Lara flies high to show Kinderley School pupils 'the sky is not the limit' as the children complete their personal goals
As the academic year comes to a close the children at one Fenland school are coming to the end of an initiative aimed at motivating and encouraging them.
‘The sky is not the limit’ scheme was introduced at Kinderley School in Tydd St Giles last October after teaching assistant Lara Gourley attended an evening with The Typhoon Pilots.
Lara, a mum of two and teaching assistant at the school, was impressed by the ‘can-do attitude’ of the pilots and used their inspiration to help motivate pupils.
As a result all the pilots sent motivational videos which Lara played to the children in assembly and Squadron Leader Ian Smith gave the school ‘The sky is not a limit’ tag-line for the scheme.
Each child set their own target and with the launch of the scheme worked towards achieving their personal goal.
This week at the school’s annual sports day it was Lara’s own opportunity to reach her goal - to fly a plane.
Thanks to RAF Marham she took to the skies over the playing field in a training plane as the excited pupils watched on and waved.
She said: “It was a fantastic experience. I always believe that if you are going to set a challenge for children then the adults should be prepared to join in. I love planes and I’m fascinated by aviation photography so it was easy to decide what my personal goal would be.
“With the help of a local band I produced a message for the children which was played just before I flew over the school and they all waved and cheered. It was fantastic.
“We have been assessing the success of the scheme and have found nearly all the children have achieved their challenges with just a few left to go before the end of term.
“Sometimes you question if it is worth it but it has made a big difference. Some of the challenges were small like the Reception children aiming to read more and write, and others focussing on learning their times tables.
“But it has had a big impact. There is a real buzz about the school, and everyone is so much more positive in their attitude. The parents have loved it and I think the relationship between the school and them is the best it has ever been.
“We will now be looking at a way to celebrate the children’s successes before we break for the summer holidays and then start afresh in the autumn.”