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Head of Classics secures One Direction tickets for Redland High

Published: 27 Feb 2013

The Post Bristol - Editors Comment Wednesday 27 February 2013:
"In praise of Sally Knights - She is a teacher who is genuinely in tune with her pupils.  Rather than dismissing One Direction as the latest in a long series of manufactured boy bands she has turned them to her advantage. And she has used them to encourage her students to work harder. In that she is rare but in camping out all night in the freezing cold to secure four tickets for one of their Cardiff concerts so her pupils can compete for them, she must be unique." 

Head of Classics, Ms Knights stood out amongst the gaggle of teenage girls camping out last February to get One Direction tickets. The 59-year-old pitched up a tent outside the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff to secure four tickets to see chart-topping boy band One Direction. Ms Knights queued alone for 16 hours to bag the tickets, reading books, drinking hot chocolate and wrapping up in blankets to get through the night.Ms Knights said: "Initially I thought it would be a bit dangerous to camp out but there were about 100 yards of 13 and 14 year olds in tents in the queue ahead of me when I arrived. There wasn't any danger - it was just squealing girls."

She added "I was definitely one of the older ones there. I pitched my tent and had a chair - I hardly got any sleep and just read through the night. It was February so it was a similar temperature to what it is now - it wasn't freezing but it was certainly cold.  By the morning the queue was going around the block. The tickets for the concert sold out within a couple of minutes online but some were made available at the venue. The queue started moving at 9.30am the next day and I got my tickets about 10.30am"

After securing the much sought after tickets to the sell-out concert Ms Knights offered them to students as a prize for the best work in a homework assignment. The assignment asked girls to design a poster to advertise a tour in ancient Greece.

Explaining the entries were imaginative and ranged from posters to sculptures and mosaics, she added: "The artwork they produced was tremendous. It has helped the students understand that with the concert, the same things were happening with Roman gladiators - they were the superstars of their day and people would crowd to see them.  Some of the girls translated some of the titles of One Direction songs into Latin. The concert is an interesting way to get the students to use Latin more and to see things in a bigger perspective.  It's not just a modern thing to queue up for an arena to get tickets - the Romans did the same thing."

Caroline Bateson, Redland High's Headmistress, said: "Ms Knights showed great fortitude and commitment getting the tickets and her efforts were much appreciated by her classics students."

The four winning students, Rosie, Maya, Daisy and Daisy, were given their tickets yesterday and will travel to the Welsh capital to see the former X Factor contestants on stage on Friday. The girls were delighted with their prize and said they were so excited and really happy. They cannot wait to go, they love all of One Direction, and one added "I probably won't have a voice on Monday!" When the girls were asked about Ms Knights they said "Ms Knights was very brave. It must have been so cold. It's such a cool thing to do!"

Article compiled by Year 9 BBC School reporters Mariam, Rosie and Megan 

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