Staff and students at Lambeth Academy were delighted to welcome Paralympic gold medal paracanoeist Emma Wiggs, who opened the academy’s new sensory room and garden.
Ms Wiggs, who is a Sport Ambassador for United Learning was shown around the garden by green-fingered students and then given a tour of the room by enthusiastic students.
As part of her role representing the value of determination for United Learning, Ms Wiggs encouraged students always to be ambitious and work towards their goals in life. She also took time to answer questions from students such as “Do you know Usain Bolt?” and “How heavy is the gold medal?” and graciously signed autographs and posed with students wearing her medal.
The benefits of multi-sensory rooms are well known as they provide a quiet, tranquil place for students to take time out and develop a variety of skills. Mark Dunn, Curriculum Leader for Inclusion and SENCO, said:
“At Lambeth Academy, we aspire to be wholly inclusive, and our sensory room and garden ensures that we are striving just for that.”
At the end of her visit, Ms Wiggs gave out certificates to girls who took part in a week of activities in conjunction with Women’s Sports week.
Hannah Morgan, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Inclusion, said:
“All students left feeling inspired and eager to follow in her footsteps.”
Headteacher Carol Shepherd said:
“We are thrilled to have Emma here after her tremendous success in Rio. She is someone who has been described as ‘relentlessly determined’ and that’s a quality which I often see around school and want to see more of from all our students.”