Jamie travels the country with the charity Generation R (amongst a whole host of other activities, such as leading expeditions and helping Prince Harry launch the Invictus Games). As the charity's website says:"Learning to be resilient can make a big difference to young people who struggle with feelings of anxiety and self-esteem. One of the most effective ways to encourage resilience is through inspiration from others who have overcome difficulties in their lives.
That’s why the Making Generation R campaign supports injured veterans to take their inspiring stories about overcoming adversity to schools across the UK."
Jamie, a former SAS officer, had each and every one of us on the edge of our seats as he told us how in August 2007 he suffered horrific burns, multiple fractures and internal injuries when his single-seater airplane caught fire as he came in to land, just four weeks after taking up flying lessons.
We were at times appalled and enthralled as he recounted the tale of how he firmly believes his resilient nature was the very thing that got him through the dark days (including two years in hospital) that followed. Just five years on from the day a "tsunami of pain" ripped through his body, this amazing man completed his third marathon, power walking around London in an incredible, mind-blowing six hours and 15 minutes.
His parting message to us all was that with great determination, strength and drive, we can overcome life's obstacles. "Who knows, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve," he said.
I know I was moved, and I think everyone else in the hall was too. Kiran says he's going to think of Jamie if he's having a bad day, and Joe came up and shook Jamie's hand afterwards saying his talk was inspirational.
For his part, Jamie said he speaks in many different settings and locations, but it had been a pleasure to come to Canbury and speak in such a warm and intimate setting. It really was one special assembly.
We look forward to welcoming all Year 9 students and their parents/carers to the Y9 GCSE options evening here next Wednesday 16th January from 6pm until 8pm.
Students of the week
Kyrell for excellent work in Mathematics on Wednesday.
Adam for achieving 12 gold stars on Completemaths and maintaining it over the Christmas break.
Ross for excellent work in literacy. Brilliant use of similies and metaphors in his writing.
Zac for his very detailed electricity investigation.
Anders and Zac for their inventive “ad-” words to “ad” to their English vocabulary
Adam and Carl for their helpfulness to others in ICT.
A special mention to James Brennan for his excellent Mathematics holiday homework which resulted in a score of 100% in his practice Mathematics paper.
Year 11 Geographers for the mature way they worked independently in Mrs Branney’s absence.