Pupils at West Pennant Hills Public school saw the importance of both kindness and determination when blind musician and motivational speaker Lorin Nicholson spoke to them on Harmony Day.
Children from kindergarten to year 6 also wore orange shoelaces, wrist bands and other accessories with their blue uniforms on Friday to mark the event, which celebrates diversity.
Assistant principal Angela Weare said resilience and anti-discrimination messages were a key part of Mr Nicholson’s talk.
‘‘Lorin’s life is inspirational in how he managed his blindness,’’ she said.
‘‘We thought it would help the students learn to believe in themselves and never give up, no matter how difficult something may be.’’
Ms Weare said pupils got a better understanding of disability and inclusion when Lorin spoke about being made goalkeeper during a soccer game with friends, even though they knew it meant losing the game.
He also spoke about not being excluded from daily chores, and being told by his father to find a way to mow the lawn at age nine though he couldn’t see.
‘‘When he was growing up his father wanted him to be independent, not to use his disability as a barrier,’’ Ms Weare said.
‘‘From the first second they [pupils] were enthralled by him.
‘‘He has a very unique sense of humour and they giggled away.’’