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Food for thought at TEDx

The entire Sixth Form were lucky enough to attend a TEDx conference in Bath yesterday.

With a total of 17 presentations, a fantastic range of topics were included. Just some of the highlights were a talk on triumph through adversity from Stephanie Millward. Stephanie, who was on the fringes of the British able bodied swimming team, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, aged 17 years old and went on to win 10 paralympic gold medals.

Jacob Dunne, a young man convicted of manslaughter after a drunken assault, and later forgiven by the boy's parents, gave students’ valuable insights into how restorative justice works and also emphasised the importance of education.

Frank Gardner OBE, a BBC correspondent who was shot six times and survived whilst filming in Saudi Arabia, gave a powerful and moving story of pursuing the fascination of travel and discovery in the Middle East and not letting setbacks spoil achieving your personal dreams. Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE shared his experiences of leading over 100 expeditions involving over 10,000 young men and women from 50 different nations and launching Operation Raleigh with HRH Prince Charles in 1972.

Luna (Year 12) said "the TEDx talk was very inspiring as we heard from various people who all accomplished something impressive. I found Col. Blashford-Snell who led an expedition on a sailing ship and Frank Gardner had particularly inspiring stories to tell, as their stories were not something you would not expect to hear regularly. I was also very moved by Stephanie Millward’s story who, despite her health challenges, never gave up and achieved her dream whilst exceeding all expectations."

Georgia, also Year 12, said, "Frank Gardner’s stories about the Middle East changed my views about how the media portray this region. Stephanie Millward’s presentation was so inspiring and told us to never give up on our dreams. Also, Jacob Dunne’s talk was really interesting as you could tell from the nature of his speech that he truly regretted what he had done."

Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, said “this was an amazing TEDx conference with incredibly inspirational speakers who, through their personal stories of triumph through adversity , determination to succeed, dedication to a cause, and a spirit for discovery and adventure, showed us what can be achieved or overcome in life. There are so many take away messages here and we now plan to set up a TEDx club at Stonar."



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