Picture slideshow: Portsmouth Rock Challenge day three

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Four local Hampshire schools competed in day three of the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth Rock Challenge and Yateley School were awarded first place with their performance ‘The Scheme’.

In their tenth year taking part in Rock Challenge, Yately School performed, ‘The Scheme’. This piece retold the tragic and heartwrenching story of the 7000 British care home children that were shipped to Australia. There they faced hard labour, horrific abuse, and cruelty beyond their years. Their strong choreography, impressive scenery and emotive characterisation left a harrowing impact. Yateley School’s performance has qualified them through to the Southern Open Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June. In addition to this they were also presented with a gold framed award in recognition of their tenth year of involvement in the Rock Challenge® initiative and teacher, John Nicholson was also recognised for his tenth year of involvement in Global Rock Challenge® having been involved for the previous nine years in Australia.

Yateley School also won two written awards. These Written Awards are some of the most important awards in the competition as they recognise and celebrate the important aspects of the Rock Challenge® which are not seen onstage, but that take place in the months leading up to the event in the schools and communities. Yateley School won in the following areas: Cultural and Educational Achievement and School Community Support.

In second place were Robert May’s School with their performance, ‘FUR’. This was a colourful and exciting piece taking inspiration from the well-known Lion King. Their bouncy, fast paced choreography and acrobatic movements was impressive to see and their beautiful jungle scenery transformed the stage.

Fourth place was awared to St Vincent College with their piece, ‘Not All Treasure is Gold’, this enchanting performance was an intriguing adventure of pirates and sea creatures. They were recognised for their beautiful handmade costumes and humorous characterisation, as well as being awarded with three written awards.

The event, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted an audience of over 800 and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 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.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Inspector Claire Jenkins presented the award for first place last night and commented; “I think this evening has been absolutely inspirational, to see young people from all across the region really giving it their best. The amount of hard work that’s gone in, its awe inspiring, I know that many of them are going to take part again next year.”

Pictures: Nick Scott Photography

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