From history makers to everyday heroes
My sister Zoe, Major Tim Peake, our School Chaplain to J K Rowling, these were all people considered special to one or more of our Year 4 children as they chose a hero for the inaugural Blue Coat Heroes Event.
Our first thought was that this would be judged event and a winner picked, but on hearing the children talk about their heroes as they worked on their displays in school, it quickly became apparent that this event could not be judged. After all, how can you judge someone's hero?
In the lead up to the event, the children spoke with such passion and conviction. They were genuinely keen to share information and thoughts about their chosen hero with their peers and teachers. The staff were bursting with pride as the displays started arriving in the marquee, and this was further heightened as the children changed into their costumes ready to stand by their work. Seeing the children speak about their displays and engage with staff, governors and families, really was the icing on the cake!
It was an opportunity not only to learn more about the different heroic people and characters but also at times to be introduced to new ones. Heroes included those closer to home such as grandparents and siblings ranging to the likes of Roger Federer, Amy Tinkler, President Obama, Sir David Attenborough, Major Tim Peake, J K Rowling, Louis Armstrong, Emily Pankhurst and Mother Theresa, to name but a few!
It proved an impossible task to say one child's reasons for choosing their hero was better than another child's reasoning. And so, we celebrated together all the chosen heroic people and characters - historical and modern, real and fictional, living and no longer with us. Published: April 16 2019