The first job was to make sure that our internet connection and IT system was good enough to run an outside broadcast. Thanks to Mr Sime and his team we were given the go ahead. Mrs Johnson, Miss Moore and a whole raft of staff then spent hours trying to get as many activities organised that involved as many students as possible. This was easier said than done because, understandably, Radio 1 and Children in Need insist on having forms filled in by parents of students under 16 if they are going to appear on camera and on websites.
At all times, we wanted the students to have fun, be safe and for us to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need. We did not know for certain which celebrities were coming until the day. Greg's ‘After School Detention’ had almost 300 students in attendance and those tickets were given through a ballot system.
The behaviour of our students was excellent and the Radio 1 DJs, the sound and technical crew, the Children in Need team and film crew, the security teams for all our visitors thoroughly enjoyed their time with us because everyone they met made them feel welcome. My thanks to the students who did not get to meet with our famous guests but understood that it wasn't possible for all 1900 students to be involved and that the main driver was to raise money for children who have incredible difficulties to deal with and need us to be unselfish and good people. I hope you will all watch Children in Need on Friday so that you can see which projects will be supported and you may get a glimpse of some TTC students!
Follow this link to see some of the photos! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1bgV41DY7rm4f4FdZpcMRCG/radio-1s-best-day.
The guest list:
Nick Grimshaw who drove from London knowing he could only stay for half an hour as he was off to interview the cast of the Hunger Games. Some of our students won a competition to get their questions asked at the interview.
Alice Levine who went in to a Technology lesson and interviewed students who had been lucky enough to get a ticket for the "detention"
Scott Mills and Chris Stark who were rather disruptive in Mr Tharp's lesson and he had to give them lines!
Greg James who dished up dinners with Chris Stark during Year 11 lunch. Lots of students managed to get selfies with them both. Greg James ran a fabulous "detention" featuring great music. He was fantastic with the students doing selfie after selfie and dancing in between records. The show was then finished byDanny Howard giving Greg more time to dance!
Rixton gave a fab live performance to Year 10's with Wretch 32 and Russell Kane dropping in for a chat.
Professor Green was a favourite with everyone and the looks on the faces of a Year 11 Media class when I walked in with him was brilliant. He had the same effect when we walked in to a Maths class. He wanted to do more but we were hurried along by producers and security so that he could keep to his schedule.
Our BBC young reporters came up from Thorpe campus and spent the day interviewing and reporting the events and our young dancers came from Thorpe to dance with Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute. Weren't they lucky!
One of the highlights for me was hearing a group of TTC musicians playing live on Radio 1! We were thrilled they were able to do it but they were so good and impressed Radio 1 so much they were allowed to play 3 songs in the Live Lounge. A massive well done to Georgia Burley, Bethany Richmond and Kerry Jackson on vocals, Harry Wilson on base guitar, Adam Churchill on lead guitar, Daniel Stubbs on keyboard, Reggie Watcham on drums and Ben Richardson on saxophone.
Children in Need activities will continue this week. Tom Stevens in Year 12 is having his head shaved by Pearson and Clark: Tom has raised £140 so far. There will be a students versus staff volley ball game, a Year 11 Quidditch match, an auction, a teddy raffle and lots more!
THANK YOU to Sara Scott florists who created a beautiful Pudsey from small yellow flowers. It was so clever and so beautiful.
Also, thanks to B and Q in Clacton who gave us paint for free so that we could paint the backdrop for the broadcast. Have a look at the pictures with that backdrop of Pudsey and the Radio 1 sign, all painted by our own Ms Meakin.
We will let you know our final total next week!