At Trosnant we have 4 teams – one for each of the GROW values. Each team is named after a famous person who reflects, and is an ‘ambassador’ for our values.
At the beginning of 2023 we reviewed our Team Champions. . The Pupil Leadership Team selected our new champions. They made presentations to the whole federation about the ambassadors for each value to represent the teams.
Our new champions are:
Goals – Ibtihaj Muhammed (Athlete and Author)
During her career, Ibtihaj Muhammad was a trailblazer for Muslim women in sport. The American fencer, became the first Muslim American Olympian to wear a hijab while competing for Team USA when she participated at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 where she won a team bronze medal,. She was also World Team Champion in 2014.
In 2019 Ibitihaj published her own children’s book ‘The Proudest Blue’, inspired by her own experiences, it is a powerful story about the bond shared between siblings and being proud of yourself and your beliefs. She then went on to write the sequel to this story ‘The Kindest Red’, again, emphasising the importance in celebrating each other’s differences and similarities.
Resilience – Benjamin Zephaniah (Author)
Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He was diagnosed with dyslexia at school He left at aged 13 unable to read or write. During his childhood he was given a typewriter which he says inspired him to become a writer.
In 1980, Benjamin’s first book of poetry, called Pen Rhythm, was published. The book became popular. Benjamin toured London performing poems from the book. Benjamin’s poetry continues to address important issues, including unemployment, homelessness and racism.
His poetry is called ‘dub poetry’, which means that is performed – the words are recited over the beat of reggae music.
Opportunities – Tom Fletcher (Musician and Author)
Thomas Michael Fletcher (born 17 July 1985) is one of the lead vocalists and rhythm guitarist of English pop rock band Mcfly. Tom has written 10 UK number one singles and 21 top-ten singles.
Tom released his first children’s book in 2012. Co-written with band-mate Dougie Poynter, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas sold more than 72,000 copies and became the most popular debut children’s book of 2012. A follow-up titled The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet was released on 29 August 2013.
He then went on to release his first solo novel, The Christmasaurus, on 6 October 2016, about a young boy called William Trundle who goes on a magical adventure on Christmas Eve.
Since then, Tom Fletcher has gone to release a series of books ’That’s not my…’, a few of which we can find in our libraries!
Working Together – Julia Donaldson (Author)
Julia Catherine Donaldson is an English writer and playwright. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The rest are intended for use in schools.
Donaldson is a patron of three charities
ArtLink Central – a charity which places artists in disadvantaged communities,
Bookbug – a programme which gifts over 500,000 books to children aged 0–5 in Scotland every year, encouraging parents to share books with their children from birth.
Storybook Dads – a charity which helps serving prisoners to send recordings of themselves reading bedtime stories to their children in order to maintain connections with their children.
Our former champions get ‘retired’ and join the Trosnant Champions roll of honour. The previous ambassadors were:
Goals – Tom Daley (Olympic Diver)
Resilience – Kadeena Cox (Paralympian)
Opportunities – Emma Raducanu (US open champion Tennis Champion
Working Together – Marcus Rashford (Manchester United and England Footballer)
Goals – Alistair Brownlee (Triathlete)
Resilience – Sarah Storey (Paralympian)
Opportunities – Tim Peake (Astronaut)
Working Together – Emma Watson (Actress and UNICEF Ambassador)
We review our ambassadors on a regular basis, showing how our values are reflected by people in society.