…And the staff who are participating are:
- Mrs Younge
Mrs Younge is Head of English at Alfriston. She joined the school this academic year and she likes afternoon tea but not the washing up!
She signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge because she thinks it will be great to have a new and wider range of books in school for students to learn a love of reading! She has been preparing for the challenge with lots of walks, jogs and cycle rides. She is really hoping to complete all 3 mountains but she is worried about losing her footing and slipping over!
Please encourage her. Perhaps you could offer her a cup of tea if she doesn’t slip over.
2. Mrs Jones
Mrs Jones, teaches Home Economics, Art, PHSE and D of E at Alfriston and is pastoral tutor to 9J. She has always been quite outdoorsy and enjoys camping and walking; her passion for mountains came about after she completed World Challenge to Guyana with students from her previous school. She says she is not the fittest of people but will always try things outside her comfort zone. She has previously climbed Mount Kenya, Mount Meru, Mount Kinabula and Kilimanjaro. She so enjoys the peace and tranquillity of the scenery and open space and she would really like to complete her mountain leaders training.
Ask her what’s so great about mountains because she’ll be able to tell you!
3. Mrs Knibbs
Mrs Knibbs has just taken retirement, having taught PE at Alfriston School for many years!!!! She will be continuing to work with the South Bucks Special Schools Partnership and do some Supply teaching for Alfriston, when needed. She obviously loves all sports and she likes to take on new challenges, so the Three Peaks Challenge is definitely for her.
However, she fears that she may have to ‘pull out’ at the last minute as she is nursing a skiing injury but she hopes to be able to reach the top of at least one of the Peaks and to have fun with the team.
Please tell her “She can do it” as we don’t want all her training to be in vain!!
4. Mrs Smith (Science)
Mrs Smith is an SSA supporting largely in science and home economics. As she is a mini bus driver, she also gets to go out on trips and visits which she loves!
She enjoys walking, particularly in the mountains, running and swimming. Since climbing Snowdon a few years ago, she has been itching to climb Ben Nevis, so being offered the chance to climb three peaks in one go was an opportunity not to be missed! Although she has trained hard, she is still nervous about the enormity of what the team are taking on, but hopes that, with a positive frame of mind and a good team spirit, everyone will rise to the challenge.
Help her to be convinced that she can climb all three mountains, no sweat!
5. Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown has worked at Alfriston for nearly 12 years. She worked for 7 of those in the classroom as a support assistant and now she is up in boarding as part of the residential team. She has worked with children most of her life as well as having 5 of her own. She enjoys most sports and goes to the gym regularly, mostly doing group activities/classes. She also walks her 10 month old German Shepherd/Border Collie pup and that takes up a lot of her time.
She is really looking forward to the 3 peaks as she’s never done anything like it before and she hopes that she will enjoy being part of a successful team!
Go Mrs Brown and the whole team.
6. Miss Leahy
Miss Leahy teaches PE and DofE at Alfriston, as well as visiting our partnership primary schools from the South Bucks School Sports Partnership to assist with the delivery of PE across all ages. She loves all sports and adventurous activities, especially those that involve water and incorporate a social element. As she spent much of last year on a physio’s couch, the challenge of the 3 peaks and the chance to train with a specific focus, provided the motivation to get her out and about and fit once more!
However she’s much more accustomed to a relaxed ride up a mountain via a chairlift before descending down at leisure either on a bike or a pair of skis.
Let’s hope she won’t need those skis on any of the 3 peaks.
7. Mrs Shorrocks
Mrs Shorrocks is Head of IT at Alfriston. She has been at the school for many years and enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is not much of a sportswoman but does try to stay fit by walking and running and she has joined the Challenge because she wants to see the view from the top of Ben Nevis. She is hopeful that the weather will be kind and that she will get a good photo from the summit but she is worried that her knees may give out before she is safely down from Snowdon.
Give her some tips for staying awake and NO rain-dancing!
8. Mrs Stevens
Mrs Stevens has been working at Alfriston for almost three years. She works mainly in the PE department but also in Boarding and coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Before working at Alfriston she was an Outdoor Instructor so she loves being outdoors and challenging herself. She has walked a lot in the past but this is a new challenge and she is looking forward to tackling it with the team!!
Good luck Mrs Stevens and the team!
9. Mr Waterman
Mr Waterman is the science teacher at Alfriston and he’s worked here for ages! He enjoys running, going to the gym and hill-walking when he gets the chance. He hopes that the weather will give clear views but is happy to be going when there is snow.
Thanks for organising the whole thing Mr Waterman and let’s hope your GPS keeps working!
10. Mr Van Den Bossche
11. Mrs Male
…and who else????