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FOOTBALL WRITER AND HIGHGATE MUM AMY LAWRENCE VISITED THE PRE-PREP

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On Wednesday 9th May the children in the Pre-Prep were treated to a special World Cup assembly with football writer and Highgate mum Amy Lawrence. Amy spoke to the children about the upcoming tournament being held in Russia this summer and explained that it is the first to take place in Eastern Europe.

Amy showed the children her press pass from a previous football tournament, Euro 2016. She told the children about her job as a journalist and how it has changed over the years. She recalled how she used to take notes during matches and then go and relay her stories over the telephone to the newspaper office. She explained that she now sits with her laptop during matches and watches and types throughout the games. The children were amazed to discover that Amy has to submit her article as soon as the referee blows his final whistle!

The assembly included a mock-up of the knock out stages of the World Cup. Sixteen children took on the roles of countries reaching this point of the tournament in Russia. Amy called out scores until we had an Argentina vs Colombia final. Our shock result was that Colombia won! Although this is not impossible, Amy feels this is unlikely and she is tipping Brazil or Germany to be the winners in July!

Amy happily answered lots of the children's questions, including "When did the World Cup start?" and "Do you think Jack Butland will be picked for England?" We also discovered her favourite past World Cups both as a fan and when working as a journalist; these were Italia 90 and South Korea and Japan in 2002 respectively.  SF

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