Springfields School group triumph in Everest mission
Eleven pupils with special educational needs who braved Everest on a trek organised by Springfields School in Calne, returned home yesterday.
The pupils, selected for the trek from schools across the country, flew out to Kathmandu 15 days ago to successfully complete a gruelling climb.
The entire group climbed 5,000 metres above sea level and four pupils, including George Yeoman from Springfields, reached Kala Patthar, which is 5,550 metres above sea level and has stunning views of Everest.
Calum Carter, a former Springfields pupil who was a student mentor on the trip, also reached this point.
Springfields vice-principal Jon Hamp said: “They had a significant snowfall and they had a lot of different elements to combat, but everyone came through. They were all well looked after.
“There have been no serious injuries or otherwise, there have been some minor health issues I believe but that’s to do with coping and managing in an extreme environment. Everyone got above 5,000m and that’s an achievement for those boys.”
Pupils also gained their first experience of Nepalese culture, which included sightseeing in Namche Bazaar. The trip was organised as part of the Extreme Classroom scheme, inspired by the belief that pupils excel when they are confronted by a difficult environment.
They were supported by expert mentors, including retired England rugby captain Lewis Moody, polar explorer Alan Chambers, and Swindon Town Academy manger Jeremy Newton.
Mr Hamp said: “We’re delighted that once again young people with special needs, young people who at other times might have been written off, have shown that they can achieve anything that’s set for them.”
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