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Enfield teacher hopes to book place on TV show
An Enfield teacher could get the chance to read a book to his class on national television.
Des Hegarty, 39, of Wilbury Primary School in Wilbury Way, Edmonton, has been shortlisted along with six other teachers for chance to read to his Year 1 class on CITV show Bookaboo.
Mr Hegarty chose to read pirate adventure book, ‘You Can’t Scare a Princess’ by Gillian Rogerson and Sarah McIntyre to his class and posted it on YouTube for the competition.
The 39-year-old has admitted that the main reason for entering is for his pupils and explained his rationale for the choosing the book.
He said: “This is all for the children, to hopefully have a day that will live with them for a long time. It will be a truly special day if I could read to my class on television. It is something they will be able to watch again and again.
“We have been studying pirates in class and I thought that this book would be fantastic. There is so much for the children to get into during the adventure.”
Run by education training company TES, voting will conclude at midnight tonight with the top two entrants going through to the final. The winner will then be chosen by Bookaboo presenter Lucy Goodman to present on the show.
The Year 1 teacher declared that he hasn’t stopped thinking about the competition since entering.
He said: “Since entering I have been on a rollercoaster of emotions, I don’t want to get too excited but at the same time I have had many a sleepless night thinking about the competition. I even received support from the author Gillian Rogerson which was fantastic.
“I have received tremendous support from everyone at the school and online, people are responding really positively. I just hope people sign up and vote before the deadline.”
To watch Des’ reading or vote, click here.
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