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Sir John Parker inspires Seven Kings High School pupils

PUBLISHED: 13:18 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:16 04 February 2015

Business tycoon Sir John Parker visiting students at Seven Kings High School to give a talk to them

Business tycoon Sir John Parker visiting students at Seven Kings High School to give a talk to them

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School pupils were inspired as an engineering tycoon stopped by to give a talk.

Sir John Parker, who made his name in shipbuilding, convinced pupils at Seven Kings High School in Ley Street, that engineering was more than just about building bridges.

About 90 pupils from Year nine through to Year 13 found out about robotics and building prosthetic limbs as the businessman, who is chairman of mining company Anglo American and director of multinational cruise company Carnival among others, gave a talk last week.

Teacher and organiser Chris D’Netto said: “It went really well – he really opened up the students’ eyes to engineering, he pitched it really nicely and you could see the children’s eyes lighting up.”

He added: “We want to get more girls into engineering too and we want to help the pupils see it’s not all about bridges.

“The children really enjoyed it and there was a real buzz around the school.”


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