Bridlington school pupils become northern champions

Quay Primary School pupils are the Rock Challange North of England Champions.
Quay Primary School pupils are the Rock Challange North of England Champions.

A STUNNING performance by Quay Primary School pupils last week saw the school crowned the very first Northern Junior Rock Challenge Champions.

Quay Primary beat off competition from seven other schools at the Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday night with their performance about the saints of the UK, entitled ‘National Fusion’.

The show, which featured 74 pupils in a variety of on and off stage roles also won the Think! 2012 Rock Challenge: Stay Alert On The Roads Award for Choreography, the Humberside Police Award for Set Design and the Humberside Police Award for Concept Originality.

Beth Marshall, teacher at Quay Primary School and Rock Challenge organiser, said: “We are just on top of the world, it still hasn’t sunk in yet.

“First place is a great reward for all the hard work the pupils have put into it and also to the community who have been right behind us all the way.

“It is just unbelievable and it was a real team effort.

“When we first found out that we had won on Monday afternoon, we ran around all the classrooms to tell everyone, and I’ve never seen so many smiles on faces, there were shrieks coming from every room and the whole school just went wild.

“We made a whole new set for this performance and I think the judges were impressed by the way everyone worked so well together.

“I would like to thank everybody who has supported us along the way without who we couldn’t have done this.”

Quay Primary were presented with their first place award during a special assembly on Tuesday morning, to the delight of pupils.

At one point it looked doubtful that Quay Primary School would be able to take part in the final after struggling to raise the £570 needed to pay for transport to Grimsby, though luckily Bridlington Rotary Club stepped in to fund the trip.

Bridlington’s only other remaining representative in the competition were Headlands School who came a very respectable fifth place in the senior section with their performance based on a true story from the Spanish invasion of South America.

Cathryn Morgan, teacher at Headlands School said: “We had a brilliant day and we are really pleased to have come 5th out of 10 in what was a really strong competition.

“Our 65 performers and 10 backstage crew were a mix of ages, from Year 7 to the sixth form, so I think we were the youngest team overall in the senior competition.

“One of our sixth formers, Ryan Hutson, designed all the lighting for the show and is going off to London to study lighting and stage management soon, so for us to get the lighting award is a real boost for him and the school.

“I would like to thank all the students and staff who took part for all their hard work. It was a tough 17 hour day when we performed, so all credit must go to them.”

Chief Superintendent Tony Forbes of Humberside Police said: “Having attended my first Rock Challenge event my biggest regret is that it was my first.

“Anyone who is even vaguely considering getting involved should do, it has been a fantastic evening and I have enjoyed seeing so many young people full of energy with incredible talent.”

Rock Challenge is a competition for schools and colleges, focusing upon young people performing a piece of choreography, in a professional theatre and working with theatre and stage crew.

The aim of Rock Challenge is to encourage young people to achieve a natural drug-free high through performance.