College Girls Abseil Down Princethorpe’s Iconic Tower
27 Princethorpe College girls conquered its 30 metre high chapel tower in an epic fundraising abseil challenge.
As part of a drive to raise funds to support their summer 2019 South Africa sporting tour the girls from Year 11 and Lower Sixth enthusiastically took on the once in a lifetime challenge.
In light wind and warm sunshine on Wednesday 1 May there was nothing to hold back the dare devil students from tackling the descent. Under the supervision of outdoor education specialists, Peak Pursuits, participants were kitted up in helmets and harnesses before being given their safety brief. First over the top was Sixth Former Alys Hemmings who led the way effortlessly abseiling the 100 foot drop to cheers from waiting classmates on the ground below.
With 27 girls taking part, the event took all afternoon. Last to descend was Ellen Bucknall who had waited patiently for three hours, before she climbed over the edge she commented, “It was almost harder to come up the Tower, there is no way I am going back down those stairs.”
PE teacher, Louise Harrison, 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 South African charity Sporting Chance and this year the girls have impressed us all with their tenacity and community spirit.”
So far the girls have collected £1839.50 with still more to come in. Huge congratulations to all the girls who took part and thanks to Peak Pursuits for running the event.