It’s not every day a NASA astronaut visits your school, but pupils at Ruth Gorse Academy were treated to exactly that on Monday morning.
Ron Garan provided an exciting alternative to double maths, talking to students about his career in the space agency and other life experiences he has enjoyed, including doing voluntary work for families in Rwanda.
He then took questions from his starry-eyed audience, including one about how an astronaut’s limbs can stop working in space.
Pupils from Morley Academy and Farnley Academy were also brought in for the morning to listen to Mr Garan’s talk, which was centred on achieving life aspirations.
Head teacher Rebekah Taylor said: “At Ruth Gorse Academy, our strapline is to ‘dare to achieve beyond what you are today’.
“Our message is that as long as our pupils work hard they can achieve whatever they want and that was what Ron’s talk was all about.
“When you’re 11 or 12 you don’t tend to think too much about what the world’s like beyond your street or beyond what’s on the telly so we wanted to give them a global perspective on life.
“Being an astronaut takes so much dedication, time and training so he really epitomises what hard work is about.
“We already had one student who wanted to be an astronaut, and I’m sure Ron’s inspired all the pupils who listened to him to think about the world and achieve their dreams.”