As seen in the Farnham Herald (read online here)
FRENSHAM HEIGHTS SCHOOL STAFF AND STUDENTS KEEP TRADITION GOING BY HEADING OUT TOGETHER ON 10KM CHARITY WALK
Money raised this year will go to environmental group Plastic Oceans UK – as well as raise awareness about young people’s mental health issues.
October 8th, 2019: Frensham Heights School turned out en masse this week for their annual 10km charity walk – and brought a splash of summery yellow to the autumnal country lanes near their school.
More than 500 staff, students and family members donned items of yellow clothing as part of the #HelloYellow campaign to support children and young people’s mental health awareness in the run up to World Mental Health day on Thursday, October 10th.
And through individual sponsorship, students also chose to raise funds for Plastic Oceans UK, an organisation which aims to stop plastic contaminating the world’s oceans within a generation. “The annual Autumn walk is a key date in the Frensham calendar, “ said headteacher Rick Clarke. “It is our chance to come together as a school community and think of others as well as raising money and awareness about charities which are close to our heart.”
Pupils from nursery to year three ambled through the grounds of Frensham Heights, while the rest of the school ventured on a 10k walk to Frensham Ponds and beyond. Staff dogs also joined in the fun.
The annual walk has been taking place for the best part of a decade and ties in with the school’s belief in the importance of outdoor education. This term, Frensham Heights is celebrating five years of being the only school in the country to hold the prestigious Gold Standard award for outdoor education, accredited by the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres. “We believe that activities outside the classroom lead to greater success within it,” said Mr Clarke. “We are very proud to hold this award.”