STUDENTS were given motivation by a visitor who tried to set them on the right path.
Motivational speaker Tom Hendry visited Dene Community School of Technology, in Peterlee.
Tom runs Cutting Edge Motivation, which reaches out to youngsters at schools, colleges, universities and youth training organisations.
He spent the day with 20 Year 9 students at the Manor Way-based school and did activities including juggling, card tricks and lateral thinking skills.
Tom, who grew up on a tough Glasgow housing estate, said: “Having left school with no qualifications, a ‘couldn’t-care-less’ attitude about school and low confidence I wanted to make sure that other young people didn’t make the same mistake.
“That is why I started Cutting Edge Motivation in 1999.
“I feel very privileged in the work that I do because I know it is making a difference.
“The day I spent with Dene students was very rewarding for me as most of them were focused to the messages ‘education is important in your life’, ‘the last few years of school will have a major impact on your life’ and ‘dont be misguided or lose your identity through peer pressure’.
“The fun side was good too with magic tricks, juggling and teambuilding.”
Aim Higher co-ordinator Sally Marshall, who organised the visit, said: “The activities were a lot of fun, but also challenged the students to consider what they want for their future and what skills they would need to develop to achieve the future they dreamed of.”
Year 9 student Courteney Jones said: “Tom taught us that school has a massive impact on our lives in the future.
“His life stories really touched me, he showed us how to resolve problems.
“Tom helped us a lot and I am really grateful.”