‘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)
Global Head of Implementations, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citibank
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 hous 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."
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."
Dreamcatchers who inspired us since 2018
Jess Cameron, our new 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.
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