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Rock Challenge team excels at Southern Finals
On Friday 24 June, our Rock Challenge Team competed in the Southern Regional Final of the Rock Challenge competition in Portsmouth and I am delighted to announce that for the second year running, despite coming across our toughest competition yet, we placed 4th and also received 9 other awards including an award for Cultural and Educational Achievement.
I would like to thank all of the staff and students who have supported this project and have therefore helped to achieve this amazing result.
We won 8 Awards of Excellence out of a possible 14 for different areas of our production including Choreography, Performance Skill, Drama, Set Design and Function, Lighting, Entertainment and Video Direction/Performance.
We may not have won on Friday but it was a great accomplishment to once again win the first round in March and qualify for the final as a new school to Rock Challenge and to place at this level of the competition, and above all we were overwhelmed to receive the Performers Choice award for the second year running at the Final.
This has been a fantastic cross curricular learning experience with 130 students from years 7-13 involved with this project from start to finish in various different roles, designing and creating costumes and set (some as part of their Technology Arts Award), helping to create the soundtrack, creating an educational video related to our concept and a video of the process, helping with fundraising activities, helping to create the dance and performing on the day, and also supporting the production with make-up and hair designs and as stage crew.
A huge amount of time and effort has been invested by all and I can honestly say that it has been an exciting and valuable experience through which the students involved have all developed their self-esteem and confidence, pride in their school, learned the value of teamwork, improved their communication skills and increased their resilience.
Rock Challenge is a national performing arts competition that shows young people how they can achieve a 'natural high' through life rather than through the use of tobacco, alcohol and other substances. The 'challenge' for the students and their teacher is to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to final live performance.