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2005 - 2010 5 Year Anniversary Special Edition

Values from the Heart Young people in Scotland share their aspirations for the future

SUPPORTERS We would like to thank the following organisations for making the values poster programme possible

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity. Our vision is derived from Sir John Templeton’s commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto “How little we know, how eager to learn” exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.

D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd is a private company based in Dundee. The company has significant interests in UK newspaper and magazine publishing. Amongst other publications it owns The Dundee Courier and Advertiser, The Aberdeen Press and Journal and The Sunday Post. It also owns The Beano and The Dandy and Woman’s magazines My Weekly and The People Friend. It also owns Puzzler Media Ltd., (one of the world’s largest publishers of Puzzle Magazines, Crosswords and Sudoku), and Parragon Publishing Ltd., which publishes and sells some 90 million books each year worldwide. The company has interests in commercial television, and in Internet and online businesses, and is a major shareholder in Mothercare.

The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who arrived in the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with the donation of family-owned company shares. As a result, the Foundation is today the ultimate controller of the company. The trustees today are all lineal descendants of the founder and they remain committed to continuing the ethos that has made the Foundation one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the country. It gives them as much pleasure to help a small local community as a major national organisation and they are prepared to consider applications covering a wide range of charitable activity.

Enders Analysis was founded in 1997 to provide senior corporate managers with an alternative perspective on 3G and the Internet from the uniformly optimistic industry and City research before the bubble burst. Today, Enders Analysis offers its subscribers research generated by a programme covering the major commercial, regulatory and strategic issues in mobile and fixed line telecoms, TV and the Internet, as well as the major content businesses such as music, publishing and advertising. Our focus is on the European markets but we assess all key trends and regulatory issues in our sectors in major markets such as the US or Japan.

The MacRobert Trust was established by Lady MacRobert in memory of her three sons who were all killed as aviators, the eldest in a civil air accident in 1938 and the middle and youngest as officer pilots in the Royal Air Force on operational sorties in 1941. Currently, the major categories which the Trustees support include; Science and Technology, Youth, Services and Sea, Ex-Servicemen’s & Ex-Servicewomen's Hospitals and Homes, Education, Disabled and Handicapped and Community Welfare. The beneficial area is United Kingdom-wide, but preference is given to organisations in Scotland.

We would also like to thank the New Park Trust for their support. If you or your organisation would like to support the work we are doing please visit


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Aberdeen Grammar School Aboyne Academy Albyn School Baldragon Academy Balwearie High School Banff Academy Barrhead High School Belmont Academy Broughton High School Broxburn Academy Cleveden Secondary School Dornoch Academy Dumbarton Academy Dunfermline High School Dyce Academy Elgin High School Forfar Academy Fraserburgh Academy George Heriot's School Girvan Academy Glasgow Gaelic School The Glasgow Academy Golspie High School The Gordon Schools Gracemount High School Greenock Academy Grove Academy Hawick High School Hyndland Secondary School Jordanhill School The High School of Glasgow Inverurie Academy Kemnay Academy Kinross High School Kirkcudbright Academy Kirkland High School Knox Academy Lossiemouth High School Loudoun Academy Montrose Academy Peebles High School Pitlochry High School Portree High School Portlethen Academy Preston Lodge High School Queen Anne High School Ross High School Rosshall Academy Rutherglen High School St David’s High School St George’s School St Margaret’s School, Edinburgh St Margaret’s School, Aberdeen Selkirk High School Sgoil Lionacleit Stewart’s Melville College Stranraer Academy Turriff Academy Vale of Leven Academy Wester Hailes Centre

Welcome from David Lorimer David Lorimer, programme director of the awards and chief executive of the new charity Character Education Scotland, sets the scene for this year’s national awards at the Scottish Parliament and introduces the magazine.


Celebrating 5 years 2005-2010


We look back on five years of Learning for Life to see how the activity has developed through five different versions. We uncover the key elements which makes this programme such a success.

20 Character Education Scotland To expand the work that we have piloted over the last five years, we have established a Scottish charity, Character Education Scotland. The new charity will continue to develop the Values Poster Programme in Scotland and seek to make a growing contribution to national aspiration. .

30 Award Winners 2010 Winners and speakers at a glance. The 5th Values Posters Awards Event The Scottish Parliament on 14th June 2010. Find out the finalists, the winners and speakers from this year’s awards event.


36 Inspirational Figures for 2010


Who inspires young people in Scotland? We survey almost 1000 young people to find out and share the answers with you on p.36. Last year Mum was the overwhelming winner. Can Dads catch up this year? Come on Dads!

48 Get Set for London 2012


Inspire > Aspire is our new Programme which we will launch in September. It’s a unique opportunity for young people to learn about Olympic and Paralympic values and discover what lies behind the Olympic movement.

Edited by DAVID LORIMER Printed in the UK by THE MAGAZINE PRINTING COMPANY Designed and published by Ronnie Davidson at THE CAREER STUDIO The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of Character Education Scotland. Picture acknowledgements: p14 Narindi Modi ©, p24 Culloden by David Morier from Wikipedia, p29 Twins © Screenrush, p32 Volcano © NeoGAF, p34 Road to the Islands Andy Law - Skye Images, p33 Matthew Bellamy from, p42 Butterfly © Wallpaper Box, p43 Jimi Hendrix © Music Court, p44 Warren Buffet from Wilmount Investing, p45 Soup from Living GWG, p38 Rafiki from MTV. All proceeds from the sale of this publication go towards the continued funding of the values poster programme administered by Character Education Scotland, Scottish charity no: SCO40962. Character Education Scotland The Career Studio, Granary Business Centre, Coal Road, Cupar Fife KY15 5YQ Email: Tel: 01334 844900 © 2010 Character Education Scotland Ltd. All rights reserved.


What are the Values Poster Awards? The Values Poster Programme is a rewarding learning activity for S1-S4 pupils. It helps them to explore their character, ideals and values through a unique poster template using supporting resources. It is an innovative, personalised learning opportunity that enables young people to identify and examine their core values and character qualities, helping them to develop a deeper sense of their skills and build a foundation for lifelong practical wisdom. The programme reflects the words inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament: wisdom, justice, compassion, integrity, as well as the aspirations of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence which seeks to enable all children to develop their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.

Why do we run the Values Poster Awards? This project has probably changed my life, as I have learned that there is more in life than just me - people need others for support and guidance. I have also found the values that matter to me the most. Carl Anderson, Golspie High School, S4

By taking part in this project, I've learned that no matter what challenges you face in life you should always try to face them. Amina Aslam, Grove Academy, S1

Learning for Life has taught me loads. It has shown me a new light on how to look on myself and others. Looking in the mirror will never be the same again. Caitlin Adams, Forfar Academy, S2

Learning for Life gave me an understanding of values, and taught me about some of the most successful people in life and how they have become inspirational to me. It is also reminded me about what is truly important and where my priorities should be. It has made me determined to succeed in life - anything is possible if you try and never give up. Katya Nicholson, Balwearie High School, S2

By taking part in the project I have learned to face my fears and never give up. I never knew a poster like this could make me realise what sort of person I am and what I want to be when I'm older. Tara Mactaggart, Hawick High School, S3

I believe I have learned a great deal by taking part in this project: about myself, my values and why I think and act the way I do. I believe I have achieved a lot merely by writing the amount I have, as I am dyslexic. Freya Buchanan, Portree High School, S4

I have learned not to be so judgemental towards people. It is important to look for the good and not the bad. I learned to be more optimistic and get the best out of life. Katie McAlister, Greenock Academy, S3

4 More feedback on pages 17, 41 and 47 and throughout.

Welcome from David Lorimer Chief Executive - Character Education Scotland In his remarks on entering 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister David Cameron said that his administration would be based on the three values of freedom, fairness and responsibility. In his endorsement of the Values Poster Programme two years ago, he wrote: ‘We all have a shared responsibility for our shared future, and for our neighbours, our country and our planet. That is what social responsibility is all about. It is great that Learning for Life encourages pupils to reflect not only on how to improve their own lives, but also on the values they need to make a contribution to wider society.’ This sense of shared responsibility has been very much in evidence in this year's entries, whether to the family, the neighbourhood or the planet and its future. Alongside this has been consideration of the larger questions of life, as indicated in the following endorsement from the Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘The big questions of life are questions for us all, whatever our age, status or background. The insights shown by these young people who have been part of the Learning for Life project are inspiring lessons for generations. I wholeheartedly commend it.’ This was well put by a pupil from Aberdeenshire when she said: “Who am I?” “Where will I be in a few years from now?” “What's important to me in life?” “What do I value?” These are all questions I had never thought of asking myself until we started working on the Learning for Life unit. Doing this poster has made me learn so much about myself and enabled me to understand myself better.’ We have received similar feedback from many other pupils, a number of whom express surprise that the exercise has led to such greater self-knowledge. This development of self-knowledge is one of the principal aims of the Learning for Life Poster. When pupils are asked to select from a list of 10 values and qualities in four different sections, it does not take them long to realise that they are all important and indeed that they work together. Katie Archibald, the winner at Level 2, puts her finger on this when she writes perceptively: ‘Writing this poster has made me think a lot about what values are important in life and I got very stuck in the first section. Every single value seemed so important that I couldn't imagine a world without any of them. They were all so closely linked that you couldn't have one without the other. Trust must be the most important, I thought, but then to trust someone fully you have to be able to respect them, and to respect them you have to be able to listen to them, as if you don't listen to someone then it isn't very respectful, is it? I was able to resolve this by realising that the values in life are like the orchestra in school. Every instrument (or value) has a part to play, and when they are played on their own they won't work properly. However, when they work together they can become beautiful and amazing.’ The Values Poster allows young people to ask questions that are at the core of life itself, and surely represent an essential component in education. This year, we had a record entry from over 60 Scottish schools, who returned a total of nearly 950 prize posters, of which around 100 were selected as national finalists. Even this process was difficult as the overall standard of entries was so high. This in turn made the task of the judges even more arduous, and it took them over four hours to reach their decisions. I'm most grateful to Sir Garth Morrison for chairing the panel, and to its other members Paul Brown of St Andrews University Careers Department, Claire Enders, Prof Richard Demarco, CBE, Anne Jardine of Learning and Teaching Scotland and Christopher Thomson. The judges were both deeply impressed and moved by the entries. Reflecting on the five years during which the programme has been running, we have learned a great deal. Initially, the idea had been to get students to write a laws of life essay in which they reflected on the significance of an event or a person they had met. This did not prove very popular with schools, and it was only when we invented the concept of the poster template, linking to a website with appropriate resources, that the idea really took off. The process we have devised is an integral one that takes pupils from considering the importance of values and personal qualities to identifying an inspirational figure who 5

embodies some of these qualities and finally to a reflection on what they consider important in life. This year, for the first time, we introduced a Personal Plan, which enabled students to sum up their learning and formulate a plan of action. In addition, they are able to choose their favourite stories and quotations. Quotations seem to me an excellent way of conveying the collective wisdom and experience of the generations in our modern era of text messages and other succinct forms of communication. Among those that struck me this year were the following, none of which were previously on the website:

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character” Albert Einstein

“Our attitude to life determines life's attitude towards us” Earl Nightingale

“If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade” Tom Peters

“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else” e.e. cummings

“Don't ask for an easier life, ask to be a stronger person” Kristin Goeser And finally, from Martin Luther King:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the knowledge that something else is more important.” During the year, Learning for Life has published four major research reports, covering age groups from 3 to 25. Foundations of Character studies the development of character and values in young children in Kent and London, based on 18 months of observation. Character in Transition examines changes in values in the transition from primary to secondary school. Citizens of Character researches the values and character dispositions of 14 to 16-year-olds in the Hodge Hill constituency of Birmingham. And finally, Graduates of Character interviews undergraduates and graduates who have recently taken up employment about the nature of good character, core values and the influence of higher education on their attitudes and dispositions. The results are not only quite fascinating, but highly significant in terms of the overall picture, which will be summarised a final report to be launched in Oxford at the end of September at a board meeting of the John Templeton Foundation. Full reports and summaries can be downloaded from During the year, we have successfully launched a new charity called Character Education Scotland (see details on p. 20) to further our work in character and values education, and to bring together a Scottish partnership of organisations working in the field. For the next two years, we are planning to focus our efforts on a new programme dedicated to Olympic and Paralympic values, giving students an opportunity to reflect on these values - excellence, friendship, respect, courage, determination, equality and inspiration - and how to apply them to their own lives. We have already been awarded an Inspire Mark by London 2012 (see and are looking forward to engaging young people and also pointing them towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Athletes epitomise many of the qualities required for success in later life, notably focus, hard work, courage and perseverance. Just as it was reported that only musicians who had practised for 10,000 hours by the age of 18 were likely to become stars, the same applies to the achievement of excellence in any field. I am sure you will be encouraged by the thoughts and sentiments expressed by the young people of Scotland in these pages.


Five years of progress. Here is a brief snapshot of the journey.

Year 1 2005 - 2006

(20 Schools, 2,700 Young People)

The Values Poster format started in 2005 with the first edition piloted with 20 Schools and 2700 young people. An adaptation of Sir John Templeton’s Laws of Life Essay Competition the Values Poster brought together for the first time in a single learning activity the opportunity for young people to explore values and character in versatile, mixed mode format. It was an instant hit with teachers and pupils. The activity was structured around four main themes: Personal Development, Principles for Successful Living, From Obstacles to Opportunities and Relationships with others. A 60 page edited summary was produced from the students’ work and the Values Poster Awards were born.

Year 2 2006 - 07

(65 Schools, 10,100 Young People)

Taking on board the feedback from teachers and students, the poster template was revised to provide much more space for the reflective parts of the exercise. Giant A2 templates were produced to maximise the potential for exhibition. Award ceremonies and exhibitions were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with a climax event at the Scottish Parliament. A 200 page paperback book “From Inspiration to Aspiration” was created from the students’ work and launched at the Scottish Parliament. It is available to buy online at In this transformative year, we learned how to make the activity more accessible. A limited pilot of electronic posters was conducted.

Year 3 2007-08 (123 Schools, 20,500 Young People) Year three was a breakthrough year as the poster developed into an highly accessible workbook format and the number of participants doubled to over 20,000. Further consideration was given to the educational context and transformative value with a substantive survey of all 123 lead teachers. This provided hard evidence of impact and contribution to a range of key indicators from language and literacy through to social and emotional aspects of learning. A fantastic paperback book “Stand up and be Counted” was produced from the students work and is available to by online at

Year 4 2008 - 09

(101 Schools, 22,000 Young People)

The breakthrough in year three with the revised workbook template made it possible to develop the activity into a world-class educational programme. New features included a learning and assessment framework mapped to the SCQF and Curriculum for Excellence. A built-in assessment and evaluation system along with revised instructions and a re-formatted website enabled over 3000 electronic participants. A single national awards event took place for the first time at the Scottish Parliament attended by 300 people and a new magazine format both in electronic and hardcopy was introduced to showcase the students’ work.

Year 5 2009 - 10

(116 Schools, 27,400 Young People)

The success of the format enabled a detailed evaluation of the educational outcomes. To maximise the transformative potential, two new features were added. The peer evaluation enables young people to embed the learning as a shared experience which improves the chances of on-going transformation of behaviours and attitudes within peer groups. The personal action plan enables young people to bring the activity to a conclusion and set specific goals based on what they have learned about themselves and about the world as a result of completing the poster. In 2010 Learning for Life were invited to present the activity as an example of best practice at an HMIE conference. Here’s to 2010-11! Ready for the next five years? Turn to page 48 to see what’s next.


By taking part in this project I have thought a lot about what I would like to achieve and what I need to do to succeed. Now that have thought about my values and beliefs, I'm going to stay true to them and try hard to make them part of my everyday life. Andrew O'Neill, Lossiemouth High School, S1

Nicole Anderson Aberdeen Grammar School, S2

“I would rather die a meaningful death than live a meaningless life.” Corazan Aquino

Doing this poster has opened a lot of new doors for me - psychological ones. It has made me realise what is important to life - living. You only get one chance of living, so why waste it on something insignificant? It has also made me realise that I should start living a meaningful life, one that I remember when I take my last breath so I can look back and say that I have definitely fulfilled my life and lived it to the full. After writing about my inspirational figure, Helen Keller, I think it's true to say that anything is possible - I should never give up any of my hopes, dreams and ambitions. The following story helps put life in perspective: a wealthy factory owner saw to this horror a fisherman lying around lazily next to his boat. “Why aren’t you fishing?”, he asked. “Because I’ve caught enough for today.”, he replies. The owner asks, “Why don’t you catch some more?” “What would I do with them?”, the fisherman says. “You could earn money, then buy an engine to go further out to sea, and catch more fish. Then you would earn money for nets and end up rich like me. You could really enjoy life.” “What do you think I’m doing now?” replied the fisherman. When I first read this story it gave me a lot to think about. It shows brilliantly how people have different attitudes to life - for some, the key is money and wealth, but not all that glitters is gold. You only have one chance at living, one chance to choose the values you will live by. This story helped me decide what I will try to live by.


Meredith Morris Aboyne Academy, S2

“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they speak?’ but rather ‘Can they suffer?’” Jeremy Bentham

I wonder why people are cruel to animals. People say they cannot feel or think because they cannot speak, but I say they can speak; through body language and the emotions you see in their eyes. On TV you see animals which are horribly underweight and hurt, and I end up thinking 'why would you buy it, if you aren't going to look after it?' I don't think anyone I've asked has been able to answer, but I think the people who don't look after animals are trying to ease something inside themselves because something horrible has happened to them, but this does not give them an excuse to hurt some other creature. We may think we are the smartest animals on the planet, but what good are brains if you make things which harm the environment, cause extinctions and kill the earth? We may have brains but long ago we left our instincts rotting in the mud, which is why other animals are smarter than ourselves. They live in harmony with the earth while we try to tame it, and in doing so were killing it because it won't be tamed. That is what we are doing to the planet, and I don't say ours because the planet isn't ours, it belongs more to plants and animals than to humans. Everyone has feelings, even if they can't speak. Learning for Life has strengthened my resolve work with animals.

Sam Holden Albyn School, S1

“Don’t ask for an easier life, ask to be a stronger person.” Kirsten Goeser

Life is a strange thing. In some ways it is like a 'minstrel'. It is mainly a lovely, soft, enjoyable experience but to get to that bit you have to go through a tough part, in the case of the minstrel, the coating. Through the tough parts of life I have learnt that I have to be strong. I have to want to get through in order to get through. Then, when I do get through, I have to have the courage to try new things. And whilst I'm trying these new things out I have to be enthusiastic about them to get every single last enjoyable moment out. Just like turning a bottle upside down yet the very last droplets of a nice juice out of the bottle. To me, the only way that I can feel that I have done really well is when I have pushed myself to the limit, either physically through sport or mentally by trying my absolute best. When I haven't tried my best in the past, it is normally because I have been following the crowd. It could be as simple wanting to look cool and do what everyone else is doing. I now know that life is a lot more fun when I am being my own person, not hiding my character because I am worried what others might think. I shouldn't be scared to tell people what I believe in. In the future I want to make the most of opportunities by taking them up with enthusiasm.

Sam Johnson Albyn School, S1

“Nobody trips over mountains, it is the small pebbles that cause you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” If you live by this quotation it may make situations and problems easier to overcome. By overcoming small things you can succeed at larger ones. My inspirational figure has to be my granddad, Tomas Crake, who taught me so much in life and how to live it to the full. What he has taught me will have implications for the rest of my life. Yes, everyone wants to run like Usain Bolt and be as intelligent as Archimedes, but my grandad is the person I would most like to emulate. In later life I'd like to be smart, patient and caring as he was. He was also very sporting and into athletics. When he was young, he had a 9 mile paper round, and left school at 15 to work on the farm. There he learned many practical skills including carpentry and dry stone walling. He joined the RAF after the war and was the first engineer to fly over the North Pole. He was always a keen athlete and trained many young people as a coach and timekeeper. Unfortunately he got cancer in 2006 and died in 2007. He still never lost his temper and remained the same loving and kind person, never faltering, and always full of integrity to the end of his life. As you go through life, the man who can keep his values indefinitely and always holds true to them is someone to be idolised.


Esther Gill Baldragon Academy, S1

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer

The world we live in continually changing. Nothing stays the same. History has proved this to be true. Even in my own lifetime things have constantly changed. However, through these changes I have learned that things in life worth standing up for are people's rights. Since 1956 the world has had at a charter of rights in place. Rights to health, education, food, care, warmth, shelter and not to be discriminated against. What really matters in life is freedom. We ought to be free and safe to go wherever we choose, say and do whatever we want (provided it doesn't hurt anyone). We should have the right to choose the direction our lives take. But despite living in one of the freest countries in the world, we are not completely free. We have to respect and consider the needs of other people. When I grow up I want to be a fiction writer who uses history and religion to help make the world a better place. Since Obama became president, the world has been a much safer place. Why? Because he listens to others and tries to work with people from different cultures, races and religions to make the world better.

Sally Borthwick Balwearie High School, S2

“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” The Buddha

This topic has taught me a lot about myself and the things that matter in life. The fact is that it is not all about what we have or get, not about how wealthy we are or not, not about the popularity or attention we want from our friends, classmates and family but the things that we feel about ourselves as a person are the things that matter. In this quote, the Buddha is encouraging us not to dwell on the bad things that have happened to us - life moves on so don't let it go on without you because of your past. This programme has taught me a lot about myself as a person and how fortunate I am to live in a world where I have everything I need plus so much more. Although it's a good quality to notice other people's misfortunes, noticing is one thing while actually doing something about it is a sign of a true and kind character I hope I will be when I am older. I feel it is worth standing up for family, friends, my life, happiness, trust and hope. My mum displays these qualities and so many more, which is why I chose her as my inspirational figure. She is always strong, brave, happy, trustworthy and friendly. It's not only these qualities that are important but the way they are shown or seen by others.

Catherine Morrison Banff Academy, S1

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken” Oscar Wilde

I have chosen the story Rose White and Rose Red. In the story, they agree to allow a cold bear to rest in front of their fire. He returns every night over the winter months, then in summer he leaves to protect his treasure from the wicked dwarf. Rose White and Rose Red meet the dwarf several times and rescue him from danger, but each time the dwarf is ungrateful. One day the bear is about to kill the dwarf because he has stolen even more treasure from him. The dwarf begs the bear to kill the girls and spare him, but the bear pays no attention and kills the dwarf with one blow of his paw. As soon as the dwarf is dead the bear turns into a prince. The dwarf had cursed him and now that he was dead the curse was broken. In the end Rose White marries the Prince and Rose Red marries his brother and they live in the Palace with red and white roses planted around the front door. This story shows that if you do good, you will be rewarded. I'm not saying that everyone kind and loving is going to marry a prince, but I am saying that if you try hard and never give up you will eventually get you to where you want to be in life.


Katie Wilson Barrhead High School, S1


is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor”. Shlom Aleichem

From doing this poster I have learned to not judge people by their looks until you know that person and what they are capable of. I also know to respect people in life and then they will probably respect you in return. Another important thing I learned was that you have to make mistakes in life to learn – no one’s perfect! You have to stay positive and don’t worry about what’s coming in life. My inspirational figure is Mother Teresa because she worked hard in her life by helping people. When I am older I would like to be a doctor. I would love doing this job because I would like to help people that are ill. I think you have to believe that the impossible is possible, for then it could happen.

Mairead Gilmartin Belmont Academy, S2

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I think I have achieved a sort of hope in myself. I now really believe that I can carry out my personal plan and reach my dreams. Penny Stewart, Knox Academy, Year S1

Franklin D Roosevelt

In life there is very little if anything to be afraid of. By letting fear control our lives and our decisions, it can harm our character and perceptions of ourselves. We should try not to let fear influence our decisions and lower our selfconfidence. This is the rule that I myself try to live by as much as possible on a daily basis. My favourite story is Love and Time. Once there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love. One day it was announced to them all that the island would sink, so they all constructed boats and left. Except for Love. Love was the only one who stayed, Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment. When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat, and Love asked “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered “No, there is a lot of gold on my boat and there is no room for you.” Love asked Vanity, but Vanity said “No, you're all wet and you will damage my boat.” Sadness was close by, so Love asked “Sadness, let me go with you.” “Oh, I am so sad that I need to be by myself.” she called. Suddenly there was the voice and an elder called out to Love and took her to the others. She was so happy that she forgot to ask the elder's name. When they arrived on land, Love asked Knowledge who had helped and Knowledge replied: “Time did, because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

Nicola Troake Broughton High School, S1

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.” Keshavan Nair

Completing 'Learning for Life' has really made me look at myself and examine my beliefs for the first time. It has made me thankful to my mum who has brought me up to respect others and their beliefs. I truly believe that if you treat people with respect and kindness you are more likely to get treated in this way. I also think that by completing this programme I have discovered that I like who I am. I like the way I don't feel the need to follow the crowd, like a lot of people my age do, to impress their friends. I think people should accept you for who you are and you should not change to please others or fit in. I will also continue to give as much love and look after my rabbit, Floppy, as best I can, because I believe that animals deserve to be treated with as much kindness and respect as people. I'm going to do my best, as this has taught me that I can reach my goals with hard work and support from those who love me. My future is whatever I want to make it!

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Rebecca Watson Broxburn Academy, S2

By completing this I have learned how I could improve myself and more about my inspirational figure – Martin Luther King. He remained loyal to what he believed and stood up for what he thought was right. I would like to be like him as I too believe everyone should be equal. I feel strongly about media image and its effects. I don’t think that young people should be encouraged to look like a ‘perfect’ person. I feel there should be real sized people in magazines - this will probably prevent people going on wacky diets! In the future I would like to work with children because I think I’d have fun! In life I want to have fun instead of worrying about people who want to judge me!

Kieran Howe Cleveden Secondary, S2

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make it happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because someone else wants you to be different.” Jackie Robinson

This is the kind of quote that inspires, that makes you get up and do something, that changes perception. This is truly a quote that makes you see and makes you believe, that makes you change and improve. It is certainly a quote that certainly gives people an overwhelming feeling of realisation and which one could give to a friend or relative going through a tough time. It has made me look at my life and how I could improve, it is a good ‘pick-me-up.’ My favourite story is about Chris Gardner, who invested the family savings in Ostelo National bone-density scanners, an apparatus twice as expensive as x-ray with practically the same resolution. The white elephant finally breaks the family, bringing troubles in his relationship with his wife, who leaves and moves to New York. Without money or a wife, but totally committed to his son Christopher, Chris sees the chance of compete for a stockbroker internship position with Dean Witter, up against 20 other candidates at the end of a six-month training period without any salary. Meanwhile, homeless, he has all sorts of difficulties with his son. He is forced to live in toilets, bus shelters and even on a bench. He is determined to succeed, and he does so, making millions. He now tours providing inspirational talks to anyone going through hard times, just like he did. I love this story as it makes you realise what you are taking for granted. This shows how strong a character Chris really is. To be broke, handling a child while trying to make some sales and going on a training without salary. This shows how determined people can be, and even doing the smallest things, which we might not bother to do, can have a huge impact on someone’s life.

I have learned so many things with this project. It has opened my mind to what I really want to do and helped me understand things better. 12

Louise Bryant, Grove Academy, S1

Dana Stoddart Dornoch Academy, S2

“You see things; and you say, “Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?” George Bernard Shaw

“Life is like a rope ladder, if you put in enough effort you will get to the top” In my opinion life is like a rope ladder, because if you try hard enough you can always get to the top. And in life the thing that matters the most is basic kindness, because without being shown it by others life would feel cold and empty. The person that matters to me the most is my mum because she is like my best friend. The quality I most admire in other people is resilience, and the person in my life who has shown this quality is a close family friend when she helped her sister recover from a terrible disease, even when she herself was recovering from a broken heart and betrayal. I have helped my brother when he started the Academy - he was very nervous and I tried to help him adjust. The happiest moment of my life was when I realised I was a Christian, because I felt like everything had suddenly fit together and everything made sense at last.

Kirsty McEwan Dumbarton Academy, S3

“Heroes are people who have given their lives to something bigger than themselves.”

I have gained a better understanding of life and myself. Debbie Clark, Wester Hailes Education Centre, S1

Joseph Campbell

Honesty Equality Ambition Respect Trust HEART - this is the heart of Dumbarton Academy. I think this is a good and encouraging message to the young people of our school as it helps children understand what is expected of them in the outside world as well as in the school. The message shows children that you can always be an honest and trustworthy person even if you're a child. The HEART of Dumbarton Academy has been successful as most of the children in our school respect each other and treat each other equally. Throughout the project I have learned that everyone can achieve what they want if they try. I've learned not to give up on my dream and never to doubt anyone's ability to fulfil their dream. If you're that focused, you can achieve anything. I believe that everyone should get a chance at life, to fulfil their dreams and make the most out of what they have, not wasting their life trying to be like everyone else.

Hannah Cowcher Dunfermline High School, S2

“If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.” Tom Peters

A beautiful person is a person who smiles. Someone could have the strangest looking face for so long as they are smiling they are gorgeous and approachable. Not even the most 'attractive' people look good when they scowl. This goes for personality too. If someone looks upon obstacles in a positive way, smiling as they go, they have the best chance of living their dream. Who would you rather talk to? Chatty kids always wear a beaming smile or moody moaners who seem to fall out with a different person every day? No contest. No one likes a complainer and everyone feel better about themselves straight away when they smile. Remember that smiles are contagious and they have the power to make everyone happy - just smile!

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Dhruv Makwana Dyce Academy, S2

“The way to love anything is to realise it might be lost.” GK Chesterton

My inspirational figure is Narendra Modi, who is chief minister of the state of Gujarat in India. He was forced to resign in 2002 over arguments about riots in which 1000 people died, but he was subsequently re-elected. One of his greatest achievements was the international record of restoring over 876,000 houses in just 500 days after the Gujarat earthquake where the town of Bhuj was reduced to rubble. He has also built roads to connect rural villages and provided 90% of them with electricity. In India, Modi is under constant scrutiny from the media. He has focused on the basic issues, and Gujarat is regarded as a model state in India. I admire his determination and that he was re-elected even after being forced to resign. He advises people that 'only those who keep walking get sweet returns - look at the sun's perseverance, never dormant.'

Lauren Fraser Elgin High School, S2

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you will eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” Marilyn Monroe

By completing this poster, I've learned some new things about myself and the world. From observational thoughts, I have established the meanings of many values and qualities such as love, confidence, trust, pessimism and optimism. If you acquire positive qualities they will help you through life and you will become a better person. What I think really matters in life is to be yourself and no one else. It takes courage and confidence to grow up and become who you really are. You should accept no one's definition of your life but rather define yourself. We were born to be original and we should die original. Although we should be ourselves, we should also put others before ourselves. This poster has challenged me in many ways - from thinking about the meaning of life and why we are all here, to looking at inspirational figures. I also believe that without real happiness a person can never have true success. When a person is happy, their positive side is instantly revealed.

Kerr Low Forfar Academy, S2

“You can judge a man by the way he treats his animals.” Mahatma Gandhi

I chose this quotation because I am passionate about my animals and protest against any harm towards them, because they are people too, and when I leave school I want to study zoology. My inspirational figure is the Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzsky, who used to play for my favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leaves. He has achieved many things and won the Stanley Cup. His effect on my life is to inspire me to reach for my goals, to keep trying and always to care for others. In this topic I've learned to reflect about what actually think and feel about things that are going on around me and think about myself as a person.


Jonathon Buchan Fraserburgh Academy, S2

“Man is far too clever to be able to survive without wisdom”

I have learned my life plan. Esther Gill, Baldragon Academy, S1

E. F. Schumacher

My personal reflection is that if you set yourself a worthy ambition in life then you shall succeed, only if you work and pay attention all through your years of learning in the Academy or in Primary. This is the way forwards for getting a job or helping you to be able to have a long prosperous life ahead of you unlike those who choose to slack. Those who choose to slack will fail to have a good life. What I am trying to tell you is not to make a life changing mistake and instead excel and become a successful adult; even if you have disabilities remember they will never stop you having the life that you wanted for yourself. Just remember that you are the one who holds your future in your hands throughout your entire life. I also know that sometimes listening to your parents can always help in making decisions. They only nag at you because they are your parents and they want you to do your very best in your lifetime.

Ellie Stephen Fraserburgh Academy, S2

“The only way to have a friend is to be a friend” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote makes me think about my mum. My Mum has not only been a mum she is also my best friend. My Mum has done a lot in life for me. My Mum has brought me up to the best of her ability, she has not only brought me up but she has also brought up my other four siblings. My Mum always puts me first in life, she is always there for me when needed and I can speak to her about anything in life no matter what it is. My Mum has helped me through the good and the bad. My Mum lets me make my own choices but always gives me her opinion and what she thinks I should do. My main goal in life is to work to the best of my ability and to hold true to my values and beliefs and to make my Mum proud. My Mum means the world to me and hopefully through the rest of my life I will continue to make her proud of what I do and to grow close to her and to become even better friends. “If Mums were flowers she’d be the one I’d pick.”


Saba Khan George Heriot’s School, S2

“And above all unto thine own self be true and it shall follow as the day the night - thou canst not then be false to any man.” Shakespeare

If you follow this quotation, you will go far in life with great confidence. If you believe you can do something, then it's possible. I went through this poster, I kept thinking -- what does it really mean to live a life? Then I learned some answers through my favourite stories and inspirational character. It led me to think thoroughly about what I find important in life and why. I even thought more about what I want to be. I have always been true to myself but have never been confident enough to show what I really am and what my values are. I have learned that what people really need is confidence and truth to live life, and that life is a gift. We should make the best of it rather than looking at the problems, because there is always happiness behind sadness. So live a happy life!

Syed Rahman George Heriot’s School, S2

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Benjamin Franklin

My inspirational figure is My Grandfather. He was born into a poor family in Bangladesh and passed through early life in hardships and poverty. In spite of this, he was absolutely determined to go forward against the odds. Not only did he look after his parents and brothers but also wanted to take care of his own life. He raised a family of 12 children, including my father, and they are now all experts in different fields of work. Throughout his life he has maintained discipline and kept a strict routine. He gets up early in the morning and always does things in time. I have a special rapport with my grandfather and he likes to share his secrets with me. At 93, he is still kind, warm-hearted, happy and generous to people around him and will support anyone in every possible manner. He has not only inspired his family and relatives, but everyone who has come in contact with him. He has inspired me to reach for the stars and achieve my ambitions. He is a living example of an inspirational figure.

Joanne Devenney George Heriot’s School, S2

“To dream of person you would like to be is a waste of person you are.” My inspirational figure is Andrew Allan. In July 2008 at the age of 19, he was out fighting in Afghanistan. He had to leave his pregnant wife and risk his life to save others for only £16,000 a year. While he was out there he stumbled on a bomb planted by the Taliban and was almost completely blown up. He was rushed back to the UK for emergency treatment. He was sedated for two whole months and the doctors were unsure whether Andrew would make it. When he awoke he discovered that both of his legs had been amputated, that he had lost his vision and was left with terrible scars. He was not bitter or jealous, but delighted to be alive and incredibly happy to meet his son for the first time, even though he couldn't see him. He had further painful problems with his eyes and bones. Andrew is incredibly inspiring as he truly enjoys life and is thankful for it even though others may see it as terrible. Instead of wallowing in self-pity - which the man has every right to do - he cared for others. When presented with a medal he said, “It's not about the medal, I just wanted to see my friends and make sure they were all right.” I am inspired by Andrew's bravery and courage.

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I have learned a lot from doing this poster. It has really made me think about things I have written down. If you put something in this poster, you have to mean it with all your heart. Everything I have written in this poster has really made me think about my life, and how much of it I have to live, and try to squeeze every possible drop out of every experience. Life is spectacularly breathtaking. Miriam Thompson, Jordanhill School, S1

I’ve unlocked secrets to myself and discovered great secrets into greed and how to tackle it. Alexander Moock, Glasgow Gaelic School, S1

During this project, I have thought about life and now understand what makes me happy. I really enjoyed doing this, as it has made me realise what I really think of things, some of which I will never forget.

I’ve learned many things about myself from this poster – that I could do more for other people. I’m determined to take more responsibility. It’s let me unleash my potential in my swimming and now I’m doing much better. Fraser Reid, Queen Anne High School, S1

Anna Whitley, St George's School, Edinburgh, S1

I have learned what my true values in life are and that there is more to life than meets the eye.

This poster led me to think thoroughly about what I find important in life and why. I now know that just one thing is important - believing in myself and having self-respect. Saba Khan, George Heriot's School, S2

Kirsty McColm, Stranraer Academy, S1


Tamara Nichol Girvan Academy, S2

One of my favourite quotations is “People should look in before they look out”. This is one of my favourites because people should analyse their own situations and problems before looking out and judging and criticising other people’s problems and situations, as they could be the same. My favourite story is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – The book is about a teenage girl called Kate who has Promyelocytic Leukaemia. Her parents produce a daughter just to use as a donor body and use her organs to keep Kate alive. The little sister Anna soon found out that she was only born for her organs and other body parts. Kate realises that she is going to die in the end anyway, so she decides that she doesn’t want any more organs from her younger sister. She makes her younger sister go to court and fight for her rights, so that she doesn’t have to give anymore organs. In the end their parents find out it was Kate’s idea for Anna to go to court because she felt that there was no point in wrecking her sister’s life for much longer, when cancer is going to kill her sooner or later, so there is no point in trying to keep her alive. She dies shortly after. From that year on the family go to Montana, as that was Kate’s favourite place in the whole world. This story has had an impact on me because it just goes to show that desperate times call for desperate measures and it shows that cancer can affect people at any age and can have serious consequences. Bethany Elder (page 39) adds: this is also my favourite because it teaches people about kindness, love, generosity and having a positive outlook, even when things are bad. It made me ask myself what I would have done if I had the opportunity to save someone's life. I decided I would take it if I really loved this person, even if it risked my own life.

Alexander Moock Glasgow Gaelic School, S1

“There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi

I like my life and I'm sure everyone else enjoys theirs. But the terrible thing is that they are always 'want, want, want'. They have lots of phones, I have none. They have a games console, I have none. I hate moaning but almost everyone I know is greedy, but I'm not. My parents always say I should be grateful for what I've got, and I've got lots - a big garden, healthy food and a nice family. These are what people need in life, but they always want more - it's like a terrible disease. I'm just saying that people should be grateful for what they've got, because greed starts enemies, enemies start fights, fights start feuds, feuds start wars, and wars start death. Be careful, greedy people. Mhairi McMorrin Glasgow Academy, S2

A story that inspires me is A Christmas Carol. It is the tale of a grumpy old man with no friends and a life dedicated to making as much money as possible. However, he realises he's in the wrong and has a dreadful life ahead of them if it is not transformed. He becomes a better person and makes lots of friends. This story shows us how important it is to be nice, to create a nice atmosphere around you. It shows that love is more powerful than money: if you are filled with love then you are mainly a happy person, but if your only goal is to make as much money as possible then you become greedy and unpleasant to be with. This book shows you two sides of a person's character and how you can turn your life around no matter how much you are hated. Everyone has a second chance to redeem themselves. A life can be transformed through the right attitude and outlook.


Carl Anderson Golspie High School, S4

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F Kennedy

In life, nobody is a failure unless they want to be. As Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” To me this is very true: if you get something wrong you haven't failed, you have only failed once you have stopped trying. This is why many people say that life gets harder as you get older; you have to work more for what you want life. This project has probably changed my life. I have learned that there is more in life than just me and that people need others for support and guidance through their lives. The story of Johnny Kennedy made me realise how much some people are suffering and yet they are happy and content with life. Johnny Kennedy had EB, a very rare skin condition. The way he dealt with his illness was remarkable: he carried on living normally as if nothing had ever happened to him and yet he knew he was dying. The fact of death didn't bother him. He looked on it as something that comes to everybody at some point in their lives, and it was just that his was sooner than everybody else's. Before he died he set up a charity called DEBRA to raise funds and awareness for EB. Some people ask me what really matters in life. My one word answer is ' living'. We need to live life to the full - in some ways it is only what we make it. As William Wallace said, “Every man dies - not every man really lives.”

Morgan Castell-McCallum The Gordon Schools, S2

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.” I like this quotation because no matter what happens there is always a consequence. Even though there are days with pain and sorrow, there will always be comfort for your tears and a way to go. You just have to find it. My favourite story is called ‘the lost sheep’ because it is a story that Jesus told and it is about a farmer who had 100 sheep. One of the sheep goes missing and he leaves his 99 other sheep to go and find this one other sheep, and eventually he found it and said he loved it even though it went missing. I like this story because my step-dad used to tell me that he loved me so much that if I went missing he would leave my mum and brothers to go and find me because he loved me and I was his only daughter. I will never forget this story.

Beth Gregor Gracemount High School, S3

“No matter what the ending, my life began with you.”

I have learned how to express my thoughts and feelings in a new and exciting way.

I love this quote even though it is from a song as Jonathon Buchan, Fraserburgh Academy, S2 it's how I feel about my relationship with God. Finding God has restarted my life and given me new confidence. My life in the past year has gone from the absolute worst place it could be to the most fantastic. My grandad was the special person I could talk to about everything and anything, and when we lost him in January I thought that I had nothing left. It took me nearly 6 months for the hole in my heart to start heeling. My youth leader at church, Euan Gordon, has been an inspiration to me. When we first met, I was really badly behaved because I was going through so much. He managed to find a way of getting through to me, and then without realising it, he completely changed my life. He is always happy with a smile on his face, and has time for everyone. I didn't plan on any of the changes that came over me this year. I wasn't waiting for anything big to happen in my life, but thanks to Euan I am part of something so amazing. I'm no longer doing rubbish at school or at home because he made me realise that there is so much more to life than huffing all the time about pretty much everything and then just giving up. Before I met Euan I didn't care. Now I want to do well enough to get into Uni and study to be a youth worker.


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Katie McAlister Greenock Academy, S3

“Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Ida Scott Taylor

My inspirational figure is Palma Allan. She is my idol because of her amazing musical ability and commitment to the children of Inverclyde. When I was in primary six, I joined the Inverclyde Schools Junior Choir and Palma was the conductor. In the past five years she has only missed a handful of rehearsals and has spent weekends with us getting ready for concerts or competitions. I totally admire her dedication and ambition. At our weekly rehearsals she is always full of energy and fun. Everyone always does their best as they want to please her so much. Due to Palma's enthusiasm and love of music and singing, the choir came runner-up in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition twice, and won a silver medal at the World Choir Games in Austria. This wouldn't have been possible without her hard work, which is why she is an inspiration.

Amina Aslam Grove Academy, S1

“The only way to fail is not to try.” C. Douris and Linda Smith

So far in life, I think I've taken the bad with the good. I've had some sad times like my uncle passing away, but there have also been countless happy times. I think it is important to experience a variety of situations and emotions as this allows us to challenge ourselves personally, see how strong we are and grow as individuals. The reason I chose to put across my personal reflection as an iPhone and its apps is because I think the iPhone can symbolise a lot. This includes communication between people such as friends and family, while certain apps can be regarded as memories in my life such as photographs, and the 'to do' list can be thought of as things I'd like to achieve in my life. In the future, I hope to remain true to my beliefs and values and to achieve my dream of being a lawyer.


Louise Bryant Grove Academy, S1

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

This quotation is one I'll never forget. I will remember it when I'm older and going for a job interview or doing an important test which could change my life. Determination is the key! I have learned many things while creating this poster. It has made me think much more about everyone and everything around me, and it's the first time I've actually sat down and thought about the importance of personal qualities (friendship, positive outlook) and what quotations mean to me. While I was researching I was able to think about other values in life. Everyone should show the best of themselves, like when the flower comes out from under the soil, fresh and new.

Kirstin Forrester Grove Academy, S1

“Trust is like a vase. Once it is broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be the same again.” Unknown

This quotation means to me that friendships that seem very strong can be broken by the simplest of mistakes. Doing this project has completely changed my views on the world. I now know that joy, happiness, love and values make the world go round. Not everybody is as privileged as you or me. In my opinion the world is upside down. Some children barely have a roof over their heads but still receive no help. I am lucky that I have the things that money can't buy: unconditional love from my family and friends. Hope is my most important ideal. You don't have hope, then you don't have anything. You have hope when something tragic happens. You have hope that the day goes well and if not, then you hope that tomorrow will be better. Believe it or not, you have hope all the time. Hope is your lifeline, use it! I want to train to become a successful teacher, helping young children to read and write. When I teach my brother new things, I love seeing his face light up when he finds out something new or gets something right! I know I won't make as much difference as many famous people, but I will make a difference to the children I teach.

Samantha Harvey Grove Academy, S1

“Of all the things you wear, you expression is the most important.” Janet Lane

This is a very important quotation because it helps you remember that you should put a smile on your face and spread joy and happiness wherever you go. Since I started this project, I have thought a lot about the world and how to make my life better. What matters to me is trying my best in what I do (hard work), having a smile on my face, and not worrying and wasting my life away. A couple of years ago, my Papa died of cancer. He was a wonderful Papa and fought cancer for seven years. His death was very peaceful in the end, but it just shows that anything can happen at any time. He truly inspires me because I remember saying “Oh well, I don't have to bother doing my best because I'm not in school!” I remember clearly that he smiled a huge smile, whilst saying, “You should try your best in everything you do - that's how to get on in life, Honey.” From then on, I have tried my best in everything I do, even the smallest of things. I have learned that while life's here, you should make the most of it, because it won't last forever.

I have learned that you should always be true to yourself and do what is right. You should focus on tasks and always try your best. Euan Murray, Grove Academy, S1


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An incident in the rebellion of 1745, by David Morier

Caitlin Macleod Grove Academy, S1

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” Charles F. Kettering

My inspirational figure is my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Neil MacLeod. He was born on a little island off the north of Scotland called Raasay. He had a wife called Agnes MacDonald and a son called John. In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie was going to war with the government, Neil and all the other MacLeods of the island had to go and fight, but the MacLeods on the neighbouring island, Skye, didn't want to go. Neil decided to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie, even though lots of people were fighting for the government. Sadly, Neil and many other men died during a battle in April 1746, which was later known as the Battle of Culloden. The government won the battle and after that Raasay was in ruins. The troops burned houses, killed animals and the islanders were robbed of everything they had. Neil is my inspirational figure as she didn't just follow the crowd, even though he knew there could be consequences. He also died fighting for what he believed in. After hearing his story from my grandparents, I decided that I will never again do what everybody else does just to look cool or blend in.

Euan Murray Grove Academy, S1

I learnt a lot about myself this year and how to be more confident in school.

“If a man does his best, what else is there?” George S. Patten

In doing this poster, I have learned a lot about myself. The ideals that I believe in are: truth, honesty, friendship, family and loyalty. I believe in them because if you're not truthful then you will quickly lose your friends and people will not respect you. Being honest Beth Gregor, Gracemount High School, S3 means that you don't lie about events and that you maintain your integrity. If you are not friendly to people, then you will gain a bad reputation. Maintaining friendships means being loyal, and good friends will support you and not make you choose between them and your values. Being friendly costs nothing and if everyone approached life with a positive outlook and a friendly word, then the world would be a better place. If you are not loyal, then people will not trust you. Ideally, the family unit is the most important structure you have. Your family can provide advice, help and care throughout your life. Being close to all generations of your family provides you with a balanced view of the world and you can gain valuable advice from their experience.


Tara Mactaggart Hawick High School, S3

“As you walk down the fairway of life, you smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” Ben Hogan

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

This poster has made me realise that what is important to me in life is perseverance, focus, mistakes > learning and trust. These are words that I think bring out the best in me. I will always stand up for what I believe in no matter how hard the consequences are afterwards. These words determine who I want to be and only I can decide that. My experiences of life so far have been amazing. My parents have sacrificed so much for me to achieve my dream of becoming a professional golfer and I greatly respect them for that. My Dad is a great believer in me and I think he knows more about me that I do about myself. The quotes I have chosen show that I truly believe in not giving up. Most people give up, just before they are about to succeed. Even if I fail a hundred times, I will never give up until I succeed. After getting a lot of visualisation talks through my golf training I have been able to get into the positive thinking mind and so many other people should get out of the negative and start thinking positively. It has also built my character and personality more and I actually have more control over my emotions for once in my life.

Graeme Rollo Hyndland Secondary, S4

“One has to speak out against evil. Even a limited, uncertain, anguished, fight against darkness is better than surrendering to the evils of the past.” Rabbi Albert Friedlander

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.” Martin Luther King

If I had been handed this poster one or even two years ago, I would have stared at the sheet blankly, and even discarded it as a waste of time. It is so much more than that. It is an opportunity to explore the deepest realms of opinions and views. Most importantly, I have discovered the significance of God, who can be a guiding force behind a life decision, a symbol of hope and optimism, the inspiration behind a leader, the faith one man has or needs to carry on the struggle towards a better world. Martin Luther King's inspiration was religious, and his faith kept a nation's dream alive. Without faith, where would we be? Surely it was faith that drove Churchill to win the war, Gandhi to fight for freedom from oppression and for one man to risk his life donating bone marrow to save a little girl. The Learning for Life initiative allows you to think outside the box and become a well-rounded and gifted human being. It has given me a unique outlook on life, which I realise I am lucky to have. I have learned that with the right characteristics, the best inspiration and, most importantly, the faith behind you, we can all aspire to become people as great as Martin Luther King. Always believe in the power of faith.


Values Poster 6pm - 8pm Monday 14th June 2010 .

Programme .

6.00pm Arrival Garden Lobby, The Scottish Parliament Refreshments and Exhibition of Award Winning Posters 6.30pm Welcome from Margaret Smith MSP 6.35pm Introduction from David Lorimer, Character Education Scotland 6.45pm Keynote speaker Claire Enders 7.00pm Presentations to the national finalists and best in school 7.10pm Sir Garth Morrison KT, CBE, DL - Chair of the 2010 judging panel 7.15pm 2010 Values Awards prize giving ceremony 7.30pm Closing remarks 7.35pm Photography

2010 Awards presented by Claire Enders Claire Enders started Enders Analysis in 1997. She previously worked in senior corporate development and strategy roles in all sectors of the UK entertainment industry (including cable, television, satellite television and music). Enders Analysis is one of the leading independent research companies in the UK and focuses on analysing significant issues and companies in fixed and mobile telecoms and in traditional and online media. Major companies in its sectors subscribe to its research, as do many of the world's leading fund managers and hedge funds. Claire holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from London Business School. Enders Analysis supports a wide range of charities in the UK, with which Claire is actively involved, including the Natural History Museum (education on climate change), the NSPCC (online counselling for abuse victims) and various orchestras and museums.


Awards 2010 Garden Lobby, The Scottish Parliament * denotes best in school

National Finalists Level 1 Prize Winners

Level 1 Runners up

1st = 1st =

Marcus Austin-Baird, Kirkcudbright Academy* Louise Bryant, Grove Academy Debbie Clark, Wester Hailes Education Centre* Saba Khan, George Heriot’s School

Andrew O’Neill, Lossiemouth High School* Nicola Troake, Broughton High School*

2nd = Anna Whitley, St George’s School* 2nd = Penny Stewart, Knox Academy 3rd = 3rd =

Katie Belton, Ross High School Kerr Low, Forfar Academy*

Level 2 Prize Winners

Level 2 Runners Up


Katie Archibald, Knox Academy*


Euan Murray, Grove Academy*

Sally Borthwick, Balwearie High School* Kirstin Forrester, Grove Academy Samantha Harvey, Grove Academy Roderick McDonald, Portree High School* John McLean, Selkirk High School* Caitlin Macleod, Grove Academy Catherine Morrison, Banff Academy*


3rd = Nicole Anderson, Aberdeen Grammar School* 3rd = Amina Aslam, Grove Academy 4th = 4th = 4th = 4th =

Lauren Fraser, Elgin Academy* Sam Holden, Albyn School Sophie Hutchison, Jordanhill School* Katie McAlister, Greenock Academy*

Level 3 Prize Winners

Level 3 Runners Up


Andrew Clark, Turriff Academy Graeme Rollo, Hyndland School* Sarah Smith, Inverurie Academy Moritz Toellner, Stewart’s Melville College* Alexandra Woolley, St. Margaret’s School*

Gareth Fleming, St David’s High School*

2 = Joanne Deveney, George Heriot’s School* 2nd = Syed Rahman, George Heriot’s School* 2nd = Nicole Reid, Inverurie Academy* nd

3rd = Rachel Grant, Inverurie Academy 3rd = Keren Lovie, Kemnay Academy*

Best in School Meredith Morris, Aboyne Academy Sam Johnson, Albyn School Esther Gill, Baldragon Academy Katie Wilson, Barrhead High School Mauread Gilmartin, Belmont Academy Rebecca Watson, Broxburn Academy Kieran Howe, Cleveden Secondary School Dana Stoddart, Dornoch Academy Kirsty McEwan, Dumbarton Academy Hannah Cowcher, Dunfermline High School Dhruv Makwana, Dyce Academy Ellie Stephen, Fraserburgh Academy Jonathon Buchan, Fraserburgh Academy Tamara Nichol, Girvan Academy Alexander MacLeod Moock, Glasgow Gaelic School Carl Anderson, Golspie High School Beth Gregor, Gracemount High School Tara Mactaggart, Hawick High School Gemma Matthews, Kinross High School Kyle Cushnie, Kirkland High School Rachel Neilson, Loudoun Academy

Alastair Scott, Montrose Academy Isla Donaldson, Peebles High School Maria Lucia De Martino, Peebles High School Ellen Reed-O'Connor, Pitlochry High School Ellie Milne, Portlethen Academy Megan Shepherdson , Portree High School Clara Owen, Preston Lodge High School Shona Bell, Preston Lodge High School Fraser Reid, Queen Anne High School Laura Hood, Queen Anne High School Bethany Elder, Ross High School Alison Glass, Rosshall Academy Rachel Jackson, Rutherglen High School Calum MacDonald, Sgoil Lionacleit Lucia Corace-Ahmed, St Margaret's School, Edinburgh Kirsty McColm, Stranraer Academy Mhairi McMorrin, The Glasgow Academy Morgan Castell-McCallum, The Gordon Schools Mhairi MacDonald, The High School of Glasgow Catriona Watson, Turriff Academy Heather Gray, Vale of Leven Academy


Sophie Hutchison Jordanhill School, S2

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

I believe we're all taking life way too seriously. We all need to remember to relax once in a while, kick back, take it easy. “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I feel that everyone is forgetting that we all have to work together and treat each other with respect. We are always told what we should and shouldn't be. We don't have the right hair, clothes, mindset, you name it. You need to relax a bit. We also need to solve problems with talk and compromise, not war and bloodshed. Of course it's easy for me to say that, I'm just a teen. “Ah well, I've got a lot to learn...”Just make sure you're happy. That's really what life's all about. Go out there make your dreams come true. Freedom for all! Be yourself! It's all you can be. You don't need to prove anything.

Mhairi Macdonald The High School of Glasgow, S2

“Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.” Earl Nightingale

This poster has taught me and made me realise that life’s short, so live it to the full. It has also taught me to stand up for what I believe in. I have realised that what matters to me in life is my friends and family, my loved ones. Writing this poster has opened my eyes to show me that only my nearest and dearest matter. My experience of life has been one of joy and sadness. My life’s been full of regrets and gladness, highs and lows, love and hate. This poster has taught me that friends may come, friends may go but families are there for life. Now that I have completed my poster, I have decided to live my life to the fullest and never look back. I have also decided not to let anything unimportant stand in my way. .

Rachel Grant Inverurie Academy, S3

“Imagination rules the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte

My inspirational figure is my mum because she is one of the strongest people I know. She is going to be 45 this year and since she was about 13 she has had horrible disease called MS (multiple sclerosis). Never once have I heard her complain about the way her life has turned out. She just takes life like it comes and always has a smile on her face. When she was 37, her MS started to get really bad. From the age of five and up to this point I had looked after her. Now unfortunately she started to need proper care. My grandparents agreed that it wasn't fair on me to be looking after her so she got the Council to step in and arrange carers to help. One carer, Isobel, now works for her privately. They get on so well that it seems that Isobel is the one who keeps my mum going. My mum is my inspirational figure because she has tried so hard to live a normal life. She doesn't care what people think of her. I know everyone thinks of their mum as special, I feel my mum is extra special because she hasn't had a chance to care and look after me like other mums can. I don't regret her not being able to do these things because I love her and I wouldn't change her for anyone in the world. She is the most important person in my life and a wonderful role model.


Nicole Reid Inverurie Academy, S3

“You’re only as tall as your heart will let you be, and you're only as small as the world will make you seem.” This is a line from a song 'Brightside' by Nevershoutnever. Every time I listen to those lyrics makes me feel content, and shows that it doesn't matter who you are or even what you are, all that matters is your heart and your morals. “Who am I?” “Where will I be in a few years from now?” “What's important to me in life?” “What do I value?” These are all questions I had never thought of asking myself until we started working on the Learning for Life unit. Doing this poster has made me learn so much about myself and enabled me to understand myself better. I now know that I need love, optimism, trust and more confidence in myself to have a happy life. I had never really sat down and thought about what I've learned throughout my lifetime so far, 15 years of thinking, learning and teaching. So much information coming from all sorts of places has been given to me, and Learning for Life has made me figure out that no matter what, there's always going to be stuff you don't understand, or don't like, but in the end life is what you make it. You can't predict the future and you can't dwell on the past. You just have to live in the moment, do what your heart tells you and just dive into life. You may not know where you're going but you still have goals, and those goals, the people who love you and your heart will guide you to where you need to be. Plain and simple.

Sarah Smith Inverurie Academy, S3

When you go on a seesaw, sometimes you are at the top but sometimes you are down and someone else is up instead. I think that life is a bit like this in two different ways. The first symbolises that life has its ups and downs, good times and bad times. The second way is that sometimes you can be up high with all the attention, but you have to come down and let others up too so that you can pay attention to them.

Doing this project has made me look at my life differently; I used to think my life was pretty normal and easy. When I look at it now and really dig deep into my feelings, I see that my life has been quite a challenge. Rachel Grant, Inverurie Academy, S3

I learned these two messages in two different situations. I learned that life has its highs and lows when I lost my grandma recently. It made me feel smaller and weaker as I knew that one day the same would happen to everyone. I felt like I was at the bottom of the seesaw. Afterwards I tried to be strong and supportive so the seesaw began to rise again. When I went to the funeral I was very upset to think that I would never see her again but when I laid a rose on her coffin, I felt as if I was letting her go. She was no longer in a place where her cancer could hurt her. My grandma was at the top of the seesaw. I learned the second message in a much easier way. My younger brother hadn't done very well in a spelling test because he had done his homework quickly the night before because my mum had to take my elder brother and me to swimming training. It made me realise that my younger brother Mikey was not getting enough attention. My elder brother and I were hogging the top of the seesaw, and Mikey was stuck at the bottom. He now gets more attention and is doing more activities with my parents, so the seesaw is working fairly and equally.

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Keren Lovie Kemnay Academy, S2

“All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” Samuel Butler

My favourite story is about a cookbook. A group of women, including my mother, wanted to help a boy who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just a baby and is suffering from a muscular problem as well. Soon he will have to be in a wheelchair, so these women made a plan. The boy had wanted to swim with dolphins but because of his problems his family couldn't leave the country. So the women wanted to send him to Florida with his family so that he could do this. The women decided to raise the necessary money by making a cookbook. The whole village contributed to this cookbook, and I remember my mother going through piles of recipes and typing them all up. She was obviously so happy that the whole village wanted to help. People organised many other events, and when the cookbook was finally finished hundreds of copies were sold. They had raised plenty of money for the holiday and even some extra, which they decided to use to help another boy also suffering from a disability. They were able to send him on a small holiday in England. I really love this story because of how the whole village wanted to help. This has taught me that even the smallest act of kindness can add up to a huge thing which benefits everyone in a small way.

Gemma Matthews Kinross High School, S2

“You’ve got to know where you are to know where you're going.” My Dad

I may seem practical and clever, but inside I'm unsure and always looking for new things to learn. When I write stories and read books I am at my happiest - I have always loved writing and my favourite story is Twilight. The constant struggle between good and evil. Hope and Love pulling you through. Love is stronger than anything else. Nothing else matters - who or what you are. I lose track of time and myself in these pages. That's why I love it! I adore music. Pop and classical. Tchaikovsky is my favourite composer. His music is light and I love playing it on the piano - it flows through me. Like sweet poetry in my ears. Calming but energetic. I passionately want to be an author, not for the fame, but I feel that if I was recognised I could change a few things. I can't handle criticism, but I need to work on this. That's what I'm afraid of being an author - rejection. Hopefully I'll get there and live my dream. I just have to keep on going. I love being me, and love itself!

Marcus Austin-Baird Kirkcudbright Academy, S1

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” Life is a bit like juggling eggs. Each egg represents a different matter or goal in life and while focusing on one you have to give the right amount of attention to all the others. If not, it will fall to the ground and create a mess. This will affect your confidence and may cause other things to happen. So to make the best of life you must pay attention to many matters - ignorance is not bliss. Life is complicated, and what you get out of it depends on what you put in. It's a bit like school - the harder you work, the more rewards you get. This may seem obvious, but many people overlook it. Everyone controls what happens in their life, so there is no point in blaming your thoughts or misfortunes on someone else. Life is fragile, but every individual on this planet has a choice about what they do with it.


Kyle Cushnle Kirkland High School, S3

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. You can’t hit what you can’t see!” Mohammed Ali

I like this quote as it shows speed and agility like a bee. On your toes and light like a butterfly, “You can’t hit me with a punch ‘cause I’m so fast plus you can’t see me”. Mohammed Ali was a real good boxer that came up with the quote for himself in boxing.

Katie Archibald Knox Academy, S2

“True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.” Edna Buchanan

My inspirational figure is not famous or well-known, but I admire them because they show that anyone can make a difference to society no matter what their opportunities. The person I admire is the lollipop lady she hasn't done anything abnormal or amazing, but she still makes a difference and has an impact. You could say she saves lives every day by stopping people getting run over. She is an inspiration to everybody because she is a living monument to show just how easy it is to change the world, even if it is just a little bit. Every time I pass her now I think about how easy it is to do something to change people's lives without even thinking about it - she really proves how easy it is to help. Writing this poster has made me think a lot about what values are important in life and I got very stuck in the first section. Every single value seemed so important that I couldn't imagine a world without any of them. They were all so closely linked that you couldn't have one without the other. Trust must be the most important, I thought, but then to trust someone fully you have to be able to respect them, and to respect them you have to be able to listen to them, as if you don't listen to someone then it isn't very respectful, is it? I was able to resolve this by realising that the values in life are like the orchestra in school. Every instrument (or value) has a part to play, and when they are played on their own they won't work properly. However, when they work together they can become beautiful and amazing. I decided that the same applies to values - none is the most important but they are all equal. When they work alone they aren't at their best, they are disjointed and incomplete, but when they all work together inside a person they can make something beautiful, even something grand and spectacular.

Penny Stewart Knox Academy, S1

“I will not condemn you for what you did yesterday if you do it right today.”

I have learned about the different values and how they work together. Now that I have completed this poster, I am going to do more to change the world. Katie Archibald, Knox Academy, S2

Sheldon S. Maye

My inspirational figure is Erik Weikenmayer, who in 2001 became the first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He lost his sight at the age of 12 and his mother shortly afterwards. To distract Erik and his brothers from their loss, Erik's father took them climbing and Erik discovered his passion. In 2005, Erik climbed with blind Tibetan kids up Mount Everest. They didn't reach the top but their story was made into a film called Blind Sight. The tragic thing was that many of the kids had been orphaned as their parents did not want blind children. Erik helped a charity for the Blind to reunite these kids and their parents, which was absolutely incredible - I would love to go up Everest someday.


Andrew O’Neill Lossiemouth High School, S1

“Never believe that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens cannot change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.� Margaret Mead

My inspirational figure is not one person who has changed the world, but everybody, young or old, regardless of age or race, who wants to make a difference. Some of the peeple find inspirational People who live in Third World countries who struggle every day to provide food and shelter for the families People who overcome illness or disability to allow them to live normal lives Aid workers and help save lives and make living conditions better for those they are helping People who stand up for what they believe in and stick to their principles -- especially the oppressed countries. During this project I have thought hard about the values that I will need to succeed in life. I expect that these values will change over time as I develop as a person. I have also thought about how we all take things for granted, and when things go wrong it can be hard to cope.

The recent ash cloud from the volcano in Iceland was fairly minor. Nobody died or got hurt, but people were stranded in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully, they realise what's important to them and that their own personal values would have helped them cope. I have high hopes for the future and I hope I can fulfil my expectations. These may change as I grow, as I have already changed from wanting to work in animal conservation to studying law or political science at university. I am interested in being a politician to help make my country and the world a better place. If I was privileged enough to become Prime Minister, I would hopefully use some of the knowledge gained here and take it into the future.


Rachel Neilson Loudoun Academy, S2

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” Norman Vincent Peale

I have learned that it is better to be different and individual than to follow the crowd. Rachel Neilson, Loudoun Academy, S2

I like this quote because it shows that if you're fully determined to achieve something, then nothing can stop you. I have chosen Matthew Bellamy as my inspirational figure. He is the front man of the English rock band 'Muse'. He is a great musician and composer and isn’t scared to put his thoughts about religion, politics and conspiracy theories into his songs, e.g. 'Uprising'. He started playing piano when he was 10 and guitar when he was 14. Since 1999 they have released five albums, sold out the new Wembley Stadium twice and won several awards. Matt has also been nominated for the hero of the year 2010 NME Awards and youths lots of money to charities like Oxfam.

Alastair Scott Montrose Academy, S4

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You're not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” The Talmud

I like this quote because it reassures us that we are not supposed to solve all the world's problems. This is important because we sometimes feel discouraged by the fact that we can never do enough to help. However, the quote also reminds us that this is not a reason to give up: we must keep trying, even if we fail.

Question: there were once three frogs on a log and one of them made a decision to jump in. How many were left? Answer: there are still three frogs on a log; he only made a decision, he took no action. The message of this story is that even the best intentions are worthless if you don't take action. The world is not the unfair place it is today because everyone is cruel and doesn't care about anyone else - it's because we never actually go through with all the good and kind ideas we come up with. It's so much easier to do nothing than to do the right thing, but if we never have the courage to go through with our decisions we will remain stagnant, stuck on our logs. This concept is important to me because I want to help people, but, as a bit of an outsider, I often feel apathetic when it actually comes to dealing with others. Stories like this one remind me, when it really matters, that my principles are worth nothing if they are not being put into action.

Isla Donaldson and Maria Lucia De Martino Peebles High School, S2

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” Unknown

“Every great achievement was once considered impossible.” Unknown

This topic has changed our outlook on life and how we think about it. Beforehand, we never really thought about the importance of life. Now, after several weeks, we really appreciate how important life actually is. As Martin Luther King said, 'once you have lived you are proud to call yourself a human.' We now know that we are very lucky people. We have a nice place to live, plenty of food and water and are surrounded by family and friends. We will now stop and think before we complain that we have to tidy our rooms and do our homework because there are so many people out there who have no homes, no family, no food and are suffering greatly for it. We may complain about the vegetables we have to eat for dinner, but many people in Third World countries would love to have something that they could safely eat. So now, when we have to do things that we don't want to do, we will think that, compared to


Ellen Reed-O’Connor Pitlochry High School, S1

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but we often spend so long looking at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” Helen Keller

I think the most important things in life, the best qualities to have are to be optimistic, loyal, forgiving, happy and kind. All such simple, practically effortless things, but exactly what our national society is lacking today. Some wealthy people are envied, but are they really happy? I don't believe that fame and fortune equals happiness. Happiness is made from the love and care of others, the support and thoughtfulness of the ones you love, and trust. That is what makes people happy and leads to a rewarding, profitable life. We find ourselves on this truly fascinating planet and we should just live life to its full potential, because I believe that life really is what you make it.

Roderick MacDonald Portree High School, S2

“One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.” Randall Jarrell

I am a young teenage boy who lives on the Isle of Skye. Where I live we have to do a lot of crafting, dig peats, help neighbours and you name it, we have to do it. It is a small village with a lot of sheep, cows, dogs and many more animals and a lot of nice people. I enjoy going fishing with my two uncles, who both have fishing boats. My inspirational figure is my Nana, because she has gone through a tough life and has come out strong in the end. She lived in Clydebank during the First World War as a child, and moved up here because her house was blown up and they had nowhere to go. They decided to move into an empty family house on Skye, as her mother was originally from up here. My Nana's father decided to stay in Glasgow because he didn't have family connections here. One night the sirens went off, and a few moments later he was lying in a field when he saw his house being bombed, which was awful news for the family - but at least he was not killed. 10 years later my Nana went back to the place and saw where her house once was, but there was nothing left of it, just grass. She had five children in Skye and has been living in Inverness last 12 years. I look up to her because she has been so brave in all she has been through.


Megan Shepherdson Portree High School, S2

“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” William James

My inspirational figure is Erika Maude, the 23-year-old who started the Scoliosis SOS clinics in the UK. She went to a scoliosis clinic in Vancouver, one of the few clinics to treat the spinal disability without surgery. She was only 13. After successful physiotherapy, Erika made a life decision and started the Scoliosis SOS clinic in May 2006 at the age of 19. I admire her bravery, changing what she wanted to do you and setting her mind on helping other people. I'm extremely grateful that she had the courage, because it has helped me. I have a COB angle of 53°. I found out in October 2009 and in February 2010 I went to the Scoliosis Clinic and did actually meet Erika. Her spine is now much straighter and she has brilliant posture. She is currently facing a challenge as the NHS still doesn't class nonsurgical way of treating scoliosis as successful. Even so, if you really work hard, you can see an amazing result. The only way for the NHS to accept the physiotherapy successful treatment is to do an extremely unfair test with a control group including 20 people who are being conned into thinking that what they do will improve their scoliosis! So the treatment cannot be suggested instead of spinal surgery. Erika has done so much for people like me, and when I'm older I hope I can do things to help people too!

Ellie Milne Portlethen Academy, S2

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.” Anon

I'm at a point in my life where I have to make a lot of big decisions. All my friends are in the same boat and we are helping each other. Having to think about the future has made me realise that I haven't done a lot of things which I dream of doing in my life and that I might not have as much time left as I thought. After all, nobody lives forever. Overall, this poster has made me realise that life is too short to spend in worrying about pointless little things. You have to fulfil your dreams, make the most of your life and most importantly believe in yourself. Someone once told me: 'live every moment like it's your last.'

Shona Bell Preston Lodge High School, S3

“Few people have the imagination for reality.” Goethe

By completing the poster I have learned that I have been inspired by other people to choose what I value, especially respect and improving my outlook.

This is a paradox but I think it makes sense. People don't usually see imagination and reality as similar. However, if you don't imagine yourself succeeding you don't have the inspiration, ambition and plan for your life. By completing this poster I have learned that I've been inspired by other people to choose what I value. By looking at how others have handled different situations, I have learned that respect is Shona Bell, Preston Lodge High School, S3 being able to treat other people equally even though they are different. It is good to be able to focus on setting targets, even though they may be hard to achieve, so that you can have an outcome you imagined. One of our challenges is well expressed by e.e. cummings: “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you somebody else.” This is why it is important to respect other people's beliefs as a reflection of their personal choice.





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Inspirational Figures We examined the inspirational figure choices of almost 1000 young people in Scotland from over 60 schools across the age, stage and social demographic to establish the top 100 inspirational figures list for 2010. It makes for interesting reading and tells us a great deal about the influences on young people and their reactions to the events of the last year. Despite the many negative messages we hear and read about the decline of family values, when given the choice and the chance to reflect, young people often think first of their parents and how much they value the love and support from their family. This year, Dads have made a come back but it is still Mum who is the leading inspirational figure of 2010 with almost 10% of the vote. Dads weigh in at 5%. The improvement on last year for Dads could be down to the fact that more boys have taken part this year and typically boys seem to choose Dad whilst more girls choose Mum! Grandparents run Dads close with many young people recalling their Grandparents’ stories of travel, war and harder times. Martin Luther King , Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama retain their place in the top ten with Anne Frank the highest ranked famous female figure. A noticeable absentee this year is Tiger Woods who was previously the top ranked sports figure but now drops out of the top 100. It seems fewer young people find him an inspiration this year! There are no UK politicians this year, past or present, perhaps a reflection of the expenses scandal and the 24/7 political


coverage in the media which some young people (and adults) found a bit of a turn off in the last 12 months. The rise of Cheryl Cole into the top 20 and the fall of Jade Goodey shows how the media is impacting on the views of young people. In 2009 Jade made the top 10 but this year, Cheryl’s domination of the screens and magazines helps her climb the table, just short of Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa. Notable new entries this year are Eddie Izzard and Coco Chanel. Eddie ran 1000 miles around the UK for sport relief this year, a feat that was greatly admired by a number of young people for his courage and determination. The story of Coco Chanel hit the big screen in 2009 with Shirley MacLaine playing the lead role. Her appearance in the list proves that cinema still has an important impact in retelling stories about extraordinary lives. It is great to see an increase in athletes and sports figures with no fewer that 6 British Olympians appearing in the list this year with Kelly Holmes and Beth Tweddle in the top 50. Next year we will be focusing exclusively on Olympians through the INSPIRE>ASPIRE programme (see page 48).

THE TOP 100 INSPIRATIONAL FIGURES OF 2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Mother Father Grandmother Grandfather Friend Martin Luther King Both Parents Nelson Mandela Barack Obama Cousin Aunt Sister Anne Frank Gandhi Helen Keller

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Mother Teresa Rosa Parks Cheryl Cole Princess Diana Teacher Uncle Brother Florence Nightingale Nick Vujicic Coco Chanel Emmeline Pankhurst Walt Disney Audrey Hepburn J.K Rowling Lance Armstrong Marie Curie Miley Cyrus Taylor Swift William Wallace Beyonce Jade Goody Kelly Holmes Ronaldo Eddie Izzard Kylie Minogue Lionel Messi Marilyn Monroe Stephanie Meyer Ben Underwood Beth Tweddle Billie Joe Armstrong Henrik Larsson Jaqueline Wilson

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Clara Owen Preston Lodge High School, S3

“I have always known that at last I would take this road, yesterday I did know that would be today.” In life we should stand up for the things we care about. Lots of people value different things, but we shouldn't be afraid to seem different. People tend to follow the crowd, but hey, we aren't sheep! I've been on this planet nearly 15 years and so far I've loved every minute of it. Good things and bad things happen, but if you move on from the bad, things get better. You just have to remember that bad stuff happens to everyone, and often their troubles are worse than yours. If you have a good circle of friends, they can support you through anything. All around me I see people with no aims; they just float along and you know they are going nowhere fast. I guess that suits some people, but personally I have big plans! I'm going to complete my education at school and then travel the world. I'd like to go to NFTS and do an MA course on fiction directing, then kick my career off and start filming. I think I'll go into journalism as well as I need a practical source of income. I'm not afraid of hard work, which is probably a bonus! I'm going to continue flying as high as I can.

Laura Hood Queen Anne High School, S1

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” A Cinderella Story

Standing up for what you believe in is important in life. One of the things I believe in is helping people less fortunate than myself. One of my experiences that recently happened is Italy (Turin). It was at the Europe Cup and I was in my first fight (karate). I fought an Italian girl, it happened so fast, she threw the punch and my lip bled. As the blood rushed out of my mouth I thought to myself what’s the worst that could happen? So I want back in and gave it all I got. I proved to myself that I can do something, anything I want if I put my mind to it. I think by learning this lesson I will do better in the future. In my future I hope to be a primary school teacher and would like to have a family. A family I could teach my life lessons to. The lessons that need to be taught, one of the lessons I have learnt so far is everything happens for a reason. When bad things happen I think to myself something good will come of this maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day something good will happen. As a wise monkey Rafiki once said “The past can hurt . . .you can either run from it or learn from it”.


Fraser Reid Queen Anne High School, S1

“When nothing goes right . . . go left” Unknown

My inspiring figure is my Dad. My Dad is a great man who has looked after me all my life. He’s influenced many things in my life like my hobbies and interests and what kind of music I like. We get along really well because we are so much alike. We both have an interest in music and playing our own instruments. Although we get along really well we have some arguments but we always make up and it only makes our relationship stronger.

Katie Belton Ross High School, S1

“Our true nationality is mankind.” H.G. Wells

My inspirational figure is Hannah Russell, who is in the year above me. I have looked up to her since I first went to primary school. She has always been there for me, helping me through life. She is everything I aspire to be - kind, caring, friendly, good at drawing and best of all she is herself. She doesn't let people force her to be someone she doesn't want to be. I also look up to Alison Ewan, who is three years ahead of me. She is an amazing violinist and I would love to be as good as her. Alison inspires me to keep going with my violin and practise hard. Hopefully, I will one day be able to play as well and fast as her. From doing this poster, I have learned more about how I feel about things. I have realised that the most important thing is being myself, and that you will get nowhere unless you are happy with what you have got. I have learned not to while my life away and make the most of every single minute.

Bethany Elder Ross High School, S3

“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it” Jodi Picoult

Looking back on all the things I’ve learnt I feel I have changed as a person. I have had to ask myself a lot of questions and pictured myself in some of these situations. I feel that I value myself differently as I feel very lucky to be a happy and healthy person. It’s taught me to think more about others and not be so vain and talk about myself all the time. I feel I have become a kinder person and now take into consideration other people’s feelings and views. I mostly just value life more which I never did before. I feel like I just took life for granted but now I realise there are people less fortunate than me even when things in my life get bad. I believe you should stand up for what you believe in and not let anyone get in the way of your dreams, ambitions and living your life to the full.


Alison Glass Rosshall Academy, S1

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank

I think Anne is an inspirational figure because even when her life was at its worst she still saw the best of it and was always fearless. When I was doing the part of my poster on Anne Frank, I realised how much pain she suffered and how easy I have got life here. Before I did this topic I would have moaned at my mum for not getting a big enough TV, while in some other countries some children are starving with no one to go to ask for food because they might have no family. Also in some other countries children will have to work for their family to get food, which is wrong. It is a human right for children not to work. I think if I always have my family and friends to look after me and to stay with me through hard times I will always be loyal to them and I will be a confident and loving person.

Rachel Jackson Rutherglen High School, S2

“Let’s throw away the hate and rock tonight” Kid Rock

I find Hayley Williams inspirational because she is a great singer and she has number one rock single “Ignorance”. She inspires young people that love rock. Music is a language that reaches people. She uses music to get her message across. These subjects are like teenage issues such as bullying. She is a good role model to the younger people, because she is living the dream. By this I mean she’s achieved her dream. She inspires people to stick up for themselves and to respect themselves. She is an inspiration to me because I think she has values which all young people can live there life by. I found out how to deal with problems I have in school and out of school. Doing this project has made me realise that problems that teenagers can be handled, which is the underlying message of all her songs.

Gareth Fleming St. David’s High School, S4

“You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.” Pat Schroeder

This poster has made me re-examine my thoughts about what I feel is most important to me. I have also thought about what I need to do to make myself a global citizen and advocate for those with quieter voices than me.

Gareth Fleming, St David's High School, S4 My favourite story is Tuesdays with Morrie. The book came to my notice because my sister was sitting in the kitchen, sobbing unreservedly into a cup of tea! I commented that I'd be careful not to read that book, but she told me that it was one of the best books that she had ever read (odd person my sister!) And she persuaded me that I had to read it. I settled into my bedroom with a box of hankies (just in case) and started to read. It told the story of an old college professor who was dying of a muscle wasting disease and a young sports commentator called Mitch Albom. It's a true story. Having discovered that is a professor was dying, Mitch decided to go and visit and this one meeting turned into a regular Tuesday afternoon session.

Mitch discovers not how to die, but rather how to appreciate life and live it to the full. Morrie, through his oncoming death, teaches Mitch all about what is really important in life: how money and the trappings of fame are nothing compared to love and an appreciation of beauty. He effectively sets Mitch's life back on track and helps him to see the world with new eyes and value the things in life that are really important. I have to agree with my sister that it's a great book as it really helps you understand that many of the things valued in our society are shallow and superficial and don't really bring lasting happiness. The book helps people value what they already have, family, friends, relationships and health. It also helps people understand that they have to be themselves and stand up strongly for what they believe in, even if this means going against the flow. It made me realise that I sometimes have my eyes fixed on things of little value, whilst ignoring and taking for granted things that have real value in my life.


Thanks to the Learning for Life initiative I have rediscovered my faith and hope, as well as having matured greatly in the process. I have been forced to think outside the box and challenge my views and opinions.

I have learned more about myself and what I really value in life and what I want to get out of it. I have also learned that instead of just stating my beliefs I should act upon them as they might make a difference. Joanne Devenney, George Heriot's School, S2

Graeme Rollo, Hyndland Secondary School, S4

I've learned quite a lot about myself in that I used to think that I couldn’t do anything. But after writing it all down I have realised how many people have done something to help the world so much. I want to become one of those people. Keren Lovie, Kemnay Academy, S2

Through this project I have learned more about myself more thoroughly. It has made me think and investigate what it is to be human. I have learned about how important my values are and how my surroundings affect me. This has made me more independent in my thought.

“Who am I?” "Where will I be in a few years from now?" "What's important to me in life?" "What do I value?" These are all questions I had never thought of asking myself until we started working on the Learning for Life unit. Doing this poster has made me learn so much about myself and enabled me to understand myself better. Nicole Reid, Inverurie Academy, S3

By writing this poster I have contemplated deeply about the really important things in life and what they mean to me. I have discovered that we must treasure what we have and not be afraid of walking down a different path. The poster has helped me see things in a different light. Alexandra Wooley, St Margaret's School, S2

Syed Rahman, George Heriot's School, S2

During this poster, I thought a lot more about what's important to me. I have realised how much I value my family and friends and how the things I do can affect other people. It showed me how doing small things can help you a lot. Sarah Smith, Inverurie Academy, S3


Anna Whitley St. George’s School, Edinburgh, S1

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

“Live life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

I liked these quotes because they tell me that I should always live life to the full and never stop believing in what I could do. In my opinion, life is like a butterfly free and beautiful. The quality I most admire is loyalty, which is shown by my dog because, when I leave the house she sits by the door with such patience, waiting, always waiting. The thing I like most about the world is that when something goes wrong you can't think it's the worst thing that has ever happened. After all, there are other people in the same situation - some have become orphans, and others have really tough lives, some even know they will die tomorrow. Do they complain? No, so why should I? The things I most want to be remembered for are: as a loyal, honest friend, a loving mother, a nice daughter, a happy grandmother and a good person.

Lucia Corace-Ahmed St. Margaret’s School, Edinburgh S2

“You are not born a winner, and you are not born a loser. you are what you make yourself.” Lou Holtz

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

From this poster I have learned more about myself and what I want to do in life. Lucia Corace-Ahmed, St. Margaret’s School, S2

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have had many experiences in my life but one that changed my way of thinking was going back to my stepdad's country, Iraq. There they have so little and yet they always enjoy life to the full. It made me realise that people here take a lot of things be granted, and don't actually think about other people in the world or what they have. When we went, we were treated like royalty. I felt really bad a lot of the time see the things they have to deal with. I had brought so much stuff when they only had one or two outfits each. This experience changed my way of thinking and my way of life. Sometimes their schools are two hours walk away, so some don't get an education. I am so grateful to have a good education and have always wanted to be a doctor so that I can help people recover and have a good life.


Alexandra Wooley St. Margaret’s School, Aberdeen S2

“In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life within your years.” Abraham Lincoln

Your path in life is not something that can be shown to you. You must find it yourself. There is no one way to achieve a perfect life, but millions of ways to achieve a really good one. I believe that life requires certain qualities which you must learn through experience. We have witnessed mind-changing events in my family like seeing my grandfather die and my mother receiving a call to tell her that her brother had died. We are beginning to forget what really matters in life. I think that perseverance, self-discipline and simplicity are key factors in life. If famous inventors had not persevered, where would we be now? Self-discipline helps us to get things done and look after ourselves. Simplicity enables us to be grateful for what we already possess and treasure it. By writing this poster I have contemplated deeply about the really important things in life and what they mean to me. I have discovered that we must treasure what we have and not be afraid of walking down a different path.

John McLean Selkirk High School, S2

“Never look down on anyone unless you're helping them up.” Jesse Jackson

I believe we should all work together and help each other improve and share our talents to benefit other people. This is something I try to live by and I believe that anyone can achieve anything they want if they believe in themselves. It doesn't mean being headstrong or cocky but rather thinking and believing you can do it. I still have my whole life ahead of me and I hope I can achieve many things and can make a difference in this world. We have lots of choices in life it is extremely important to make the right ones. I have seen many poor and rich people in my life and I have seen poverty firsthand in cities like Edinburgh, Manchester and London. I have seen lots of problems that people face but if we work together I think we can put things right and change the world!!! Calum Macdonald Sgoil Lionacleit, S2

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight.” Bob Marley

My inspirational figure is Jimi Hendrix an American guitarist/singer/songwriter who was considered the best ever. He revolutionised guitar playing with crazy stunts during playing time like using the wah-wah pedal, amp feedback, playing with his toes, teeth and tongue and at the end of every performance setting his guitar on fire or smashing it up. He got into trouble with the law and agreed to serve in the army rather than prison. After discharge he tried to rebuild his life and got a break when he met Linda Keith, the girlfriend of Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. Thereafter, he was rock's hottest property until his death in 1970. He is inspirational to me because of the way he never let anyone get him down. No matter how many times he was knocked back from his early days, he always persevered. He changed the world with his insanely good guitar playing, strong deep voice and amazing ability to write powerful songs like 'Purple Haze'.


Moritz Toellner Stewart’s Melville College, S3

“You can't help everyone, but everybody can help someone.” I came across this phrase when doing the poster and it really triggered my thoughts. It has got me thinking about what it really means to help someone and how this affects the world we live in today. I always used to feel very guilty hearing about the suffering and conflict in the world and nearer to home. I used to look at the headlines and listen to the news. Although I maybe didn't understand everything, I felt sad that other people were suffering and dying and I wasn't doing anything to help. I began to realise that I shouldn't feel so guilty about the bad things but give what I could, which is what mattered. This poster is really reinforced that for me and I've also learnt from Gandhi that there is too much to change in the world and that I alone will not change it but if everyone gives, then together we will become that change. It does not matter what you give to help others but it matters if it's from your soul: “In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

Kirsty McColm Stranraer Academy, S1

“Don’t think ‘problem’ think ‘opportunity’” Rodney Tremble

I think what I have learned from this poster is that life is only what you make it and you have to be who you want to be. I think the ideas in life that are worth standing up for is what you believe in and not what others want you to believe in. I think what really matters in life are your family, friends and all those around you that love and care for you and stick by you no matter what you believe in. What also matters in life is what type of person you make yourself out to be. You can be kind, respectful, respected, trusted, have a positive outlook and learn from your mistakes, as these are all good values in life, also loyalty, confidence, honesty, wisdom and self-discipline are good values too. What I think is that you don’t need to be perfect as everyone makes mistakes but you can learn from your mistakes and improve your personal development. “If you ever need a helping hand you will find one on the end of your arm.” Just don’t forget there are two, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.

Andrew Clark Turriff Academy, S2

My inspirational figure is Warren Buffett. Even by the age of 13 he was making more money than his teachers, having set up two companies, one of which sold gold balls. The other was a paper round. He was the youngest person ever to do a tax return deducting his bike and his watch at £35 as a work expense. In his teens he and a friend thought of another moneymaking idea by buying juke boxes and pinball machines to put in pubs. In 1951 he was employed as an investment salesman and he was really good at it so he decided to look for a better paid job. After a few years his name became wellknown and he decided to start investing his own money in businesses. His three children have never had anything handed to them on a plate and have had to work for what they wanted. Warren Buffett is famous for having donated $10 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Warren and Bill are good friends and met each other playing bridge. Bill thought Warren was joking when he talked about making a donation of this size, then one day they met up and Warren had a cheque for $10 billion, which Bill still thought was a joke. This is a Guinness world record for the largest donation to charity. Warren Buffett is my inspirational figure because he has been a very good businessman throughout his life and has supported charities without handing his children anything on a plate. I think this is an excellent principle.


Catriona Watson Turriff Academy, S2

“Life is like a minestrone.” Like a minestrone, no one life is the same. There is a variety of ingredients in each. Some will be cooked for longer; some will be mixed with a wooden spoon. There is no right or wrong soup, only different. Depending on how carefully you prepare the ingredients, how much attention you put into the making of it, your soup may seem to taste better. There is no recipe in life, but it is what you make it, like a minestrone. Like a minestrone, it could be simple, just another dish to serve: but it's what you do with it that makes the changes you want. My life. It's a great topic, over 14 years worth of mistakes, fears, stories, fun, sorrow, heartbreak, laughter, work, achievements, happiness, goals, disappointment, tears, excitement, learning, luck and love. Not that I'm complaining, as my life is fairly normal. I'm not a supermodel or pop singer, I'm not a scientist or an inventor, neither have I won an Oscar or an Olympic gold medal. In fact, I'm just another human being in this ever-growing world, but I am me, and it's good to be my own person. I try my best to have an optimistic view on everyday life and the situations I face, and how I cope with them. I try to please people, and help others if they need it. I try to have fun, and work hard, and enjoy each day for what it is. “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is the motto I keep tucked away. If my life could be a coin, it would have to be a pound coin. Simply gold, rich and original, because, although there are many coins out there, each has a different past and a new future - my life is just like that.

I have learned about the world around me by doing this poster, and what it means to be myself. I have been made aware of life skills that make one's life worthwhile and I have enjoyed much about my life, which I can share with another. Catriona Watson, Turriff Academy, S2


Heather Gray Vale of Leven Academy, S2

“A small decision now can change all your tomorrows.” Robert Schuler

By doing this course I have learned that having a positive outlook on life is extremely important and so is friendship and loyalty. Also I learned that making decisions and choices now will benefit life in the long run. In this course I have learned more personal things like how much my Dad does for me since my Mum died and how he puts up with me. I have learned that my friends are there for me when I’m upset, and how loyal they are to me and how loyal I am for them. I also learned that moving on is good. It may not seem the right time but is always good. Change is also good, we have to grow with our personal surroundings.

Debbie Clark Wester Hailes Education Centre, S1

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” American proverb

I like this quotation because it helped me get through some tough times. It means that when life gets sour, make it sweet, when life gets bad, make it good. Bring out the best in things - this is helpful for those who aren't the happy person they should be. I go through life looking for challenges, going without protection from the world except family. I go with only that, and determination. I tend to push until I can't go on, but I still try. When I do this, I find all these hidden talents that I never knew I had. I can now do things that others can't. I live in the present, which is what I think ideal, because you can't keep looking back - it will only slow you down from where you want to be. Of course, life is about survival, but happiness is what matters.


I think I have achieved many things while completing this poster and have seen what I really value. I have looked at myself and can see what to change. Jenny Ritchie, George Heriot’s School, S2

Reading back on my poster, I’ve realised just how much I've grown as a person, inside and out. If I had been asked to write this a few months ago, I wouldn't have known where to start. I would have had no idea who I was as a person, a daughter and a friend. Mae Macinnes, Portree High School, S2

By completing this poster I have developed an understanding of myself and the ways in which I can improve myself. Jack Highfield, George Heriot’s School, S2

I have learned that I value hard work and that selfsacrifice is an important characteristic, which if practised will inspire others to do the same. And through hard work I have learned more about myself.

Through doing Learning for Life I have learned the themes are important in life to be happy and to make the most everything, because you only get one life. This project has helped me in many ways - a smile can go a long way and a bit of care and love can make someone's day. Samantha Harvey, Grove Academy, S1

David Harper, Stewart’s Melville College, S3

In completing this booklet I've learned what I think is important in life and why, what kind of person I am and what I believe in. If you'd asked me before if I knew what ideals were, I wouldn't even have known what ideals meant, but after googling ideals I can now tell you the things I am never going to compromise. Those things are - my family, my friends and what I believe in. I've also learned that if I really put my mind to something, I can achieve anything! Catherine Morrison, Banff Academy, S1

I don’t often take enough time to reflect. I've been able to look critically at myself whilst doing this project. It has made me properly focus on my virtues and flaws. Alastair Scott, Montrose Academy, S4

I think the most important thing I learned is that everyone is different and you shouldn't judge people on their appearance. Kirsty McEwan, Dumbarton Academy, S3


Introducing the next generation Values Poster INSPIRE > ASPIRE is a unique opportunity for young people to learn about Olympic and Paralympic values and discover what lies behind the Olympic movement. It helps young people to develop a plan of action inspired by Olympic values and the character qualities demonstrated by Olympians. The activity offers the chance of a deeper, more personal connection with London 2012 and the chance build enduring aspirations for the future. INSPIRE > ASPIRE builds on the work of the Learning for Life project, a UK wide programme of academic research, teaching and learning development and practical activities in schools, principally supported by the John Templeton Foundation. The Values Poster Awards was developed from Sir John Templeton's Worldwide Laws of Life which he first published in 1997.

How it works . . . The aim is character development in young people. It is designed to help them explore their character, ideals and values through a unique electronic poster template, using supporting Internet resources. The programme is free to users of any age but it has been designed specifically for 11-16 year olds. Participants reflect on the key Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, along with the Paralympics Values including courage and determination. The ePoster template provides a framework for the exercise. Activities 1-6 enable the students to write about their strengths and challenges in this sphere, illustrating their thoughts with suitable quotations and images. In activity 7, they tell the story of an Olympian or inspirational sports figure and how they achieved their success. The culmination of the exercise is a personal action plan setting out the student’s vision and goals, and explaining how they are going to achieve them. Once students have completed the exercise, they can print out their work and/or email their completed document to our Podium where electronic certificates are awarded in Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the level achieved.


‘Olympism is a philosophy of life; exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.’ Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the modern Olympics as an educational movement, believing, like the ancient Greeks, that sport contributed to the harmonious and well-balanced development of the body, the character (including the will) and the mind. He saw in the Games an ideal opportunity to develop a set of universal principles – or values – that could be applied to education and to society as a whole, as well as to sport itself. He held the view that the personal code of conduct arising from one’s sporting pursuits could support the development of character and the achievement of broader educational and life goals: ‘Self-knowledge, self-control, generosity, observance of rules, respect for others and an appreciation for effort were equally valuable in guiding one’s actions on the fields, in the classroom and throughout life’. (Steven Maass, The Olympic Values)

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In this inspirational book, the voices of hundreds of young people from across the United Kingdom express their visions and hopes for the future. They write movingly about people who have inspired them and set out their own world views about the values and qualities we need to lead a happy and successful life. The young people featured in this book are from the Learning for Life Values Poster Awards 2008. All proceeds from the sale go towards future funding of the programme. David Lorimer is a writer, lecturer and editor who is chief executive of Character Education Scotland and programme director of the Scientific and Medical Network. Available to buy online exclusively at:

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Values from the Heart - Magazine  

The content of the Learning for Life magazine is extracted from pupil’s posters and consists of quotations and reflections on inspirational...