Showstopping performances in Rock Challenge

Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott
Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott
Charlie Dickie at the Havant Sixth Form campus of HSDC Picture: Habibur Rahman (171065-43)

Visions for the future are cemented as great results see Havant and Waterlooville students off to follow their dreams

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Schools from Fareham, Gosport and Waterlooville triumped in the Be Your Best Southampton Rock Challenge heats earlier this week.

Teams are required to create and stage an eight- minute themed dance routine in front of a live audience and a team of judges.

Henry Cort Community College was awarded first place with its performance Twist of Fate.

It also swept the board by winning 11 awards for excellence in a diverse range of categories, including choreography, soundtrack, set design and concept.

Beautiful and captivating from the start, the impressive large set pieces guided the audience through a story of power and powerlessness in 1940s Poland.

Familiar historical visuals were incorporated into the well-thought out set.

Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott

Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott

The students have now qualified for the Southern Open Final B at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

Henry Cort College principal Claudia Cubbage said: ‘I am so proud of everyone. The production was a testament to all the hard work and dedication displayed by staff and students who produced an outstanding performance and truly deserved the awards.’

Third place went to Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, for its piece Moment of Impact, which took the audience on a journey of love and loss and through the ups and downs of life.

Brune Park, Gosport, came away with a trio of awards – Be Your Best Foundation Award for student leadership, Rock Challenge Award for cultural and educational achievement and Be Your Best Foundation Award for positive inclusion.

I am so proud of everyone, the production was a testament to all the hard work and dedication displayed by staff and students who produced an outstanding performance and truly deserved the awards

Henry Cort College principal Claudia Cubbage

Patron of the Be Your Best Foundation, Baroness Ruth Henig said: ‘The entertainment provided has been innovative and extremely exciting – a true testament to the months of hard work and commitment put in by all the schools, teachers and communities.’

The event, held at O2 Guildhall, Southampton, attracted a large audience and was supported by PQA,

Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott

Henry Cort in the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott

Crookhorn College at the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott

Crookhorn College at the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott

Henry Cort Community College won 11 awards of excellence and came first in the Rock Challenge heats

Henry Cort Community College won 11 awards of excellence and came first in the Rock Challenge heats

Brune Park at the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott

Brune Park at the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott

Brune Park at the Rock Challenge 2016  Picture: Nick Scott

Brune Park at the Rock Challenge 2016 Picture: Nick Scott