Crawley school’s champion way to inspire children

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Children have been given a pep talk from an Olympian to encourage them to work hard to achieve their ambitions.

Two-time World Champion rower Toby Garbett dropped in at Gossops Green Primary School on Friday (September 11) to launch their Be the Best You Can Be! programme.

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The programme was designed to help children discover their potential and pursue and fulfil their dreams.

Headteacher Dawn Martin said: “The inspiration offered by high achievers, including Olympians and Paralympians who strive to achieve their dreams, is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our children to reach their own goals and to be successful and fulfilled in their lives.”

Toby was bombarded with questions by the children who were fascinated by his achievements and keen to share their own ambitions with him.

Mrs Martin added: “The children responded extremely positively and both the quality of their questioning and the pride they took in sharing their own aspirations with him would suggest that they understood his message clearly.”

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Part of the message which Toby shared with the children was that knowing their goals was not enough; they needed to be clear about the steps they would take to achieve them.

From working hard in school to going that extra mile to stand ahead of the crowd when it came to university selection, the message to the children was one of awareness and responsibility.

Mrs Martin said: “I hope the children will become more confident, resilient learners and will understand that, whilst there are many adults including all the school staff and sports coaches and club leaders and their parents who will do all they can to help them, it is only be each child taking responsibility for his/her own learning and future success that s/he will achieve it.”

She added: “I hope that the children will learn that everyone, including World Champions and Olympians, has set backs on their route to success; the key is having the determination to overcome those hurdles and often to become stronger as a result.

“Finally, and most importantly, I hope that the satisfaction of ‘Being the Best they Can Be’ will mean that our pupils grow into happy, fulfilled adults, who are able to follow their dreams, however small or large.”

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