondary school, said: “My­self and the three stu­dents were very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the Three Peaks Chal­lenge.

“It was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents and we are grate­ful to The Trans­for­ma­tion Trust for pro­vid­ing it.”

The stu­dents from the school, in Yead­ing Lane, Hayes, were paired with four business lead­ers from ho­tel group Hil­ton.

The amaz­ing feat of climb­ing Ben Ne­vis in Scot­land, Scafell Pike in Eng­land and Snow­don in Wales took the chal­lengers just one week­end, on Septem­ber 13 and 14.

Over­all, 52 climbers took part with oth­ers com­ing from Manch­ester, Leeds, Hull and Bournemouth.

As well as a stren­u­ous phys­i­cal chal­lenge, the trip was de­signed to cre­ate a men­tor­ing op­por­tu­nity be­tween the sixth for­m­ers and the ma­jor UK com­pa­nies.

Laura Hal­stead, Chiara Del­pri­ore and Re­becca Grigg from Hil­ton joined the group on the climb.

Miss Grigg said: “We en­joyed the fun chal­lenge of part­ner­ing with pupils in what was a truly ad­ven­tur­ous and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial, re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

n SCAL­ING HEIGHTS: (From left) Teacher He­len Gillinham, Hil­ton’s Laura Hal­stead and stu­dents Billy Moone, Jack McDer­mott and Sam Dixon

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