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Last Updated: Friday, 15 February 2008, 16:55 GMT
School pupils inspired by cyclist
By Denise Glass
BBC Scotland News website, Tayside reporter

Pupils have been studying Mark's journey in geography class.

Pupils at Mark Beaumont's old school have been cheering him on throughout his historic adventure

But his escapades have also helped them learn.

Teachers at the High School of Dundee set up a range of projects as Mark made his way around the world.

The trip provided material for lessons in everything from geography and languages to home economics.

For example, in physics the pupils studied the design of Mark's bike, its aerodynamics, the speeds he was travelling at and the amount of energy he was burning.

'Pursue adventure'

Mark has also been carrying a little teddy bear with him and the younger pupils have been tracking their journey on a special web page.

The school has been receiving regular email updates from Mark, which have been followed with interest by pupils and staff alike.

The youngsters have also been helping to raise money for Mark's chosen charities - Community Action Nepal; Chicks, which provides holidays for disadvantaged youngsters; Edinburgh Cyrenians; the conservation group Tusk Trust; and young persons' charity Rainer.

They have held sponsored cycles - on exercise bikes and out on the streets - with the aim of the whole school cycling a total of 18,000 miles - the same distance Mark has travelled.

Ted Bear
Mark is carrying Ted Bear with him to help young pupils learn

The pupils also took part in a tartan 'No Uniform' day to celebrate Mark's achievement.

And on Friday the youngest pupils held a passport day, where each classroom they went into had a different country to learn about.

Two of the school's teachers, head of geography Val Vannet and junior school ICT teacher Sharon Tonner, even travelled to Paris to welcome Mark across the finish line.

Rector Mike Duncan said: "As the world becomes smaller, and technology has advanced, it has become harder and harder for individuals to pursue adventure.

"Mark's journey has been a true challenge of spirit and endurance, and he well deserves to take his place in the history books.

"His journey has not just illustrated the diversity of our planet, which has in itself been a valuable lesson for our pupils, but has provided them with a source of inspiration.

"Mark is an example of what can be achieved through perseverance and determination.

"On behalf of everyone at the High School, I offer him our warmest congratulations on this outstanding achievement."

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