Gad’s Hill students scaled the school’s brand new 9.1m climbing wall today – with six-year-old Scarlett Curtis the first to reach the top.
Kindergarten pupil, and experienced climber, Scarlett, joined classmates and Juniors and Seniors to help celebrate the launch of the impressive installation.
The wall is the result of two years’ fundraising by the school’s parent committee, ‘The Friends of Gad’s’, set-up to provide extra-curricular experiences for all Gad’s 3-16 year-old students.
A hard act to follow, brave team members donned helmets and harnesses to climb too.
Gad’s Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, said: “The Friends work tirelessly year-round to ensure our children benefit from resources which enrich the school curriculum and facilities.
“From seasonal events to running their very own café next to our car park, they not only raise money for adventure equipment but strengthen the Gad’s community by bringing children, parents and friends of the school together – be it for a cup of tea after the school run or at a quiz night, Christmas Fair or charity fashion show.
The wall will be used by Gad’s students during PE and Combined Cadet Force lessons and future plans include inviting local schools and members of the public to try their hand at rock climbing.
The next Friends event is their Christmas Fair, at Gad’s Hill this Sunday 25th November 11.30am-3pm.