70th Anniversary Sponsored Walk
19 July 2023
REPORT BY MR METCALFE, HEAD OF HUMANITIES
On Thursday, 13 July, Priory staff and students took on the challenge of a 6km sponsored walk under the organisation of the legend that is, Mr Watters. The fundraising event was organised to raise money for the refurbishment of the Jubilee Assembly Hall, one of the few buildings that remain from the school's inauguration in 1953.
After several postponed attempts due to the classic British weather, the rain held off for what can only be described as a superb day for all involved. Classes set off for the walk at staggered start times and the scenic walk along the Ribble Way proved to be a major success with students completing the walk with their Learning for Life groups in around two hours.
The students took in some great scenery along the river, whilst dodging horseflies and having conversations with staff positioned at strategic points along the way. The day was thoroughly enjoyed and these comments typically summed up the general consensus...
“It’s a fantastic day and we are loving the walk.” | “It’s great to be walking in the fresh air and taking in the views of the River Ribble” | “We are loving hanging out with our friends whilst doing some exercise." | “The best bit about the day was chatting with staff along the way and finding more out about their lives and work”. | “It was refreshing to be outside and being sponsored to raise money to put back into the school.” | “We had real fun along the way, and it was great to be with our friends.”
The total amount raised will be announced in September as funds are still coming in however it's fair to say there has been some fantastic amounts of money raised. There are prizes for those who raised the most money, including a top prize for one student who raised more than £100 individually. There are 18 more prizes for students who raised more than £70 each, and additional prizes for those that raised great sums of money. An absolutely fantastic achievement!
We would all like to thank Mr Watters for his superb organisation and for leaving a legacy at Priory as his time here draws to a close as he retires this academic year. I am sure you will join me in wishing him all the very best for a long and happy retirement. I am sure we will see him in and around the school as the next few years pass us by.
Thanks to all parents, carers, pupils and staff for all their support for the sponsored walk. It was a great day!