Farr Out Challenge 2018

Sponsored by Laser Vision Scotland 


Saturday 5th May

More photographs from this event will be added shortly....

Our 9th Farr Out Challenge was once again a fabulous event and we were delighted to welcome teams from across the borders, Edinburgh and north Northumberland. The weather also played its part, after a bracing morning, the afternoon was blessed with a cloudless sky.


This year’s teams included Melrose Primary, Longridge Towers, St. Michael’s Primary (Alnwick), Lilliesleaf Primary, Fettes Prep, St. Peter’s Primary, Morebattle Primary, Ednam Primary, St. Mary’s Green & Gold, Stow Primary A & B, Channelkirk Primary, Tweedbank Primary and The Compass School.
The day took similar shape to last year. I was thrilled to welcome back the climbing wall from AR Entertainment and the izorbs but the children also enjoyed designing and creating their own totem poles in the art studio, casting and performing a scene from a news reel in drama and the ‘torture chamber’, a skills and orienteering based activity.


The selection of activities really did call upon the children’s team work, resolve and endurance and year on year they never fail to impress. In addition we were amazed by some moments of individual brilliance which included Angus from Morebattle winning the climbing wall activity, Lyall from Longridge accumulating the most points in the skills activity and Matthew from Ednam zorbing faster than anyone else!

As always the finale saw all teams assemble on the school’s front field and this year’s objective was to transport a beaker of water across and obstacle course (including sacks, hurdles, ropes, hoops and crawling, with any unspilt water being decanted into a giant test tube. This was a spectacle and a half and was extremely close, the St. Mary’s Gold team tipping 75cm of water into their tube, ahead of Longridge’s 73cm.

With all scores collated, for the 9th consecutive year, we had 13 teams in joint 3rd place! St. Michael’s managed to claim the runners up shield but this year’s winners, by some 5 points, were St. Mary’s Gold.

Once again the good nature and dedication of both the St. Mary’s staff and the Form 7 & 8 pupils, ensured the day ran smoothly. Many congratulations to the St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s teams but also to all the pupils for their good sportsmanship and encompassing the spirit of the Farr Out. Finally, my thanks to the professional team at Laser Vision Scotland, for their kind and generous support, without which today would not have been possible.
Mr P. 

Marnie Harvey, 07/05/2018