Benenden students united for a lively set of performances for this year’s traditional House Shout competition. With only a few days to piece together an impressive song-and-dance production, each of the Houses pulled out every stop to deliver a high-octane rendition of their chosen popular hit. Hemsted’s version of Dolly Parton’s classic 9 to 5 featured appropriate, bright yellow cowboy attire and impressively uniform dancing for a lung-busting sing-along. Marshall’s rendition of California Gurls by Katy Perry brought a bright and sunny West-Coast beach aesthetic to brush off the winter blues. Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic was reimagined by Norris with stunning solos and slick choreography, culminating in a smooth production by the sharply-dressed performers. Guldeford managed to bag the prize for production with a zealous interpretation of Queen’s party-classic Don’t Stop Me Now, featuring a guitar solo worthy of Sir Brian May himself, as well as outstanding vocals and tireless dancing. Echyngham emerged as the overall winners however, with a thrilling rendition of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Bang Bang. Featuring soaring vocal solos, blistering rapping, committed and creative dance routines and an overall abundance of joy, the prize was well-earned by the victorious House. This year’s House Shout was once again a fantastic testament to Benenden students’ creativity, dedication and performative flair, and every student involved should be extremely proud of their performances.