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Prize-giving with a difference as Star Wars actor goes back to his old school

Sharing memories: John Boyega with Westminster City School head teacher

Sharing memories: John Boyega with Westminster City School head teacher James Wilson

Published: 15 July, 2016
by MATILDA GLYNN HENLEY

STAR Wars actor John Boyega returned to his old school on Friday to present awards to talented pupils.

Students at Westminster City School assembled in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Friday to meet the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star at a special celebration. 

The school orchestra played the theme song from Star Wars in honour of the celebrity guest, who gave an inspiring speech about his time at the school in Palace Street, Victoria. 

The 24-year-old, who was born in Peckham, attended the school from 2003.


John Boyega presenting an award for mathematics

In the 2015 film, he is Finn, a stormtrooper for the First Order who, shocked by their cruelty, joins the fight against them.

Mr Boyega, who won a Bafta award this year in the Rising Star category, said: “Take ownership of your lives and be the best you can, not only for yourselves but for your family and parents who trust you to be in school and do well. 

“Take responsibility, have fun.”

He started the speech by sharing a story about a funny incident that led to him being excluded by the school’s headteacher, James Wilson.

Mr Wilson said: “I was worried where that story was going to end! 

“What a fantastic role model John has become. 

“As a life-long Stars Wars fan myself it is particularly rewarding to see an old boy rise to stardom.” 

The award-winning pupils and musicians later got a chance to take a group photograph with the actor (above).

Westminster City is a comprehensive secondary school for boys with just under 800 pupils.

 

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