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3 July 2017, 11:23
The Principal of Monkton Combe School was giving the annual speech day address when this happened...
We all love a bit of Les Mis. On My Own always manages to tug at our heartstrings, One Day More never fails to get us pumped and feeling passionate about 19th-century French street rebellions, and Jean Valjean will forever be our musical man-crush.
But this head teacher took his love for the Schönberg musical one step further. At Monkton School’s final speech day, Principal Chris Wheeler was delivering the annual prize giving speech, as the orchestral opening to One Day More kicked in.
“Really what we needed, was more time. Really, what we needed, was… One Day More,” the Principal declared, as he broke into song.
And then, the real magic happened. If you remember and love the musical outburst of ‘All You Need is Love’ during Juliet and Peter’s wedding in Love Actually, this theatrical explosion will tickle your musical taste buds even further.
Following the Principal’s lead, teachers around the room began to stand up and sing out the parts of Marius, Cosette, Eponine et al. The effect was truly a musical theatre phenomenon, and it went down an absolute storm with the students.
Hats off to the staff at Monkton Combe School for a leaving speech those students won't forget in a hurry!