St. Andrew’s - Taking a Step Outside Our Comfort Zones

St. Andrew’s School in Horsell, Woking was delighted to invite Belinda Kirk, to speak at their recent Prize Giving service. Belinda is a British explorer and entrepreneur but has talents and interests designed to inspire and motivate young people.

Belinda Kirk - Guest Speaker at St. Andrew's School
Belinda Kirk - Guest Speaker at St. Andrew's School

10th July 2018 — In 2009 she launched Explorers Connect, a social enterprise dedicated to helping people find their own adventures both in the UK and overseas. Explorers Connect has organised trips for TV adventurers Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. Belinda also organised the first ‘Wild Night Out’ in July 2017, a national day of outdoor adventure, with the aim of encouraging people to try new experiences. In 2010 she captained the first all-female rowing team to circumnavigate Britain non-stop, completing the journey in 51 days.

After listening to the St. Andrew’s Summer Concert, Belinda entertained the St. Andrew’s audience of parents and children with a superb and witty summary of her career to date explaining that success is nearly always closely linked to failure and that it’s therefore important to “be brave and risk failure so that you can become the best version of yourself.” Her speech concluded with the inspiring words “Congratulations to all who’ve tried your best, as if you’ve tried your best you are already a winner – so keep on daring to fail.” 

Following Belinda’s thought-provoking speech the prize winners for 2018 were announced and the children had the privilege of receiving their trophies and awards from Belinda. The new Head of School, Finlay, was also revealed and received the coveted Wesley Bray Memorial cup. Mr Perks, Headmaster, summarised the day perfectly commenting: “It was fantastic to welcome Belinda Kirk to our Prize Giving today. I trust that her story will inspire us all to take a step out of our comfort zones!”

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New Head of School Finlay with Current Head of School George.

About St Andrew's School

St. Andrew’s School was founded in 1937 and is an established, respected and thriving co-educational prep school, set in 11 acres of grounds within a quiet residential area approximately half a mile from Woking town centre. The School seeks to create a nurturing and happy environment of trust and support in which all pupils are encouraged and enabled to develop their skills, talents, interests and potential to the full - intellectually, physically and spiritually, regardless of social circumstances, age or religion.

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