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Nettlestone and Newchurch perform. Photo: Nick Scott Photography.

Despite a week of uncertainly, it has been confirmed that the popular Rock Challenge and J Rock events will take place next week, with a number of Isle of Wight schools heading to Portsmouth.

The events are universally inclusive with secondary schools, colleges, academies, schools catering for students with special needs, primary/ junior schools and independent schools from all backgrounds encouraged to take part. Schools from across the UK enter in September and next week’s event is the exciting result of their planning and dedication.

11 Isle of Wight schools will be travelling to Portsmouth Guildhall to take part in Rock Challenge and J Rock in 2019.

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Ryde Academy have retained their Premier Status after a particularly successful 2018 which saw them place fourth at the Southern Premier Final. Their piece ‘Oel Ngati Kamé’, based on the film Avatar, won 8 Awards of Excellence at the final. This includes the coveted Performers Choice Award, which sees the other competing teams vote for their favourite performance.

Also returning after a successful 2018 is Christ the King College. They placed second at their Portsmouth heat, winning 6 Awards of Excellence. As a result of this, they qualified for the Southern Open Final as a high scoring runner up, where they won a further 6 Awards of Excellence.

Christ the King College. Photos by Nick Scott Photography.

Christ the King College will be the first Island-based school to take to the stage on Monday, followed by The Bay CE School and Ryde School with Upper Chine on Tuesday. Wednesday will see Ryde Academy appear at Portsmouth Guildhall.

On Friday, Federation of Nettlestone and Newchurch Primary School will be performing as well as The Bay CE School and Medina House School. Cowes Primary School, Stenbury Federation and Niton Primary School will perform on Saturday 16th February – Niton entering for the first time.

Event Manager, Charlotte Payne, is looking forward to the biggest Rock Challenge and J Rock tour yet:

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“I look forward to seeing the wide range of performances that the schools bring to our events every year! It’s always fantastic to see the hard work put in by all the schools realised on stage. In 2019, we are putting on more shows than in any other year, and I can’t wait to take on the challenge!”

Tickets are £14.50 each and available now from 0844 847 2362.

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