On Sunday 12th July almost 450 staff, students and their families took part in a virtual event to mark the end of the summer term. ‘Step into Summer’ invited all members of Team Durrington to complete a distance of 3km, 5km, 10km or 20km by walking, cycling or running. Everyone who signed up was given a race number to wear whilst taking part and encouraged to set off at around 9.30am.
To help everyone feel connected participants were also asked to send in photos proudly displaying their race numbers, which they did in droves. The school social media pages were abuzz with a variety of celebratory photos and happy smiling faces. So many families entered together and students met up with their friends (socially distanced) to take part. There were even participants in Oxford, France and Australia!
It was a beautiful sunny day and some people took to the seafront, enjoying the sea breeze and waving to others taking part. Many enjoyed the stunning scenery of the South Downs, visiting Cissbury Ring, Arundel and Devils Dyke among other places. Year 9 student Amelia Farley and her mum completed just over 5k walking along the seafront from George Vth Avenue to Splash point and back, saying, ‘We were overtaken by Miss Wolstenholme running and Mr Poole on his bike. We also said hello to Mrs Wallis-Tayler. We had a lovely paddle in the sea on the way back.’ Year 10 student Alex Walker, who walked with fellow year 10 student Ed Price said ‘We had a great time and want to thank everyone at team DHS.’ LRA Manger Mrs Baker said, ‘We had a great long walk this morning, the dog enjoyed a swim along the way too!’ Year 8 student Amelie Crutchlow ‘had a brilliant time, did 3km walking then jumped on bikes for the rest all along our wonderful seafront and down the pier’ with her mum and sister year 10 student Neve and friends Jess Townsend and Laura Heeley.
Mr Woodcock, Head of School said, ‘We were determined to finish the school year by coming together in a safe way. The idea of all taking part in a physical activity at the same time meant we could mark the end of term together yet apart. It was wonderful to see so many students enjoying the occasion with their families and spending time together.’
Step into Summer was a huge success and testament to the fact that although the school year has been unlike any that has been experienced before, the Team Durrington spirit remains the same; positive, determined and supportive.