Mr Carl McCarthy, headteacher of Frogmore Junior School was invited to speak at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Conference on the 5th September 2018. The conference was part of a series of events taking place this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth. Mr McCarthy said, 'It was a privilege to be able to speak at the event.  Mandela's life reached out to so many in such profound ways.  To speak about how we are trying to follow in his footsteps - to inspire the next generation through the knowledge, skills and values that we teach - was a real honour.'  

The event included live music and presentations from Pumeza Mandela, Alan Titchmarsh, Jonathan Chapman, Dr Olu Taiwo and others.

Matthew Lowden, senior lecturer at the department for teacher development, Winchester, said,' The day was a big success, it was very heartening to see such a wide variety of ages in the audience and feedback on the event has been very positive.  The range of speakers and their experiences was particularly noted. There were many people I spoke to who were heartened  that the values of Mandela were being taught at Primary level.'

There was also a short film shared about a recent student trip to Mandela's birthplace in Qunu, South Africa.  A link to the film is here -

Featured Photo (above): Carl McCarthy and fellow speaker Pumeza Mandela