2nd October 2020 — Following a wonderful idea put forward at the start of lockdown by Year 6 pupil Jack, Leweston Prep embarked on a challenge to virtually circumnavigate the globe, a total of 18,000 miles.
Jack wanted to get all of the pupils and staff at Leweston working together towards a common goal through exercise and decided on a virtual ‘Around the World’ Challenge. The pupils “started” from the school site in Dorset and travelled east aiming to 'arrive back at school' in time for the start of the new academic year. Before settling down for bed each night, everyone recorded the miles completed by walking, running, cycling, swimming, scooting, or any man-powered way of moving, on a shared spreadsheet.
Jack dedicated time to contacting various inspirational sports figures to tell them about the Challenge and was thrilled to receive messages of good luck and congratulations from Harry Redknapp, British triathlete Alistair Brownlee and Jonny Wilkinson!
To top everything off perfectly the school’s mammoth achievement was also mentioned on the BBC Tailenders Podcast, hosted by Radio One DJ Greg James and professional cricketer James Anderson – England’s greatest ever bowler!
Mrs Smith, Head of Prep Physical Education at Leweston said “I’m so glad that Jack contacted me about bringing this wonderful idea to life. It was incredible to see the whole Prep School community filling in their miles every week throughout lockdown and over the summer holidays. The challenge brought everyone together at a difficult time when we couldn’t all be in school.”
The Prep School accomplished their target distance of 18,000 miles, completing the final mile together during the first full week back at school this September and everyone feels a huge sense of pride and achievement. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to accomplish the impressive challenge.