EIGHT students have finished one of their most gruelling tasks, to canoe 127 miles along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The students from William Henry Smith School spent six days travelling along the canal in order to raise sponsorship for their summer trip to France.
Led by their teacher Ian Yates the boys set out to net £150 sponsorship from companies per canoe and per individual.
Mr Yates said it was quite a challenge. “For some of the them being in school on a full time basis is an accomplishment and this is the first time they have done anything like this. The aim of the sponsored canoe was to try and help them bond as a team so they can go through their last year and perform in their exams to the best of their ability,” he said.
“There is an amount of negative interaction in the class at times which can be quite damaging to the final results. So it was a good chance for them to bond so we can get the best out of them.”
The idea for the challenge was from the group who had been researching ideas on the internet. “They didn’t want to do a cycling challenge or a walking one so the decision was made to go canoeing,” said Mr Yates. “They looked at which sections of the canal we would be travelling down and went to a school which had done the same challenge about ten years ago.
“It was very physical and hard work. Everyone was shattered at the end of it. But they all got a lot out of it and feel they have accomplished something.”
The sponsors were Barry Thompson from Covers 33, Bill Bradley from DB Bolts Ltd, Eric Richardson from Lamric Engineering, Mike Jowett from Barratts Builders Merchants, Michael Hinchliffe from Hargreaves Foundry, Ross Hammond from Ross Hammond and Sons Builders, Graham Thomas from Broadbent Stanley Ltd and Joan Wainwright, wife of the late Calderdale councillor Geoffry Wainwright.