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Pupils And Staff Abseil Down Princethorpe’s Iconic Tower

20 Apr

Princethorpe College pupils and staff conquered the 30-metre-high Chapel tower in an epic fundraising abseil challenge on Wednesday 19 April.

As part of a drive to raise funds to support their summer 2023 South Africa sporting tour, the pupils from Year 11 and the Sixth Form enthusiastically took on the once in a lifetime challenge.

In light wind and with the sunshine breaking through, there was nothing to hold back the 60 dare devil students and staff from tackling the descent. Under the supervision of outdoor education specialists, 10:10 Ventures, participants were kitted up in helmets and harnesses before being given their safety briefing. First over the top were Sixth Formers, Evie Phillips and Millie Giffin, who led the way effortlessly abseiling the 100-foot drop to cheers from waiting classmates on the ground below.

The last to descend were Headmaster, Grove du Toit, and Deputy Head Pastoral, Beth Sharpe, who ascended the tower at 5.30pm for their turn to climb over the parapets.

Head of Girls' Games, Jen Law, commented, “The South Africa tour is a major event in the Princethorpe Sporting calendar. We expect pupils to take responsibility for raising funds for the trip to support the community activities pupils participate in while on tour. The total raised will need to be tallied up but huge congratulations to all who braved the drop from Princethorpe's mighty tower.”