Picture slideshow: Portsmouth J Rock 2015 day one

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Eight local Hampshire schools, five of which were new to the initiative this year, competed in Day One of the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth J Rock.

On Friday night Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School were awarded first place with their performance ‘Respect for Freedom.’

Elson Junior School took part in Portsmouth J Rock

Elson Junior School took part in Portsmouth J Rock

In their first year taking part in J Rock, Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School’s piece followed a grandad as he took the audience on a journey back in time, telling the history of Lee-on-the-Solent.

This charming, charismatic performance was energetic and fun and from start to finish the whole audience was clapping along to their infectious soundtrack and upbeat choreography.

Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School won a whole host of awards and has also qualified through to the Southern J Rock Final, to held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

Written Awards are some of the most important awards in the competition as they recognise and celebrate the important aspects of the Rock Challenge and J Rock events which are not seen onstage, but that take place in the months leading up to the event in the schools and communities. In addition to winning first place, Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School won the Rock Challenge Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement.

In second place were Solent Junior School, who performed ‘The Giving tree,’ which celebrated friendship and unconditional love. This piece told the story of one little boy and his unbreakable friendship with the giving tree. Solent Junior had beautiful, vibrant scenery and fantastic detailed costumes. Overall this piece was energetic and charming to watch.

Third place was presented to Riders Junior School for their piece ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ - a high energy and imaginative piece that was fun and humorous, telling the story of aliens that invade Earth in order to steal everybody’s underpants. A hilarious, high-spirited tale that was atmospheric, dramatic and out of this world.

Fourth place was awarded to Mayville High School, which has entered the J Rock competition for the first time this year in celebration of their 20th Anniversary of taking part in the senior Rock Challenge. Their piece, ‘The Rise of Commercialism VS the Decline of Sentiment,’ was a fun, engaging journey through the various occasions in the calendar year.

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.

Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Roger Gardiner, presented the award for first place last night and said: ‘Tonight was brilliant. They’ve all gained very much from the experience of going through the Rock Challenge. It was a worthy winner, I just loved it.’