Asha in­spires stu­dents

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

TEENAGER Asha Melville de­liv­ered a pos­i­tive mes­sage when she vis­ited North Wood­vale Pri­mary School stu­dents.

The 13-year-old St Mark’s Angli­can Com­mu­nity School student, who has cere­bral palsy, spoke to the Year 2 class about cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity.

Asha was di­ag­nosed with the dis­or­der at four and de­spite some phys­i­cal chal­lenges, is a keen dancer, singer and hard-work­ing student.

“I wanted the kids to see that even though cere­bral palsy is some­thing I have to live with ev­ery day, it doesn’t mean I can’t achieve what I love,” she said.

“I also wanted them to un­der­stand that even though I may be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to them, I’m re­ally just like ev­ery­one else, with dreams and plans and things I want to do.”

Her fi­nal in­spir­ing mes­sage to the class was to, “Fol­low your dreams, you’ll be great”.

Teacher Rachael Robert­son said it was a great re­in­force­ment of what chil­dren had been taught about di­ver­sity and ac­cep­tance.

Asha Melville (back row in white shirt) with stu­dents of North Wood­vale Pri­mary.

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