The year 7 and 8 intermediate classes were blessed when we had 3 talented speakers arrive at our school. They were here because they came to talk to us about their aspirations and hopefully inspire us to think about what we want to do when we get older. As they were part of the future aspirations this was hosted by Andrew Patterson.
Giving it over to Andrew he talked to us a little bit before he showed us a video. The video was about a boy who was year 8, when he first found out that he was a confident speaker. This year he is year 9 and is a confident speaker who gets paid to speak at conferences and all sorts of meetings. The video was full of laughter coming from both us and the audience in the video.
“Can we please say a huge hello to Mr Samuels” He said. When he came up to the front to talk to us we already knew him as he was the dad of three boys that attend our school. He talked to us about the time he had spent on the No 1 kids show What now. Also there was 1 key and 1 phrase. The phrase was To Miharo Hoki which means You are Amazing. Where the key to unlock this phrase was “ Your past doesn’t have to determine your future”. Before giving the mic back to Andrew we watched a little movie. It was about famous people who got told they could never make it but ended up stars. The purpose of this was to teach us that what other people say doesn’t mean they're right.
Receiving the mic Andrew then announced the next person who was Paula. He told us a story about how he nearly died. It may sound scary but its actually quite funny. The events leading up to the story started at his school when he first started swimming. He won all the awards as he had a secret weapon. He said it really came in handy when he got tired as he just put his legs down and walked. But one time when he went to a swimming competition he realised that he couldn’t touch the ground and ended up drowning. The moral of his story was that he’s not scared we won’t succeed he’s scared we won’t try.
The last speaker was a lady named Amelia who is finishing her 2nd year of a 3 year degree. Her message was don’t let other peoples opinions and choices influence your decisions. She had said this message because in her life everybody thought she would grow up and be like her brothers instead of having hope and faith in her.
We are so grateful to have the opportunity to have people like them in our world. who give up their time to help inspire kids and young youth. Thank-you for inspiring us on this day and through the rest of the day.