Head Teacher Mark Fowle has hailed a fundraising event on Friday evening as ‘one of the most enjoyable’ as several students performed in a talent show to raise money for the link schools in the Gambia.

Singers, dancers, bands, a flutist and a pianist all entertained a crowd of over sixty people for two hours to raise nearly £300 for charity. The evening began with a presentation by school Governor & campaigner Keith Bolam who informed the audience of the work Southlands has achieved in Gambia.

Year 7 student Jessica Clarke opened the talent show with a beautiful rendition of the Disney classic, ‘Colours of the Wind’ from the film Pocahontas. Lily Fothergil continued the Disney music with a performance of ‘A Whole New World’ on the flute and Rachel Offord sung ‘Part of your World’ from a Little Mermaid.

Ahead of the Chorley Food Festival Cook Off competition finalist, Chantel Calvert enjoyed a busy weekend by first performing a solo dance number to ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdie. Pearl Williams, Shonagh Leatherbarrow & Emily Walton gave an energetic dance performance to ‘Summertime Sadness’ whilst Ellice Lang & Emily Morris had the audience members tapping their feet with their performance of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’


During the interval, everyone enjoyed a delicious hot pot supper kindly donated and served by Bowens of Adlington.

Jack Hall and Sean Hill opened the second half with a fantastic band performance that demonstrated real talent on the drums and electric guitar. Aaron Freeman then wowed the crowed with his own compositions on the drums followed by a piano performance. Rebecca Welch sung her nan’s favourite song ‘Stupid Cupid’ which proved to be a big hit with audience. For the penultimate song, Emily Cook played the piano for a duet with Jessica Clarke who sung ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.

As the evening drew to a close, the rapturous crowd clapped along to the final song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Year 9 students Rachel Offord and Rebecca Welch. All the performers made their way onto the stage to receive a euphoric applause and for the closing words by UCLAN Emeritus Professor Tunde Zack Williams who praised the students on their contribution to schools in the Gambia.


“A fantastic evening with superb performances by students raising money for link schools in the Gambia. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and the performers, who have worked tirelessly rehearsing and fundraising for the event.” – Mark Fowle, Head Teacher



One thought on “What a Performance! Students Sing to Raise Funds for the Gambia

  1. A most enjoyable evening indeed. Great acts, wonderful singing, old and contemporary. Fantastic compere. Congratulations to Headteacher and staff (top mark for the music department) and all the talented students who participated. We were all thrilled. All the best for the future to all. Tunde

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