Grange Academy’s Ninja Warriors raise money for The Kris Boyd Charity

A tough obstacle course was all that stood between Grange Academy’s pupils and the honour of holding the title of Grange Academy Ninja Warrior 2018.

The first ever Grange Academy Ninja Warrior event was open to all S1 to S3 pupils and was a fun way to fundraise for the school’s PE extracurricular fund and raise awareness of Kris Boyd’s mental health charity.

Pupils were sponsored to complete a tough obstacle course with various challenges throw in, just to make it that little bit harder. The pupils were against the clock and the fastest pupils to complete the course were:

• S1 Jonathon Downey and Rebecca Dickson
• S2 Aidan McMahon and Hannah Johnstone
• S3 Reece Mirfin

The school’s teachers also took part in the challenge over lunchtime and set a somewhat slower pace than the pupils.

Charlie Adams from Grange Academy’s PE department said: “The Ninja Warrior event was brilliant fun. The pupils really enjoyed the challenge and supporting their friends and their teachers who were taking part.

“We were raising funds for PE extracurricular activities but we felt that running up to Mental Health Awareness week we would also like to raise awareness and funds for Kris Boyd’s mental health charity.

“We raised over £600 in total, which is incredible for the first year of this event, and we will be making a donation to The Kris Boyd Charity.”

Head teacher Robert Johnston said: “Sadly as teachers we have all experienced the terrible pain of losing one of our pupils to suicide. Leading up to Mental Health Awareness Week we felt it was really important to raise awareness and funds for Kris Boyd’s charity which has been set up to help those suffering with mental health issues.

“We came together as a school to have fun and to fundraise but there was an important message for our young people too about the importance of good mental health and talking openly about mental health issues.”

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