Rock Challenge hopes for local schools

Headlands Rock Challenge 2014

Headlands Rock Challenge 2014

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Two Bridlington schools are preparing to compete in the local heat of a region wide performing arts competition.

Headlands School and Hilderthorpe Primary will be on stage against a dozen other schools at Bridlington Spa in March in the first round of this year’s Humberside Police Rock Challenge which will also see around 25 others in different local heats across the police area.

Both have entered before and collected a number of awards putting them in the schools premier league meaning this time they will be up against schools of similar excellence.

Headlands is in the senior heat on March 10 and Hilderthorpe the Junior event on March 11.

Headlands has performed well for several years and two years ago was an overall winner. Their 2014 entry, “Weeping Willow” collected a whole host of awards covering choreography, performance skill, stage use, set design, costume and more but just missed the top spot.

This time they are pinning their hopes on their interpretation of the Victorian story of “The Little Match Girl”, with a cast of 65 performers from 11 to 18 years old.

Kathryn Morgan, dance teacher and Rock Challenge co-ordinator, said the story of child poverty and hardship was chosen to give younger performers a greater chance of leading roles. “We have been very fortunate with a donation of material from Allan Binks Timber Ltd. and we have had a donation from Bridlington Lions. Without that and other help from local businesses and organisations it would be difficult for us to take part,” said Kathryn.

Hilderthorpe Primary is also in a junior section premier school league. Last year they made it to the northern area finals with their modernised version of Snow White, picking up a national award for soundtrack.

This year a massive cast of 90 children between the ages of seven and 11 will perform in “Seeing is Believing” the story of a dolls house whose inhabitants come to life.

Rehearsals are well underway and Vikki Craven, lead teacher for their Rock Challenge, said there has also been a lot of fundraising to help pay for costumes, other production costs and entry fees. #

“We held a “penny day” when children brought in spare copper and silver to fill a big bird’s eye logo on the floor which raised £200. The money will help provide T-shirts with the same logo for the show’s performers,” said Vikki.

The school has also been helped with donations of materials, in particular all the things they need to builld their set from West BS of Bridlington, and a cash donation of £250 from Bridlington Lions.

The Rock Challenge is in its 17th year and for 2015 a record 52 schools and youth groups from across the Humberside Police area signed up within 24 hours of its launch.

Each will present an eight minute performance involving theatre, music and dance hoping to make their way from local heats up to the regional and the Northern finals. Judges give marks for such categories as set design, costume, lighting, sound and more which contribute to making their performance a reality as well as the performance itself.

According to the force’s Youth Engagement Team, it shows young people have a lot to offer that is positive. In addition, as a result of the 2014 Rock Challenge schools reported improved attendance within their teams, anti-social behaviour decreased in 45% of participating schools, 97% of schools said self esteem was improved or greatly improved and 91% felt the same about team work skills.

The Rock Challenge has one space left for a senior school in the event at Bridlington Spa on 10 March, and two remaining spaces are left for youth groups to get involved in the Rock Challenge Youth Division event, to be held at Hull City Hall on 2nd May. These places are available on a first come first served basis.

To enter log onto www.rockchallenge.co.uk and click ‘2015 Entry Form’ or contact Lisa Whitton of the Humberside Police Youth Engagement team on 01482 220702 or email lisa.whitton@humberside.pnn.police.uk.