Students from the General Studies course at Elmwood College recently organised a successful talent contest designed to widen the creative opportunities for students with learning difficulties.
The ‘Elmwood’s Got Talent’ Show saw seven acts ranging from solo performers, groups and dancers perform to an appreciative audience. The standard of the competition was high and the three student judges, Kayleigh Bett, Oliver McCowan and Siobhan Dunn found it difficult to choose between the acts, which all had something special to offer.
They awarded equal first place first to Grease tribute act, The T-Birds and student Scott Redpath who performed the Michael Buble hit, ‘I just haven’t met you yet.’ The event raised the sum of £427.08, which will be used for student study trips.
Student judge Siobhan Dunn said, “The show was a huge amount of fun and we had a great time. It was brilliant to see all the fantastic performances whilst raising money at the same time!”
Hazel McDonald, Student Development Lecturer said, “The event was not just about raising money, it is also an important celebration of students community spirit. It provided an opportunity for the students to work together and inspire one another to create a dynamic and energising environment for personal development.”
The Supported Learning department was created to support students with additional needs and learning difficulties, where, in a friendly supportive environment, each student is encouraged to develop as individual. A wide range of courses are available within the department and many young people in student development find themselves progressing onto mainstream studies programmes upon completing their studies.
Section Head of Transitions Tracey Ford-McNicol said, “Staff and students have worked incredibly hard and learned a lot in the process. It was fantastic evenings entertainment and there is no question that Elmwood students certainly have talent!”