Rock Challenge is an anti-drug and crime-prevention that takes the form of a friendly performing arts competition for schools and colleges. Each school has to create a performance that incorporates acting and dance, telling the audience a story. Our entry this year was based around missing people with a focus on the story of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. We have been working on this since the start of the academic year and in all we had 92 students involved in the production.
On 12th February we took our students over to Portsmouth Guildhall for the competition and it was a very busy day. Mrs Creggwood had to pull a number to see when we would fall in the performance and we got third, this meant that we had less time for hair and make-up which, in true Rock Challenge style, made getting ready manic. However, our students were outstanding! We had a dedicated hair and make-up team who worked tirelessly to ensure everything was looking excellent. Our set crew worked well behind the scenes ensuring that our many, many pieces of set were up and packed away quickly and safely. Every student was an asset to the school, proving excellent role models and extremely supportive to the other competitors. This did not go unrecognised and we were voted for by the other schools for the Spirit Award.
The performance went extremely well, so well in fact that we won 8 more awards! In Rock Challenge, if you win an award, it means that you scored 8 or more in the category. The categories we won were:
– Set design and function
– Performance skill
– Stage crew
The competition was very tough and we were against some outstanding schools, although we did not place, we are extremely proud of what our students achieved and cannot wait to try again next year.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and students involved in the production, particularly Mr Alabaster and Miss Griffin. We would also like to thank the public for their support, especially those that donated and lent props and costumes.