PUPILS took to the stage to showcase their performing talent and celebrate their school’s very own Diamond Jubilee.

Parents, students and members of the local community packed in to the hall of King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy in Broomstick Hall Road, Waltham Abbey, last night (March 29) for a talent contest to mark the 60th anniversary year of the founding of the school.

Students performed dance acts they had choreographed themselves, with the styles on show ranging from ballet to street dance.

The curtain was brought down after an Indian dance performance by staff at the school, and by the end of the evening the collection box was full, with £450 having been raised for the Children With Cancer charity.

Harminder Jutta teaches business at the school and organised the event.

She said: ““It was incredible to see the talents the kids have that they do not get to display at school.

“Going out and performing in front of an audience like that gives them courage to go on and do more. They enjoyed it so much they want us to make it a yearly event.

“Teaching some of the teachers Indian dance was certainly a challenge but the crowd seemed to love and the atmosphere was absolutely electric.”

Year 8 pupil Tommy Marchant won the competition’s first prize for his body popping act, with dance combo Triple Threat coming second and year 7 ballet dancer Chenay Johnson taking the third prize.

Mr Marchant, 13, said: “I was nervous when I went on but after my first dance I just wanted to go back on stage.

“The crowd really got behind me, I could hear them cheering backstage, and it was great to win.”

Reflecting on the evening’s success Mrs Jutta said: “We are a small town with one secondary school and it is important for the parents and community to come and see all of the amazing skills the students have.”

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