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School of the Month for January - Sir Frederic Osborn School
Sir Frederic Osborn School is a community school based in Hertfordshire, Welwyn Garden City, located in the district of Panshanger. We strive to give all students opportunity. Students have the opportunity to participate in over 30 extra-curricular sporting clubs, all students can become a part of one of our many teams attending fixtures and students have the opportunity to lead sporting events in the community, representing the school as a sports leader. The Leadership Academy, founded in 2015, strives to give all of our student’s opportunity in a variety of ways.
On 15th November Mike Mullen, Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador and 2014 UK Pro Halfpipe Champion for BMX Biking, came into Sir Frederic Osborn School to work with the Leadership Academy’s leaders from KS3.
Quoting his Ambassador page on Sky Sports, ‘Mike was not interested in sports at school and never joined any teams or clubs. Having been an Athlete Mentor for a number of years, Mike is also taking on the role of Senior Athlete Mentor – using the expertise he has gained from previous years on the initiative to visit schools which have already completed Sky Sports Living for Sport projects and help them to continue to develop and improve their students’ lives through sport. The students get the opportunity to learn new skills and disciplines that they can use both in and out of school.’
The leaders were able to hear Mike’s inspirational stories and the highs and lows of his career. He explained to our leaders how to overcome the lows to transform them into highs using resilience, determination and effort. The leaders were absorbed by Mike’s speech and it was brilliant to see them taking in what they were hearing and learning something from such an important figure.
After speaking with Mike, the leaders went on to participate in some icebreaker and team building games including the group being able to hold a circular rope, with a student walking along it and using the rest of the students to walk round the rope. To do this required determination, trust and team work; some of the many qualities a successful leader needs. The students also had a chance to lead their own games for their peers. Mike commented on how well our leaders responded to the different activities and the engagement within them. In the afternoon the students then had the opportunity to ride BMX bikes across ramps and even perform skills, with Mike teaching the group different skills and forwarding on things he had learnt. At first, some of the leaders lacked confidence to try something new, but with resilience they gave it a go and really enjoyed it.
Harry Dorrell of Year 8 said, "On my day with Sky Sports, I learnt how to improve my leadership skills and how to be a good leader. In addition I was taught that we should not give up so easily and show resilience to keep on going; practice makes perfect.
"In order to improve my leadership skills we played some games which involved leadership and good communication within a group. My favourite part of the day was learning how to BMX over ramps and if we fell over we were told to keep going until we could complete the challenge."
Regan Carolan (Year 11 Student)
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