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New Year Challenge

Headteacher to Sky Dive and complete the UK Ironman Event for his students and to raise money to beat Cancer

Students at Harris Academy Morden have seen in the New Year by selecting the New Year challenges for their Headteacher!

During the January assemblies’ students voted for two of four challenges for their Headteacher to complete

The choices were:

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Last year Mr Mallin promised to get fitter and took on the challenge of completing a Half Ironman triathlon race where competitors completed a 1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile cycle followed by a half marathon.

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Mr Mallin and his coach Mark Varley exhausted at the end of the Hever Castle Half Iron event!

This year the students have selected a Sky Dive and the Full Ironman.

Mr Mallin said “ The New Year assembly is all about celebrating life and trying to inspire students to try new things, challenge themselves to improve and to enjoy life to the maximum. I can’t lie, the Sky dive will be fun but I am not looking forward to the additional training for the full Ironman! I used to think the students liked me, now I am not too sure! The assemblies have led to many staff and students posting their challenges on the Academy Challenge Board. We hope that all our students are inspired to challenge themselves this year and realise they are capable of anything if they put their mind to it and try!”

This had the desired effect on many students. During break time after the assembly Mr Mallin was approached by one of his students.

Tristan Year 9 said “Mr Mallin’s assembly gave me the courage to talk to him about my own challenge for the year. I am currently grading for my 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo and preparing for my next international competitions in Germany and then Belgium.

Mr Mallin said: We wish Tristan the best of luck in his tournaments and hope this alongside my own challenges inspire more students to take up new activities or be the best they can be in activities they are currently involved in.

Harris Academy Morden students will use the events to raise money for Cancer Research and hope the local community, parents, carers and family members will log into the Just Giving page any donate any money they can.

This can be accessed through the link below or via the Academy Web site. Donations are also accepted at the Academy main reception.


You can follow Mr Mallin’s progress via the Academy web site and Facebook page