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KC welcomes inspiring guest speakers


Kent College welcomes inspiring guest speakers – Natasha Devon MBE, Nicholas McCarthy and Dr Barry Hymer

This week, Kent College welcomed three nationally acclaimed guests Natasha Devon MBE, Nicholas McCarthy and Dr Barry Hymer, to speak to students, teachers, governors and parents. 

At the school’s annual Birthday lecture, musician Nicholas McCarthy, spoke about his life and played some pieces, including his own arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G minor, Opus 23, no 5. 

Nicholas overcame adversity to become the only left-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music. He was born without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14.  

Nicholas was joined on stage by Dr Barry Hymer, the UK’s leading expert on Growth Mindset, a concept developed by Stamford professor Carol Dweck. Growth Mindset centres on the concept that intelligence is not ‘fixed’, but can be ‘grown’. Kent College has adopted this principal in its teaching, encouraging pupils to learn through perseverance and not to be afraid of failure.

The following day, Kent College was delighted to hear from mental health champion, Natasha Devon MBE, as part of their annual Resilience Day. Through a range of videos, statistics and anecdotes, Natasha delivered an engaging and evocative presentation on topics such as body image and exam stress.

These events formed part of an inspiring programme of speakers open to pupils and the wider Kent College community.

Ms Lodrick said ‘I was delighted to welcome three extraordinary speakers to inspire our pupils with their pioneering ideas.  Kent College is a place for thought-provoking debate and discussion and this week has epitomised that. We look forward to welcoming more inspirational speakers in the future.’ 

Click here to download Dr Hymer's handouts -  Mindset Diagram and Mindset Myths 

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 12:43
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