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CELEBRATIONS have been taking place as a sixth form college made it to the national Rock Challenge finals.

Portsmouth College was awarded first place in the second of the final shows at Portsmouth’s Guildhall.

STAGE STARS Main picture and inset top picture shows students from Portsmouth College during their performance. Inset bottom is Purbrook Park Schoo. Pictures: Nick Scott

STAGE STARS Main picture and inset top picture shows students from Portsmouth College during their performance. Inset bottom is Purbrook Park Schoo. Pictures: Nick Scott

The college has now been promoted to the Southern Premier Division for 2016. Students at Portsmouth College told the emotional story of the troubles civilians faced in Argentina during the 1970s.

Jo Field is the head of performing arts at the college. She said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon. Every year we seem to have done better.

‘We are ecstatic. Our students are walking on cloud nine at the moment. They worked so hard for it. Rock Challenge means a lot to our students.’

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 pro-active lives free of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

And Ms Field said it’s a very beneficial project. She said: ‘Our students are totally and utterly focused on the work that they are creating. They are all engaged in something incredibly productive.’

Meanwhile, students at Mary Rose Academy also picked up awards as they celebrated the legendary character of Sherlock Holmes in their performance.

And Purbrook Park School finished in fourth place overall in the Southern Premier Rock Challenge final on Saturday night.

Amy Taylor, performing arts teacher at Purbrook Park said: ‘I felt incredibly proud of my students. To be competing at such a high level against students who are a lot older than them and to place fourth is an outstanding achievement.

‘They absolutely loved it. Watching the others rehearse was inspirational.

‘As a teacher, Rock Challenge is the best initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle to children.’

Park Community School in Havant and Henry Cort Community School in Fareham also picked up awards.

See a picture slideshow of Rock Challenge Day 1 here

See a picture slideshow of Rock Challenge Day 2 here

See a picture slideshow of Rock Challenge Open B Final here

Results

Thursday, June 18 – Southern Open Final A Results

- 1st place - Yateley School

- 2nd place - Regents Park Community College

- 3rd place - Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

- 4th place - The Petersfield School

- 5th place - Robert Mays School

The Petersfield School also won awards for choreography, performance skill, concept, soundtrack, visual enhancement, entertainment, lighting and video performance.

Henry Cort Community School in Fareham was awarded for stage use, performance skill, concept, costuming character and stage crew.

Park Community School in Havant was awarded for concept, drama, soundtrack, visual enhancement, entertainment and lighting.

Friday, June 19 - 2015 Southern Open Final B Results

- 1st place - Portsmouth College

- 2nd place - Corfe Hills School

- 3rd place - Mark Rutherford School

- 4th place - Beaconsfield High School

- 5th place - Marriotts School

Portsmouth College also won awards for choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, entertainment and lighting.

Mary Rose Academy was awarded for stage use, concept, visual enhancement, lighting and the Spirit of Rock Challenge award.

Saturday, June 20 - 2015 Southern Premier Final Results

- 1st place - Oak Academy LeAF Campus

- 2nd place - Ryde Academy

- 3rd place - Durrington High School

- 4th place - Purbrook Park School

- 5th place - Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Purbrook Park also won awards for choreography, stage use, soundtrack, set design and function, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and video performance.