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imageDover Park Primary School and Haylands Primary School in Ryde competed in Day One of the 2015 Be Your Best J Rock competition in Portsmouth yesterday (Friday). 

Dover Park Primary School entertained the audience with their theme ‘Stumbling Blocks’ which depicted a young boy who ran away from home but discovered that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. Dover Park had a bright, well-integrated set and strong, bold dance moves. Their impressive, vibrant costumes and hair and make-up enhanced the piece and complimented this fast-tempo production.

A magical under-the-sea adventure was presented by Haylands Primary School as they performed ‘Love, Hope, Friendship’. This piece was visually striking and beautiful to watch with their fun and creative costumes such as their bouncy jelly-fish characters. From start to finish Haylands’ innovative stage use and engaging drama skills made for a professional overall performance.

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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 Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Roger Gardiner presented the award for first place last night and commented:

“Tonight was brilliant! They’ve all gained very much from the experience of going through the Rock Challenge. It was a worthy winner, I just loved it!”

Photographed: The brown bears of Haylands Primary and the blue sea-creature of Dover Park

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