I have dutifully attended many concerts at Spalding Grammar School over the last 13 years and have always been impressed, particularly, of course, by my own sons’ efforts!
But I have never been as proud as I was last Thursday night when George Clarke and a group of his fellow Year 13 students dreamed up and organised a hugely entertaining fundraising concert entirely without staff assistance.
A chance discussion had revealed that several of them had siblings facing the challenges of living with varying degrees of disability. They knew how much support their families received from the three excellent special schools we are lucky enough to have in our community; the resulting ‘With a Little Help From Our Friends’ concert raised £520 to be shared between Gosberton House, The Priory and The Garth schools.
The students managed this at the end of a long term, in the middle of A-level preparation, university applications, driving tests and other musical commitments.
They didn’t do it to put on their CVs or university personal statements or to use as part of a Duke of Edinbugh award. They did it because they wanted to.
I am sure Nigel Ryan and his team at Spalding Grammar School are extremely proud of those involved.
This is really what education is about – producing young adults with the confidence and maturity to address a sensitive and, in this case, very close-to-home, issue in a really positive way.
The siblings of children with disabilities do not always get a great deal when it comes to parental attention; clearly, we are forgiven!