Seven local schools from across Hampshire competed in day two of the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth J Rock, with Wicor Primary School awarded second, Portsdown Primary School awarded third and Woodcot Primary School awarded fifth place.
Wicor Primary School, only finishing behind the Isle of Wight’s Stenbury Federation, retold the story of China’s first Emperor Quin in their piece ‘Emperor for Eternity.’ The striking costumes illuminated the stage whilst the strong and beautifully executed choreography mesmerised the audience.
Third place was presented to Portsdown Primary School for their entertaining piece ‘How giraffe got his long neck.’ Based on the popular story of the same name, Portsdown Primary School filled the stage with energy and colour to portray this light-hearted theme.
Woodcot Primary School’s performance ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ followed the journey of a firework maker’s daughter as she tried to accomplish her dream. Woodcot Primary used dramatic facial expressions throughout and this helped to clearly portray their interesting theme.
Newcomers to J Rock this year All Saints Church of England Junior School and St John the Baptist C of E Primary School embraced the initiative with creativity. All Saints chose to explore the story of Moses from the Old Testament and produced a highly atmospheric piece.
In a different approach, St John the Baptist used an upbeat soundtrack and acrobatics as they interpreted a vibrant Roald Dahl classic ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’
The event, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted a large audience and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Portsmouth City Council, HC3S and Hampshire Healthy Schools.