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Remembering Sir Terry Wogan

Celebrating the life of Sir Terry Wogan

by Rebecca Parkinson

Suitable for Whole School (Sec)

Aims

To celebrate the life of Sir Terry Wogan.

Preparation and materials

  • You may wish to have available the following video clips, but this is optional. If you choose to include them, you will need the means to show them during the assembly.

    - 'Sir Terry Wogan attempts Gangnam Style - Children in Need 2012 - BBC One' on YouTube. It is 0.44 minutes long.



    - 'Sir Terry Wogan signing off from Radio 2 breakfast show in 2009' (2.08 minutes long), at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35453643

Assembly

  1. Display the image of Terry Wogan.

    Do you know the name of the person shown in this picture? Why is it is appropriate to speak about him today?

    It is Sir Terry Wogan - a well-known and much-loved person. Sadly, he died on 31 January 2016. He has been described as a ’national treasure’.

  2. I would like to tell you a bit about Sir Terry Wogan’s life.

    Terry Wogan was born on 3 August 1938 in the city of Limerick, in Ireland. After leaving school, he briefly worked for the Royal Bank of Ireland before becoming a newsreader and announcer for the national broadcaster in Ireland, RTE. In 1972, he became the presenter of the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. He became hugely popular with radio listeners, with enormous numbers of people listening to his shows.

    Display the image of Sir Terry Wogan recording a radio programme.

    From there he moved to TV work, returning to present the breakfast show in 1993. During his TV career, Terry Wogan hosted many shows, including his own show, Wogan. One of the most famous TV programmes he covered was the Eurovision Song Contest.

  3. Despite his fame, Sir Terry Wogan is described as man who cared deeply for his family.

    Display the image of Sir Terry Wogan with his wife when he received his knighthood.

    He was married to his wife Helen for over 50 years.

  4. In 1997, Terry Wogan was awarded an honorary OBE and in 2005 he was knighted, becoming Sir Terry Wogan.

    Display the image of Sir Terry Wogan when he'd received his knighthood.

  5. Alongside all his other achievements, Sir Terry is possibly best known for his work with Children in Need.

    Display the image of Sir Terry Wogan promoting Children in Need.

    If using, show the YouTube clip 'Sir Terry Wogan attempts Gangnam Style - Children in Need 2012 - BBC One'. It is 0.44 minutes long.



  6. The appeal show for Children in Need was first broadcast by the BBC in 2005 and continues to be an annual event. It has raised millions of pounds.

    Following Sir Terry’s death, the Chief Executive for Children in Need, David Ramsden, made this statement:

    Sir Terry Wogan has been at the heart of the Charity for over 30 years raising millions to change the lives of children. We have lost a wonderful friend and we will miss him so much. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

    Tess Daly, who presented the Children in Need appeal show with Sir Terry for many years, said this:

    So, so sad at the news Sir Terry has passed away. He was the funniest, kindest man; it was a huge privilege to work with him & a joy to know him.

  7. Sir Terry Wogan will be greatly missed. He has been described as a ‘national treasure’. Despite his fame and his popularity, he managed to live his life without scandal and has brought joy to many people.

    If using, show the video clip from the BBC, 'Sir Terry Wogan signing off from Radio 2 breakfast show in 2009' (2.08 minutes long), at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35453643

Time for reflection

Sir Terry Wogan lived life to the full. He used his gifts, abilities and character to bring joy and laughter to others. Through the charity Children in Need, he made a difference to the lives of many children. Today we pause to say 'Thank you' for his life.

Prayer
Dear God,
We thank you for the life of Sir Terry Wogan.
We thank you for the joy he brought to others.
We thank you for all the work he did to help raise money to help children.
We pray that you will be close to his wife and family at this sad time.
Please help us to follow his example and use our lives for the good of other people.
Amen.

Publication date: February 2016   (Vol.18 No.2)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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