The College welcomed Senior Officer, Royal Marines (retired) General David Hook on 15 March in conjunction with the charity ‘Speakers for Schools’.
Speakers for Schools is a charity helping schools inspire students and broaden their horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading figures through organised talks.
The visit saw Year 10 and 12 students gather in the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium to hear General Hook speak about his life experiences, choices and decisions with the aim of motivating and inspiring the upcoming generation of young people. General Hook followed his talk with a question and answer session, giving students the opportunity to quiz him on his life and the decisions that formed his life’s path.
General Hook was impressed with the more original questioning from students: “Newton Abbot College’s students were a very engaged and engaging group; the questions asked were well thought out. My aim was to get young people to think and to gain some knowledge about others’ experiences.”
Principal, Paul Cornish, said of the visit: “We were delighted to welcome General Hook to our College. We are passionate about exposing our students to individuals who help inspire them to be more than they ever dreamt they could be. General Hook’s presentation embodied the aims of Newton Abbot College; to increase opportunities, maximise outcomes and improve life chances.”