On Thursday 17th November, Martin Cross and Tony Rice brought the vision, challenge and support of the Gold Fever experience to Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes. The school is the largest in the UK, with over 2500 students in its five ‘Halls’.
BBC 3 counties Radio popped in to record part of the day for their Olympic build up programme, interviewing Martin and some students on their own experience of the day. Jessica Cooper, The BBC 3 Counties reported said after, “What Gold Fever is doing here and in other schools in Milton Keynes is really exciting, the students here had nothing but really positive things to say about the day”
The energy and focus of the students was amazing as Martin and Tony initially helped to empower two groups of specially selected Year 11 students to improve their personal leadership skills. They then embedded these skills further with a lively and interactive INSET session for key tutors.
Students got the chance to see Martin’s Olympic Gold medal and hear how his self-belief helped him overcome the difficulties that faced him as a student.
The Heads of both Halls: Mark O’Callaghan (Grafton) and Roy Middleton (Saxon) attended and participated throughout. Both had selected students with different needs for Martin and Tony’s bespoke programmes, designed to help both tutors and students lead themselves more effectively.
Tony commented after the day “What a pleasure it was to work with the students here. They worked tremendously hard and really challenged themselves; they asked themselves difficult questions about what they wanted from their school life and beyond.”
After getting some student feedback from their morning session, Mark O’Callaghan gave this report, “I have had nothing but positive responses from the Grafton students and I am sure Roy will experience the same for Saxon students. Having been given a real sense of vision and motivation I believe the sense of self-belief engendered, augers well for the future for our wonderful students! Many thanks to both of you again”
Vice principle Michele Rhodes was equally as positive about the Gold Fever experience “The students I spoke to got a lot out of it. We will definitely want to invite you in again for the other side of Campus and possibly for Year 10, too.”
A great day and a great result for everyone!