Ilford girl meets JLS star after winning BT safety competition

PUBLISHED: 10:44 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 17 March 2017

 JLS band member and CBeebies presenter JB Gill with competition winner Maeesha Naeem. Picture Highlands Primary School

JLS band member and CBeebies presenter JB Gill with competition winner Maeesha Naeem. Picture Highlands Primary School

Highlands Primary School

A pupil from Highlands Primary School beat off entries from thousands of other children to win a national safety competition, and meet a member of JLS.

She only had one shot to succeed but Maeesha Naeem, a Year 6 pupil, created the winning poster as part of the Unicef UK and BT internet safety campaign.

Her catchy slogan of “if you don’t know the sender, it might be a pretender” was devised in a small amount of time after the school in Highland Gardens, Ilford, decided to enter the competition aimed at seven to 14-year-olds.

For coming up with the winning idea, Maeesha received an “absolutely awesome” iPad mini and went to the 33rd floor of Tower 42 in Old Broad Street, London with her mum and two friends.

That was when she got to meet JLS band member and CBeebies presenter JB Gill.

“Meeting with JB was so cool – he was down to earth and friendly,” she said.

“The moment I stepped in, I knew it was going to be a super special experience. We had the whole floor to ourselves and believe me it was high – the landscape and the views were brilliant.

“The only other time I have been this high was in an aeroplane.”

Dr Kulvarn Atwal, Highlands Primary School team leader, said he was very proud of Maeesha’s excellent poster and pleased it was so well received.

“It is important for our children to be aware of internet safety,” he added. “We are very keen to participate in activities that enable our children to value engagement with the internet and understand the dangers.”

For information about the internet safety campaign visit

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