On the last day of term, Wednesday 18 October, three teams made up of staff and pupils had an epic ‘dance-off’ to raise money and awareness for Carers Worldwide charity. Carers Worldwide develop and promotes cost-effective, sustainable and easily replicable methods of providing support to carers in low and middle-income countries. Since 2012, their work has impacted the lives of over 3,500 carers in Nepal and India.
The teams competing were the ‘1st XV Rugby team’, captained by Head of School Olly Mann, the ‘6th Form team,' captained by Head of School Tarn Chamberlain James and the ‘Staff All-Stars’ led by Head of English, Mrs Kate Timmis.
The Rugby team opened the proceedings with a high energy performance of the Cha-Cha Slide and even managed to rope in Head of Rugby, Alex Laybourne, to slide sublimely across the stage in their finale.
The 6th Form team chose the song ‘What a Feeling’ from the movie Flashdance. Their neon costumes and considered routine was a real hit, though their only male comrade Krzysztof Wisniewski may well have stolen the show with his solo introduction to the dance.
It was then time for the Staff All-Stars who glided onto the stage on wheelie chairs to the overtones of Grease Lightning. This performance was packed with content and provided a fitting crescendo on which to close the competition.
All three acts provided the Judges with a very difficult decision. However, Mrs Jane Missin, Mrs Alison Sloan and Head Judge Dr Kevin Mann pronounced that Krzysztof Wisniewski was the best individual performer and that the Rugby team were the best team.
Proceedings were all led by our resident MC, Faye Thompsett, who introduced the acts and interviewed them on stage after their performances.
The pupils were also treated to a staff compilation video set to the tune of ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake; this featured members of both the teaching and support staff and demonstrated the strong community ethos of WGS.
We would like to thank Kate Timmis for organising the event and Susan Duncan and Amelia Oram for their much valued technical support.
In total 'Lets Dance' has raised £300 for Carers Worldwide!