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The Ten Tors Challenge is a two day expedition for teams of 6 young people aged between 14 and 19. Each team must visit 10 specified checkpoints requiring a walk of 35, 45 or 55 miles over the rugged terrain of Dartmoor, depending on the ages of the team. A team must be self-sufficient; camp on the moor overnight and complete the distance between Saturday 0700 and Sunday 1700 hrs.
It is an adventure that demands careful planning, determination, endurance, training, skilful navigation and teamwork by the participants. They are expeditions to be completed as a team.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Ten Tors the challenge and the training, please email Miss Blackburn at email@example.com.
The initial Ten Tors meeting will take place in T1 at 15.20-16.20 hrs on Monday 29th September for anyone in Years 9 or 10. Miss Blackburn (Ten Tors Team Manager)
The Summer holiday was an exciting time for many of our new Year 7's, and current Year 7's, as they attended the third annual Poltair Summer Challenge. These pupils enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, meet Poltair student prefects and staff, build confidence, develop a variety of skills by completing a wide range of Outdoor Education challenges, boost their Numeracy and Literacy skills and most importantly, they had lots of fun. In fact, many of the students took part in the Summer Challenge for two weeks over the holidays!
The pupils had a great time completing the challenges and tasks set by the staff at Porthpean: many of the pupils took part in activities for the first time, whilst others overcame fears and unlocked a new level of confidence in their abilities. Some of the tasks included archery, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, rock pooling, high ropes and fantastic team building tasks such as "The Beast" and "The Gutter Run". Of course, highlights not only included the 'Pirate Day in Fowey', but also watching Mr Adams and Mr Shepherd get stuck on the high ropes!
It was fantastic to see so many students excel in such a broad range of skills, even before they begin their time at Poltair School, and we are extremely excited to see these young people bring these skills to the classroom.
We plan to offer this amazing opportunity to next year's new Year 7's, and we hope to see even more young people get involved.