Pupils from Wendell Park primary school wowed judges during its annual talent show last week, titled W Factor.
High-kicking karate, pitch-perfect piano, an eight-year-old performing original music she’d written for the guitar proved that indeed Wendell has talent – and lots of it.
A record number of 12 performances were staged during the school’s 12th W Factor competition held last Friday (23 March).
Twenty-three children, from the age of seven to 11, took to the stage at the school in Cobbold Road, to compete for the coveted trophy.
Wendell father Matthew Price, BBC Radio 4 Today programme journalist and former CBBC Newsround presenter, was the compere on the night. He was ably assisted by the school’s head girl and head boy, Asia McFarlane and Dylan Beech, as they shone a spotlight on the school’s talented pupils.
Given the difficult task of choosing a winner were judges Colleen Joseph, Artist director of Lotus Youth Dance Company and co-director of KIDD-IN London and KIDD-IN Play, who also choreographed the opening dance act; singer-songwriter Hannah Rose Platt from the Song Academy; Year 5 teacher and LEGO club leader Nick Morgan; and Deputy Headteacher Rosie Peters, currently seconded to St Thomas of Canterbury RC primary school in Fulham.
As half-time approached, surprise act Albert & Friends Instant Circus thrilled the audience with daredevil circus tricks, as two children performed amazing balancing tricks on giant balls.
After much deliberation, the judges awarded three Year 5 pupils – Arla Lumi, Cecily Baylis and Sophia Solomon – with the prestigious trophy. For the first time, children in the audience were given the chance to vote and award their own trophy – The Wendell Choice award – which was also awarded to the three Year 5 pupils.
Three further trophies were awarded:
- Best Solo Act – won by Sam Sporleder (Year 5) for his piano medley
- Best Group – won by a duo of stylish street dancers, Ramian Ndjoli (Year 4) and Cairo Robinson (Year 6)
- Best Original Act – won by eight-year-old Hind Arzouni, who delighted the audience with her guitar playing and singing. She performed a song co-written by sister Shahad.
To round off the night, the 2017 W Factor winner and Year 5 pupil Ruby Green returned to recite Roald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs – complete with curly pink tail and pigskin travelling case.