ACHIEVE AND LEARN OUR ACHIEVE AND LEARN ASSEMBLY • • • • • • • • • We are your purple star leaders… Kieran Isabelle Josh Sophie Skye Dominic Daniel Jenna WHO WOULD YOU ASPIRE TO BE? These are some people that we admire! MO FARAH -+ Mo Farah Mo was born in Somalia, on 23 March 1983. He spent the early years of his childhood in Djibouti with his twin brother. He later moved to Britain at the age of 8 years old to join his father, speaking barely a word of English. His father, Mukhtar Farah, is an IT consultant and a British citizen, who was born in London, England and grew up in Hounslow. Mo’s parents met during a holiday. Mo attended Feltham Community College in London. His athletic talent was first identified by physical education teacher Alan Watkinson, who later said: "When I first met Mo, he was struggling academically and suffering from the language barrier. He needed focus and I sort of took him under my wing. His passion was football but it was his turn of speed on the pitch that showed his real talent." His ambition was to play as a right winger for Arsenal football club, BUT he later joined the Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club in west London. Personal life In April 2010, Farah married his long-time girlfriend Tania Nell in Richmond, London. Farah has a stepdaughter Rihanna from this relationship. He and his wife have twin daughters Aisha and Amani born in August 2012. Achievements Mo devoted his life to becoming a world champion and soon he did. He has won over 13 gold medals since 2005 including the five medals won in 2012 and 2013. Two of these medals were at the 2012 Olympics. Mo’s achievements (Below there is a video of Mo running) BBC Sport - Mo Farah wins Olympics 10,000m gold for Great Britain 2012 World Indoor Championships 3000 m 4th None 2012 European Athletics Championships 5000 m 1st Gold medal 2012 Olympic Games 10,000 m 1st Gold medal 2012 Olympic Games 5000 m 1st Gold medal 2013 World Championships in Athletics 10,000 m 1st Gold medal 2013 World Championships in Athletics 5000 m 1st Gold medal JK Rowling J.K Rowling and her life Joanne Rowling was born 31st July 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire where she wrote many of her bestselling books. Joanne and her wonderful imagination wrote a series of fantastic books, which she managed to sell 400 million copies of. Her books are now the bestselling in history. This was a very big achievement! J.K Rowling is one of the greatest authors we all know and look up to. When Joanne Rowling wrote her first book in 1997 she changed her name to J.K Rowling. This was due to the theory that boys would not read her books if they thought she was a girl. This theory was developed when most people realised girls were expected to write fairy tale type stories. “The biggest failure I knew” Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as "the biggest failure I knew". Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating: “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. “ Inspiration “I was travelling back to London on my own on a crowded train, and the idea for Harry Potter simply fell into my head. I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. To my immense frustration, I didn't have a pen that worked, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one… I did not have a functioning pen with me, but I do think that this was probably a good thing. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, while all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me. Perhaps, if I had slowed down the ideas to capture them on paper, I might have stifled some of them (although sometimes I do wonder, idly, how much of what I imagined on that journey I had forgotten by the time I actually got my hands on a pen). I began to write 'Philosopher's Stone' that very evening, although those first few pages bear no resemblance to anything in the finished book.” Books, books, books Harry Potter book Year it was published Philosopher’s stone 1997 Chamber of secrets 1998 Prisoner of Azkaban 1999 Goblet of fire 2000 Order of the phoenix 2003 Half blood prince 2005 Deathly Hallows 2007 Jessica Ennis JESSICA ENNIS HILL Early life and education Jessica was born in Sheffield on 28 January 1986. She is one of two daughters of Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell, and has a younger sister named Carmel. . Her father, originally from Jamaica, is a self-employed painter and decorator; her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire. Neither of her parents were particularly athletic, but her father did some sprinting at school, whilst her mother favoured the high jump. They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a ‘start: Track' event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays. Jessica took part in athletics from a young age. She competed in the high jump and pentathlon at the English Schools AAA Junior Girls in 1999,then won the AAA Girls title in the high jump the following year at the age of fourteen, clearing 1.70 metres. In 2001 she was runner-up at the high jump and heptathlon events in the English Schools AAA Intermediate section and won the high jump in 2002 with a jump of 1.80 metres. Jessica established herself as one of Britain's top junior athletes at the AAA U20 Championships in 2003 as she took the indoor pentathlon title and outdoor 100 m hurdles title. Here is a short clip The highlight up to now of Jessica’s career was achieving gold for the heptathlon in the 2012 Olympics in London! A QUICK GUIDE ABOUT ELLIE SIMMONDS Ellie Simmonds Here is Ellie Simmonds Ellie Simmonds is a paralympion swimmer and she proves that even with a disability you can achieve anything. The life of Ellie Simonds Ellie Simmonds was born on 11 November 1994 What is unusual about her, is that although she is 19 years old, she is only 4 feet tall, with a disability known as dwarfism. She started swimming at the age of 5 and started competing against able bodied children at the age of 8. At 10 years of age Ellie’s talent was spotted at a disability event and she was entered onto the British Swimming talent program and worked her way through to be selected as the youngest member of a senior British swimming squad for the 2006 IPC World Championships at 12 years and 3 weeks. Since bursting onto the scene at the Beijing Paralympics, Ellie Simmonds has captured both the hearts and minds of the British public balancing her stardom with her school work and training. Ellie’s reputation as a world class athlete has been secured with fantastic performances at London 2012. She followed up her sensational Paralympics with an equally fantastic World Championships in Montreal where she came home with three gold medals, a bronze and a world record cementing her status as Britain’s golden girl. Here is a short video Now You know some of our Heroes. Who inspires you to achieve?