The Talent Show format has sold around the world with versions of Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing now being enjoyed across the globe. The Chinese State television station, CCTV’s version ‘Star of Outlook’ has an audience of 50 million, and four million competitors enter the talent competition to win places at top educational establishments in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
Buckswood director of admissions and marketing, David Whitehill, was invited to join the judging panel, along with others from Cambridge University and Kings College, London. David spent a week in the capital Beijing filming the final 60 competitors fight for the prize. The final acts included singers, musicians and dancers performing both contemporary and traditional works.
David was impressed by the quality of the contestants: “Due to the sheer strength of the participants, competition between the schools was high but I was delighted that Buckswood was picked as their school of choice by two of the children I had identified as being major talents.”
David’s role at Buckswood takes him all over the world meeting prospective pupils looking for an English Education; children from 48 different countries attend the school, making for interesting classroom discussions.
Head of RE, Sandra Marsh, said: “I took a lesson this week on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. There were many different ways of teaching the subject to the class, but a student who had been on the pilgrimage twice was able to give an introduction to the topic from their point of view, giving his fellow students real world experience, handling his prayer mat and answering some really thoughtful questions.”