Simon Cowell eat your heart out .....
Ballaugh has the X Factor!
The children of Ballaugh School showed what a talented bunch they are on Friday evening, when FOBS hosted the 'Ballaugh's Got The X Factor' competition at the Parish Hall.
It was a wonderful night with entries from every class from Reception to Year 6.
The KS1 winners were the Mc Fee-Bell family with their shadow puppet show.
In KS2 the honours went to stand up comedian, Callum Sherry but the overall title of X Factor champions went to Year 6 with their moving tribute to their classmate Alexis who sadly died in a road accident in October. They sang one of her favourite songs , Emili Sande's 'Read All About It". It was beautifully done a cappella style causing many glistening eyes in the house.
Here are our best bits, as they say, with judges comments........................
The people with the hardest job......the judges - Bridget and Doona.
Bridget and Doona ,ex Ballaughians, are now in Year 13 at QE2 High School . They are no strangers to performing themselves Doona is the leader of the strings and Bridget first flute with the Manx Youth Orchestra.They took part in this very competition when they were in Class 4 in 2006 .
First up - The Mc Fee Bell family shadow puppet show
"Very creative and imaginative.Fantastic props.Brilliant team work"
Next Darcy singing Twinkle Twinkle......
"Great outfit! Very brave to sing without a backing track"
Toby and Keira performed a violin duet.
"Good posture and bowing arm.Confidence is key!"
Next some comedy from Dante....
"Good classic jokes! Very funny or should I say 'punny' !"
Rachel and Hermione sang 'Hello World'
"Don't worry about false starts - it's scary up there.Lovely matching outfits!"
More humour next from comedian Alex ......
"Lovely jokes - loved the school humour too"
The first half came to and end with the Gangnam Style of Jude and Alfie . They brought the house down (and nearly Alfie's trousers!!)..........
"You pulled it off brilliantly - very energetic"
Well done to all the KS1 competitors.
And the winners were..................
Family Mc Fee Bell. Congratulations.
The second half opened with a magic show from Erin,Izzie,Emily and Molly......
"Great names and confidence - 9 years ago Doona and I also did a magic show"
Next Georgia singing and playing 'DNA' by Little Mix.
"Good grasp of rhythm in intro- lovely voice. Beautiful playing too.Impressive playing piano and singing at the same time. Good diction heard all the words.Very hard song to sing - especially on your own"
Freya sang 'Fearless' by Taylor Swift
"A cappella is difficult but you stayed in tune well and hit all the notes.Good voice control and you tried to give meaning to what you were singing"
Next, the boys were back in town with 'Comedy 6'
"All very confident and creative - Loved the bass drop"
"I have no words!"
Trinity-Rose performed her interpretation of Adele's 'Someone like you' on piano.
"Great to be playing at such a high standard already"
Freya and Victoria sang 'Let it Go'
"Very confident - what about trying some harmonies?"
Next was Erin singing 'Over the Rainbow'
"A difficult song to sing but very composed with a lovely voice - made eye contact with audience- don't get too nervous"
Guitar group next - Daniel, Freya,Erin and Callum - they would walk 5000 miles......
"Lovely accurate guitar playing.The next ABBA maybe?!- (no need to get married!)"
The comedy talents of Mr Callum Sherry................
In complete contrast, we next had Georgia,Holly and Erin with a guitar version of Adele's 'Someone like You'
"Maybe you should start a group with Trinity? Beautiful singing and playing"
"Guitar gives great pace - hitting all the notes"
And finally - the evening closed with the Year 6 tribute to Alexis.
"Beautiful- everyone looked like they were enjoying it. A fantastic tribute"
"Just came along and blew everything else out of the water!"
The KS2 winner was Callum Sherry...............
But the coveted X Factor trophy went to...............Year 6-Tribute to Alexis
Well done to them and everyone who took part. It was a very enjoyable evening with a great atmosphere.
Get practising for next time ..........................................
FOBS Spring Fair 2014!
You raised a massive
Thank you for your generosity with donations, time and money.
It was fun and games at Ballaugh School on Saturday as FOBS hosted their annual Spring Fair. Have a look at what went on.....
'I think it's going quite well!".........
As usual, Mrs Teare ran the bric a brac stall.
Oh dear .... the Manx weather strikes again!
So good they can't stay away! Ex Ballaughians dropped in to help.
Umm, how to be the perfect head teacher!
Thanks to all who donated the yummy cakes .
The cake raffle was won by Mrs Hewings. Thanks to Andrina for all her hard work.
And it wouldn't be a Spring Fair without the legendary crockery smash ......
World Book Day in Class 4
Ballaugh School celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. Several children dressed up as their favourite character . In Class 4, Victoria came as the Victorian nursery maid, Lottie, from 'The Lottie Project' by Jacqueline Wilson which has been our class reader this term .
In assembly, members of Ballaugh Drama Club performed a scene from their future production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.
On Monday 3rd March, Class 4 were very lucky to attend a screening of War Horse at the Studio Theatre at Ballakermeen High School. This was a recording of the live streaming of the play from the previous Thursday. The play is based on the book by our favourite author , Michael Morpurgo.We were all very excited and were not disappointed. Here are some of our reactions.....
'I thought the War Horse production was really effective with the way the puppets moved and when he sound effects came in. You could also tell there was a lot of effort put in to the production because some of the actors were sweating. It was amazing the way the horse puppet was controlled with three people. Overall I thought the production of War Horse was excellent and would love to see it again'
I thought that the play was good. But their were some draw backs because the people who controlled the horses could have hidden in the horse because you could see their feet, and the person controlling the head of the horse was easy to see. The person controlling the goose was running around the stage which I thought wasn’t very good. The sound effects weren’t very good because you could see the people making them. I didn’t like the person who came on the stage to sing. I liked the emotional parts like at the end By Ollie
I thought the first part of the production was a bit boring because there was not much action or excitement. I thought the second half was much better because there was action and excitement like the sounds of guns and bombs but it was just more grabbing in the second part. Overall it was a good performance and the puppet’s were very well made. I really liked some of the sound effects like the horse and the guns.
by Callum S
I thought that the War Horse play was very clever the way they made the horses look real and it was very well planned. Also, I liked the way that they had the line of paper which was ripped out of one of the soldiers sketch book and it was used as a part in the background of the stage.By Ethan
The production of War Horse was very emotional and it was clever how they made the horses. The puppet makers have taken puppets to the next level. I especially loved the idea of the strip of paper across the stage. I think the emotional thing was the bond between Joey and Albert. They acted like brothers. Overall I gave it five stars.
War horse was very moving and it was exciting in some parts. It showed how bad the First World War actually was. War horse was very clever because of how every movement that the puppets made was in sync with the other puppeteers and puppets. You could tell how the horses were feeling from every tiny movement they made. Even the horses ears moved.By Erin K
I thought the way the puppets were made was very inventive and I liked the way they didn’t care that you could see the people controlling the puppets. The person making the sound effects for the horses was very good because I thought it was playing in the background until they did a close-up on the person doing the sounds. I liked how they got the idea of a ripped piece of paper to project drawings onto from a person’s ripped up sketchbook. It was good how the middle of the stage spun around so you could see what was going on in the middle of the stage from different angles. you could see how hard the puppeteers were working because when there was a close-up on them you could see them sweating. I liked the way they made Joey grow up from a foal to a stallion. When he went up on his hind legs they changed the puppets and made the adult go into the same position. I liked how in some places you had to guess what they were saying because it was in either French or German. I liked how in one scene the soldiers were in the trenches and instead of making trenches on stage they used the side of the stage because it was slightly off ground. I liked how in the interval they had one of the directors and Michael Morpurgo say what they thought of the performance.
I thought it was well put together . It had sadness,happiness and drama which every performance needs . It was amazing how they did the noises and the movement of the horses . I thought it was performed very well by Amelia
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