Every once in a while we get to do something just a little bit different but VERY exciting. Another of those opportunities came around last Friday when I was invited to take a group of broadcasters to the largest education technology show in Europe, BETT, at the ExCeL centre in London’s docklands.
We had been lucky enough to have been invited to present a live radio show on the NetSupport stand with our very good friend Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Broadcasting, at the invitation of NetSupport CEO Al Kingsley and what a day we had.
From the very off, excitement levels were at their peak as we travelled by GWR from Chippenham to Paddington, stopping prior to joining the Tube at Paddington for a quick snap with Paddington Bear, of course! I cannot praise the children highly enough, as for many this was a new experience and travelling on London public transport is never easy. However, everyone was so sensible and stayed as a group to ensure that we were safe at all times.
If you have ever been to the ExCeL centre you will know that it is vast and the BETT show is always full of hundreds of the biggest IT companies in the world. Just the place for a wonderful experience and to gather as many freebies and merchandise as possible! Everyone at BETT was so welcoming and gave the children a super time, handing out everything from t-shirts to pens and stress balls.
But our main reason for being at BETT, other than the experience, was to broadcast a live Westwood Radio show from the Netsupport stand. Al Kingsley, their CEO, is a great supporter of our station and generously invited us to attend and present on their radio station. Once again we got the opportunity to work with the brilliant Russell Prue, who guided us through a rehearsal and gave so many top tips that when we went on air at 3pm, the children were brimming with confidence and ideas. It was amazing to see them at work, in the middle of a packed show floor and being watched by, literally, hundreds of people passing by, all of them so impressed by the professionalism and quality of the children’s presenting. After an outstanding hour’s broadcast I could not have felt more proud of everyone’s confidence, resilience and professionalism. They were all such a credit to our school. I must also thank so many parents and friends who listened in and contributed via text and email too, which made for a fabulous experience.
With just time to pop by a VR stand – I cooed over the Back to the Future DeLorean whilst the children were immersed in virtual reality – before heading back to Paddington and home. Tired, but with so many special memories and experiences from the day, everyone was just brilliant. To everyone who came with me, an enormous thank you and also a special mention to Karen Hobson who gave her day to join me and make sure that everyone stayed so safe and had huge fun. As did we.
Here are some photos of the day and a chance to listen again to the children’s show: