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A Visit From The Mayor – “Inspiration, aspiration and perspiration”


Mayor Marvin Rees


We were honoured to receive a visit from Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, on Friday 24th March. The Mayor met with a group of our young people from Years 10 and 11, including participants in our Going for Gold and Progress Plus programmes. He shared his own inspirational story and took questions from the audience on a wide range of issues that resonated with them, including: sport in Bristol; digital media and the creative industries; young people’s services and housing. He spoke of the need for young people to aim high and work hard and closed with these inspiring words from Theodore Roosevelt:


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The students were incredibly inspired by this visit and I would like to extend their and my thanks to the Mayor for taking the time to come and speak to us.

Mr Taylor