On Monday 14th June, under a perfect blue sky, FSM Pupils and Staff undertook the Herculean task of swimming for 12 hours to raise money for Unicef.

The first swimmers had an early start at 6:30am and, after 2.5 hours, 30km had already been covered! Throughout the day, under the watchful eye of our GSA Lifeguards and Staff members, our boys and girls showed incredible commitment and determination to keep going, right until 6:30pm.

The sponsored swim was the brainchild of Connor and Jack who approached their teacher with a presentation about what they wanted to do, who for and why. They agreed on a 12 hour non stop swim in the school pool that would rely on all the Year 8s working collaboratively and playing a part in the group challenge, taking it in turns to hammer out lengths. The boys elected to raise money for the charity UNICEF,  with Connor’s explanation being that “We wanted to help the children who were less fortunate than us and didn’t have the chance to go to school.”

We are so proud of all who took part and swam an incredible 9,448 lengths in total, equalling  160.61km, which is the equivalent of swimming to Guernsey! Special mention to our top three swimmers on the day: Connor, Jack and Ollie. 

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, works to build a better world for every child, every day, everywhere. UNICEF provides more children with clean water, life-saving food and vaccines, education and protection from violence than any other humanitarian organisation. If you would like to donate, please follow this link: https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/