English: Bede's Prep Pupils Present Youth Radio Show
There cannot be many 13 year-olds who are able to host and broadcast their own radio show live, but, thanks to the Eastbourne Youth Radio initiative, a group of Year 8's from the Prep School did exactly that on Friday 21 November.
The theme of our hour at lunchtime this year was Talent. The show was sponsored by our school caterers, Holroyd Howe, and the general catering manager, Mrs Hannah Bond, gave us an interesting interview on talented chefs.
Musical talent was well represented by the concert pianist, Robert Scamardella, who teaches at the Senior School and also two talented young musicians from the Senior School, Sally Ann Wild, who sang, and Jonny Connell, who accompanied her on the piano.
The winner of our own Prep School talent show, Thea Adams, sang Stay Awake beautifully and the runner-up, Elvis Abraham, treated us to his favourite stand-up comic routine, which was very funny.
Grace Stableford talked about her remarkable football career, playing for the England Under 18 Ladies' team and about her admirable talent for sport. Mrs Brundle, Head of English, spoke about the talent of creative writing and two of her Year 5 pupils read their poetry.
Guy Burden, who danced with the Estonian National Ballet and the English National and who now teaches at the Prep School, talked about his career and how talent can be developed and encouraged.
Finally, five of our keen horse riders in Year 8, who compete at shows like Hickstead, spoke about their passion for horses and riding. They were Charlie Hamilton, Imogen Carr, Riley Wootten, Georgina Brown and Jess Ashdown.
We asked all of our guests whether talent is a gift, or whether it can be developed. They all agreed that we all have talent; it just needs to be recognised and brought out by practice, commitment and good teachers.
All of these interviews were interspersed with music and news and weather reports. We were ably assisted by our producer, Glen Funnell, from Sussex Downs College.
It was indeed an hour of talent and well done to all the young people who hosted it with such style and calm, not an easy task when you are performing to a live audience, but one which they managed very skilfully.
The show can be heard on www.eyr.org.uk (go to Listen Live)
The presentation team in order were:
Tom Adams, James Sampson, Olivia Williams, Luke Muschialli, Ella Lloyd, James Fricker, Florence Ferrari, Maisie Williams, Alfredo Vazquez, Echo Abraham, Alfie Jackson