17 Oct Nayland has got talent

The last Friday of term 3 saw the hall packed with an enthusiastic audience gathered to watch the annual Nayland’s Got Talent finals.  Head students from schools across the region flocked to the event to act as guest judges, while Nayland Year 13 students Taylah Kirker and Cole Meleisea provided colourful commentary as MCs.

The audience was wowed by a range of performances featuring lively numbers by rival houses Draco and Pegasus.  The line-up also featured a moving dance performance by the Dance Company, based on the experience of a Syrian refugee and choreographed by Alana James.

Social sciences teacher Amy Cunningham showed that it’s not just students who’ve got talent by performing an original song, accompanied by acoustic guitar.  The wider teachers’ act brought the house down at the end of the show, featuring a memorable cameo by deputy principal Trevor Olley.

Draco House won the Best House prize, while the prize for 2nd Most Talented Individual was awarded to year 10 student Dayla Schmutzer-Ward for her stunning original performance featuring acoustic guitar.  1st Most Talented Individual went to Nicole Lavender for her stirring contemporary dance performance.

The groups were also recognised for their respective talents.  Student band Slouch Couch received the 2nd most talented group award for their slick sound, while 1st went to Year 13 girl group, The Barden Bellas, whose well-choreographed spin-off from Pitch Perfect was a crowd-pleaser.

The teachers’ efforts were recognised when they were awarded Best Overall Performance.  The award for Best Overall student performance went to Year 13 student Helen Dale for her sensitive rendition of the song All I Ask by Adele.