On Wednesday, Rion Pierre, the GB sprinter came to East Hoathly and Chiddingly to talk to the children. He spent time with the whole school and then worked with each class for a workshop. The theme of the day was to develop the children’s ‘Growth Mindset’ to follow their ambitions and dreams.

Rion talked about his journey from being an everyday boy growing up in Jamaica and then London, before developing a love for football. He practised so hard to become the best he could and worked his way up to playing for the Chelsea youth football team. Unfortunately a major injury put paid to his football career, but as part of his rehabilitation he discovered a talent for sprinting which led to his new found career.

As Rion walked into our school hall, he was really impressed to see our ‘Growth Mindset’ display and continued to explain to the children how the only way to succeed in something is to have a positive, resilient outlook and to never give up.

All classes enjoyed their workshops and managed to ask our visitor lots of questions. The children were all hugely inspired by Rion and have continued to discuss his Growth Mindset and how they can emulate this outlook in their own futures.

We are really grateful to the PFCS for covering the cost of this worthwhile event and many thanks to Rion for coming to Chiddingly.