Pixie Lott surprises West Ham Foundation students
Students in Year Five at Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School in Poplar received a huge surprise as popstar Pixie Lott stopped in for their session with the West Ham United Foundation.
Lott, who is a life-long West Ham supporter, shocked the group of pupils on Tuesday as she dropped in to participate in a Primary Stars lesson being given by coaches from the Hammers Foundation.
The popular singer helped the students to write poems based on the theme of resilience for entry into the Writing Stars competition, which the Premier League is running for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Lott also took time to answer questions about her music and new single, ‘Won’t Forget You’, and talked to the students about showing resilience during her life and career.
“The Writing Stars competition is amazing,” she told whufc.com: “Anything that’s going to encourage kids to write and be creative, especially writing about positive messages like resilience, is a real positive in my eyes.
“Hearing them say things like ‘achieve your dreams’ and ‘believe in yourself’ is incredible. I really hope that sticks with them for the rest of their lives. It’s great that West Ham are involved in this. It’s such a positive and inspiring thing.”
The singer was delighted to have the opportunity to put smiles on faces during her visit, with Lott taking the time to give each student an autograph while also posing for photos and offering advice for their poems.
She continued: “I’ve loved just chatting to the kids. They were so energetic and I found out a lot about them – including what they want to be when they grow-up. There’s a lot of aspiring footballers and singers!
“I’ve done a lot of school visits and I just really enjoy it. I never got any of these sorts of visits when I was at school and I would have loved it, so to be able to do that for these kids, and others in other schools, is just amazing. It brightens up their day, which brightens up mine.”
Lott was invited to participate in a rhyme battle alongside ten-year-old student Alfie, who bested the singer in the competition.
Alfie said: “I’ve had so much fun today. It was good to work with the coaches and I was so surprised to see Pixie Lott. It was fun to do the rhyme battle with Pixie and win as well. It was such a good day!”
Adam Walker, a football development officer with the West Ham United Foundation, was full of praise for Lott’s involvement in Tuesday’s session and for the Primary Stars scheme.
“It’s amazing like someone like Pixie can give up her time to come and support the West Ham United Foundation, and visit to the local schools,” Walker said. “The children were amazed when she walked in the door and the moment she did she had their complete attention.
“She’s been really kind, polite and attentive. She’s helped the children out with their poems, got involved with our rhyme battles, which were very funny, and also answered loads of questions. It’s been an immensely enjoyable session.”
He added: “It’s a brilliant scheme. The Premier League is a massive help too, with the backing they give us as a Foundation. It allows us to go out and deliver the Primary Stars programme.
“The Writing Stars competition has got all of our schools engaged and ready to enter. From that we’re seeing some excellent poems and incredible engagement in the subject.”