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Bankside’s Got Talent: The Final

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15 acts took centre stage earlier this week in the battle to be crowned ‘Bankside’s Best’ as a local primary school’s talent search came to an end.

Singers, dancers, beat-boxers and even Batman made an appearance at Bankside Primary School’s first ever ‘Bankside’s Got Talent’ final.

WINNERS: The team of Akarrie and Edward were named as the 2014 winners of Bankside’s Got Talent for their beat-boxing and rapping act

WINNERS: The team of Akarrie and Edward were named as the 2014 winners of Bankside’s Got Talent for their beat-boxing and rapping act

Each act showcased their talent or skill in front of a packed hall of pupils, parents and teachers, in hope of clinching the top prize.

With such an array of performers to choose from, it was up to the team of esteemed judges to select the winners of the contest which began more than two months ago, with almost 100 entrants.

Tasked with the decision making were Asian Express editor and co-owner, Andleeb Hanif; professional boxer, Adil Anwar; and Asian Fever radio managing director, Jabbar Karim.

After almost half an hour of consulting, the winners were picked, with pair of Akarrie and Edward clinching first place and an array of prizes.

The duo wowed the judges and crowd alike with their mix of rapping and beat-boxing and for deputy head, Mr Chris Florey, they were worthy winners.

He said: “It has been a fantastic day, the children and adults have worked really hard, and the talent has shown through today to make a truly magnificent event.

“I’m really proud of the winners, they deserve to be first and I hope to see them selling records one day in the future.”

Reception and Nursery teacher, Mr Salik Miah, has played a crucial role from the beginning in organising the event and is already looking forward to next year’s contest.

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

“It has been hard work but the children have made it so enjoyable for us all,” he said. “We’ve really enjoyed it as much as the children and we feel really proud about all of them and the different acts who came forward.

“The level of talent was through the roof and it is something we will definitely do it again. Next year we will be back, bigger and better than ever.”

Prizes were also handed out for acts that came in second and third place, whilst the pupil presenters were handed free cinema tickets.

In joint-second were dance team - ‘Dance Troupe’, who performed to Pharrell Williams’ hit song ‘Happy’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, alongside solo singer, Harmoni, who sang Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’.

Joint-third was the act, ‘Mardin and the Rolling Thunders’, along with rapper ‘Ameen’, whilst Cutest Act was handed to little Khalid.

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

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Bankside’s Got Talent

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Singing, magic, comedy and even beat-boxing were just some of the talents on show last week as a Leeds primary school finally launched its much anticipated talent show.

Bankside’s Got Talent has been in the planning for months and it finally arrived last week as almost one hundred pupils signed up to take part in the inaugural event.

The three-form entry school began the audition process with pupils, in groups or as individuals, showcasing their talents in front of an esteemed judging panel made up of teachers.

Bankside's Got Talent Girls

Bankside's Got Talent Girls

Ms Charlotte Fisher, SEN teaching assistant; Mr Chris Florey, deputy head; Ms Lorna Creed, Year 5 teacher; and Mr Salik Miah, EYFS teacher, were all issued with the role of casting their watchful eye over the acts.

With an array of prizes on offer for the finalists, and winner, contestants took to the stage, and with the odd ‘Susan Boyle’ moment it proved an incredible success.

Bankside's Got Talent Girls

Bankside's Got Talent Girls

Reception and Nursery teacher, Mr Salik Miah, has been instrumental in helping to organise the contest and explained how thrilled he was to see so many pupils ‘coming out of their shells’ to show off their special ability.

“It has been really hard to cut down the numbers because all the children were fantastic and really tried their hardest,” he explained.

“It has been great to see the confidence in the children and a lot of them really express themselves in a way that we have never seen before.

“On a personal note I really enjoyed it. As a reception class teacher, I don’t often get to see some of the older pupils so it was wonderful to see the whole school getting involved, with all ages taking part from reception to Year 6.”

Bankside's Got Talent Boys

Bankside's Got Talent Boys

He added: “We certainly had a couple of memorable moments which stuck out. Some pupils for example, who are quiet in class, all of a sudden got up in front of the judges and had a big voice or amazing talent that just wasn’t expected.”

With almost 100 entries, the audition process was forced to extend over two days, with the second group of contestants set to audition on Friday 24th January.

Bankside's Got Talent Judges

Bankside's Got Talent Judges

From there, the acts will be whittled down to a much smaller group, which will then be split into four with each judge taking on a group and act as mentor.

The final is set to take place on Thursday 13th March where finalists will once again perform for the judges, including a special guest yet to be announced.

If anybody would like to get involved with Bankside’s Got Talent
or could donate a prize please contact the school on 0113 336 8383.

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A local primary school, which received a glowing Ofsted report following its last inspection, has got high hopes of building on their growing reputation.

Despite being in the bottom one per cent of the most deprived areas in the country, Bankside Primary was rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in 2009 and has subsequently earned a valued status as one of the top educational institutions in Harehills.

The three-form entry school currently caters for almost 700 children, from all faiths and backgrounds, with almost 100 staff members on hand to ensure every child receives the utmost attention.

TALENT: Bankside’s talent show will determine which students really do have the X Factor

TALENT: Bankside’s talent show will determine which students really do have the X Factor

Deputy Headteacher, Chris Florey, has been in his role for the past two years and has been a teacher at the school since 2007.

Throughout his time, Mr Florey explains how the school just improves year on year and how proud he was to be part of the ‘amazing team’ which helped gain the most recent Ofsted report.

“It really is a fantastic school to work in,” he said. “As a school we have grown into a new building which is great and in terms of our outcomes for the children the results are getting better year on year.

“It is only due to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful staff and parents and it really is generally a great place to work.”

He added: “We are due our next Ofsted Report any time now and according to our development plan we will hopefully receive another great result. We know we are very good, but it is not up to us to say what we deserve.”

STAFF: Almost 100 dedicated members of staff work at the school (l-r) Reception and Nursery teacher, Mr Salik Miah; Headteacher, Ms Sarah Rutty

STAFF: Almost 100 dedicated members of staff work at the school (l-r) Reception and Nursery teacher, Mr Salik Miah; Headteacher, Ms Sarah Rutty

Next year, a special Bankside’s Got Talent event will be held at the school for the first time, giving children from every year group the chance to showcase their talents; whatever they may be.

Auditions begin in January 2014, with the final show being held in March. The initiative is the latest of a number of extra-curricular events the school hosts throughout the year and Reception and Nursery teacher, Salik Miah, believes it will give pupils the chance to build their own self-confidence.

GOOD: Bankside Primary, in Harehills, currently caters for almost 700 children

GOOD: Bankside Primary, in Harehills, currently caters for almost 700 children

He said: “We have never done anything like this so it is very exciting really. It is open to anything, from singing, dancing, jokes anything at all.

“It is something which will help build up the independence and self-esteem of our children and hopefully help them improve on their own skills, with aid of our fantastic teaching team.”

If anybody would like to get involved with Bankside’s Got Talent or could donate a prize please contact the school on 0113 336 8383.

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