On Wednesday 25 November, St George’s welcomed James Shone for this term’s Headmistress’s Lecture. James is a former housemaster and teacher whose life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012.
James shared with us the incredible, heart-breaking story of how he lost his sight and his dream job because of his illness, but also how he recovered with the help of UFO (looking Up, Forward and Out). James explained that his experience has inspired him to tell young people to “turn setbacks into springboards” by launching his charity “I Can and I Am” to teach the importance of self-belief to students around the country. James spoke passionately about how everyone has their own unique form of intelligence which should inspire confidence in those who feel down or inadequate.
After taking questions from girls and parents, Mr Shone received a very warm round of applause. Everyone was very moved by James’ positive attitude and thought-provoking, inspirational message.