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HCS launches Nightingale Lecture series

On Thursday 30 November, Hampshire Collegiate School launched its Nightingale Lecture Series at the Manor House with a thought-provoking keynote speech by Simon Harmer (www.blown-away.org).

These new, termly events are designed to provide our Sixth Form pupils with the opportunity to participate in a formal dining experience, hear from an interesting and charismatic guest speaker and learn to confidently and maturely discuss pertinent issues.

Simon joined the Army in 1997 as a combat medic and, in 2009, his life changed forever when he lost both legs after stepping on a makeshift bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. Simon spoke to pupils about his recovery, the challenges he has had to face and how he decided not to be defined by his injuries. He talked about what he has learned from his experiences, inspiring and motivating pupils about the importance of resilience and getting the best from what is available to them. Over a three course meal, pupils discussed the content of Simon’s speech and at the end of the evening Simon answered many insightful questions from the pupils. Head Girl, Charlotte Piper, and Head Boy, Steven Prince, were Masters of Ceremonies and a toast was made at the end of dinner to Florence Nightingale. ‘Vita lampada’.

Embley Park, now the location of Hampshire Collegiate School, near Romsey in Hampshire was the family home of Florence Nightingale from 1825 until her death in 1910. It is also where, in 1837, Florence Nightingale claimed she had received her spiritual calling into nursing from God and went on to serve in the Crimean War. 

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