A magnificent performance at Chester’s Speech and Drama Festival resulted in an array of medals for King’s Junior School students.
Thirteen children won coveted first prizes and more than 30 secured an impressive place in the top three, against tough competition. Schools from across Cheshire and beyond took part in the annual event.
Securing the prestigious Avalon Cup for the school for the seventh consecutive time were Year 6 pupils Olivia Whorrall Campbell, Willow Waggott, Will Bociek and Christian Pain, who performed a scene from Private Peaceful.
Joint third place was taken by a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought to life by Limonée Fearn, Liv Davis, Oliver Kendall, Maisie O’Leary, Emma Pinnington and Lloyd Bennett.
Tom Rofe took first place in the Year 5 and 6 reading at sight class.
Individual winners from Year 5 were Olivia Lowe, who read from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to win the verse speaking (own choice), Jamie McMurtrie, who won the Rees Trophy for a spiritual reading, while Luke Williams won The Merton House Cup with an extract from the Roman mysteries series of books by Caroline Lawrence and Charlie Marshall claimed the Hamilton Trophy with his rendition of Something Told the Wild Geese by Rachel Lyman Field.
Winners from Year 3 were Lauren Scoltock, who won the Ainsworth Trophy for verse speaking, William Greehalgh for his own choice poem, Hector Walsh for his reading from The Bible and Eleanor William took first prize in the reading at sight.
Head of juniors Simon Malone said: “I am incredibly proud of all our pupils who performed with such enthusiasm and delighted that their hard work resulted in some amazing results.”