One of our schools, Moira Primary School has become a sponsor for the BuildOn Project. Here is what Headteacher, Karen Hambleton has to say:
Please can you start by telling us your story and why you became a Headteacher?
As a young child I had been brought up surrounded by friends and family who were in education in some capacity, so some may say it was inevitable! However, that was not the reason I became a teacher. Shaping our future generations, offering support, guidance love and care is one of the most privileged professions to be in. Every day you can make a difference, bring a smile, create an aspiration or light a torch. I wanted to provide such opportunities and foster children's desire to be the best version of who they could be. That is why I became a teacher and that is why I became a head over 12 years ago, wanting to support professionals and families further by using my skills to motivate, engage, challenge and drive a school forward.
What made you want to get involved in this project?
What an exciting opportunity! At Moira our curriculum and ethos develops pupils who show respect, tolerance, resourcefulness and empathy.....amongst many other character strengths. Our motto is 'Together We Try' and what better project to show how coming together as a school and a community we can really make a difference to the lives of others.
What is your connection with ClubsComplete?
ClubsComplete is our provider for breakfast club and after school club every day of the school calendar. They have been a partnership for the school for over ten years.
Why is providing children with a solid education important for you?
Life has challenges...socially, academically, financially, emotionally so a broad, balanced and rich education that develops key life skills and knowledge is crucial to allowing our young people to blossom into successful, caring citizens.
Do you have children of your own and if so what do you think they can learn from you being involved in this project?
I have a daughter Megan, 13, a son Ethan, 10 and a step son, 22. I am proud to say they are all caring, thoughtful young people who really will understand the importance of giving time and energy to others. They understand that we have many privileges that children in both our own country and other parts of the world can only dream of...so lets be part of something that can realise a dream.
Have you ever travelled to somewhere that is considered a third world country?
No....always wanted to, to experience life and do something to make a difference but never had the opportunity.
What has been the best lesson in running a school that you have learnt so far?
Every day is different...every day has its challenges....every day has that special moment when you know why you do the job you do and that every child is unique and special....however it requires special and unique teachers, support staff etc to bring out the best.
Once the school has been built, what life lessons do you think would be valuable to teach children as they start their school journey?
That even the most ambitious ideas can be achievable with the right support, attitude, resourcefulness and determination. That you need to want to be the best you can be....want to make a difference.
Thank you so much for your valuable time, we thank you for your support and are delighted to have you on board as a sponsor!