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London N16 0NX
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Dear Parents,

I hope you’re all well and had a great couple of bank holiday weekends.

Active Living Week kicks off next week and I’m so excited to share the amazing speakers we have lined up to come to School to talk to our children.

Each speaker has an amazing set of different experiences to share to emphasise the importance of living healthily and being active – the overarching objective of Active Living Week.


> Martin Hibbert – Marin was metres away from the bomb that killed 22 people in the terror attack at Manchester Arena in 2017. Paralysed from the waist down by shrapnel that severed his spinal cord, Martin is now a passionate disability advocate and international motivational speaker. As Vice President of the Spinal Injuries Association, Martin’s determination to lead a fulfilled life saw him take on Mount Kilimanjaro in an adapted wheelchair in June 2022, becoming the second-ever paraplegic to make it to the summit and raising £1m for the charity. A Points of Light and Pride of Britain regional winner, Martin’s latest goal is Everest Base Camp in late 2023.


> Sam Harding – Sam is a retired professional rugby union player who has represented the All Blacks and played at the highest level for nearly 15 years. During his career Sam played in New Zealand and England before at 26 feeling his body didn’t have much left to give, playing for two more seasons in Italy and Spain before retiring as a professional at 28.

> Lyanne Hodson (Tig) – Lyanne is an entrepreneur and thought leader within Women’s fitness. Lyanne established StrongHer Women Limited, London’s 1st strictly women only strength and conditioning space that’s dedicated to educating, enriching and empowering women of different socio demographic backgrounds to take back control of their own fitness, nutrition and wellbeing.

> Jason Coulloupas –
 Jason played semi-professional Australian Rules Football for 15 years. During his career Jason played at the highest level and won accolades across the board both on and off the pitch. Following retirement Jason moved to the UK to take up a very different career but continues to dedicate time to staying active and living healthily

As part of Active Living Week, we had also planned to take on a 2,500km challenge. Unfortunately we received some last minute pushback from the Council surrounding the run at Clissold Park and therefore regrettably we have had to postpone that part of Active Living Week to later in the year. We still absolutely plan to take on the challenge, and will confirm the rescheduled date as soon as we work through the pushback from the Council.

In the meantime, we have two other events planned for the coming weeks that I hope you will all be able to be involved with and enjoy.

  1. Thursday 8th June – The last Pub Quiz of the year and Auction
  2. Saturday 1st July – William Patten Summer Fair [to include the legendary Dunk Tank!]

If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

Kind regards,


Evan Williams