We have just returned from London (Wednesday 2nd March) – everyday at Parklands is just getting better and better and better.
So back in November when Harry Gration and Richard Burgon MP kindly judged the Leeds / North of England heats of the RCSLT (Royal Collage of Speech Language Therapist) Voice Box joke competition along with Mike Harvey (BITC) and Trevor from TD Direct…… they announced TJ as their winner.
The 25 regions came together today for the grand final in John Bercow MP’s house – the Speakers House inside the House of Commons. The event was held in front of John Bercow and 25 other MP’s (all of whom got up and told a joke)…… The children were treated to an experience from behind the scenes in the home of politics – they had a cream tea for lunch and they treated like royalty.
On Saturday I actually popped to Next to buy him a 3 piece suit. We turned up today with him looking like a ‘mini me’. He was so smart.
TJ stood up and had to tell his joke in front of an audience of 200. He was up against 25 other schools from Scotland / Wales and all over England…… he nailed it; he was awesome; he was fantastic; he was a legend who spoke with expression; passion; pauses and different voices…… HE WON !!!!!! 1st place; he has become the official National Joke of the Year winner……… They awarded him with the most amazing glass trophy and a brand new Ipad.
Everyday just gets better and better at Parklands…. Virgin trains kindly upgraded TJ and his mum (and I) to 1st class on both legs of the journey helped as well. I have never seen a prouder mum ever!
What a day; what a school! I love it. TJ take a bow – what a star!
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