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Britain's greatest ever squash player tells pupils to "find your niche"

Monday 3 Jul 2017

Pupils ended the school year with a day to remember as Britain’s greatest ever squash player, Nick Matthew MBE, presented prizes and gave a talk at the school’s annual Speech and Prizegiving Day.


Nick, who has local family connections, was visiting the school for the first time and it clearly made a lasting impression on the sporting legend. He said: “I’ve heard so much about the school and it feels like possibly one of the best school’s in the country from what I’ve seen today”.


During his speech to the audience of pupils, parents and staff, Nick shared three valuable life lessons with the children, all taken from personal experience. 


First, Nick explained the importance of perserverence and hard work in achieving success and said “You don’t have to be the best at what you do when you’re really young." He then told the children to “Triumph through adversity” by using any setbacks as motivation to work harder and become stronger.


The third and probably most important lesson Nick gave pupils was the importance of focusing on your strengths and turning something you are good at into something you are the best at.


Nick said “One of the most important things I’ve learned is to find your niche. We can’t all be the best at everything. It’s very easy to focus on your weaknesses, but ultimately if you want to be the best, at some point you need to focus on what you are good at and turn your strengths into super strengths. Find your niche”


Our annual Speech and Prizegiving Day recognises the achievements of all the pupils during the year and our Year 6 leavers ahead of their move to the Senior School.