The Brent Primary School is proud to be part of the new pilot project 'INSPIRE' which is currently taking place in a select group of schools. The inspiration behind the project comes from the London 2012 Olympics, although it is not sport specific.
Chris Cook, a former Olympic swimmer and a Commonwealth gold medallist, is working with our Year 5 and Year 6 classes. He works as an Athlete Mentor, inspiring and challenging young people to find their true passions and realise their own potential by setting themselves a range of personal and educational goals.
Through five key areas, the INSPIRE project aims to teach children the skills to help them realise anything is possible. These core topic areas are: Dreams, Goals, Aims & Ambitions; Comfort Zones; Role Models; Mind, Body & Spirit; Coaching & Mentoring.
On June 5th, the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay was hosted by Kent schools on its journey across the country, in a series of high profile county events, which focused on the achievements of the 'INSPIRE' Legacy programme. The Baton Relay began its journey in Tonbridge, where it was welcomed by over 1,000 children at Tonbridge Castle before going on to three other education settings in which over 3,000 pupils were actively involved in a range of exciting activities before its final stop at County Hall, Maidstone. The Queen's Baton Relay was carried by locally nominated Baton Bearers, which included Olympic Gold medallists Dame Kelly Holmes and Lizzy Yarnold MBE.
On the 28th November 15 students from Year 5 attended a writing workshop as part of the Inspire Project and became 'Apprentices of Literacy'. The workshop was hosted by 'Spook Johnson' and focussed on the book 'The Spook's Apprentice' by Joseph Delaney. The children explored a variety of writing genres and thoroughly enjoyed the day. They especially enjoyed the part where Miss Angell had to eat a 'blood cake'!
On 24th January 2014 10 pupils took part in a Big Arts Project aboard Light Vessel 21. Throughout the day the children embarked on a journey around the ship exploring different forms of art including graffiti, sounds and sculpture. The children left inspired and full of ideas for the next step of their journey as art leaders at The Brent.
Our pupils have had the opportunity to work closely with Commonwealth and Olympic swimmer Chris Cook! He visited the school at the beginning of the year to discuss goals and ambitions with the pupils, as well as the barriers they may face in order to achieve them. The school is very lucky to have its own pool and, as an end to the 'goal setting' project, Chris spent a couple of days working alongside our regular swimming teacher.