A group of hard-working children were in for a big surprise when they were honoured for their efforts.
What appeared to be one of the world’s most recognisable people, The Duchess of Cambridge, presented Ponteland and Gateshead Low Fell Kumon students with their certificates and medals.
It was in fact look-alike professional Heidi Agan, who had recently returned from a job in Australia.
The children who were honoured at the Advanced Student Honour Roll awards ceremony at Ponteland Memorial Hall on Saturday have reached the Kumon International Standard in English and maths and, in some cases, have surpassed this grade.
Instructor Liz Burrin said: “I am so proud of my students and the ceremony is an opportunity to recognise and congratulate them on the hard work they have put in to their studies every day. It also helps inspire them to achieve even more in the months ahead.
“I wanted to do something a bit different this year to make it a memorable event for the children and after looking at a few different options, I went for a Duchess of Cambridge look-alike.
“Heidi was fantastic and she was very friendly and warm with the children.
“As I kept her appearance a surprise, it certainly had the effect I was looking for and when I told the parents later in the day that she was a look-alike, some of them said they could tell it wasn’t the Duchess but others said they thought it was her.”
Kumon students initially start at a comfortable level and focus on building up their study skills in areas such as concentration, pace and rhythm before progressing to more advanced work.
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