Our Lower Sixth students were once again delighted by another changemaker’s talk on Thursday 8th November. Speaking of sustainable business practice, business leader of Flourish Food Hall and Kitchen, Paul Hargreaves, offered some inspiring insights that enforced our all-important Quaker values.
Flourish Food Hall and Kitchen hold themselves to the highest environmental, ethical and social standards. The business believes in putting people and the planet first which is something we respect and empathise with at LP. Paul reiterated to our students “Good knowledge about the environment is increasingly important as is understanding how communities work”.
Not only did Paul talk of sustainable business practices and how to make positive ethical differences to the world of business, but also the importance of good character as individuals. He said “developing personal skills is also important. Getting your depth of character is incredibly important, especially when taking job interviews”. Following Paul’s talk our students were in no doubt as to the value of character, regardless of which industry they chose after life at Leighton Park. Lower Sixth Student, Charlotte, came away from the visit with character building perspectives, explaining “The values and lessons I learnt from the talk were that it is much more important and better to help people and the community rather than making a profit for your company. To think about others and the environment. I am grateful and thankful that Leighton Park have given me the opportunity to listen and learn from some incredible people and their individual journeys through life”.
The inspiring and valuable talk left students with another memorable visit from the changemaking speaker, who has built a relationship with LP through our ongoing partnership with Ethical Reading. These visits are a crucial part to our Sixth Formers’ education and personal development, and we are grateful for the many partnerships with have with multiple organisations to enrichen every student’s learning journey.
Student, Kemianna (Lower Sixth) considered why the changemaker talks are so valuable to her and her peers’ education, explaining “I think that the changemaker talks are very valuable from a student perspective, because it allows me to see how I can make an impact on today’s world as a Leighton Park student, but also looking forward to my future, and the positive effect that I can have on this world. It also advises me on what I can aspire to achieve at my age and allows me to actively think about what I can do to become a changemaker myself and how we can all become changemakers together, and for us all to unite together as a force.”
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