Adventurers and Explorers

Sep 17

Hanford School recently organised a festival dedicated to the world of adventure and exploration. It was a fantastic week of talks and workshops designed to kick off their school year’s theme of ‘Adventure and Exploration.
 
Girls throughout the school learnt new skills such as bush crafting and raft building. The raft they built, pictured above, worked so well it went on to be used as a kayak on the River Stour.  
 
Meanwhile on dry land the speakers Kate Philp, Duncan Slater,  John Bradshaw and Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking With The Wounded all talked about how physical impairments are no impediment to adventure.  Sarah Outen, who circumnavigated the world by bike, kayak and ocean rowing held her audience mesmerised as she went blow by blow, literally in the case of ocean rowing, through her incredible journey.  Explorers such as local adventurer Pen Hadow,  James Ketchell and Ella Al-Shamahi, from BBC’s ‘Meet the Ancestors’,  reminded us of our environmental responsibilities by showing how their work fits into a global context. Closer to home athletes Anna McNuff and Sally Orange showed how essential a sense of fun and a positive mental attitude are when starting out on any new challenge. These were just a few of the highlights of a week that left the audience’s eyes, minds and hearts to making the impossible possible.

The feedback from the speakers also speaks volumes to how much the girls were engaged in the week.

“Thank you so much for having me yesterday. I just want to let you know, how impressed I was with the girls, some of the nicest, polite girls I have ever had the pleasure of speaking to. I was made to feel very welcome.”     James Ketchell

“It was a real treat to join you all yesterday. I was hugely impressed by the relaxed confidence shown by the girls, what a fantastic start they are being given at Hanford.”  Belinda Kirk

“Hi there, I hope the week has been going well! I have to say I really, really loved your girls… easily one of my favourite schools. You should be really proud of what you are doing as you are nurturing some brilliant young ladies.”   Ella Al-Shamahi

“What a truly fabulous, wonderful, magical day I had on Monday. I am not lying when I say that you are the most favourite-ist school I have ever visited. I wanted to stay and be a student and pick plums and pears and ride ponies and grow vegetables and build dens… forever!  Anna McNuff

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