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Oasis Academy Shirley Park pupils have a day to remember at the BAFTA Children’s Awards

Oasis Academy Shirley Park pupils have a day to remember at the BAFTA Children’s Awards

A lucky group of primary pupils from a local school in the heart of Croydon attended the British Academy Children’s Awards through a partnership with Place2Be.

Oasis Academy Shirley Park’s year 6 choir and rap group were invited along to attend the event as an award from Place2Be for their fantastic contribution of service to the school over the years.

The rap group is made up of five boys in year 6. They formed in year 5 and developed a school rap song that they love to perform out in public. It celebrates the Oasis 9 Habits through positive rap lyrics, the group developed this rap on their own.

The British Academy Children’s Awards were held at London’s The Brewery on Sunday, 1st December 2019, crowning many worthy winners. Determined by BAFTA, the Awards celebrate the very best in children’s media from TV series to feature films, presenters and performers.

The children got to meet the stars of the CBBC programme ‘The Dumping Ground’ and with them, took part in a workshop where they were able to learn what life as a celebrity was like and learn how to host TV programmes. The Oasis Rap group got to perform their school rap song for the stars and other children.

Roshan Rampersad, Ethos Lead & Head of Year 5 & 6 at Oasis Academy Shirley Park, said; “It was a privilege to take the children to the BAFTA kids award. The workshop hosted by the stars of CBBC and ‘The Dumping Ground’ was a special experience because it taught children how celebrities gained confidence to perform in front of a large crowd. Thank you to Place2Be for the amazing experience that our pupils will remember forever.”

It doesn’t end there, the school party were then escorted to the red carpet where they met and got autographs from lots of celebrities from children’s TV shows such as, ‘The Worst Witch’ and ‘Operation Ouch’.

This year’s ceremony was divided into three parts, each one was hosted by well-known faces from children’s media. They highlighted the wealth of activities of BAFTA Kids, their year-round programming of learning events and initiatives.

Tatiana Bazell, School Project Manager at Place2Be, added; “It is my good fortune to work with the children of Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary and my privilege to remind pupils to believe in themselves and in the power of their dreams and aspirations.”

Place2Be are the UK's largest in-school children's mental health charity and work with pupils, families and staff.

In the last financial year, they worked with 639 schools, supporting a school population of 350,000 children with the support of more than 1,000 Counsellors on Placement.

Brandon, Year 6 Rap Group member at Oasis Academy Shirley Park; shared his experience saying; “It was such a good experience. I felt so proud to perform our school rap song to the stars of ‘The Dumping Ground’.”

Riley, also a Year 6 pupil, continued to say; “It was fun and exciting, and it was a big surprise to meet lots of famous people.”

Daniel Marsh