A PHOTOGRAPHER to the stars has visited a school in Coventry to give an inspirational talk about how believing in himself led to his dream career.
Zenon Texeira, creative director of Coventry publishing company Opus, visited Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School as part of an ‘aspirations week’, in conjunction with St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.
The photographer and graphic designer spoke to the children about his life and working with stars such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic.
And showed pupils some of his work, including an image from his latest project with DreamWorks Animation.
The visit was part of the schools’ aspirations week, which aims to inspire children to think about their future careers and teach them about resilience.
Each school welcomed a number of guests throughout the week, including ex-springbok international George Fouche, members of Coventry Blaze, an engineer, a former head teacher, a councillor and a health professional.
Former pupils, who now attend Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, also visited to give their top tips on achieving your best at secondary school.
The children from both schools will now use Skype to share their experiences and discuss what they have learnt throughout the week.
Zenon, who is a former pupil of Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, said: “It was excellent to visit Ss Peter and Pauls and speak to them about my career.
“My presentation took the children back to my school days showing that I was once like them, with my whole future ahead of me.
“It is very important to inspire future generations and show them what you can achieve if you believe in yourself, work hard and follow your dreams.”
Kevin Shakespeare, principal at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, added: “It was brilliant to welcome Zenon and our other guests during our aspirations week.
“This has been a great joint initiative between ourselves and St Patrick’s, providing our children with top tips on how to succeed and enhancing their chances of achieving their full potential.
“We hope that it will encourage them to think about their future careers and the challenges they may need to overcome to achieve their dreams.”