On Saturday, as part of our Above and Beyond programme, children in Years 5 to 8 spent an inspiring morning with motivational speaker Bart Gee. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis which means that he has weak muscles and stiff joints. After Bart was born, doctors said he would never walk and may not even have the strength to be able to sit up independently. Bart started to walk when he was 3 years old, and has learned to drive, play the piano and has participated in multiple triathlons for charity.
Bart spoke to the children about how, to him, words like ‘difficult’ and ‘hard’ meant ‘possible’, and encouraged the children to think the same when they face challenging situations.
The children partook in a number workshops throughout the morning designed to challenge their perceptions of ‘difficult’ and ‘hard’, including orienteering, a long distance relay, building marble runs, working through puzzles in an escape room, programming LED lights and learning to write in the same way that Bart does.
We hope the children enjoyed their morning ‘breaking limits’, and they will embrace difficult situations with a new mindset in the future!