A Double Dose of Downing Street

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Kingsbury High School students cheer as the Webb Ellis Trophy is carried along Downing Street

Kingsbury High School students were selected to visit Downing Street twice in as many weeks for two separate events.

On Thursday 17th September 18 students were invited to line Downing Street to cheer on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour – the trophy’s last stop before heading to the opening ceremony at Twickenham Stadium.

Students met David Cameron before Martin Johnson, former England rugby captain, and Maggie Alphonsi, England Women’s rugby player, arrived with the Webb Ellis cup.

Students enjoyed ruby coaching sessions in Downing Street and in the back garden of Number 10, where they were closely filmed and photographed by news teams. The footage was broadcast on National news that evening.

Kingsbury High School student and school Rugby Ambassador, Sayed -Ali Hadadi, said “It was an unreal experience. The whole day was packed with excitement and to have the ability to say that you have played rugby in the back garden of 10 Downing Street is just amazing. The whole day was topped off brilliantly by meeting Martin Johnson, an ex-rugby legend.”

After all of their hard work, students were invited in to Number 10 for sandwiches and cake.

17 children and young people delivered and helped raise the first non-governmental flag at Number 10 Downing Street, representing Partnerships For the Goals, to support the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

17 children and young people delivered and helped raise the first non-governmental flag at Number 10 Downing Street, representing Partnerships For the Goals, to support the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

On Thursday 24th September another set of Kingsbury High School students represented the charity, Send My Friend to School and were invited to Downing Street to deliver and help raise a flag representing ‘Partnerships for the Goals’, one of the 17 new UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This is the first time that a non-government campaign flag has ever been raised at the British Prime Minister’s residence.

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders will commit to a series of ambitious targets to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end poverty, fight inequality & injustice, fix climate change.

The raising of the 17 flags is part of the campaign to ‘Tell Everyone’ about the Global Goals. Founded by Richard Curtis, the Global Goals campaign aims to reach 7 billion people in 7 days.

To support the ambition to ‘Tell Everyone’, 17 flags each representing the 17 goals will be raised at some of the most remote communities impacted by the Goals such as the Himalayas, and to some of the most iconic places on earth, from the bottom of the ocean to the North Pole. The flag to represent Quality Education has gone up in India.

Kingsbury High School student Able Kpogho said “Coming together as one to raise the flag was amazing as it’s a rare opportunity to enter 10 Downing Street.”

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