On Thursday 12 November, paralympic Gold athlete Tim Prendergast, visited Hillview School for Girls as part of the Olympic-funded ‘Inspire’ project.
Hillview has been part of ’Inspire’ project for the past two Years. This is the final year of the programme, which will end in a Carnival of Light. As part of this project Tim Prendergast, Paralympic athlete (800m) came to talk to Hillview Students about his life experiences and how he overcame challenges to succeed and become a Gold medal winner.
Students greatly enjoyed the experience and were inspired by his story and coping strategies. Having started to lose his sight at the age of eight, Tim went on to lose 90% of his vision but showed enormous determination to overcome obstacles and win his Gold medal in 2004.
Tim spoke about self-belief and its power. He asked students to use visualisation strategies and they were amazed by the positive impact of this exercise.
The Inspire Art students are going to use his talk to create animated projections and artwork that will communicate his message and experience to a wider audience this will be displayed in the Carnival of Light held on the 20 June in the drama studio.
‘Inspire’ is part of the Kent Schools’ Education Olympics Legacy Programme, which links directly to the London 2012 Games. It aims to bring great art experiences from world class arts organisations into Kent schools. ‘Leading through Culture’ aims to develop leadership skills in children and young people and enable them to inspire others in their learning.