Mrs Audrey Kendall, by Zahra Arshad
Mrs Audrey Kendall is my chosen inspirational black history figure. As the head teacher for over 30 years running Leopold Primary School, she is a great leader with many qualities. She consistently motivates us children and therefore the children want to achieve their best and aim for the sky.
She is strict and firm, but is always encouraging and gets the best out of each child. Mrs Kendall knows everyone’s name in school and so therefore it feels like she really cares. She has shown us, to succeed in life we have to keep trying – don’t give up if you fall at the first hurdle and even if you falter, you have to get back up and try again. We all agree that she runs the school extremely well. Mrs Kendall’s daughter Hannah Kendall wrote her first opera as a young adult, which was performed at the Roundhouse Theatre. Her son is driven to become a successful interior designer.
Although it is hard work, there are so many brilliant examples of people getting wonderful grades. They motivate children to go to Oxford and Cambridge. She has been a wonderful role model to her children and it is with this determined passion she encourages all of us to aim high. If Mrs Kendall can do it for her own two children, she can do it for us too.
Mrs Kendall is extremely passionate about our new school motto “Inspiring today’s learners to become tomorrow’s outstanding leaders”. I hear Mrs Kendall repeating this wonderful phrase wherever I go, whether it’s in our classroom or in assembly or at parents’ evening or in her office. In fact, she embraces the whole concept that Leopold’s young learners are the children that will grow up and then finally become the leaders of tomorrow. They could be lawyers, dentists, pharmacists… the world is their oyster.
Mrs Kendall has done many wonderful things during her early life. To me, she is exceptional because she believes in every child, but also she thinks that everyone has what it takes inside of them to succeed and she takes in any child no matter what their circumstance. Mrs Kendall is amazing because she encourages us by talking about her two children who have achieved high grades. If Mrs Kendall can do it for her two children, she can do it for us.
If I had three words to describe Mrs Kendall I would choose ‘motivational’ because she always pushes us to use our highest level of ability. I would also choose ‘determined’ because Mrs Kendall is a persistent young woman. Finally, I would choose ‘confident’ because Mrs Kendall is very brave.
As Leopold Primary School is so popular and over-subscribed, the authorities have given us another site with a total of 800 students on both sites! That is an excellent achievement for a black female role model! I know and I believe that I will do the very best in my life because Mrs Kendall has inspired me to become an exceptional person.