imageThree Isle of Wight schools competed in Day Two of the 2015 Be Your Best J Rock competition in Portsmouth yesterday (Saturday) but one stood out for sure as Stenbury Federation, made up of Wroxall Primary, Godshill Primary and Chillerton & Rookley Primary, were awarded first place for their performance ‘Keeping Hope Afloat’.

From start to finish Stenbury Federation’s piece was energetic and fast paced with vibrant lighting and creative costumes also used to vividly retell the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Building in tempo throughout, Stenbury’s strong performance culminated in an exciting and exhilarating finale and this piece has qualified them through to the Southern J Rock™ Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

Medina House School (pictured above) were awarded fourth place in yeaterday’s competition for their theme ‘Forest Fantasy’ which took the audience on an intriguing journey through a forest of mysterious creatures. Exciting to watch, this piece was upbeat and colourful with beautiful set, costumes and an infectious soundtrack.

The Bay C of E Primary School also competed in the J Rock competition and illuminated the stage with their performance entitled ‘Beautiful Creatures.’ The Bay’s bright and uplifting characters explored another galaxy as they searched for a world free from war. Their piece was a creative and adventurous journey out of this world!

In addition to the Awards of Excellence there are six written awards each school taking part can nominate for which recognise and celebrate the important aspects of J Rock which are not seen onstage, but that take place in the months leading up to the event in the schools and communities. In an extremely high standard of entries The Bay C of E Primary School were presented with three of these six highly anticipated awards! The Bay have been awarded for how they have used J Rock to unite people in the local community, their strong and active student leaders and their dedication to the Rock Challenge and J Rock ethos of living a healthy active lifestyle.

The event, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted a large audience and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 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 Gosport, Councillor Keith Gill presented the award for first place and commented;

“It’s been a great privilege to be here. There were eleven schools on today and they were absolutely brilliant. They’ve put so much into it and the awards were well deserved”

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