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Waveney students get their Eureka moment

PUBLISHED: 22:38 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:35 06 July 2010

MORE than 70 students from six middle schools across Waveney showed off their theatrical abilities, when they took part in a special variety show featuring song, dance, film and drama at The Cut in Halesworth.

MORE than 70 students from six middle schools across Waveney showed off their theatrical abilities, when they took part in a special variety show featuring song, dance, film and drama at The Cut in Halesworth.

The pupils, who were all part of the Suffolk Gifted and Talented Consortium, all took a part in the play, Eureka.

Every one of the 72 pupils had a role, with each school acting out one scene.

Written by James Holloway, the play - based on the story of Archimedes - detailed the relationship between humans, and was specially chosen as it reflected the journey the students took during their project.

James Moore, of Gisleham Middle School, gave an assured performance as Professor Bernoulli, explaining to the audience the theory of aerodynamic force. Together with the other Gisleham pupils he also performed in a spoof episode of Top Gear.

Rachel Dennison, of St Felix School, challenged the audience in an interactive quiz in which they were given their 'Eureka moment' when they learned that to test jet-engines, a special cannon fired chickens at the plane to test the engines were 'bird-proof'! The other St Felix pupils highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of using science to enhance sports performances.

Halesworth Middle School performed as vultures on a rubbish heap, wondering 'what are we gonna do?' to clear up the world's mess; Worlingham Middle School questioned 'how fantastic plastic actually is'; Beccles Middle School showed that science and maths were present in all aspects of life, while Bungay Middle School showed the audience what would happen if an Egyptian mummy from the past came alive and had to come to grips with modern technology.

Andrew Jenkins, director of music at St Felix, who helped organise the event, said: “The pupils who took part were fantastic - there were outstanding performances on the stage and excellent assistance behind the scenes with aspects such as lighting and sound. A lot of organisation went into the show, and everyone involved should be very proud.”


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