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Talented students performing in arts festival

Ethan CramerThe cream of an academy’s talent in music, dance and drama took to the stage for an end of term festive showcase.

Students from The King’s Academy put their nerves to one side to perform in front of more than 200 pupils in Year 7 and a panel of judges.

The annual performing arts festival gives acts from across the academy the chance to show off their talents with the points they are awarded contributing to house totals for the chance to lift the house cup next summer.

Duo Francois Kalambo and Tom Sutton got the judges’ vote with their acoustic version of rapper Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise to win the competition and contribute to a first place for Greeks house.

Coleena CollinsThe student audience also got a chance to give their preference, picking dancer Eden O’Donnell as their winner followed by runner-up drummer Daniel Gamble who pipped Francois and Tom into third place.

Among the other top acts were visually impaired pianist Ethan Cramer, who has learned the instrument purely through hearing, and Coleena Collins, who sang and played guitar to Taylor Swift’s hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Head of performing arts and competition judge Danielle Dodsworth said: “The range of acts and different styles of performance show what fantastic diversity we have among the talent at The King’s.

“IFrancois Kalambo and Tom Suttont’s not easy to perform in front of your peers and the students did an amazing job. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and supported the acts really well.”

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The King’s Academy has hosted its annual Christmas party for OAPs

A COMMUNITY’S senior citizens were given a festive treat to remember as students displayed their musical and acting talents at an annual Christmas party.

Tea 1More than 120 residents from around six homes and some grandparents of students were invited to celebrate Christmas by staff and students at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham.

Entertainment was complemented by a delicious Christmas feast as Year 10 and 11 students served tea and chatted with guests.

Hosted by drama teacher Eddie Jones, the event featured carols, two excerpts of the academy’s musical Annie, a drama by Rebecca McClelland and Kirsty Gosnay, a performance by the KS4 Dance Club and piano recitals by Olvya Sylvari, Azeen Akhtar and Louis Blom.

Special guests this year came in the form of the North East Barbershop Harmony Choir, Northern Accord.

Head of food technology at the academy Barbara Wilberforce said: “It is such a lovely event with a fantastic atmosphere. It also fits one of the catering modules as the students help prepare the food.”

Guests Pat and Ernest Grier arrived at the event with their friend Jean Tynan. “We absolutely love it,” said Pat. “We really look forward to coming to the school, where our grandchildren are students. They all do such a great job.”