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It was with great excitement that we revealed to the children today that we are taking part in a programme called ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ and will be visited by former world class 400m runner, Mark Richardson, next Tuesday, for the launch day.

Mark’s career highlights include winning an Olympic silver medal in the 4x400 relay at Atlanta in 1996 and uniquely he is the only European athlete to have beaten Michael Johnson over the 400m.

‘Be The Best You Can Be’ is an Olympic inspired programme that builds on the legacy of London 2012. Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic Gold medallist and former world record holder (400m hurdles, Mexico 1968), founder of 21st Century Legacy says, “everyone has a spark of greatness within them and through a combination of dreams and practical application they can achieve their potential, as long as they positively set their mind to it, believe in themselves and are prepared to work hard.”

The governors and staff at St Katharine’s have invested in this programme because we believe it will be a fantastic, meaningful way to build on the teaching of our core values (grace, integrity, aspiration) and powerful learning attributes (resilience, effective communication, collaboration, reflective thinking, independence, creativity, decision-making and problem solving).

The ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ programme includes a staff development session, which we had last week, followed by the launch day where our inspirational speaker, Mark Richardson, will share his story of how success is a journey, with the need to overcome inevitable setbacks. This is followed by further themes across the year designed to help children discover the skills they need to follow their dreams and begin their own successful journey. At the end of the programme, the children will receive a medallion, produced by the Royal Mint.

We are delighted to be taking part in this programme and would love you to become involved this week by finding out about Mark Richardson at home. Children will be setting up ‘dream folders’ during the launch day next Tuesday and we hope that these folders will be shared between school and home. It would be fantastic if you could talk to your child about a famous achiever who you have been inspired by in the past; it could be an author, musician, historical figure, sportsperson or any other role model. If your child is able to bring in a picture of Mark Richardson and the other role model you shared, that would be great and they can be stuck into the dream folder in school. Children will talk about the attributes of successful people.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us or alternatively you can visit the website: This link will be on the school website shortly. We will also be in touch soon to find out if any of you could help us inspire our children, through sharing your skills, talents and professions.

Yours sincerely

Mrs St John

9th September 2013