Thursday, 09 January 2014 06:15


ASPIRE's recent trip to London has been featured in January's Paphos Post. Here's the article in full ...

Pupils from Pegia rubbed shoulders with the stars during a recent trip to London.

Secondary students from ASPIRE, Centre of Excellence were sightseeing in the English capital when they stumbled across filming for television series Law & Order: UK.

They had the opportunity to watch some of the action, which featured well-known TV presenter and actor Bradley Walsh, before posing for photographs with actors dressed as police officers.

Walsh was joined by Ben Bailey Smith, an up-and-coming rapper, comedian and actor who also goes by the stage name Doc Brown.

Sarah Koring, 12, a Year 8 pupil at ASPIRE, said: “We were walking along Tower Bridge when we saw police officers and police cars everywhere ...

“At first we thought something was wrong, but when we got closer we realised it was a film crew. It was very exciting.

“The whole trip was educational, but so much fun at the same time.”

Year 9 student Daria Novikova, 14, added: “It was cold in London, but amazing. Like Sarah said, we learnt so much and had a great time doing it.”

ASPIRE’s six-day trip, in early December, was an opportunity for the pupils to soak up the capital’s culture and also included visits to the Natural History Museum, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and HMS Belfast.

Sharon Hadjiyiakoumi, Principal of ASPIRE, said: “London was incredible, and is just one of the residential trips we’ve organised at the centre.

“The filming was definitely a highlight. We organised so many activities to take up our days  in London, but this was spontaneous - we just happened to be walking by.

“It was great to see how a TV series is put together and just how many people are involved in the creation of a scene. It’s something you can’t learn in a classroom.”

The filming was for season eight of the popular police and legal drama, which follows Bradley Walsh as Detective Superintendent Ronnie Brooks, a loveable police veteran.

It will be shown on ITV in 2014.