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Adventurer Nick Carter visits JRS

04 April 2019

Nick has been working with the school over the last 5 years, visiting them annually to explain about each new challenge he is about to face through the charity he works for Committed Project. This year's theme is titled 'Deep Fear' and is centred around stepping out of our comfort zone and being brave and involves travelling to the bottom of Europe's deepest cave.

Nick is well placed to talk about facing fears having scaled the highest mountains (including Everest), ran across the hottest deserts, lived with some of the most remote tribes, and visited some of the coldest places on Earth. Nick says that his passion is helping young people learn through experience, and motivating them to get out and get active.  

Executive Headteacher Felix Rayner, commented, 'We are extremely proud to be supporting Nick and the work he does and can see the enormous  benefit he brings to our school. There is a huge buzz around school prior to Nick's visit and we enjoy following his progress on the videos he sends in.' 

Once in school Nick discusses his challenge with the whole school and sets the pupils and staff their own challenges to complete. This year he is running a Year 6 workshop aimed at equipping the students with the skills needed for their transition to secondary school. 'The children at JRS already learn about and  demonstrate key life skills such as Resilience, Perseverance and Challenge so to be able to work in partnership with them on these core skills is really exciting. I've enjoyed seeing how much the children have grown over the years.'

Mr Rayner continued 'This is another aspect of the exciting curriculum that we have been working on at John Rankin Schools and being able to work with such inspiring people like Nick, brings out the best in our children.'

Nick will be returning to John Rankin next term to find out how the children and adults got on with their challenges. The school are hoping to host a Q & A session with Nick too as parental interest has been strong.  For now, however, Nick will be focusing on planning a new adventure, this time trekking across the arctic circle. If you would like more information or to find out how you can donate please visit www.committedproject.org.

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