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Former child soldier visits Holme Grange

15th Feb 2022

Last week the Holme Grange School community had a rare opportunity to meet the world’s most famous former child soldier turned international recording artist and hear his inspiring story of hope.

Parents, students and staff had the pleasure of welcoming South-Sudanese Canadian Artist Emmanuel Jal who described the incredible hardship of his childhood in war-torn South Sudan and how he overcame the misery using the power of positive thinking and his imagination. The inspiring artist also performed uplifting songs from his new album, inviting students and staff to join in and dance.

His message about failure being “the infinite source of wisdom” resonated with those listening. Mrs Robinson, Headteacher, said “We know that learning happens best out of failure and our students need to feel comfortable to allow themselves to make mistakes. Emmanuel’s message chimes with what we teach our students”. When students were asked to describe what they had learnt from the talk in one word, the following were repeated by all ages – ‘Hope’, ‘Belief’, ‘Joy’, ‘Gratitude’, ‘Courage’.

The event was truly eye-opening and everyone left the talks feeling rejuvenated and inspired after a wonderful life-affirming afternoon.