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Variety of Prep School Talent Showcased in Contest


Prep School hosted their annual Culford’s Got Talent competition on the last day of term. Fourteen acts performed in front of the whole School and Miss Heidi Stubbings.


The acts ranged from playing instruments to singing, dog tricks to sketching; it made for a wonderful occasion.

The audience were treated to two superbly put together video clips; one was a short play performed by the First Form Drama group, and the other showed two very talented dogs performing a variety of tricks. The First Form’s rendition of The Pea & the Princess had us all in stitches. The children had a wonderful sense of comic timing and confidently acted out their parts with great enthusiasm. Louisa Gooderham (U3) and Hannah Hilsum (U3) spent a lot of time training their dogs and this dedication has clearly paid off; their act was not only entertaining, it made them the envy of all dog owners. Both of these acts were awarded special prizes.

Another set of First Form children gained third place. Henrietta Wilson (L1) played the drums while Connie Fitton (L1), Holly Jones (L1) and Phoebe John (L1) sang Roar. Their confidence and poise at such a young age was a joy to see and we all expect more from this group in years to come.

Malachi O’Neill Gallagher (U1) and Lyla Endean (L3) came joint second. Malachi recited Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan. He dressed himself up as a clown and definitely did justice to the poet’s sense of fun. Lyla enchanted the audience and sang Beautiful Lies.

The winner of Culford’s Got Talent was Melisse Markesteijn (L2), who played the flute. Her performance was faultless and left us all gasping. However, our awe of Melisse increased when we discovered that she had also composed the piece. She is, without doubt, a very talented young lady.

A massive thank you to everyone who took part, as well as to Mr Calvert, Mr Clay, Matron and Miss Stubbings. As Miss Stubbings said, “The Prep school certainly does have talent!”

By Liz Veitch
Published: May 5 2017

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