people draw on great historical figures for their inspiration.
They cite people such as Churchill, Mandella, Martin Luther
King, Mother Theresa - all great and inspirational figures.
My inspiration doesn't require looking to history or abroad.
I am inspired by people in our community.
a school community we have witnessed the loss of a small
number of students from accidents and illness. We have also
had to support students and their families following the
loss of mums and dads. It is admirable how all families
cope with these tragedies. It is an inspiration to see many
set up or support existing charities in memory of their
lost loved ones; raising money and offering support to families,
suffering and worrying as they have done in order to alleviate
some of the hardship. Organizations such as Noah's Ark,
Hope, and the Mat Beddard Charity are three of many I could
mention. I am always very pleased when the school council
opts to support these local charities.
school is closely associated with the Princess Diana Award
set up for inspirational young people. Princes William and
Harry have recently stated their ongoing support for this
Award. We have been successful this year in having one of
our students recognized. We have here tonight an inspirational
young lady who has given a great deal of support to her
family over the years. Her mum and dad are exceptionally
proud of her and she has helped her older brother through
some particularly challenging times. This young lady enjoys
looking after animals and she has spent sometime caring
for them at a local sanctuary. Already recognized in a local
awards ceremony in Hereford, a young lady who is very well
liked by all at John Kyrle, someone who always aims high
and does her best. Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of this
year's Princess Diana Award for courage and inspiration,
multi-billionaire and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates,
was asked recently what advice would he give to anyone working
in an organization in order to help them progress. He said
the answer was easy. Make your boss happy by knowing what
he or she values in the organization and doing it. My PE
department follow this advice to the letter. They know that
coming to my office with students who have achieved sporting
success always makes my day. Whatever the sport I am pleased
to see and help celebrate success, especially if this success
gets us a mention in the local papers or, even better, my
picture in the paper!
of the students here tonight were part of individual and
team events which saw John Kyrle excel on the sports field
during 2009-2010. Year 8 and 9 boys are the table tennis
champions of Herefordshire. This success is more marked
as we won the cup indoors. At John Kyrle we usually play
table tennis outdoors. I'm going to lobby for it to become
part of the Winter Olympics as we are even better in the
wind, ice, rain and the snow.
celebrate tonight success in all areas important to this
school; academic, musical, artistic, linguistic, sporting
and for contribution to the community. None of these successes
would be possible without the talent and hard work of my
students and their teachers, the backing of the Governors
and the huge support students and the school receive from
parents and the local community.
continue to be genuinely proud and honoured to lead this
school. My job has changed massively over the last ten years,
my enjoyment of it has only increased. The most rewarding
aspect is seeing students with the help of school and their
families persevere and gain the successes they deserve.