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Harleston Pupils get video messages from sporting royalty

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Just days after being visited by the fifth fastest Briton of all time, primary school pupils in Harleston were treated to personal video messages from two more sporting stars.

Last month, Team GB sprinter and bobsledder Joel Fearon spent the entire day at Harleston Church of England Primary Academy, heading PE lessons and delivering motivational speeches about how students can aspire to follow in his footsteps.

Now, the pupils have received inspirational video messages from TV presenter and former rhythmic gymnast, Gabby Logan MBE and Olympic Gold medallist Amy Williams MBE.

Gabby Logan delivering her personalised video message to the lucky students. Picture: Jungle PR
Gabby Logan delivering her personalised video message to the lucky students. Picture: Jungle PR

The videos were made possible thanks to Dan Stagg, the school’s assistant headteacher – who has a number of connections in the sporting world.

Mr Stagg said: “Part of the long-term project I am leading on is about the school values and the importance of them.

“I thought that it would be a great idea to get in touch with some well-known figures to share what our school values meant to them.

“Gabby Logan and Amy Williams very kindly sent in two videos that we have shared with the children in collective worship.”

In the videos, both stars stressed the importance of hard work and respect for your peers.

Gabby Logan said: “Mr Stagg has got in touch with me to ask if I would talk to you at Harleston Primary about the six values in life which you are all learning about; love faith, perseverance, wisdom, respect and hope.

“I think perseverance is one of things you’re really going to need.”

Mr Stagg said that the videos were well received by the children – who are also looking forward to a second visit from Joel Fearon next year.

Mr Stagg said: “The videos have had a great impact on the children. A lot of the children have a better understanding, and we have many examples of how the children are showing perseverance in our achievement certificates.

“We want to inspire our children and link our school values to our own aspirations and show that we can achieve anything.”

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