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jrocksouthamptoncarisbrookeThe Island’s very own Carisbrooke CE Primary School competed in the 2015 Be Your Best Southampton J Rock competition yesterday (Thursday), finishing in a fantastic second place, narrowly missing out on the top spot.

Carisbrooke Primary performed ‘The Pepperpot’ on Day One of the competition. The charming performance beautifully retold the true story of Walter de Godeton who was ordered to build the pepperpot lighthouse in the Isle of Wight as penance for smuggling.

In recognition of their creative and original performance, the judges awarded Carisbrooke CE Primary School with not only second place but also four awards of excellence. The primary school has been awarded:

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– HC3S Award of Excellence for Stage Use
– ACRO Criminal Records Office Award of Excellence for Soundtrack
– Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team Award of Excellence for Concept
– Hampshire County Council Award of Excellence for Entertainment

First place Netley Abbey Junior School’s piece – ‘Pocahontas – Bringing Worlds Together’ – creatively retold the well-known tale of Pocahontas, the brave character that saved John Smith from the executioners. Their fantastic performance has qualified them through to the Southern J Rock™ Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

The event, held at Southampton Guildhall, attracted an audience of over 1000 and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Hampshire Constabulary, Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, HC3S and Hampshire Healthy Schools.

Be Your Best Foundation Director, Ian Readhead said:

“What’s great about these events is that we get young contestants from a whole range of schools. They have a splendid day, they enjoy the dance, they enjoy the music, they enjoy meeting other people from other schools and it’s all about the taking part.

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“These are really special days, I meet people who’ve done these events years afterwards and they still remember it for all the joy they had and the great amount of fun. It’s a really good way to try and help young people in the community it’s a great way to try and stick to those rules of not smoking, not drinking and not playing truant. We’re really proud to be associated with it.

“I’ve been director for a number of years now and before that was the chief constable in Hampshire. The Hampshire Constabulary and the Hampshire PCC are fully supportive of all this work. So, a great day!”

Photograph: Nick Scott

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