Latymer launches Inspiring Minds campaign
Latymer Upper School and Prep were abuzz with excitement today after a morning of surprises which included a comic skit by teaching staff, a rap, a GIF booth - and plenty of cake!
Pupils had no idea what was in store for them as they made their way to a special assembly in which the Head announced ‘Inspiring Minds’ - the Latymer Foundation’s most ambitious campaign to date.
However, this was no ordinary announcement. The entire Upper School watched a video of the Head, filmed on location from the working class area in which he grew up, around Latimer Road - land that was originally owned by our founder, Edward Latymer.
David Goodhew gave a candid account of the transformative effect his education had on his life and why it mattered to him personally that Latymer retain its ethos of social inclusivity. He explained the overall aim of Inspiring Minds – to raise £40m by the Latymer Foundation’s 400th anniversary in 2024, enabling the School to support 1 in 4 pupils with a bursary. As the Head said; ‘I want Latymer to be a school for young people from all walks of life, where the only criteria for admission are ability and potential.’
Pupils were then treated to their teachers’ comic skit of Latymer’s history through the ages, led, naturally, by Head of History, Mr White. False facial hair and wigs abounded, with the prize for best beard going to drama teacher Ms Harris, and the longest plaits going to geography teacher, Mr Edwards! A fantastic rap, written and performed by politics teacher Mr Goldsmith managed to condense Latymer’s almost 400 year history into a matter of minutes.
Prep pupils also indulged in costumes, wigs and false beards, arriving at school dressed as those who had inspired them in some way. In true Latymerian style an eclectic mix of personalities were portrayed, from Charlie Chaplin to (Ms) Einstein!
Arriving back at their classrooms, pupils put their minds to how they might help the Inspiring Minds campaign. Sustained by delicious muffins (kindly donated by the School’s caterers Chartwells) they created advertising concepts, fundraising initiatives and creative designs that could be used to help promote Inspiring Minds - the best of which will be used during the campaign.
Enthusiasm for Inspiring Minds is palpable throughout Latymer. Parents and alumni will celebrate the start of the campaign this evening – we hope they can match our pupils’ passion for this exciting ambition!