Budding musician has the time of his life

GUITARIST Leon Blakey had the time of his life when he went to a Green Day concert in half term – and was plucked from the 13,000 strong crowd to play on stage with the band.

The 12-year-old Cedar student showed great professionalism and courage joining Billie Joe Armstrong and the band on stage at Leeds First Direct Arena – and even went home with a new instrument signed by the whole band.

“It was just insane – the best day of my life ever,” said Leon. “I was at the gig and they asked if anyone could play guitar. I put my hand up and some people nearby started pointing at me and I just think Billie Joe noticed me.”

As a massive Green Day fan, the young musician needed no help playing the song – a cover of the 1990 song Knowledge. He said: “Billie Joe was trying to show me the chords, but I was like ‘I know, I know them’ and he just laughed.”

Leon is in a band with two school friends, who performed at the Academy’s own concert in aid of the Children of Aleppo.

Leon plays live to 13,000 Green Day fans

Leon plays live to 13,000 Green Day fans

Leon on stage

Rewarding good character

IT IS awards time once again for students in each house who have displayed outstanding character.

Positive character traits are rewarded termly at Carlton le Willows with trophies presented in recognition of eight key pillars of character – professionalism, curiosity, kindness, gratitude, purpose, determination, enthusiasm and optimism.

Oak trophy winners

Oak trophy winners

Courtney rubs shoulders with royalty

ACADEMY student Courtney Marke’s dedicated and professional approach has won her the royal seal of approval after the talented singer got the chance to meet Prince Harry.

Courtney (14), was chosen to meet the popular royal during his visit to Nottingham’s Council House when he saw members of the St Anns recording studio CRS perform excerpts from a recent production.

For many, meeting a member of the Royal family would be a once in a lifetime opportunity – but for Year 9 student Courtney this is the second time she has met the prince.

“I performed in front of Prince Harry when he visited CRS in December and he said I should definitely keep on going towards realising my dream as I’m a great singer,” said Courtney. “It was just amazing. I was thrilled to get the chance to meet him again. He is such a lovely, genuinely nice person.”

During her trip to the Council House, Courtney also enjoyed a tour of the Lord Mayor’s offices conducted by the Lord Mayor himself Coun Mohammed Saghir.

Courtney and Harry