Hillarys student says cerebral palsy won’t hold her back


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

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.