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Orchard School Bristol

Taking the plunge to conquer fears

Published on 22/10/18

Students conquer fears on trip to Brecon Beacons

Not many people can say they have plunged into a freezing pool from a waterfall – but these Orchard students can!

The group of Year 10 and 11 students were taking part in a gorge walk in the Brecon beacons as part of the Prince’s Trust Achieve Course, which gives those involved extra skills in leadership and resilience.

They took part in gorge walking before the ultimate test of plunging into the freezing pool – with wetsuits on and Prince’s Trust staff on hand to support.

They were joined by maths teacher Laura Donnelly who delighted the students by also taking the ‘leap of faith’.

She said: “Days like this help the students develop key skills and improve their teamwork and communication.”


Grenfell fundraiser

Meanwhile our year 11 Work Skills pupils have been fundraising for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, as part of the Achieve Course.

Students were involved in presenting their ideas to the school leadership team, planning the fundraising and engaging with pupils and tutor groups. 

They raised over £100 for the cause by selling green ribbons.

Ms Donnelly said: "Everyone was moved by the tragedy of Grenfell and our Prince's Trust Achieve Course students were no exception. They planned the fundraising and explained to staff and other students exactly what they were trying to achieve. As a result, £100 was raised which will go to the families affected."