Today I led a KS2 assembly which focused on the story from the 1924 Olympic Games of Eric Liddell – ‘The Flying Scotsman’. Eric was an outstanding athlete and as the Paris Olympic Games of 1924 approached he was the hot favourite to win the 100 metres sprint. But when the event schedule is published Eric discovers his race will be run on a Sunday – which, due to his Christian faith, he is not prepared to do. Instead he decided to enter another race – the 400 metres, a race he had never competed in before – but surely he cannot win…

The aim of today was to get the children to believe in themselves, to understand that sometimes they may face challenges or difficulties, but instead of running away from them, sometimes trying something new and learning how to overcome them, is what they need to strive for. Finally the art of standing up for what you believe in, was an important message I was trying to also convey and Eric Liddell certainly did that, by sticking to his faith and deciding not to run on a Sunday.

Mr Wanless