Olympic and Paralympic Values: Determination week

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This is the second assembly focusing on the Iraqi rowers and determination.

The first assembly is called 'Determination to succeed', and focuses on Haider Rashid and Hamza Hussein and their difficult training regime in Iraq as a result of the conflict which exists in the country. Teacher script to introduce film

Iraqi rower Haider Rashid's last chance to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Ask the class if they have ever had a last chance.

This may be a last chance to make a sports team, a last chance to improve an exam score or even a last chance to improve your behaviour before being grounded by your parents!

Haider Rashid is an Iraqi rower aiming to qualify for London 2012.

The 2012 Asian Olympic Rowing Qualification regatta in Korea is his final chance to make the Olympics.

Haider comes from Iraq which in the last few years has been a country at war.

Haider's years of training on the sometimes life-threatening river Tigris in Baghdad all come down to the race we are about to watch.

He must finish in the top three. The next 2,000 metres on Lake Tanjeum in Chungju, Korea will decide his future as he continues his quest for Olympic gold.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk for a downloadable copy.

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What do you know about Iraq?

Haider needed to finish in the top three to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Where did he finish?

How do you deal with disappointments?

Haider says failing to qualify for the Olympics is not the end of the world. Do you agree with him?

What does determination mean to you?

By how much time did Haider miss out?

In the Olympics, the difference between winning and losing is so small and every second counts. How would you push yourself to meet the standards required?

Ask the Assembly Question

Haider is determined to continue rowing despite not qualifying for the Olympics.

Would you continue with something you were working on after experiencing a disappointment, or would you try something new?

Email your answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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