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Shaa Lecture reaches great heights


Sixth Form students were captivated by professional climber and adventurer Tim Emmett during the first Shaa Lecture of the academic year as he spoke on the topic of ‘Reaching your Potential’.

During the engaging and informative talk, Tim touched on some of his career highlights including racing the BBC Top Gear team in a Car vs Climbing/parachute challenge, winning the Red Bull White Cliffs climbing competition on the Isle of White in 2015 and, in February 2016, climbing Interstellar Spice, the first ice climb in the world graded WI 12 at Helmcken Falls, Canada.

Inspired by his experiences, Tim discussed with the fascinated audience the importance of making the most of opportunities, pushing yourself to reach your personal full potential and realising that failure is part of life and demonstrates eagerness to always do better.

Following the lecture, Tim joined our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Hughes at the Peter Boardman Climbing Wall in the Sports Centre. At the bottom of the cliff face Tim imparted his wisdom to the keen climbers who eagerly took in his advice. Tim then ascended the climbing wall, demonstrating his techniques and obvious ability.

The Shaa Sixth Form Lecture series, which is named after the School’s founder, ensures that through a dedicated programme of lectures, workshops and follow-up sessions, key pastoral themes will be covered with the students in a two-year cycle.