‘Reaching higher than I dreamed, becoming the person that I want to be,
doing the best I can for the world and for me.’
Dreamcatcher assemblies on a Wednesday morning are a favourite feature of life at St Luke’s. Speakers from all walks come in to share their stories, giving them a sense of the many opportunities open to them in the world beyond school.
We find many of our Dreamcatchers through www.inspiringthefuture.org. Our school proudly hosted the national launch of Primary Futures!
Could you be our next Dreamcatcher? If you can spare half an hour to inspire our pupils, we would love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We've been greatly inspired by former St Luke's pupils who have gone on to university. Three of them received grants from the St Luke's Trust to help with their studies, a unique opportunity for our children.
Simon Edekere is studying Psychology at Middlesex University. He urged pupils to "cherish your time at primary school! You're making memories for life."
Simon's younger brother Leo Edekere is studying Law at City University. Like Simon he is working part-time while pursuing his studies. "A job really helps you develop independence and different skills."
Sonia Chadni told us that visiting Slaughter and May when she was at our school inspired her to become a lawyer. She is now in her final year in Law at Brunel University.
"If you've gone to this school you can apply for a grant from the St Luke's Trust to help you through university. That's been amazing: without that help I might not have got such good grades."
When Damola Taiwo was at our school he dreamed of playing professional football, but he also always enjoyed Maths. At secondary school he decided to pursue his studies, so he went to Birmingham University and gained a degree in Computer Science.
"I did a summer internship at Barclays Investment Bank and they invited me to apply for a graduate position. Being at a bank allows me to use my mathematical skills."
Matt Coleman and Steve Hale work for Osborne, rebuilding the Redbrick Estate. Matt is the Project Manager. Steve is a quantity surveyor. Lily Glasser of Newman Francis makes sure the local community is involved. They posed with some of the children who painted the prize-winning hoarding off Lizard Street.
Other Dreamcatchers who inspired us in 2017-18
Amy Veitch, Managing Director, Risk Management Group, Macquarie Bank
Victoria Lloyd, Senior Producer, Comedy, BBC
Ian Fokerd, School Bursar
Calvin and Steve, Scots Guards
Carol Lingwood, Head of Costume, National Theatre
Lydia Ashman, Programme Manager, Schools & Young People, CUBITT Arts
Nicole Howard, Graduate Trainee Accountant, Schroders
Richard Frostick, Director, and Alex Pitts, Apprentice, Music Centre London
Ben Popatlal, Multi-Assets Investments, Schroders
Rosie May, Utopia Rose Photography
Hannah Simons, Head of Fiduciary Management, Schroders
Michelle Clarke, Crystal Healer and Reiki Seichem Practitioner
Claire Glennon, Business Development, Schroders
Paul Crook, Video Artist
Alex Harding, Systems Engineer, Inmarsat
Marco Bottignole, Community Gardener, St Luke's Parochial Trust
Kate Hursthouse, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Slaughter and May
Ryan Dickens, Accountant, Inmarsat
Tom Mitchell visited us in September, fresh from winning Silver at the Rio Olympics 2016 as Captain of Team GB Rugby 7s.
One of the children asked how he got to be captain. "I think it was trying to be an example to everyone: being a servant to the team."
Other Dreamcatchers who inspired us in 2016-17:
John Walters, Pearly King of Finsbury
Nick Carter, adventurer and explorer
Pete Nicholas, Minister, Inspire London
Alan Myler PC, Safer Schools Police Officer
Rupa Lakhani, Widening Participation Projects, City University
Stephen Walshe & Cindy Zheng, Fortune Kindergarten, Shanghai
Linda Donaldson, Administrator, Natural Success Academy
Luiz Ribeiro, BJJ instructor and Founder, London Fight Factory
Ali Gillum, Head of Community, the eleven
Polly Miles, Solicitor, PwC UK
Peter Taylor, jeweller and Director, Goldsmiths’ Centre
Lauren Redfern, Widening Participation Officer, City University
Elaine Clarke, Centre Manager, Children’s Services, Cardfields
Francesca Gambatesa, illustrator
Gary Bolister, London black cab driver
Brian Leslie, Canadian lumber consultant
Brian Dowling, specialist photographic printer
Rory Peters, Area Manager, Regus plc
Richard Ware, satellite engineer
Nya Rendell Young, St Luke’s graduate and scholarship student, Sherborne School for Girls
Laurence Reeves, forester and Conservation Director, Capitol Land Trust, Olympia, WA, USA