On 14th February, we were visited by Nicola Minichiello. She was a leading member of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team from 2001 until 2011, and regularly pushed the barriers in terms of what was expected from a competitor living in a non-Alpine nation.
Nicola was the British number one driver for over 10 years and competed in three Winter Olympic Games, leading GB to their best ever result by finishing 9th at the Turin Olympic Games. At the 2005 World Championships Nicola won a silver medal, marking Great Britain’s first in over 40 years. In 2009 she eclipsed this, making history by becoming the first British female ever to win the World Championships.
She shared her story with the children and they had the opportunity to ask questions. She then supported us with the Daily Mile.
Nicola taught us the three things she has learned as an athlete:
1) You can achieve anything you put your mind to– you have got to work hard at it!
2) There is no such thing as failure– you just learn how to do something better. “The only time you fail is when you stop trying!”
3) You have to believe in yourself. “I can do this!”
Nicola inspired many of us! A fantastic end to our ‘Dreams and Goals’ Jigsaw piece.
Christmas is a very busy time of year and offers a wealth of experiences including singing and acting in the Christmas performance and singing and dancing at the Christmas party! In between we are creative, wear Christmas jumpers and learn about the History of Christingles. We visit a local pantomime and have a lunch all as one. It's a magical time of year!