PR image of schoolchildren from around Devon taking part in Dartmoor Aspirations Day

Schoolchildren from across Devon descend on Dartmoor for career Aspiration Day

Hundreds of primary schoolchildren from across Devon are descending on Princetown today to discover the path to their future career at the inaugural Dartmoor Aspirations Day.
Organised by Princetown Primary School, and sponsored by Dartmoor Classic, the event will see over 300 schoolchildren and teachers from seven primary schools* coming together to discover what it takes to make it in their dream job.
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Representatives from over 20 different disciplines will be on hand at Princetown Community Hall from 10am-2pm to give the children an insight into their careers and the skills that they need and use on a daily basis.
Among the professions and disciplines attending will be engineers, an artist, journalist, photographer, archaeologist, and a theatre nurse.
There’ll be representatives from the military forces, the fire, police and prison services, as well as a national park ranger.  Caterers, boat designers and estate agents will all be in attendance.
There’ll even be an opportunity for the schoolchildren to discover what it takes to make it in the world of sport and event management, thanks the event’s sponsors, Dartmoor Classic.
Phil Whittley, Executive Head of Princetown Primary school, commented on the event, saying: “I’m delighted to see Princetown Primary School initiating this event here on Dartmoor, connecting children from the seven schools with their aspirations.  Our aim is to motivate children to strive towards their future goals and to make sense of why it’s so important to have high expectations.  By working with local businesses and using the wonderful range of resources that we have here on Dartmoor, we can make a positive difference to the future of all those attending, helping schoolchildren learn about the work place and connect that with the education experience in the classroom.”
Commenting on its sponsorship of the event, Stewart Bergman of the Dartmoor Classic cycle sportive said: “Princetown Primary School is making huge strides in the education of its schoolchildren.  When the school came to us with the idea for the event we immediately knew that we had to get involved and so we offered to cover the cost of transport for all the schools coming to the event and arranged for our team to be there.”
Stewart added: “We’re looking forward to a great turnout and to seeing many of the schoolchildren that helped out during last year’s Dartmoor Classic event when the school became the event’s official ‘feed station’.
“We’ll be there to talk to the children about cycling as a profession covering everything from running and making bikes to competing at the top level in the sport. We’re also giving away hundreds of Dartmoor Classic kit bags so that the children can collect materials from the exhibitors on their way round.”
Following the Dartmoor Aspirations Day event, schoolchildren visiting Princetown will go on to the town’s Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre to learn more about Dartmoor, its history, heritage, archaeology and attractions.
Dartmoor Classic’s sponsorship of the event is part of the organisation’s commitment to engage with local communities and to support good causes.  Earlier this month Dartmoor Classic unveiled a new interactive whiteboard, which it bought for Princeton Primary School.  The whiteboard is being used, among other things, to place the school in touch with organisations and educational events and opportunities around the world.
In 2015 the Dartmoor Classic donated almost £9,000 to local organisations including Dartmoor Forest Parish Council, Manaton Parish Council, Dartmoor Search and Rescue and Dartmoor National Park Authority.  In 2016 this figure rose to over £15,000. Since its inception over ten years ago. the event and its participants have helped raise over £150,000 for good causes.
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