It was another fantastic visit for Team Mintridge, as we went along to Quilters Junior School on a sunny September afternoon to celebrate the end of Paralympic Sports week, with our amazing archery Ambassador Danielle Brown MBE.
We started our afternoon on an extremely positive note, as we joined Mr Wade’s daily mile enthusiasts for lunch and got to chat to them all about the week they had been involved in. It was so interesting for us to hear about all of the sports the pupils had been learning as part of Paralympic Sports week. As the girls started to chatting to Danielle, they told us all about what their own ‘superpowers’ were. We love that Mr Wade is encouraging his pupils to be resilient, determined, happy and kind individuals. Another highlight was meeting ‘Wadey’ bear – the Growth Mindset bear and his multiple ‘Growth Mindset Capes’.
As the afternoon progressed, Danielle gave her inspirational presentation to the whole school, and spoke all about the challenges she has faced throughout her career and also the times she has needed to persevere and work on her own mental strength and self belief.
As a key focus for the staff and students at Quilters Junior School, Danielle talked all about the Growth Mindset and what it takes to be successful in and outside of sport. There were some fantastic questions that the pupils asked after the session, including:
When you won your gold medals how did you feel?
How old were you when you won your first gold medal?
How many Paralympics have you been to?
How long have you been competing at archery for?
When you were down to your last arrow what did it feel like?
Do you hold your breath when you shoot your arrows?
What is your favourite thing about archery?
It was evident from Danielle’s presentation and the moments of reflection afterwards, that Mr Wade is encouraging his pupils to look at the role models they have in front of them but to also become one themselves, especially using those ‘superpowers’ that make them ‘unique’.
Danielle taught the children two words that really got her through her toughest challenges and the moments where she thought she would fail, ‘I CAN’. This powerful mindset and words of wisdom, was something that was definitely shown during the archery sessions that some of the pupils got to take part in, in the afternoon. It was great to see the students really enjoying their coaching experience with Danielle and not giving up if they didn’t hit the target first time. Like all of our Mintridge Programmes, Danielle presented the students with certificates and had group photographs to celebrate a great session with the Quilters students.
At the end of the day, Danielle helped the Power2Inspire inspirational representatives present the weeks awards and celebrate the winning of house points for the lucky houses that week. It was so lovely for the students to be able to meet Danielle after school and receive a signed autograph card from her in the playground.
Thank you again to the staff and students at Quilters Junior School and the friends of the school that help to support the students and make this fantastic Programme happen.
If you would like to see the photos and video from our afternoon, please contact the staff at Quilters Junior School.
We look forward to working with you again soon.