TV celebrity a realstar turn in Penrith

Date: Friday 20th October 2017
Joey Essex meets Ullswater Community College  head boy Jake Fabi and head girl Kitty Lund
Joey Essex meets Ullswater Community College head boy Jake Fabi and head girl Kitty Lund

REALITY television star Joey Essex created a “real buzz” at Ullswater Community College’s prize day on Thursday.

Joey Essex with some of the prize-winning students at Ullswater Community College
Joey Essex with some of the prize-winning students at Ullswater Community College

More than 130 prizes were awarded to students at the college, both past and present, in recognition of their achievements and qualities.

Prizes were presented by Joey Essex — who found fame on the hit television show The Only Way Is Essex (or Towie for short) — in front of a packed audience of around 2,000 students, parents, local sponsors and guests.

Kitty Lund, head girl at Ullswater Community College, who, along with head boy Jake Fabi, met the reality star said: “It was lovely. He was really down to earth and brought more of a buzz to prize day than normal.”

She said that to have celebrities like Joey Essex coming to present prizes to students helped keep them interested and was exciting — especially for the younger pupils.

It also showed the school cared about rewarding students for their hard work during the year, she added.

As well as presenting prizes to pupils, the star also did a question and answer session with students.

When asked what had been his biggest inspiration, he said “you can be your own inspiration” by unlocking inner potential.

He added that while he had always tried hard at school, he was never academic or a high achiever.

The celebrations also included performances by students in gymnastics, music, drama, dance and cheerleading — the college’s cheerleaders recently won the UKCA 2017 national schools cheerleading championship.

Former UCC headteacher and prize day director Nigel Pattinson said it provided an important opportunity to celebrate the range of talent, academic potential, sporting prowess, musical ability and artistic flair which the sudents possessed.

“Added to that there are students who make outstanding progress during their time here and others who do remarkable things in the service of their community or who display a superb attitude towards others,” said Mr. Pattinson.

To that end, they had decided to spend one day in the school year “making as big a fuss about these things as possible”.

He said they were delighted that Joey Essex had agreed to help them to do this and was hugely grateful to all of the staff and students who had worked so hard to make it happen.