Year 8 Take on the Exmoor Youth Challenge | King's Hall School Taunton

Year 8 Take on the Exmoor Youth Challenge

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Congratulations to our Year 8 pupils who demonstrated their stamina and resilience earlier this month by taking part in this year’s Exmoor Youth Challenge.

The Exmoor Youth Challenge is an annual event, organised by Exmoor Rotary Club, that sees young people, aged from 10 to 17, walk 16 miles across the challenging terrain of Exmoor. Each leg of the walk is monitored, with teams aiming to complete the challenge within a prescribed time.

This year’s proceeds go to the Children’s Hospice South West, a registered charity that provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West.

Following several training sessions in atrociously cold weather, the King’s Hall team were delighted to be greeted with blue skies and plenty of sunshine for the day itself!

Departing Dulverton Middle School promptly at 10am, the four groups set out on a lengthy walk to the village church before moving on to the more treacherous climb to Mounsey Hill Gate.

The children then descended off the moorland and most of the groups stopped to pick up a delicious ice cream before handing over the control card at the check point. The frozen treat proved the perfect antidote to the hot weather.

As the day progressed, the heat intensified and when the children reached Anstey Common there was no breeze or shelter from the scorching sun. Luckily for the avid walkers, it was a swift downhill trek to the river valley followed by a shady walk to their final destination, Dulverton.

Meanwhile, our dedicated team of staff, who refrained from providing support and guidance in the hope that the challengers would “make their own way” and “discover their own strengths and weaknesses”, sat down to enjoy their own sweet treat – delicious cream teas!

Nevertheless, the benevolent lack of support did not deter our pupils! All of the groups finished in good time, ready for a final team photo before heading back to school.

The challenge proved to be extremely tiring for all but was a huge accomplishment. It gave them a great sense of achievement, helped to improve the pupils’ teamwork skills and boost their endurance.

Many thanks to the Exmoor Rotary Club for organising this event and to Mr Sprague and Mrs Hayden-Briffett for being there every step of the way!

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