School celebrates bright young talent
Piano player Leo Secker, 10, who delivered a spine-tingling rendition of The Phantom of the Opera while wearing the iconic phantom mask, has talent.
Dancers Lucy Kearney and Georgie Levien, both 6, who had the crowd clapping to pop-hit Call Me Maybe, have it too.
And Helen Mackay, 10, who twirled her hula hoop to the applause of the crowd, certainly has it.
These Hampden Street School pupils were on stage yesterday giving it their all to impress their school - and the judges - in the third year of the Hampden Street School's Got Talent show.
The top 13 acts from the school went head-to-head, judged by teachers Scott McKenzie, Claire Doris, deputy principal Rachel Rae, and principal Don McLean.
When hula hooper Helen showed off her skills with Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, the whole school got into the spirit, clapping and calling, "Go Helen."
Mr McLean said he was proud to see the school support her.
"That was one of the most special moments of the last three years, because everyone got involved," he said.
Emma Edwards, Nikki Wynen, Genevieve Bone, all 10, had the crowd laughing with their parody of Flight of the Conchords' favourite Robots (The Humans Are Dead).
In the girls' version, rather than robots celebrating the death of the human race, it was leprechauns - complete with Irish accents - celebrating the death of the robots.
Later, Emma said she was happy with their performance, which they had practised over the last week.
"People were laughing, that's a good sign," she said.
In the end, Amelia Abbott, 11, won the competition with a piano performance, with the three leprechaun dancers coming second, and Lucie and Georgie taking the third place award, along with a people's choice award, for their dance.
Leo and dancer Lache Melvin, 10, were highly commended.
The Nelson Mail