Rock Challenge Winners
The Beaconsfield High School Rock Challenge Team took first place at the Portsmouth Guildhall Competition on the 15 March 2016, and therefore go through to the next stage in the national competition. Not only that but they won 13 awards for excellence including one for cultural and educational achievement!
Rock Challenge is a national performing arts competition that shows young people how they can achieve a ‘natural high’ through life rather than through the use of tobacco, alcohol and other substances. The ‘challenge’ for the students and their teacher is to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to final live performance. I am delighted to announce that our Rock Challenge Team have been exceptional again this year and achieved great success last Tuesday in Portsmouth. For the second year running, we won the competition and also received 13 other awards including an award for Cultural and Educational Achievement, thanks to the Geography club who put together an exceptional video for our school community raising awareness of deforestation, and 12 Awards of Excellence out of a possible 14 for different areas of our production including Concept, Soundtrack, Choreography, Stage Use, Performance Skill, Drama, Costuming Character, Visual Enhancement, Set Design and Function, Stage Crew, Entertainment and Video Direction/Performance. We won more awards than last year and also more than any other school at the event, and also qualified for the Southern Regional Final.
This has been a fantastic cross curricular learning experience with 123 students from years 7-13 involved with this project from start to finish in various different roles, designing and creating costumes and set (some as part of their Technology Arts Award), helping to create the soundtrack, creating the video mentioned above, helping with fundraising activities, helping to create the dance and performing on the day, and also supporting the production with make-up and hair designs and as stage crew. A huge amount of time and effort has been invested by all and I can honestly say that it has been an exciting and valuable experience through which the students involved have all developed their self-esteem and confidence, pride in their school, learned the value of teamwork, improved their communication skills and increased their resilience.
Thank you to all students who have been involved, including those who were unable to attend on the day but have also made a significant contribution to our competition entry in lessons and in extracurricular time, and also thank you to the 49 parents and family members and Rachel who came along to support us. I must also thank the staff who have helped during the process and on the day in various different ways including Claire Priestley and the PE department, Dave Horton and the Technology department, Daniel Kedge and Claire Churchill (Drama department), Pam Gale (Art department) and Nick Gough (Geography Department), as well as Hazel Sutton, a past Dance student who has given up a great deal of time voluntarily to support the project.