A Morden headteacher will be carrying out two ambitious challenges to help raise money for charity.

Students at Harris Academy Morden had an exciting first assembly of the new year as their headteacher, Lee Mallin, asked them to two tasks for him to complete by the end of 2020.

Mr Mallin gave his students four options to choose from. That he would:

  • Complete a skydive and show students the video
  • Learn a new language and present part of an assembly next year in that language
  • Complete a total of 140.2 miles and finish an Ironman Race
  • Learn an instrument and perform at a school event or assembly

The students chose the two physical challenges – a skydive and the demanding full Ironman Triathlon.

The latter will mean that Mr Mallin has to complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon.

You can donate to the academy’s Just Giving page via this link

Mr Mallin said: “Our new year assembly is all about celebrating life and inspiring students to try new things, challenge themselves and enjoy life to the maximum.

"I can’t lie, the skydive will be fun but I am not looking forward to the additional training for the full Iron Man.”

“We chose Cancer Research as our charity as many members of our school community have had family or friends affected by the disease. We are hopeful we will raise a good amount for this worthwhile cause.”

But Mr Mallin isn't the only one with big things coming.

Tristan, a year 9 student at the school will be looking for international glory later this year.

he 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.”