Talent Show

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Ever since getting back from GLOW and BE Camps in November, my students have been eager to put on a talent show at school. The last night of Camp, students participate in a talent show to show off their skills, whether it be traditional dancing, modern dancing, singing, poetry writing, etc. The talent show is always a big hit, and my Campers wanted to recreate the show back at our school.

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Our talent show took place at the end of last term during the chomage, the week at the end of the term when students have no classes as they wait for teachers to mark exams and compile their final reports. On Tuesday afternoon, all students filed into the main hall to watch the show.

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Our most common and most popular talent was modern dancing. One individual student as well as several groups performed modern dances to popular African songs. The audience went crazy when the dancers showed off their moves to famous songs like Alingo by P Square, Number One by Diamond, and Kelele by Urban Boyz.

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Two other groups performed skits to teach students to avoid drug and alcohol abuse.

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My VSO sitemate and I also decided to participate. Petra translated a traditional Dutch short story from her childhood into English for us to share. I think it was the first puppet show the students had ever seen, so it was a good experience for them.

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A few of my students enjoy writing their own hip-hop songs. Two brave souls shared their original creations with the school. I am especially proud of these students for using their creativity to make original songs and dances!

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Students love decorating their fellow classmates during their performances. When he started singing, this student was wearing only sunglasses. But as you can see, by the end he was decked out in two scarves, a camera bag, and a hat.

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Another particularly creative act was an original poem written by a Year 1 student.

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The talent show ended with students swarming the stage to dance together. It was a fun way to let loose and enjoy the end of the term.

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As always, two students acted as our photographers/videographers so that they could practice using a digital camera. All pictures used in this post were taken by students! This time we also had two DJs, who helped play all the music from my computer over the sound system.

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If I were more technologically savvy, I would post a few videos from the talent show, but I’ll try to figure that out soon. Overall the talent show as a really fun afternoon for teachers and students. I am so proud of all the students who participated and showed off their skills. I can’t wait to see what kinds of acts they share with us at the next talent show at the end of this term!

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