Pop star drops-in at Ormiston Forge to deliver essential messages

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy have been paid a visit by pop star Rhianna Emms as part of a tour to deliver online safety and anti-discrimination messages to young people.

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Rhianna is a 21-year-old urban/pop singer-songwriter from the Midlands. She writes all of her own music and has been described by Radio 1 as the next big female singer on the music scene. She has also supported Fifth Harmony on tour.

During the afternoon in Cradley Heath, Rhianna performed and talked to Forge students in years 7, 8 and 9. As well as delivering important messages about online safety and some personal reflections on bullying and discrimination, Rhianna performed a set of covers that had the 1,000 strong audience of students up on their feet.

Rhianna said: "The kids were absolutely amazing, they all gave it their all when singing along to my songs. They had no problem answering my questions in relation to cyber bullying and they were very respectful and listened to every word I had to say. All in all, it's a fabulous school, full of fabulous children and members of staff, I had an amazing time."

Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, Andrew Burns, said: "We are really grateful that Rhianna took time out from her busy schedule to come and talk and perform for our students. The messages she delivered are incredibly important, they are messages we constantly reinforce but having Rhianna engage with the young people so well makes the delivery much more powerful."

Forge will welcome rising pop/R&B duo, Misunderstood, to the academy in January to perform and talk to students about British values. Misunderstood graduated from the BRIT School of Performing Arts. Since appearing on the Britain's Got Talent, Semi Finals in dance group "Myztikal" the boys have supported MOBO Award Winner 'Chipmunk' and Grammy winners 'Boyz II Men' on tour.