Henshaws students show they’ve Got Talent

The final of the 5th annual Henshaws Got Talent competition took place on Friday 23rd March. The competition is a chance for students at our Specialist College in Harrogate to share their varied talents with the College community.

This year the 14 fantastically diverse final acts included singing, stand up comedy, performance poetry, playing piano, and creation of an animated short film. All these acts had made it through the audition stages to perform at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre to an audience of over 100 parents, staff and students.

The final is the culmination of months of effort from students, staff and families and it is evident on the night just how much work they’ve all put in.  Each student receives the necessary support to remove any barriers by practising their act and enabling them to have the confidence to perform. For many of our students, being able to get up on stage in front of so many people is a huge achievement in itself.

Two women dressed up as Mary Poppins and Mrs Brown A line up of seven men and women dressed up as "celebrity" judges at Henshaws Got Talent

The superb Mary Poppins (Deputy Principal Lisa Hart) and Mrs Brown (Senior Enabler Maureen Clarkson) were hilarious hosts and our panel of “celebrity” judges did a great job.  A host of talented staff performers kept the audience entertained whilst the voting took place.

"This year’s Henshaw’s Got Talent Final was amazing! It is such an amazing experience organising this event and seeing it all come together… I feel incredibly lucky to be part of it. Thanks to all of the amazing staff and volunteer teams a Henshaws that have helped each of our students goes beyond expectations!”

Carl Walshe, Henshaws Student Liaison Officer and organiser of Henshaws Got Talent

A VI student sat at a piano playing and singing in a talent competition A male student and his enabler at Henshaws Got Talent

Congratulations go to our 2018 winner, pianist and singer Marnie (pictured above left) and our runner-up William (pictured above right with enabler Sam), who created an animated film which premiered on the night.

Find out more about our individual learning programmes for young people with a range of disabilities and additional support needs on our College pages.

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