Trek across Antarctica inspires Shoreham Academy students

Julian Thomas trekked 950 km  one of the coldest, highest, driest and windiest places on earth
Julian Thomas trekked 950 km one of the coldest, highest, driest and windiest places on earth
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POLAR explorer Julian Thomas inspired students from Shoreham and Southwick to pursue their dreams.

He visited Shoreham Academy last week to talk about his epic journey to Antarctica, trekking 950km across the frozen landscape.

As head teacher of Caterham School, he is part of United Learning, which sponsors Shoreham Academy.

Kieran Felton, head of sixth form at the Kingston Lane school, said: “Julian talked about his motivation to achieve his childhood dream of reaching the South Pole and how he managed to keep mentally tough to accomplish this incredible feat.

“He described vividly the moment he watched the plane that had dropped them off depart, leaving them thousands of miles from everything and anything, and the terror he felt in the most hostile environment known to man.”

Students learned about the planning process for a three-month expedition and asked Mr Thomas how he managed the highs and lows. He explained he set smaller goals in order to achieve his dream in a featureless landscape.

Students inspired by polar explorer Julian Thomas to use small steps to achieve big goals

Students inspired by polar explorer Julian Thomas to use small steps to achieve big goals

Mr Felton added: “Despite losing his sight, two stone and suffering from hypothermia in temperatures lower than minus 40*c, he made it.

“Julian implored students to be aspirational and see things in smaller chunks and take small steps and eventually, if you keeping going, you might just achieve something incredible.”

Julian implored students to be aspirational and see things in smaller chunks and take small steps and eventually, if you keeping going, you might just achieve something incredible

Kieran Felton, head of sixth form at Shoreham Academy