The Junior School was very fortunate to welcome a special visitor when 11 year old Nick Andrews gave a presentation at morning assembly. Nick, whose older brother and sister are both American Academy Larnaca students, spoke of his experiences of being bullied as a result of a severe facial disfigurement. He took the book, and now film ‘Wonder’ as his inspiration and spoke of his hopes for a better world in which people will not be judged for their appearance but valued for their intrinsic worth. Nick went through a series of painful operations at Great Osmond Street hospital in London, in order to rectify his condition and now has barely any marks left of his early disfigurement. His experiences led him to campaign against bullying and he has been so successful that he has recently received a Princess Diana Award which is given to young people who have shown exceptional courage and resilience in the face of great difficulties or hardships.
In his short life Nick has not only overcome enormous physical and emotional difficulties, but has used them as a springboard to achievements and success. He is an eloquent and confident speaker, as you can see if you view him on Youtube. He is also a keen artist and his paintings have been re-printed on cards promoting the Princess Diana Award.
Students in Grades 4,5 and 6 were clearly very moved and inspired by Nick’s talk. Grade 6 was also fortunate to have Nick attend their PSHE lesson. Having recently read ‘Wonder’ as a group they were able to discuss the issues of bullying and ‘difference’ with him.
All in all, it was a visit that the children will remember for a long time to come.