Jo Mersh swoops into Harlesden to inspire young pupils
PUBLISHED: 15:44 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:44 01 October 2015
An Olympic sportswoman swooped into a primary school in Harlesden to be met with young firefighters, hairdressers and vets.
Harlesden Primary School in Acton Lane launched their Be The Best You Can Be campaign with Olympic athlete Jo Mersh, who was raised in Kensal Rise.
Pupils dressed up in a host of different professions and trades of what they wanted to be when they are older which included a footballer, a policeman and an astronaut.
The school is the first in the borough to launch the initiative in partnership with the charity 21st Century Legacy which will see a different professional come to the school each month.
The project sets out to inspire children, raise their confidence and encourage them to have high aspirations.
Jo Mersh said: “As a local, coming from Kensal rise, Harlesden primary really was a breath of fresh air.
From the moment I arrived till the moment I left, the children and teachers embraced the ‘ be the best you can be’ programme.
“The children were so respectful and enthusiastic and kept asking questions and really knew what it would take to follow their dreams. It was a fabulous pleasure to have visited Harlesden primary!”
Hannah Widdison, assistant headteacher, said: “When we heard about the project we thought it would be perfect for our children. They’re such great students and we want to empower them to know that they can achieve whatever they want in life.
In class, we’re focusing on developing a growth mindset - teaching children to never use the words, ‘I can’t’ but replacing them with ‘I can’. We are also teaching children to persevere when they find something difficult and that mistakes help us to learn more.”
21st Century Legacy was set up to catch and continue the inspiration felt from the 2012 Olympic Games.