Youngsters inspired to shine at Norwich school

Police officers, musicians, athletes and footballers have helped inspire children at a Norwich school this week.

Drayton Community Infant School has been running Shine Week to help motivate the youngsters.

Parents and members of the community joined pupils to tell them about their careers and hobbies.

Youngsters at the School Road school have also had a chance to share their talents and interests.

One of the highlights was a visit from Andy Anderson, who completed the London Marathon this year despite losing his right leg in a motorbike accident.

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He talked about Paralympic sport.

Drummer Lee Tallowin played for the children and former Norwich City footballer Adrian Forbes also dropped in.

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Headteacher Karen Wyatt said: 'We've told the children they can all shine at something and they've been telling us about their talents at home, whether that's Beavers, playing the piano or dancing.

'It's about inspiring the children, developing links with the community and taking the values of the Olympics and marrying them with the values of Drayton School.'

The event culminates today with children dressing up as their hero, a member of a club they belong to or someone important from history.

Laura Besenzi, deputy head, added: 'The children have loved it and some have said they want to be a police officer or want to take up the drums. There's been a really nice buzz around the school.'

Mr Tallowin, 35, who has played the drums since he was four and teaches music at Taverham High School, played hit songs by JLS and Justin Bieber yesterday.

He said: 'The children were fantastic and they loved it. They all wanted to play the drums by the end of it. There's nothing better than to see the kids enjoying what you are doing and wanting to do what you do.'

The children were also joined by Kate Hawkins yesterday. The 32-year-old, whose seven-year-old son Finan goes to the school, walked from London to Norwich for charity in 2009 and last year took part in a charity bike ride.

She said: 'I'm not necessarily brilliant at something, but I try really hard at things and I believe I can do it. It's about having that belief in yourself and believing you can do it.'

Are you running an event to inspire youngsters? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326.

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