In 5 years time, looking back at last school year, what will be one of the things you remember most clearly? Exams? Your first kiss? Mr Woods’ infamous cricket analogy? Or will it, like me, be watching a presentation from one of the incredible speakers that Mr John Deighan managed to persuaded to speak at our school? Last year we had an incredible range of speakers from Lord Robert Winston to Fergal Keane to Patrick Magee. This year we are hitting the ground running with 8 speakers coming before the winter break alone!
Below is an outline of the speakers who are coming this term. We will be filming interviews with each of the speakers so keep an eye out for articles from The Update nearer to the time. We hope at least one of the speakers is of interest to you. To go and see these speakers yourself, you must email your Year Head asking them for permission to go, as you may have to miss one period of your lessons.
Honey Thaljieh – 1 October 2015
Honey Thaljieh is the first speaker to visit this school year. She is the co-founder of the Palestinian Women’s National Football Team and was the first woman to play football professionally in Palestine. She had to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and eventually became captain of the first ever Palestinian Women’s National Football Team.
Throughout her sports career and her work, Honey has empowered women and girls by encouraging them to play football. During her work for the Palestinian Association for Children’s Encouragement of Sports, she helped engage children from disadvantaged backgrounds in after-school sports program; providing healthy activities and development opportunities for boys who would otherwise be in violent destructive environments on the streets and girls who would otherwise be confined at home. She also served as Sports Unit Coordinator at Diyar Consortium in Bethlehem where she was the captain of Diyar’s Women Football Team.
Honey Thaljieh is currently a FIFA Masters student at the Centre International d’Etude du Sport. She is also a member of the Women’s Football Committee at the Palestinian Football Association and serves on the Supreme Council for Youth & Sports.
West Ham United staff – 6-7 October 2015
On the 6th and 7th of October we are extremely lucky to welcome three staff from West Ham United football club who are moving into the Olympic stadium next season.
Leroy Roseinor is a former West Ham United, England Under-16 and Under-21 player, and is a community officer for West Ham. He is an English professional football coach and a former professional footballer, whose clubs have included Fulham, Queens Park Rangers (for whom he appeared in the 1986 League Cup Final), Bristol City and West Ham United.
Rosenior is a leading anti-racism campaigner in British football and travels the country working as an ambassador for the “Show Racism The Red Card” campaign.
Joe Lyons the West Ham Foundation Chief Executive will also be coming to speak. With over ten years’ experience working across the community sports sector, Joe has been instrumental in linking education with football-themed programmes. Since joining the Foundation in June 2013, Joe has created innovative ways to break down social barriers for young people. With a strong understanding of the effect football has on attitudes towards learning, he has developed a number of sport-based projects in order to foster opportunities for local residents.
Bryan Glover who is the Football Development Officer for West Ham will complete the trio. An acclaimed coach with impressive credentials, Bryan lives and breathes football. A former professional player with Leyton Orient, Weymouth and Crawley Town, he began his career at the famous West Ham United Academy – where he still serves as manager of the Under-9s team.
Dr Edith Hall – 28 October 2015
Dr Edith Hall is a Professor in the Classics Department and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London.
Her specialism is ancient Greek literature, but she enjoys and is passionate about all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history, society, and thought.
Since arriving at King’s, she has taught courses on Alexandrian literature, Greek Theatre, and Aeschylus, and is developing an Introduction to Classical Reception in Sixteen Encounters
In recent years, Hall’s research has also incorporated later Cultural History, especially the social role played by the presence of ancient Greece and Rome. Her books in this area include The Return of Ulysses: a Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey (2008, shortlisted for the Criticos Prize), noted for its scholarship and accessibility.
Owen Jones – 16 November 2015
Owen Jones is a British columnist, author, commentator and political activist. He is a regular columnist for The Guardian and more recently has also written in the New Statesman. He appears regularly on British television and has recently started a popular YouTube channel on which he vlogs as well as interviews political figures (here).
In 2011, Jones published his first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, which tears apart stereotypes of the British working class and the government policies that have marginalised millions and abandoned entire communities. His second book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It, was published in 2014.
In November 2012, Jones was awarded Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards. In February 2013, Jones was awarded the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award, donating half the prize money to support the campaign of Labour parliamentary candidate Lisa Forbes and the other half to Disabled People Against Cuts.
He has been a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who recently became the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, speaking at almost all of his rallies.
Germaine Greer – 30 November 2015
Germaine Greer is a theorist, academic, and journalist famous for her feminist views. She holds an emeritus professorship in English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Although Germaine Greer studies the literature of early modern English, she is best known for her work in twentieth century feminism. Her ideas about gender and sexuality have provoked controversy since the release of her 1970 book The Female Eunuch. Some of Germaine Greer’s other works are titled Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause, and Shakespeare’s Wife.
Peter Tatchell – 7-8 December 2015
Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner, a member of the gay rights group OutRage! and the Green party. He is also director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, a human rights organisation.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF) seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.
The PTF seeks to raise awareness, understanding, protection and implementation of human rights, in the UK and worldwide. This involves research, education, advice, casework, publicity and advocacy for the enforcement and furtherance of humanitarian statutes and values.
By John Deighan, Joe Cook and Catherine Lally
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