YOUNGSTERS brushed aside their nerves and put on a memorable performance in front of a sell-out crowd at the Rock Challenge finals.
(All pictures in the slideshow by Nick Scott Photography)
Children from schools across the area performed at the first finals night. Rock Challenge made a return to its home in Portsmouth Guildhall, where it began nearly 20 years ago.
Solent Junior School in Drayton finished in second place with a performance based on the book The Giving Tree.
Brittany Gall is Year 3 class teacher. She said: ‘We are so incredibly proud of our school team. The children put so much effort in.
‘They absolutely loved it. They were so excited throughout the whole day. It will be something that they will never forget.
‘It’s lovely to create those memories and opportunities for the children. They are so proud of themselves.’
Lorna Earle is a parent helper at the school. She added: ‘Through the years we have seen so many children mature and become more confident after performing in front of thousands of people.
‘It’s a really moving experience and something that they will never forget.’
Fourth place was awarded to Wicor Primary School in Portchester for their piece titled Emperor for Eternity, which transported the audience to Asia and their tale of Emperor Quin.
The atmosphere was electric. The standard was testament to the hard work of the teams involved.Sammy Eastwood, Rock Challenge
Other schools involved include Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School and Riders Junior School in Leigh Park.
Sammy Eastwood, senior event manager at Rock Challenge, said: ‘It was a huge success. The atmosphere was electric. The standard was testament to the hard work of the teams involved. It really was outstanding talent and creativity.’
And Sammy said this year’s event has had a lot of good feedback from schools.
‘We’ve heard back from the schools that it’s a massive way of keeping children in school and out of trouble.
‘It improves teamwork and attendance and improves relationships between teachers and pupils. There’s a real community vibe. We really do see the benefits and that’s why schools keep coming back year after year.’
Originating in Australia, Rock Challenge was introduced to the UK in 1996 by Hampshire Constabulary with the aim to help young people enjoy school and live lives free of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.