Team GB 100m Sprinter Rion Pierre

Rion is a former National champion and is one of the fastest 100m runners in UK history. He has won many international medals for Great Britain. These include winning medals at the European Championships and World Championships.

He was a professional footballer in his youth at the Chelsea academy and his talents for sprinting were discovered here. He has overcome many injuries and missed out on the Olympic Games, however because of his dedication and natural talent he is now back on top form and we are confident he can qualify for this year’s World Championships.

“Rion talked about what sports he did as a child to improve his Growth Mindset.”

Jessica-Rose Year 4

“Rion talked to us and showed us how to use Growth Mindset when being a sportsman.”

Zach Year 3

On Wednesday, Rion Pierre, the GB sprinter came to East Hoathly and Chiddingly to talk to the children. He spent time with the whole school and then worked with each class for a workshop. The theme of the day was to develop the children's 'Growth Mindset' to follow their ambitions and dreams.

Rion talked about his journey from being an everyday boy growing up in Jamaica and then London, before developing a love for football. He practised so hard to become the best he could and worked his way up to playing for the Chelsea youth football team. Unfortunately a major injury put paid to his football career, but as part of his rehabilitation he discovered a talent for sprinting which led to his new found career.

As Rion walked into our school hall, he was really impressed to see our 'Growth Mindset' display and continued to explain to the children how the only way to succeed in something is to have a positive, resilient outlook and to never give up!

All classes enjoyed their workshops and managed to ask our visitor lots of questions. We are really grateful to the FPTA for covering the cost of this worthwhile event and many thanks to Rion for coming to East Hoathly.

Independent Me

As part of our Growth  Mindset Initiative, we are also launching our Independent Me concept this term. This is aimed at developing the resilience and independence of pupils at Pioneer Schools, enabling them to apply their skills and understanding further.

There are 4 areas, all with their own icon. These will be displayed in classrooms and around the schools.

Developing a Growth Mindset

This academic year, we have been learning all about how our brains work and how learning occurs through the electrical connections in our brains. We have been finding out how the learning powers of resilience, curiosity and making connections in learning can help us to build and strengthen our knowledge and understanding of all different areas. We have been learning about how the language we use can help us to change from a ‘fixed mindset’ to a ‘growth mindset’.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. Whereas, in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Parent Workshop & Growth Mindset Quiz