Primary School Students are the true essence of our future and learning the ways of the world in their younger years. Today, I had the privilege of speaking at Coolongolook Public School as an ex-student Guest Speaker. My intention was to inspire these beautiful students to believe in themselves and focus on a future without limitations.
I am passionate about helping people with my encouraging and motivating speeches. Challenged to design a speech… to connect with students from Kindergarten to Year 6, as well as relating the information to benefit adults. My speech was incorporated into Grandparents Day with visiting parents, grandparents and special friends.
Successfully, I delivered my message to keen listening ears and interested individuals. What truly captivated me… was the attention span of these primary school-aged students. During my 30-minute speech, all students were focused with engaging eye contact and listened so intently.
It was a pleasure to speak to a group of individuals that showed me respect and could relate to the information that I presented. I thank the Principal and Staff of Coolongolook Public School for their kind invitation to return to my own Primary School to speak on this special day. I have so many fond memories of my primary school years here and I enjoyed the morning reminiscing and seeing the changes within the school.
Coolongolook Public School is a small country school with a charming country community. Similar in size to when I attended, the opportunities of attending a small school proves there is no disadvantages to success in life.
I was so grateful to be able to speak with several students over morning tea, lunch and when visiting their classrooms. From interesting conversations, expressed thank you’s, hugs galore and a personal drawing… my morning was truly inspirational from both sides. Small country schools offer a special something and I witnessed this today in the welcoming atmosphere… from students, parents, grandparents and teachers alike.
Two students had impacted me through our conversations, their attitude and heartfelt interactions. So I gave them both “My Journal” as a gift to encourage and motivate them in their future. We can all do with a helping hand in life so should be looking for opportunities to help somebody else where we can.
I was very impressed with the musical learning opportunities now at Coolongolook Public School and enjoyed a performance. When I was at school I played percussion instruments like the triangle, castanets and tambourine. With their real musical department having progressed enormously, to learning guitars and drums… simply amazed me.
Feeling nostalgic, I was also able to sing along with the School Song. Surprisingly, I even remembered most of the words, even after 30 years. It was great to see and hear familiarity, but also to see progression.
Speaking of my fond memories of Coolongolook Public School and how the impact of my education led to my success in life… was encouraging for listeners. The highlight for me, was meeting students and the dedicated school community, and listening to how my words were perceived and related to their individual lives.
Once again, my passion to share my love for life and the motivation to persuade others to see their own beauty within… makes me feel empowered.
Take care, Karen.
“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”
~ Ronnie Lott