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Posted on 02 Nov 2017

BBC launches Children in Need campaign at WA with X-Factor winner Matt Terry!

On the first day back to school in Term 2, WA students were surprised by a visit from, not only the BBC Children in Need mascot Pudsey, but star of X-Factor 2016, Matt Terry!

Thanks to the generous fundraising for Children in Need of Westminster Academy students in the past, WA was selected to host a special visit from the BBC team and the singer to launch this year’s ‘Spotacular’ schools campaign.  After Ms Baramidze introduced to the stage Pudsey - who seemed oblivious of the school’s behaviour policy when he picked up the Vice Principal - students were not expecting a second special guest, so there were gasps and cheers when Matt Terry entered the Green Room.

The X-Factor champion sang his hit, Subeme La Radio, and new song ‘Sucker for You’ and it was hard to be anything but impressed with his vocal performance.

Following the performance, a series of 'staff vs student' challenges were launched to get the ball rolling on some fundraising ideas. This presented Matt Terry with the task of judging the hula hoop, football and singing skills of our staff and students. The students smashed their opposition each time, although the staff claim they were robbed!

The morning ended with some photos and reflections on the visit. Matt was pleased to hear that lots of WA students were learning Spanish, and added, “It’s been an extremely fun day at Westminster Academy going Spotacular with BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. I’ve loved getting involved and I hope schools, teachers and pupils from around the UK are encouraged to get their hands on a fundraising pack, go Spotacular and get fundraising.”

Year 7 student, Sumaya El-Berjawi voted for Matt on X-Factor in 2016. She said, “When they announced he was here I thought it would be someone dressed up as him, so I was really shocked that it was actually him. I got goosebumps!”

Matt’s social media followers certainly seemed jealous that he visited Westminster Academy! We would like to thank him and the BBC Children in Need team with Lloyds Bank for the visit. Now we need to do Matt and Pudsey proud by organising some spotactular fundraising to beat last year’s total!

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