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Monty Halls visits Dauntsey's

Published Thursday 7th of March 2019 01:11:31 PM

Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed adventurer and ex-Marine, Monty Halls, who delivered an inspiring and intriguing talk in the first of the School’s 2018/19 Mercers’ Lecture series. Monty based his talk on the theme of ‘values’, and the importance of learning that we should be shaped by what we value as human beings, and not the tangible things in life. Having recently released a television series about his travels entitled ‘My Family and The Galapagos’, Monty spoke at length about his journey with his wife and two daughters. Through these expeditions, he prides himself on educating his daughters about the wider world and the animals and plants that inhabit it. Monty also spoke about a recent project ‘WW2's Great Escapes: The Freedom Trail’” where he retraces the steps of prisoners of war and concentration camp escapees. Each tells the story of a treacherous journey, made all the more challenging by a lack of food and the danger of recapture. He highlighted one particularly heart-warming story where two young people, separated by war, were reunited some 75 years later, with the help of Monty and his crew. Hermione, a Sixth Former at Dauntsey’s who attended the lecture, and joined a pre-event supper with Monty, said: “Monty’s passion shone through and was inspirational for many of us in the audience. During supper, we were able to gain an insight into his career path and how his life has evolved and shaped who he is today. He spoke passionately about his life in the Marines and his explorations around the world. “We talked about our own aspirations and goals and what we wanted to study in the future. Hearing Monty talk was truly inspirational and moved everyone to question not only themselves but the world around us.” ENDS Notes to Editors: The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542. For further information about Dauntsey’s School, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool. ENDS
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