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 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! (email@example.com)
Mrs Damolekun’s brother was our very special Dreamcatcher!
Maya and Mazen interviewed him in assembly. Hiyabel and Sude 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."