Tuesday, 17 June 2014 05:22


Mrs Hadjiyiakoumi presents volunteers with a range of tinned food Mrs Hadjiyiakoumi presents volunteers with a range of tinned food

Students at ASPIRE learnt about the importance of education during last week’s assembly.

Mrs Hadjiyiakoumi, Principal of the school, asked for three volunteers to come forward before presenting them with a range of tinned foods.

Each student was asked to pick one to eat, but there was a catch … the labels were in Japanese.

One of the volunteers, Eva, was given a handmade Japanese dictionary to help her decide. She chose strawberries (much nicer than the cold baked beans and mushrooms!).

The exercise highlighted how something the majority of us take for granted, reading, can impact our lives.

Mrs Hadjiyiakoumi went on to talk about Malala Yousafzai. Malala was just 15 when the Taliban stormed her school bus in October 2012 and shot her in the head.

It was an attempt to silence her and her campaign for girls’ rights to go to school - millions of girls around the world are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.

Incredibly, Malala survived. She now attends a school in Birmingham, England, as well as tirelessly campaigns for a world where every girl reaches her true potential.

During the assembly, a group of Primary pupils also delivered a presentation about their recent cricket tournament and Year 10 student Daria gave an inspired speech after learning about rhetoric in English lessons.