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Schools across the Isle of Wight are counting down the days until registration opens for 2019’s Rock Challenge and J Rock competitions.

Both new and experienced teams from schools and colleges across the region will be able to submit their entry to take part in one of the UK’s most exciting and popular educational performing arts events from 06:00 next Tuesday (18th September). Primary schools/academies will be able to register half-an-hour later at 06:30.

Rock Challenge events, facilitated by registered charity The Be Your Best Foundation, aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. Each show provides the opportunity for young people to experience an adrenaline-based high through performing live on a professional stage rather than using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. Schools rehearse and support one another during the day, before performing in in a spectacular evening show.

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The first events for senior teams will take place on Monday 11th February, Tuesday 12th February and Wednesday 13th February 2019 at the Portsmouth Guildhall. The events for junior and primary schools/academies will take place on Thursday 14th February, Friday 15th February and Saturday 16th February 2019.

It’s at the Guildhall that teams of students will perform a 5 to 8 minute dance, drama and design piece that they have prepared over the course of many months with teachers, parents and members of their wider community. Hundreds of students from the Isle of Wight cross the Solent each year to compete.

Set to a theme of their choice each school’s performance is completely original and can vary from tackling a political or social message, retelling a true event, or can be based on an entirely imaginative concept. Rock Challenge and J Rock can help increase the understanding of social issues, key PSHE topics, historical events, scientific events or literature; should a school choose to research a theme in one of these areas.

To receive all the latest information on how to secure a place in the 2019 events a school can contact the Rock Challenge and J Rock office by emailing [email protected] to be added to the mailing list. Due to popular demand entries are on a first come first served basis.

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