More honours in lakeside competition

West Craven High School pupils mid-competition at the National Lakeside School Challenge 2016 held at Windermere. (S)
West Craven High School pupils mid-competition at the National Lakeside School Challenge 2016 held at Windermere. (S)

Bright pupils at a Pendle school have claimed honours in a national outdoor competition for the third year in a row.

It was the third consecutive year West Craven High School in Barnoldswick entered students to compete in the National Lakeside School Challenge at Windermere and for the third time they ably demonstrated a range of skills to win across the demanding weekend of activities.

The students were given the opportunity to try new and challenging tasks, develop their problem solving and leadership skills, improve communication and team working skills and adapt to new environments and situations.

Throughout the event, the team enjoyed and successfully completed numerous activities including raft building, kayaking, number quizzes, a Jacob’s ladder, night orienteering, a blind assault course.

They also brushed up on their bush-craft skills, such as lighting a fire without matches and building a waterproof shelter.

The annual challenge allows school teams from all over the UK to compete for the much coveted trophy over a number of weekends.

Despite winning their weekend, the school was pipped into first place nationally by just 11 marks, the second year in a row this has happened, after claiming the overall crown in the first year it entered in 2014.

Mrs Jenna Maude, Head of Science said: “We are extremely proud to again win the weekend event and come second nationally.

“This is an amazing achievement for our pupils and shows how resilient, resourceful and respectful they are towards each other.

“The weekend is a tough set of challenges and they never gave up and showed real team effort.

“We only missed out on first place overall by a few points and we will be back again next year trying again to win because we never give up.

“Huge congratulations to Year 10 students Teal Amos, George Farrell, Kelsie McArdle, Lucy Worley and Freya Langham-Buck.”