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Skype with Andy Bristow!

On Wednesday, Year 5 children were able to have Skype conversations with ‘the wild cyclist’, Andrew Bristow. 

Andy attended the school from 1989 to 1994 and is currently in the middle of a large cycling adventure. He left Southport on his birthday in March 2016 and has so far cycled in 24 countries, raising money for Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Wateraid. The children were very excited to be able to speak to Andy while he was Lusaka, Zambia. 

Each of the four classes were able to think of questions and ask Andy directly. Such questions included where else he has been in the world, what his highlights have been so far, who has inspired him to take on the challenge, and who was his favourite teacher in Churchtown Primary! Ben Goulden in Class 5K remarked, “this experience was amazing! I can’t believe I’ve just spoken to an ex-pupil who has so much perseverance to go all around the world!”

This was a particularly beneficial experience for the Year 5 children as we are currently learning about Britain and where we are in the world. We have also done a lot of work on growth mindsets and discussed various, inspirational people - so this was a great local example of what having a growth mindset can lead to! We think Andy’s words on the importance of an imagination have really resonated with our pupils today and fit in with our school’s Vision to Imagine, Believe and Achieve.

Many of the children left their classrooms feeling inspired with Ethan Fletcher in Class 5C stating, “I realised that you don’t need lots of money to travel to different countries.” Emily Blackhurst in 5MN said, " it was amazing and thrilling speaking to a person who inspires me so much with his determination, perseverance and energy to go so far around the world!” Lizzie Appleby in Class 5M concluded that “you can make your own dreams - don’t let other people make them for you!” 

For more information about Andy’s journey and how you can sponsor him on his trip, please visit www.thewildcyclist.com.