Ed Sheeran's primary school gig
Ed Sheeran performed a secret gig at a primary school after they renamed themselves in his honour.
The British singer performed a selection of his hits and took part in a Q+A session with pupils at Redcliff School in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday (07.04.15) after they won a radio competition by being renamed Edcliff School for two weeks, hosting a Dress Up Ed day, where they children donned red wigs and fake tattoos to impersonate the star and submitted a reworked version of his single 'Thinking Out Loud', with the lyrics changed to an impassioned plea to save their school, which is under threat and currently based at the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre due to earthquake-induced rockfall danger at the old site.
Deputy principal Rose McInerney said they entered More Fm's competition to provide the children with a "positive distraction".
She said: "With the proposed closure hanging over us we want to keep the children in a normal teaching environment.
"I think the competition is lovely and the kids have been hilarious. We've tried to give them a positive distraction to get them busy doing this. It's a strong community. We have encouraged the children to follow our example and get on with the job."
During the diverse Q+A session, Ed revealed he gives his guitars male names such as Cyril and James because he "beats them up" too much to give them female personas, and confirmed he plans to work with friend Taylor Swift again.
He admitted he sometimes finds fame tough but added:"It's still the best job in the world".
The 24-year-old singer also recalled introducing Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid to his now-fiancee Courteney Cox.
He quipped: "He landed on his feet."
After the gig, the 'Drunk' hitmaker revealed how much he had enjoyed the experience.
He tweeted: "Spent the afternoon singing with primary school kids. My face hurts from smiling, so much fun."