PUPILS, parents and staff at Dorset House School in Bury were treated to an inspirational talk by Jake Meyer, one of the youngest men in the world to scale Mount Everest.
And it was even more exciting for the school as it got to put its new state-of-the-art audio equipment to use.
Jake is an experienced public speaker whose story of climbing Mount Everest at the age of only 21 is an inspirational tale of determination, tenacity and a will to succeed.
Jake was only 14 when he set his sights on climbing the ‘Seven Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent.
In 2005, he reached the summit of Everest, the highest mountain in the world and his seventh continental highpoint.
At the time, he was the youngest Briton to climb Mt Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the Seven Summits.
He has also climbed mountains and routes in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest point in every county in England, and has completed numerous expeditions to Africa and South America.
The talk was followed by an interesting question and answer session where Jake was quizzed about his motivation and the practical aspects of his exciting expeditions. The evening raised funds for Help for Heroes, Jake’s chosen charity.
He also called on adults and children alike to challenge themselves to achieve something new in 2015, which Year 3 and Year 4 girls at the school took on board as they hosted a netball festival for local schools. Teams from Arundel Church of England and Duncton primary schools arrived for an afternoon of netball fun.
The children started with some ball skills to warm them up ready for some match play. Then everyone had a go on court.
Students enjoyed a great afternoon of sport despite the cold January weather and the warming match tea afterwards, with hot chocolate, was a great success.
This was the first event this year in a programme which is designed to welcome visitors into the school.
The next will be a senior school forum which will be held on Saturday, March 7 as part of an open morning. For details, contact Sarah O’Brien on 01798 831456.