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Dua Lipa’s former school plays New Rules to pupils each morning

Hit track used for daily 'wake up and shake up' session

30 November, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

A SCHOOL is honouring a former pupil who has become an international pop star by playing her song each morning. Dua Lipa, who topped the charts this summer with the hit New Rules and is touring with Bruno Mars and Coldplay, is a former pupil at Fitzjohn’s Primary School in Hampstead.

The 22-year-old’s single is now played at the daily Wake Up Shake Up routine organised for younger children at the start of the day. The idea of the session, a dance and sing-song, is to energise the pupils as they arrive for school so they are alert for the day of lessons ahead.

The song has a risque lyric about dating which have been edited for a primary school audience by one of the governors, Ruth Katz, a film director.

Rob Earrey, headteacher at the school, remembers teaching Ms Lipa as a Year 6 pupil. “We are immensely proud of Dua’s achievements and the successes that she has gone on to,” he said. Ms Lipa moved to Kosovo with her family after primary school but later returned to London and studied at Parliament Hill School, and the Sylvia Young theatre school at weekends.

Work as a model and a singer followed, after she got herself noticed in the music world by uploading performances to YouTube. She now has nearly 4 million followers online.

Fitzjohn’s has a background of musical excellence and is also the former school of Melanie Blatt, with the BRIT Award-winning group, All Saints.

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