Dreamcatcher assemblies on a Wednesday morning are a favourite feature of life at St Luke’s. Speakers from all walks of life come in to share their stories, giving the children 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)
Sonny Conteh - Slaughter and May
Lewis and Brad - Barclays
Lewis Clark and Bradley Wheal work at Barclays, a major international bank with 900 branches around Britain. “Brad and I are based in Moorgate,” Lewis explained. “I’m a branch manager, with a team of 20 people helping our customers manage their money. When we’re recruiting people for Barclays, one of the biggest things we look at is personality: how you engage with people. My top tip for you now would be to work hard at getting along with your schoolmates and your teachers. That will really help you in later life.”
Brad’s job as a Digital Eagle is all about IT training. “Often I work one-to-one with people, but sometimes I’ll train a group. The best thing about my job is getting to do sessions like this in school!”
Before assembly Brad and Lewis showed Year 3 how to code their own fun game using Scratch, the free online coding platform. Watch out for that fish-eating shark!
Avis Venning - Development Manager, Peabody Housing
Avis Venning is a Development Manager at Peabody, a housing association. They provide homes for people to live in, at a lower rent than commercial developers.
"At your age I didn't have big dreams because I didn't see people with brown faces like mine doing great things, not even on TV. My dream now is to give people good homes to live in, safe and secure with their families. So I'm living my dream."
Simon Watson - Accenture
Simon Watson, father of Gracie in Year 5, works at Accenture, advising businesses on the technology they use for sales. “Let’s say Mrs Damolekun here is at the till in a toy shop. To pay for a toy you hand her a card. She puts your card in a machine that talks to your bank, and the bank pays your money to the toy shop. I help businesses make all that work better.”
“My advice to myself at your age would be: first of all, have breakfast! Eating properly first thing gives you the fuel you need for the day to concentrate and stay motivated. Secondly, don’t try to be better than someone else, just try to be better in yourself. Maybe you could work harder at school. Or if you weren’t very kind to someone yesterday, try to be kinder today.”
Louise Constad - Make-up Artist
Louise Constad has worked as a make-up artist for 42 years. Whether she’s making up a film actor, fashion model or a bride, she told us: “Timing is very important—you don’t want to be late or it will ruin the client’s day!
“To do what I do you have to really like fashion and make-up, and you have to be dedicated. You also have to like people: you work really close to their faces.”
Susan and Katrina - Heyne Tillett Steel
Susan Mantle and Katrina Wylie work together at Heyne Tillett Steel, an engineering consultancy based near our school. Susan is the Technical Director; as a structural engineer she designs buildings. Katrina is a civil engineer working to reduce and manage floods that might affect the buildings Susan designs. Both of them really enjoyed maths and science at school.
What Susan likes most about their work is doing something real. “It’s great to see something you’ve designed being built, seeing people come in and enjoy the building. I really like problem-solving: we’re constantly working to make things better for people.”
Reverend Vicki Davies
Reverend Vicki Davies launched our Dream Catcher assemblies this year. She was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in July this year and has come to serve in our own parish of St Clement’s, supporting Father David.
“I help with marriages, baptisms, funerals, coffee mornings and Bible study groups. Coming into school is one of the best parts of my job.”
Mrs Damolekun’s brother was our very special Dreamcatcher!
Year 6 interviewed him in assembly and took notes.
“I work in a bank. Banks look after our money. They also do a lot of lending, for instance to people who want to buy a house or a car. I work in the part of the bank that works with companies, looking after the Internet banking for our company clients.”
“My job is a global role, so one of things I like best is travelling all around the world. Last year I was in Colombia, in South America, and as far away as New Zealand. I get to meet different people, experiencing different cultures, tasting different food.”
“I was born here but I grew up in Nigeria. When I went to school I wanted to be an engineer. I used to open up radios and irons and things just to find out how they worked. I studied Engineering at university so I am an engineer.”
“My advice is would be to study what you really enjoy. When you get a job it won’t feel like work—it will feel like a hobby. But remember too: nothing is easy in life, but if you work hard you will get where you want. You have to prepare and put in effort, then you’ll get the result.”
After assembly Femi visited Year 6 and Year 5. With the help of some willing volunteers, he showed us how you earn interest from a bank when you deposit money in a savings account. The same bank charges interest on the money they lend to borrowers. They make a profit by charging more to borrowers than they pay out to depositers.
Femi also showed us some oil rigs from his time as an engineer, another exciting career!
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." (no longer aval.)
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."
Jess Cameron, Head of School
Tulsi Parekh, Research Optometrist
Holly Bland, Air BnB Experiences
Iman Faruki and Vivian Bennett, Oxford Law Student Ambassadors
Kanom Bibi, Research Photographer Moorfields
Kelly Tham, Commercial Lead, BfB Labs
Kelly Craig, ELon Edu Officer, Dogs Trust
Dr Alexandra Turner, Research Children's Society
Susannah Morgan, Producing Co-ordinator National Theatre
Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer, Museum of the Order of St John
Daniel Lawson, Signify Technology
Andrew Hollingsworth, The Passage
Jess Child, EPPR Network Manager NHS England
Femi Rowaiye, Citibank, Global Head of Implementations Treasury and Trade Solutions
Leah Hyslop, Deputy Editor, Waitrose Food
Clive James, Health and Safety, St John's Ambulance
Hannah Owen, Assistant Programme Manager Nesta
Lorna Nsoatabe, Associate, Slaughter and May
Chris Fry, Executive Producer, Sister Pictures
Courtauld Gallery Education Team, Courtauld Gallery
Eye Technicians from Moorfield Eye Hospital
Paul Williams, Chief Software Engineer Bloomberg
George Petters, Ex-pupil and 6th form student at Central Foundation for Boys
David Cakebread, Trainee Solicitor, Slaughter and May
Natalie Anson-Wright, Dance and Drama Teacher
Elizabeth Corley, Senior Advisor, Allianz Global Investors
Louise Taylor, Fundraising and Events officer, Moorfields Eye Charity
Anna Godas, CEO Dogwoof Film
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.
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."