Weʼre raising £2,000 to support educational trips for primary school children in the summer term
Mr Gynn, Deputy Head at Chiltern Primary School, is running a marathon from the school to Marwell Zoo to raise money to help subsidise school trips in the Summer Term.
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We don’t want our pupils to miss out on a summer of educational activities because they don’t have the money or schools don’t have the funding.
The school serves a community that exhibits high social needs. There is high need for social services support. Unemployment, poor physical and mental health are some of the issues that the Buckskin ward experiences at higher levels than other areas in Basingstoke and Deane. There are proportionally more lone-parent households and residents not working due to long-term illness. There are over four times more households in Buckskin with limited resources budgeting just to make ends meet. The consequences for children living in households with these complex needs can be anything from lacking the focus to learn, limited uniform, difficulties forming friendships to classroom disruption, poor attendance, and poor mental and emotional health.
During lockdown the school supported nearly a quarter of the pupils with IT equipment and continued to provide breakfast cereal and bagels for every family.
Due to COVID restrictions, the school's PTA fundraising has fallen drastically. For over a year, we have had no school fetes, Christmas fairs, Discos, Movie nights, or bake sales. All of these normally raise funds to allow children to experience the world beyond their doorstep.
In a normal year, we visit Marwell Zoo. For some children, this will be the only time they visit a wildlife park.
We also visit the Tower Of London. For some children, this is their first time to the capital.
We’ve worked hard to ensure our pupils have a rich and engaging curriculum. We don't want a global pandemic to stop that. Unfortunately, the school has faced increasing costs of cleaning supplies and safety equipment. This has again severely limited our ability to give children the experiences they desperately need after lockdown.
To raise funds, our Deputy Head, Mr Gynn, is running the marathon distance from the school to the local zoo in one school day.
Heading South out of Basingstoke... and keep going... and going... and going...
Mr Gynn is Deputy Headteacher at Chiltern Primary School in Basingstoke.
Follow his progress on Twitter @GynnMr
The furthest he has previously run is a Half-Marathon in Basingstoke.
Is 12 weeks enough to train for a marathon?
With less only 12 weeks to prepare, you don't have the time to build up the stamina required to complete the marathon at a competitive, sustained pace. Your goal on race day should be to simply complete the miles, not to give Gebrselassie a run for his money. Instead, focus on training to a sustainable pace. - marathonhandbook.com
This will be a challenge.