Almost three hours of emotional entertainment, reflection and celebration was enjoyed by everyone that shared in the experience of the Form Six “At Home” 2019. Over several weeks Form Six had spent an increasing amount of time practising and fine-tuning a multitude of performances, as they prepared for their final, formal farewell to the school in front of family and friends.
Each of our eleven boys and eleven girls have been fantastic leaders of the school since last September and it was fitting that they should mark this last significant performance with confidence, personality and a wonderful spirit of togetherness.
The musical talent of so many of our children was plain to see with a range of pieces from classic rock to classical, a cappella duet to Spanish guitar, piano, clarinet, bass, drums, electric guitar and flute. We enjoyed an eclectic range of songs, including covers of classics by Coldplay, The Band, Metallica, Nirvana, DNCE, John Legend, The Monkees, John Lennon and Ed Sheerin; as well as a favourite original blues composition.
The class performed a range of short group comedy sketches, many from the Foyle, Arms and Hog repertoire, including: The Newsreader Interview, Weather Forecasters, Never Take the Irish Literally, The Word Play Restaurant and How to Speak Dublish. Gerald the Gorilla from ‘Not the Nine O’clock News’ and Phobia Workshop by ‘The Sketch Show’ completed our series of mini comedies, all of which were brilliantly performed and very well received.
Songs and dances were performed by the whole class, including two beautiful pieces taught by Miss Bowens during Music lessons. The girls choreographed their own brilliant dance to ‘Back and Forth’ by MK, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill, which was followed by a superb rendition of ‘synchronised swimming’ by our boys, who gracefully twirled, kicked and dived in accompaniment to Strauss’ ‘Blue Danube.’
Our night was brought to a close with an emotional, heartfelt selection of individual reminiscences by each of the class, which brought back many wonderful memories of their journey across the last eight years. This was followed by a slideshow which highlighted some of these moments since September 2011. Everyone gathered for one final, upbeat, very complicated dance to the appropriately titled “Came Here for Love” by Sigala.
Thanks were shared in speeches by staff, parents and pupils alike before we had time to kick off our heels and celebrate a successful night which none of us will forget. We look forward to talking about our year together and this wonderful “At Home” at the 25-year reunion in 2044!!! Well done to every single one of our brilliant children in Form Six. We will miss you so much when you are gone, but will treasure the memories we have shared – forever.