Talent contest at Ysgol Tir Morfa hits the right notes23rd Jul 2018

Jones Bros has recently supported Rhyl’s Ysgol Tir Morfa’s inaugural talent contest, with pupils wowing the judges with a variety of singing and dancing performances.

The youngsters, aged between 8 and 18, took to the stage at Rhyl High School’s new theatre, with Jacob Jones, DJ-JT Entertainment Services, from Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud operating the lighting and sound.

All 35 participants were pupils at Tir Morfa, a special needs school, received medals, which were sponsored by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK. Jones Bros also sponsored the flowers presented to the judges. The flowers were made by the school’s enterprise, Posies.

Judges were the Mayor of Rhyl councillor Win Mullen-James, councillor Alan James, consort Catherine Patterson, and Trefor Lloyd Roberts director of Theatre in the Community (TiC).

And Jenni Griffin chair of Tir Morfa’s PTA (parent teacher association), said that the event was such a success, the decision has already been made to make it an annual occasion.

“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” she said.

“The judges were blown away by the performances. Some people don’t realise that special needs children have amazing talents, simply because they don’t show it and it’s often not obvious.

“This show allowed them to showcase the things they love doing but don’t get to do normally. They got to perform in front of their friends and family and show them what makes them smile.

“There were many proud parents in the crowd and we can’t wait to run it again next year.”

Jenni, who works as a purchase ledger administrator at Jones Bros, added: “Jacob did the lighting and sounds and it was all very professional and the children had an absolute blast.

“There was Russian dancing, cheerleading, and song and dance routines from The Greatest Showman, as well as rendetitions of songs from Frozen. The teachers also got in on the act with headteacher Rhona O’Neill and deputy head Phil Thomas rapping to Silentó’s Watch Me Whip Watch Me Nae Nae.

“We would like to thank Jones Bros for the sponsorship, as well as the judges for giving up their time to attend.”

Ruth James, director at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, said: “We were glad to be able to support Tir Morfa’s talent show.

“We know how hard Jenni and the rest of the PTA at Tir Morfa work to raise funds for essential equipment for the school to enable the pupils to have the best opportunities.

“The talent contest is a fantastic way for the pupils to grow in confidence while showcasing their abilities to a wider audience.

“Everyone involved should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

In addition, £120 was raised on the night through coffee and cake sales, with the proceeds going towards the fundraising for a hydrotherapy pool. The school and PTA has raised £60,000 of a £225,000 target since April.