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James finishes the year speaking at a number of school prize givings: Blundell’s Prep, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, West Buckland School, Truro Prep, Hurst, Dulwich Prep School, Vinehall, Walhampton and Hilden Oaks. Over the summer period the team are completing a 1:1 mentoring booklet ready for a pilot trial next term as well as launching a new ‘I Can and I Am’ website.  The next academic year will see an increase...

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James has been at Farleigh School and Kingswood House in the last couple of days.  At the end of last week he also found himself speaking to all the housemasters at Tonbridge. It was at this school that the yellow ‘I Can and I Am’ balloon (a big feature of all talks) was greeted with nervous looks by the masters who had heard of pupils inhaling laughing gas through yellow balloons.  Perhaps the balloon is the wrong...

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This week I have been speaking in a church in Windsor, had a fabulous dinner hosted for me at Knowlton Court by the Fox-Pitt family and then spoke to a youth group in Bristol last night. Each event I have loved and it serves to remind us that every runner and rider in life is of value. Whoever, wherever they are, they are of value.

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I have just returned from a very busy and slightly exhausting week in Johannesburg. I did 13 presentations in 4 days!  These were to staff, parents and pupils. Like my blog for this week suggests, my most memorable moment was speaking at the Hope Academy to a number of physically disabled students. Now I’ve returned, I am so struck by the word ‘hope’ and this strikes me as an utterly key pastoral...

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These beautiful words and this wonderful song were recently sent to James by the singer-songwriter Roo Panes. “Dear James,  I wrote this song ‘soldier of hope’ about 11 years ago!  I recently recorded it and I’m thinking of releasing it soon – the timing was beautiful actually because it came after some tough times and caught me just when I needed it. Anyway, I just wanted to say – well done, and...

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