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TEACHERS & PARENTS Motivational Speakers Testimonials



  - Donna Snow
Principal, Wembley Primary, WA 

"As discussed during your Wembley tour I’d be very keen to get you back for a teacher and parent session if possible – either August or if you return later in the year.

The impact you had on our year 4-6 was significant. They are still talking about it and we have seen a marked difference in the students being more ‘present’, particularly around adults."

  - Parent
Fraser Coast Anglican 

I just wanted to say thanks to you for your positive affect on my son.

You came and gave a talk to his class.

My son came up to you and thanked you for your openness and willingness to share your story and air your demons.

He was moved, almost to tears he told me – he could see himself drifting down that same pathway had we not moved.

I think he is on a better path now, still not whole nor healed but putting one foot in front of the other.

He now recognises the differences and the possible end results – highlighted by your same journey – for this I thank you!"

Luke S. Kennedy spoke to our Year 6-10 boys and their parents at an Empowering Boys night. From the minute he started each and every one of them was completely captivated with shock and humour by each story.

However, most importantly everyone one of them left that night with a better understanding of who they are and how to handle the challenges life can throw at you. 

  - D. Wearne

    Student Growth, Northern Beaches Christian School.

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- Kevin Anderson MP

    Member for Tamworth

Dear Luke
I write to sincerely thank you for your personal presentation to the year 9 students from across the Tamworth Electorate. Your journey so far, is an incredible one and it was astonishing to watch a large group of year 9 students totally focused, wide eyed with an occasional gasp during your presentation.
They are young and impressionable and you certainly connected with them.
It was powerful, sharp, raw, and thought provoking. It     cut through the white noise of general advice to young people regarding the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and the battles of self esteem.
The feedback has been strong, positive, and I firmly believe life changing in some instances.  Your Facebook responses clearly indicate that your story has had a positive impact.
I thank you again for what you do and I sincerely hope that we can work together again soon. Our young people need you!

Yours sincerely
Kevin Anderson MP
Member for Tamworth

 - Katherine Hancock

   Teacher, Beechworth Primary

"We had Luke at our school for our grade 4/5/6 children and their parents. Luke presented an honest account of his life and how he managed to turn this around, even after many setbacks.  While our children in Beechworth have fairly sheltered lives there were many great messages for our children. I had very good feedback from the parents.  I only wish I had of opened up the night to the wider community.  An excellent true and raw account of a life changed for the better with positive self talk.
Three parent messages I received after the presentation were:
"It was great, Eli keeps talking about it." - Parent
"I wish I had of brought my older daughters" - Parent
"Great job.  Tonight was great." - Parent
"Thank you so much, a great night, I will be passing Luke's name onto my sons secondary school." - Parent

Luke thank you so much. I will look at getting you again for the community of Beechworth."

Year 10 Student, Blakehurst High



"Hey mate you spoke at my school today, it was so good to hear from a person who felt how I feel sometimes. I feel like people are always judging me and I'm scared of what they think. I'm in the middle of reading your book. I don't normally read books but I'm really interested in this book. You have made me think: :Who cares about what other people think of me? Just be me." All afternoon I've been telling Mum and Dad about your speech today. Thanks heaps, you've really touched me!"


 - J. Ghadma

   English Teacher, College of the Holy Family, Parramatta.


"Guest Speaker, Luke S. Kennedy, had our students from the very first word. You could hear a pin drop in our auditorium! He spoke and answered questions at the end of the session with complete candour. I would highly recommend this remarkable author to speak to teenagers about his harrowing journey out of a life of crime towards healing, redemption and finally, peace." 

  - Andrew Roxby
Head of Senior School, Cessnock 

"After almost 20 years in education, he is the most inspiring student guest speaker that I have heard.


Luke is thoroughly engaging speaker whose message of motivation and aspiration will leave your students feeling like they could run through a brick wall. His message his powerful and thought provoking as he relays his life journey and the lessons he has learnt. He left our students with some clear messages of hope and tangible ways of being true to what they desire in life."

  - Mary Koutras
Lyndale Secondary 

Guest Speaker, Luke S. Kennedy, presented to our students from years 8-12.  From start to finish, the students sat intrigued and captivated by what Luke had to say.  The topics of changing your mind-set, bullying, self-bullying, drug-addiction, alcohol and crime were all covered and clearly a hot topic amongst our teenagers.  The presentation had all students and staff engaged and you could almost hear a pin drop.   Some comments made afterwards from our feedback forms included the words “thought-provoking and behaviour-changing, eye-opening and a wake-up call”.  Serious topics but delivered with simple words, a sense of humour and a positive outlook.  Motivational Speakers such as Luke Kennedy should be an inclusion in every school curriculum planning.  Highly recommended!

- Screenshot of Parent Conversation on Schools FB page


- Parent

    Beckenham Primary

"You were guest speaker today at my sons school, Beckenham Primary.  I just picked him up and it's obvious you made a real impression on him. He said it gave him a whole new perspective.

Thank you."

- Teacher

    Aubin Grove Primary

(After my Teacher Stress Workshop)


"That was the best workshop we've had. I can actually now use what I've learnt to improve my life. Thank you so much."

 - Parent

   Northern Beaches Christian School.

"As a father of two young boys here tonight, I just want to thank you for an unbelievable presentations. I've never seen a motivational speaker connect so well with kids and adults at the same time. I learnt a lot myself. Thank you again, you're an incredible speaker. I wish you all the best." - Parent.

- Stephen Kennaugh JP

    Principal, De La Salle College Ashfield

"Motivational Speaker, Luke S. Kennedy, struck a chord with all our boys. His focus on being your true self rather than what others want you be, and doing this through his life story was great."

- B. Vetrano

    Pastoral Care & Year 10 Coordinator, St Gregory’s College Campbelltow


"Motivational Speaker, Luke, spoke to our Year 10 and 11 students, the boys were very receptive of what he recounted. The reality of it all made the students really stop and take time to reflect on the choices they might make and the expectations they need to live up to.

Luke spoke at their level and was ‘on the mark’ in terms of his delivery. As for his book, well, I have never seen so many students who wouldn’t be caught dead with a book in their hands, literally run to my office to grab a copy for themselves!

I would highly recommend Luke to any school."

Book Luke S. Kennedy for your next event and he will tailor a presentation for your specific needs.

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