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Waterloo school at centre of National Cricket Day celebrations

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Waterloo's Johanna Primary School became "Dream Cricket School" for the day on Thursday when celebrity teachers arrived to take lessons as part of National Cricket Day.

Waterloo school at centre of National Cricket Day celebrations
Johanna Primary School pupils with their cast of celebrity teachers
Waterloo school at centre of National Cricket Day celebrations
Chris Tremlett
Chris Tremlett with pupils from the Waterloo school
Lucy Verasamy
Lucy Verasamy presents the weather on ITV's Daybreak programme
Sir Mervyn King
Sir Mervyn King

The 'Dream Cricket School' day started with an assembly led by sports minister Hugh Robertson MP.

England player Chris Tremlett took a PE class. In Maths, Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King taught pupils co-ordinates by identifying the position of fielders on a cricket pitch, cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas took a Media class and ITV Daybreak weather presenter Lucy Verasamy was on hand for Geography.

Sir Mervyn King co-founded the Chance to Shine campaign in 2005. The scheme, run by the Cricket Foundation charity, helps link cricket clubs to local state schools and aims to reach two million children by 2015.

Former England wicket keeper turned professional artist Jack Russell displayed his "Cric-art" oil painting in the school hall.

Working on a giant canvas of 36 full-size Slazenger bats joined together in two rows of 18 – measuring 6ft 4in by 5ft 5in and weighing 130lbs – Russell has painted a quintessentially English village cricket scene, celebrating the sport that he loves.

The painting took Russell around 100 hours to complete over a three week period, using a dozen tubes of paint.

• Johanna's application to become an academy sponsored by Oasis has been accepted by the Department for Education. In September it will be renamed 'Johanna Primary, Oasis Academy: Waterloo'.

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