Talented students and staff outshone the tinsel when Thomas Cowley High School at Donington leapt into the world of showbiz on the last day of term.
It was a chance for everyone to let their hair down after a very busy and hardworking term – although the judges were left with some very difficult decisions to make after watching a parade of gifted people on stage.
Winners at the annual talent show were –
Best solo: Aleisha Hancock (trumpet)
Best group: Liam Kelly and Adam Spenceley
Most Promise: Carla Atkinson and Phoebe Goddard
Ellie Livesey, from the school, said: “Over 40 students and staff took part in a fantastic show, which clearly shows that Thomas Cowley certainly does have talent.
“We had musical acts including Jingle Bells played by the duo Gypsey and Chloe – if Madonna doesn’t need a surname neither do these two – on their trumpets.
“Aleisha Hancock treated us to a rendition of The Pink Panther theme on her trumpet too. Jay Hughes in Year 9 serenaded us with his take on ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers and Hope Reed, a Year 8 student, treated us to ‘Beautiful’ by James Blunt.”
Among other performances was Year 7 student Lily Phoenix singing the Meghan Trainor hit “Dear Future Husband” and duo Abbie Schweikhardt and Ariane Fleuriot with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
The show was kicked off in style by a quartet of teaching assistants, Mrs White, Miss Bannister, Mrs Nunn and Mrs Andrews, with their take on the Band Aid anthem, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
The show was compered by some members of the senior student team, head boy Misha Murdoch, head girl Sally Austin and deputy head students Zoe Elderfield, Ewan Dixon and Lucas Inglis.