Olympic and Paralympic Values: Determination week
Here are some of the contributions we didn't manage to feature during the 'determination' debate. Many thanks for all of you who took part!
If you didn't manage to join in this time around, make sure you check out upcoming debates here.
Rohan, an IB student from Sekolah Bisa's sponsor school, The British International School, Jakarta, has kindly been helping answer some of the many queries directed to Sekolah Bisa, and some of his responses to schools can be seen further down below.
He tells us: "I am a member of the student group that runs Sekolah Bisa. We aren't the group that set it up, but we are the group that implements the systems that make it a school in itself.
"We serve here not only as advocates for the students, but also as advocates for the social justice that is being served by the school.
"As an example, none of the students have birth certificates; none of the students are even citizens of their own country.
"At the British International School, Jakarta, we have a variety of groups that all serve the central purpose of providing them with the basic needs that they were denied by society."
Hobbs Hill Wood, in Hertfordshire, posted a range of questions to the Sekolah Bisa students about everyday life in the school.
Adrian Thirkell (see above) provided some answers.
Hobbs Hill Wood student, Luke: "Do you learn English everyday?"
AT: "Yes: English is on Mondays - but also it's taught indirectly: for example, when teaching maths, the children learn maths terms in English.
"By the way, recently we read the Dr. Seuss book, Up Spook Hill - that's very good for teaching English, as the words repeat."
Georgia: "What time does school start and finish everyday?"
AT: "1100 to 1500. We hire a tiny van to get the children to and from school. It costs 3 dollars per trip - the man who drives the van is the father of a boy at the school."
Safaa, from The Coopers' Company and Coburn School, has a question for Sekolah Bisa:
"Your school is very different to ours, your school only has 25 pupils, whereas our school has at least 500 pupils. What is it like being in a school of 25 pupils?"
Adrian (see above) replies: "It's a personal experience. But for children who have missed most of their schooling or never been to school, schooling needs ot be intense and personal - it's an act of recovery.
"Shanty children need care from top to toe: no-can access health care without being registered and our school registers them at government clinics.
"When sick, we intervene. WE deal with hair lice. WE provide toothpaste and brush. It's holistic."
Rose-Anna and Eirinn are Year 5 students at St Mary's School in Folkestone.
They say: "We watched one of the Determination clips this week about the lonely runner and how hard it was for him to train on the sand.
"His nearest full running track was in Cairo; we were amazed at how determined he was to practice and to succeed. He has no one to train with him which must be very difficult as he has no one to challenge him in his daily training.
"It must be also very difficult for him to have to cut 40 secs off his personal best in order to be selected for the Olympics."
Khaitan Public School in Ghaziabad, India, got in touch to tell us about Pranavi, whose story sums up 'determination' to them.
Teacher Charmaine told us: "At 10 years old Pranavi underwent surgery on her femur bone, and the doctors were not sure whether she would be able to walk properly as a result.
"Through determination, hard work and sheer willpower she is not only back on her feet but also a part of the school's basketball team, which happen to be state champions!"
A great story. Do you know someone whose determination inspired you? Tell us about them by emailing email@example.com.
One question posed during the debate so far was: 'Can you turn your dreams into reality through determination?'
Bronwyn from Highcliffe School has an answer. "I think the most important things in achieving your dream are inspiration, determination and hard work.
"Achieving your dream is a long journey and many people will fall at the hurdles that are in front of them, but only the determined will get up and keep going until they reach that finish line."
And Carmen, also from Highcliffe, says: "Facing difficulties definitely makes you more determined to succeed, because it makes you want to try so much harder to reach your goal."
Do you agree? Let us know!
Farah, from Nelson Mandela School in Birmingham, has this to say about determination:
"Determination to me means when I conquer my fear and I have to be confident and go ahead and not let myself down in life."