‘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 this year 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."
Lydia Ashman works for an arts organisation called CUBITT, connecting artists with schools and young people.
One of the children asked: "How easy is it to make art?"
Lydia replied: "I think it's a bit of both. Everyone in this room can draw or make art in some way. But if you want to improve you have to keep practising and work hard. It's the same as with anything you want to do well."
Carol Lingwood is Head of Costume at the National Theatre. She brought in some of the props her team has made: a crown, a golden high-heeled shoe, and some gory stage make-up.
"If you really enjoy drawing, maybe you'll be a costume designer one day!"
Calvin and Steve are cadets in the Scots Guards.
They guard the Queen on a daily basis.
They like protecting the Queen.
Not many people can say that they protect the Queen!
One of them wanted to be a PE teacher and the other always wanted to be in the army.
They have not been in any wars.
Notes by Jael and Steve in Year 6
Victoria Lloyd is a senior producer at the BBC. "I help people put together comedy programmes for TV and radio. We aim to make people laugh! There's no specific qualification for what I do, but you have to really like comedy."
"At university I helped put on lots of shows. Then I came back to London and worked at a comedy club, so I got lots of great experience. The BBC make the most comedy programmes in the country, so if you like comedy it's a great place to work."
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 last year:
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