Pupils well-versed in fi­nal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

CHIL­DREN at Gay­hurst School in Ger­rards Cross have been hailed for their per­for­mance in the Prose and Verse Com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal.

This year the event was presided over by head­mas­ter of the Royal Gram­mar School (RGS), Philip Wayne, and sup­ported by di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment Is­abella Ben­nett.

Mr Wayne has pre­vi­ously been head­mas­ter at John Ham­p­den Gram­mar School and Che­sham Gram­mar School, his post at RGS hav­ing only been taken up 2015.

It took place in Fe­bru­ary at the Ger­rards Cross school af­ter weeks of prepa­ra­tion and auditions.

Di­verse per­for­mances in­cluded po­ems and texts from au­thors such as CS Lewis, Roald Dahl and Martin Luther King.

The au­di­ence is said to have en­joyed the di­ver­sity in their en­ter­tain­ment, laugh­ing one minute and hav­ing the hairs on the backs of their necks stand up the next.

Win­ners were cho­sen by Mr Wayne and Ms Ben­nett

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Septem­ber and were: Felix Col­lar of year four read­ing We May See a Crea­ture by Roald Dahl; Eli­jah Orr-Ewing of year five recit­ing The Last Bat­tle by C S Lewis; Adam O’Con­nor of year five per­form­ing Jump for Your Life by Ken Whit­more; and James Gow­ers and his ren­di­tion of O Cap­tain! My Cap­tain by Walt Whit­man, who was also the over­all win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Head­mas­ter Andrew Sims said: “I re­ally think today’s per­for­mances have been of the highest stan­dard yet. What a fan­tas­tic morn­ing.”

Philip Wayne, Head­mas­ter of The Royal Gram­mar School and Di­rec­tor of Devel­op­ment Is­abella Ben­nett with the win­ers, James Gow­ers,

Felix Col­lar, Eli­jah Orr-Ewing and Adam O’Con­nor

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