Emmanuel’s Got Talent!

The finalists of Emmanuel CE Middle School's Got Talent competition

The finalists of Emmanuel CE Middle School’s Got Talent competition

Talented Dorset school children took to the stage and showed they have really got talent.

The pupils of Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood wowed audiences when they showed off an array of many different performance skills in their own ‘Got Talent’ show.

Inspired by the popular ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent, the youngsters put on such a good show that if Simon Cowell had been there he would have given them all a ‘golden buzzer’.

It saw youngsters from all year groups demonstrate dance and comedic skills, while singers took on numbers from hit shows like Annie.

Head of Emmanuel, Rob Christopher, said: “This show and the whole process behind it has encouraged our students to demonstrate our core values of ‘excellence’, ‘endeavour’ and ‘enjoyment’.

“It really gave our young people a chance to shine and be proud of their talents outside of the classroom.”

In the run-up to the show, the school, which is part of Wimborne Academy Trust, first held inter-house competitions.

More than 80 acts performed and of those 24 were put through to the semi-finals.

The 24 semi-finalists were encouraged and mentored by staff to ensure their act was polished before they performed to their house groups.

Each house then had to choose the two best acts to be the eight finalists for the live show.

For the final itself, which was hosted by two Year 8 students, the talented youngsters got to perform in front of a panel of judges – which included the Mayor of Verwood, Sandra Grove.

The judges crowned two joint winners – Year 8’s Zoe Richardson with her solo performance of Thursday by Jess Glynne and The Grylls Girls (made up of eight pupils across all year groups) who performed a routine from Annie the musical.

Emmanuel’s Got Talent competition also included categories for photography, art, product design and creative writing – with all the winning pieces of work put on display for the night.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “It’s fantastic to see the team at Emmanuel go above and beyond to make this show possible.

“The students at Emmanuel most definitely have got talent.”


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