Thursday, August 20, 2009

From A Bully To A Brilliant Opera Singer

On Thursday 12th August 2009 we had our Duffy Book Assembly. At this assembly we have a guest speaker and we receive our Duffy books

We all waited anxiously in the hall to see who our guest was. A very tall and handsome gentleman came up on stage and introduced himself as Mr K. He told us how he was bullied and called fat when he was very young, but then he was used to being bullied by his older brother. He was a very unhappy boy until his music teacher recognised his singing talent. He joined the choir group and became the lead singer. He felt like he was on top of the world.

Next was high school and guess who his teacher was? It was his music teacher, and he felt confident. When he introduced himself, the teacher reacted angrily because she thought he was like his brother. Mr K felt disappointed and this made him do bad things at school. By the time he was 14yrs old he was expelled. That was the end of his education.

At age 17yrs he joined a motorbike gang. He began doing drugs, drinking alcohol and partying. Later he got a job on a fishing trawler and earned some money. He used this to purchase a bike.

The turning point in his life was when he was involved in a serious crash but survived. He decided to change his life and make good choices. His goal was to be a movie star. He took acting lessons and eventually became a successful opera singer.

His story is a good message for us. Bullying, being angry, joining gangs is not cool and as Mr K said, “Your past follows you”. We need to make good choices. We think he is a good role model for young people.

Room 15 Students

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