CHILDREN from St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis have become the first to complete a new awards scheme, supported by British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
The Ranulph Fiennes Award was created by St Michael’s deputy headteacher James Rich, who said he wanted to give Year 6 pupils something else to focus on during their last year of primary school, other than the SATs exams.
The award is based on the popular Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which secondary school children take part in. It tasks Year 6 pupils with challenges in five areas – charity, conservation, physical activity, expedition and a school project on a subject of their choice.
The St Michael’s pupils have been holding fundraisers for their chosen charities over recent weeks, including Cancer Research UK, 4Ocean, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, the Sepsis Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and The Word Forest Organisation.
Many of the students already take part in extra-curricular activities which counted towards the physical activity portion of the award, and they have recently taken part in beach cleans for the conservation section.
The pupils completed a “micro-expedition” last week, hiking from Stonebarrow Hill to Wood Farm Caravan Park, just outside Charmouth, where they camped for the night.
The children then completed their award by presenting their projects to family and friends at the Guildhall in Lyme Regis this week, where they received a personal message of congratulations from the scheme’s patron, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
They will be presented with gold, silver or bronze awards at their leaving ceremony at the end of term, depending on how much time and effort they dedicated to the scheme.
The Ranulph Fiennes Award has now been picked up by five other schools in the area, and St Michael’s will be taking part in it again next year.