During Monday’s class assembly, Year 5 reflected on the qualities of determination and perseverance. Disproving the idea that famous figures are all ‘super geniuses or really talented’ people who don’t have to work hard for success, the class shared the following inspirational stories of individuals who worked hard and overcame hardship to achieve great things:
- Archimedes worked day and night to solve King Hiero’s ‘Crown Problem’, not even pausing to get dressed after the bath where he finally had his ‘eureka’ moment.
- A true trailblazer, Katherine Johnson was handpicked as one of three black students to integrate in West Virginia’s graduate schools, and went on to become a NASA mathematician and an important figure in the Space Race.
- Surfer Bethany Hamilton did not stop pursuing her dreams after losing her arm in a shark attack, winning her first national surfing title just two years later.
- Despite the dyslexia that led to struggles and bullying in school, Steven Spielberg went on to become one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, even though it to takes him twice as long to read the books and scripts on which his films are based.
Well done to Year 5 for their own hard work in preparing for and delivering this encouraging message to their fellow Infants and Juniors.