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Ryde AcademyrockchallengeportsmouthfeaturedSt George’s School and Island Innovation gained awards in the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth Rock Challenge yesterday (Wednesday) in Day 3 of the competition.

St George’s School, Newport competed last night with their theme ‘Stars in Our Eyes’, which was a colourful and fun-loving taking on the popular television programme. During the event days real emphasis is put on watching and supporting the other schools. Every team taking part is given the opportunity to vote for their favourite performance and also for the school they think has been the friendliest and most supportive throughout the day.

St George’s School were recognised by their peers and awarded both the highly anticipated Spirit of Rock Challenge and Performers’ Choice Award. They were also awarded for Excellence for Costuming Character and Excellence for Entertainment.

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Island InnovationrockchallengeportsmouthAnother island school, Island Innovation 6Form College, took part last night with their theme ‘Our persuasion can build a nation’. This well-researched production told the story of the fight for womens rights in the UK, focusing on the suffragette marches for the vote. This was an interesting take on a well-known political story with a modern and upbeat soundtrack.

Island Innovation were awarded the Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team Award of Excellence for Concept.

Also performing last night was Ryde Academy, who due to their success in previous years, are in the Rock Challenge Southern Premier Division and were therefore showcasing their piece in preparation for the 2015 Southern Premier Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

rydeacademyrockchallengeportsmouthRyde’s magical performance ‘The Riddle of Riddle’ was based on the well known character of Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, this performance was a touching reminder of the importance of love. This beautiful and emotional performance was a demonstration of professional storytelling with moments of sombre gentleness. They were recognised last night with six premier awards of excellence in the following areas: Stage Use, Drama, Soundtrack, Visual Enhancement, Entertainment and Lighting. They also won a special award for Stage Crew.

Hampshire Constabulary, Inspector Claire Jenkins presented the award for first place last night and commented:

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“I think this evening has been absolutely inspirational, to see young people from all across the region really giving it their best. The amount of hard work that’s gone in, its awe inspiring, I know that many of them are going to take part again next year.”

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