Forest pupils inspired by ParalympianBy Jon Nurse
June 19, 2012
Pupils were presented with medals when their school welcomed a Paralympic champion as part of an Olympics inspired programme.
An Olympic celebration at The Forest School in Winnersh was part of a ‘Be the Best you can Be!’ programme inspiring young people to fulfil their potential.
Gold medal winning Paralympian Helene Raynsford visited the school in Robin Hood Lane on Friday, May 18, to give a presentation on her journey to reach her own dreams.
All of Forest’s Year Eight students have been involved in the programme, which has been running since last September. Their work culminated with the celebration event and medal ceremony, with the champion rower presenting the boys with a special medallion made and sponsored by the Royal Mint.
The school is planning to continue with the programme, with Year Eight pupils becoming sporting ambassadors to inspire primary school children.
Year Eight head of year John Hannam said: “The boys are now engaging in delivering school-based competitions which we hope will then lead to The Forest hosting an Olympic style series of competitions in a few months time.”
The Olympic legacy programme was set up by Dr David Hemery CBE who led a workshop for teachers on a staff development day.
Dr Hemery said: “Everyone has a spark of greatness within them and through a combination of dreams and practical application they can achieve their potential, as long as they set their mind to it, believe in themselves and are work hard.”