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NewchurchjrockNewchurch Primary School competed in the 2015 Be Your Best Southampton J Rock competition on Saturday and were awarded fourth place with their performance ‘The Story of Uzima’.

Newchurch’s piece on Day Three of the competition looked at the Uzima Day Care Centre in Kenya that provides children with a meal and education. The school won the award for Cultural and Education Achievement which celebrates how the school has extended the use of their theme outside of just using it for their performance and developed it to enrich the lives of the students involved.

Their touching piece moved the audience with their captivating and clever storytelling and strong performance skills. They also won awards for Performance Skill, Soundtrack and Costuming Character.

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The event, held at Southampton Guildhall, attracted an audience of over 1,000 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.

Southampton City Council Member for Education and Change, Councillor Daniel Jeffery attended the performance, he said:

“It’s been a really breath-taking evening and all of the acts have been absolutely first class. I’m really pleased that Southampton City Council have been able to support it and I’m a little bit lost for words really, it was that good! We’re really pleased to be part of this event, it was so professional, really well done and we look forward to supporting it in the years ahead.”

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