Spectacular Sunshine for School Sponsored Walk!

Hedingham School’s Sponsored Walk day dawned chilly but gloriously sunny with the countryside looking stunning in the autumn sunshine.  Excited children gathered in the bus park before they set off on the 10 mile walk along foot paths and bridle ways.  Some brave (or maybe foolhardy!) students had donned shorts for the day and had to battle against nettles but nothing spoilt the fun of being in such lovely countryside with all their friends and lots of food to keep them going!  The recent rain added to the enjoyment with students skidding on mud and jumping over puddles as they wended their way to Gestingthorpe, where one of biggest picnics seen in Essex took place.  Hundreds of students gave their tired feet a rest and sat in the brilliant sunshine eating their well- deserved sandwiches. As 11 year old Chris Le Comber from Sible Hedingham said, ‘I got very muddy because I walked through every puddle I could find!’  Dozens of them had decided to wear their bright green Smile of Arran Trust T shirts to show that their friend Arran, who tragically died over a year ago, is still very much in their minds and close to their hearts.

The sponsored walk takes place every two years with lessons abandoned for the day and all the students and staff at the school participating.  There can’t be many schools in the country where over 1200 people go for a walk together!  At Hedingham we are blessed with the beautiful scenery of the Essex/Suffolk border and local farmers and land owners are very kind to let us walk over their land.  A very efficient team of school marshalls, clad in high visibility jackets, made sure that everyone crossed roads safely and ensured that no one got lost!. The police also came out to assist at some of the more awkward road junctions which was much appreciated by everyone.

Hedingham School has a close community and it was good to see many older students, who have now done the walk 3 or 4 times, supporting Year 7 students who are 11 years old and have only been at their new school for 3 weeks.  Year 7 student Aiden Pryke from Sible Hedingham commented, ‘I was proud to be one of the first to finish the walk but I did get quite a few blisters!’  By 3pm everyone was back at the school tired and happy, covered in mud and ready to catch their buses home for a very well- earned rest.