Earlier this year, one of our students stood proudly alongside Kingston's Rotary Club President Anne McCormack and SketchBetter CEO Kate Andrews, following her talk on creativity in schools to Rotary Club members.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house as Kate told her story and motivation to set up SketchBetter. Following her talk, one of students stood up and presented a talk that she wrote herself, explaining why she believes creativity in education is essential for wellbeing. Her message "Creativity and wellbeing in education is essential for young people to flourish"... and she is an example of just that!
This young lady is one of eight school children involved in SketchBetter's Young Leaders Programme, designed to champion and empower our most entrepreneurial young people with leadership skills, and real opportunities to apply them.
The Kingston Rotary Club wrote the following review in their monthly newsletter.
“Kate Andrews explains how SketchBetter is more than just an Art class. Following our success (Business Commitment to Education & Skills Award) at last year's Kingston Business Excellence Awards we have been inviting some of the other category winners to speak to the club about their respective journeys to their awards. For our evening meeting in January we were very fortunate to have Kate Andrews, CEO and Founder of SketchBetter, and winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Kate spoke to us movingly about how she had founded SketchBetter in 2015 after suffering from depression, and her motivation to provide a Positive Education model to children. Kate's vision is a world without depression where children and adolescents learn the skills and science that support their resilience and to flourish. Kate has a studio at Alexandria Primary School in Kingston and she described the variety of different lessons she provides to Key Stage 1 and 2 children, and the contributions those children have made to the Kingston International Youth Arts Festival.
We were very fortunate that Kate had been able bring along one of her pupils, Ida aged 10, who explained in a very eloquent presentation, that she had written herself, how important the Young Leaders programme was and how SketchBetter was making a difference to her education.
It was very difficult to find the appropriate words that did complete justice to the two presentations that we heard, but suffice to say every primary school would benefit from the passion and commitment that Kate delivers, and everyone was left in no doubt as to why she had won her Kingston Business Excellence Award.”
Thank you to everyone at Kingston Rotary Club for such a warm welcome and reception.