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Watch: Northern Ireland teacher's 'Night before Transfer' poem goes viral

This evening we found Mr Russell relaxing in the study, he had a message for all of Prep 7... #InspiringIndividuals #HappyTransferEve

Posted by Campbell College Junior School on Friday, November 9, 2018

It's that time of year again, when children can't sleep for the morning ahead, unsure of what awaits them when they get out of bed.

Yes, it's the transfer test season.

Thousands of children will be sitting the AQE second paper this weekend.

And before the first exam earlier this month one Northern Ireland teacher put his own spin on the famous festive poem T'was the Night Before Christmas to inspire pupils at Campbell College Junior School taking the test, to do their best.

Alex Russell's interpretation - T'was the Night Before Transfer -  told in front of a roaring fire, talks of how "on the most exciting night of the year," all the hard work has been done on "prime number and square, the children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of homophones danced in their head".

He weaves a tale through the mathematics, the comprehension and English to the important advice: "RTQ - read the blinking question."

The post on social media has gone viral with over 16,000 views since it was first posted.

Mr Russell - described as a shy and reluctant celebrity - was surprised by the popularity of what he set out to be just a "simple and supportive message" for his P7 boys. 

“ I can’t believe it," he said.

"but I am delighted if it is helping P7 pupils keep calm before their AQE papers. On behalf of everyone at Campbell College Junior School - good luck to all P7s for Saturday."

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