Monday, 9 February 2015

Challenge Week: Launch Assembly

Launching challenge week in style, the hall erupted with cheers and applause this morning as children took on new challenges to beat different world records: the most spoons balanced on your face; the tallest tower of matchsticks and keeping a ball off the ground for the longest time possible with only your feet. No records were broken today but pupils entered into the challenges with enthusiasm and excitement.

After, we looked at a real life example of an extraordinary challenge. With a passion for expanding boundaries, especially in the air, Felix Baumgartner became hugely famous when on 14 October 2012 he jumped 24 miles to earth from a balloon reaching speeds of up to 725mph. He became the world’s first supersonic skydiver, breaking the sound barrier and took the record for highest altitude manned balloon flight and the highest altitude skydive. Our pupils gasped in awe when they watched the video of this amazing achievement. Don't worry, we do not plan on sending any children into space this week! Remember - don’t try this at home!

Children left the hall ready for the challenges that will face them this week. They have been encouraged to be the greatest they possibly can be.

"I love a challenge, and trying to become the first person to break the speed of sound in freefall is a challenge like no other." Felix Baumgartner