PHOTOS: And you thought the HSC was scary ... Students take a leap of faith

FOR most high school students, the HSC is as scary as their education gets.

But on Monday a group of Orange Christian School kids were put through the ringer thanks to the Pinnacle of Terror.

Designed to build morale in youth, the Pinnacle of Terror puts students through a series of physically and mentally gruelling challenges to test both their faith and confidence in their peer group.

Set up for the day at the Orange Christian School and allowing students from Bathurst to attend as well, organiser and Seventh Day Adventist Church pastor Colin Richardson said the Pinnacle of Terror delivered yet again.

“It was part of a youth week of spiritual emphasis and the focal point of the discussion and talk was friendship with each other and friendship with Christ and knowing how to be friends,” Mr Richardson said, with 40 kids taking the test in Orange.

The Pinnacle then travelled to Narromine and Griffith.

“It was a big challenge for some of the students and to see them up there encouraging each other to do what they would normally think wasn’t possible, was fantastic. The camaraderie all of the students showed was great"

“Friends care for each other, are prepared to forgive each other,” he continued.

“There were safety ropes galore of course. There was a wire walk, a wall climb, what they call a leap of faith, where you jump out and grab a trapeze handle. There’s the wobbly tower.

“The aim of it is to try and build confidence. Encouragement. There’s no winners and losers.”

High above, the Pinnacle of Terror puts students through the step of fear, a high wire suspended four metres above the ground that participants walk across, a seven-metre rock climb, abseil, the leap of faith, jumping from a small platform seven metres above the ground to a trapeze bar three metres in front of them.

Orange Christian School principal Melissa Brown said the students enjoyed the teamwork associated with the challenges.

“It was a big challenge for some of the students and to see them up there encouraging each other to do what they would normally think wasn’t possible, was fantastic. The camaraderie all of the students showed was great,” she said.

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