Express Yourself Showcase

Tonbridge Grammar School has an abundance of talent amongst their student body. TGS is known for its academic excellence, so a team of creative students decided to exhibit a potentially less-recognised aspect of the school; its incredible range of creative talent! The shows took place on the 21 and 24 of March and gave dancers, musicians, artists, actors and fashion enthusiasts a chance to shine in front of friends, family and staff who all thoroughly enjoyed watching them Express Themselves!

The events were mainly student-led, and the theme was Creative Expression. The event was also a fund-raiser, as every year, members of the Tonbridge Grammar School sixth form work tirelessly raising money for a humanitarian trip to Malawi which takes place in the summer of Year 12. This was just one of many wonderful opportunities for students offered by the school. The design and performance showcase was a key fundraising event for this year’s team. Countless hours were devoted to ensuring success for the evenings by both students and incredibly supportive staff.

It was important to all to make sure that all participants enjoyed themselves and felt confident in their abilities. After Head Student Megan and Academic Student Leader Anashwara (both Year 12) successfully passed their proposal for the events with Senior Staff, it was full speed ahead! The events were wonderfully unique as they didn’t focus on one aspect of creative life at TGS, but combined it all! Members of Year 12 worked alongside one another, taking charge of many different elements of the Showcase from choreography to refreshments, to create a smooth-running and impressively professional experience. Musicians from across all year groups performed beautifully throughout the evening, and on Friday night were joined by ‘Made in Chelsea’ star and relative newcomer to the music scene, Julius Cowdrey. His presence heightened excitement of the evening and really gave it something extra special.

On both nights, as students emerged on stage in garments of impressively high quality, fully engaging themselves in the staging, dances and acting, it was evident how dedicated they are to producing work of exceptional quality! The level of commitment and the wonderful support and engagement of those who came out to watch was greatly appreciated.

We are very proud to have had this wonderful opportunity for young people to showcase their talent and enjoy doing so to such a great extent. In combining appreciation and encouragement of the arts in its many forms, and raising funds for a charity committed to improving the lives of young people around the world, TGS has placed emphasis on the value of the arts and the importance of encouraging young people to express themselves.
— Isabella - Year 12