An impressed audience was wowed by the talents of Highfields School students at a recent showcase.
The lower school students were keen to impress the panel of staff judges: David Walliams Nightingale Smith, Amanda Holden Finney and Simon Cowell Rodgers.
Introduced by Highfields’ answer to popular duo Ant and Dec – Charlotte and Megan – acts included singers and dancers, hula-hoopers, drummers, guitarists, a saxophonist/singer and a pogo stick trickster.
The only sour note in an evening of stunning quality was when a group of staff took to the stage to perform a 1970s dance routine they allege had been well rehearsed! Fortunately, as they were all disguised by dodgy wigs, their identities remain a well-kept secret.
Thanks went to the generosity of the audience. The show raised a whopping £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, through the sale of tickets, refreshments and a raffle.
The 38 students who took part in the show are particularly proud to have raised so much money for such a worthwhile cause.
On a night of so many stand-out performances, deputy headteacher Peter Cole said it was a very successful evening, both for the youngsters and for the charity funds.
He said: “It was a great evening, showcasing the blossoming talents of a very diverse range of young people.
“All of the children put in an enormous amount of effort with their performances and the audience were definitely impressed. It is also a privilege to have raised £500 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital – a very worthy recipient, who work tirelessly to change and save lives.”
Parents were also full of praise for the event, which was fronted entirely by year seven and eight students. One summed up the general feeling by saying: “Wow, what an amazing evening. The talented children put on quite a performance.”