This week the University of St Mark and St John held the annual Primary Raising Aspirations Day.
The event aims to widen participation and increase student engagement from a young age, with a strong focus on aiding students to realise their potential.
Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice Chancellor at the University of St Mark & St John stressed the importance of working with younger age groups saying: “Marjon has an excellent reputation of working with local schools and colleges to widen participation into Higher Education. We have made it a key priority to work towards ‘sowing the seeds’ at a younger age, so that these students can make informed decisions about their future by the time they leave school”.
Sessions for the young people included team building, futsal, basketball as well as an acting workshop.
Ian Hemelik, Head Teacher at Manor Primary School commented at the event: “This is the third year for the Primary Raising Aspirations event at Marjon and we have worked hard to ensure that all 200 children across all the schools attending have a fantastic university experience, while listening to some incredibly motivating speakers”.
One of the keynote speakers, Andy Martin who was the Education Programme Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games agreed: “Events like today are an excellent way to keep the legacy of the Olympic Games alive, while raising aspirations amongst our young people to strive to be the best that they can be”.
Steve Cunningham, who holds the record for the fastest blind man on land and sea, spoke to the young people attending about the importance of breaking down barriers saying: “Most of the time, the greatest limitations to success are those we impose on ourselves. I wanted the school kids today to understand that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it”.
To find out more about all of the programmes available at the University of St Mark and St John, please come to our open day on June 25th from 9.30am.
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