Seven year old Conor Heaveron is Northern Ireland’s funniest boy - no joke!
The Woodlands Language Unit pupil has won top prize in a joke-telling competition, ‘The Voice Box Awards’, a Northern Ireland-wide event run by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in association with the NI Assembly.
The budding comedian’s joke was voted the funniest entry and he had the judges in stitches of laughter.
Mrs Nuala Begley, principal at Belmont Campus, said she was “thrilled” at Conor’s success.
She said the award was testament to the hard work and expertise of the staff at the Derry unit.
“The teaching staff and classroom assistants of Woodlands Language Unit working with speech and language therapists form a dedicated and committed team. In a nurturing, language enriched environment they enable our pupils to attain the success they deserve. Conor’s achievement at the NI Voice Box awards in Stormont highlights his amazing confidence and enhanced high level of self-esteem developed and encouraged during his placement at Woodlands. I am absolutely delighted.”
Head of Woodlands Language Unit, Mrs Imelda Mallon, said: “I am so proud of Conor’s success at the Northern Ireland Voice Box awards live final at the Northern Ireland Assembly. To be chosen as the overall winner is testament to the hard work and commitment of staff, speech and language therapists, home and Conor himself. This award went to such a deserving student.”
As for the joker himself, he’s delighted to have won the award. Mrs Begley added: “Just before he was announced as the winner, he said: ‘I don’t think I’ve won anything but it’s not about the winning, it’s about the taking part’.”
Conor’s winning joke was:
“Do you know I had a really strange day yesterday? I walked into my brother’s room, he had a golf club up his nose. I said: ‘What are you doing with that up your nose?’ He said: ‘Trying to get a bogey’!
“I went into my sister’s room and you wouldn’t believe who was there –Lady GaGa, I tried to wake her by poking her face. Next I went downstairs and there was all these biscuits flying about; Mum said, they were little plane ones!
“Even when I got to school the teacher told me to stand at the end of the line – I tried but there was someone already there. That’s a cracker it’s the way I tell them!”
Meanwhile, more than 22,000 recently signed a petition opposed to plans by the Western Education and Library Board to relocate Woodlands Language Unit to three primary schools.
Woodlands Language Unit is a specialised unit for KS1 and KS2 children who have specific language disorders which make it difficult for them to cope in mainstream education.