Benenden students united in their Houses to kickstart the Centenary with a typically raucous set of House Shout performances on Sunday.
Benenden’s start-of-the-year staple gives students 48 hours to come up with the most entertaining song and dance routine, with contributions from across the School – giving new students joining for the Centenary year the perfect opportunity to settle into the vibrant community.
Echyngham kicked off the performances in style with a lively rendition of Abba’s Does Your Mother Know, before Guldeford took to the stage for an energised performance of The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
Hemsted followed with a sassy singalong to the Grease classic You’re The One That I Want, and Marshall took on Kenny Loggins’ timeless Footloose. Norris then closed the show with an animated take on Miley Cyrus’s Hoedown Throwdown.
For the first time, the performances were judged by two Benenden Seniors whose contributions to Music while they were students helped pave the way for future generations, and for the fundraising drive that led to the foundation of the Centenary Hall and Sir David K.P. Li Music School.
Stressing the superb quality across all the Houses, they ultimately awarded Guldeford the prize for best production, while Hemsted were crowned for the best singing.