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Plympton Academy students take part in the Plymouth Walk to the Moon Challenge

Year 7 students at Plympton Academy spent four weeks in October walking to and from the Academy and encouraging their family members to walk with them so that they could add up their minutes as part of the Plymouth Walk to the Moon Challenge.

Plymouth schools were challenged to help Astro Mo walk to the moon, which would take an individual 79,000 hours. For four weeks, starting on Monday 1st October, all year 7 students were asked to log the amount of minutes that they walked for the week, contributing to their tutor group’s total. These were then added up and the Academy’s total minutes sent to Plymouth City Council, to contribute to the overall total.

As part of the launch, a group of Year 7 students (Tobey Barnett; Grace Beer; Freddie Macaskill; Cameron McMahon; Grace Simpson) were selected to be part of the walking relay, welcoming the Astro Mo mascot from Old Priory Junior School and walking him to Chaddlewood Primary School. Accompanied by Ms Worth (Year 7 Pastoral Mentor), the students made the most of the sunshine as they walked Mo to his next stop.

7MRO won the first week’s competition and Mrs Romanski was presented with their certificate during the Year 7 assembly. Students continued to add up their minutes for the remaining weeks of the competition, hoping to win the overall competition.

Mr Ian Hartley, Assistant Principal said, ‘The idea of the competition is to encourage students to increase the amount of minutes that they walk each day. Walking is a great form of exercise and helps to improve mental well-being as well. We realise that it’s not always possible for our students to walk to school, but hopefully this challenge is encouraging them to walk when they can, whether that is to a bus stop or going for a walk with their family when they get home. I am looking forward to announcing the overall winning tutor group and presenting them with their trophy.’

Students and staff continued with the challenge enthusiastically and on Thursday 15th November the winners were announced. We were very happy to be announced as the winning school, with our students having walked for an amazing 267412 minutes. We are now planning the visit from the Space Odyssey planetarium which was the prize for the winning school.