FIVE schools in Bridlington have signed up for next year’s Rock Challenge.
The challenge, run by Humberside Police, is a performing arts competition seen as an effective way of illustrating the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco to local youngsters.
Headlands School will again represent the town in the senior school category, while this year Quay, Martongate, Hilderthorpe and Bay Primary schools have all signed up for the junior tournament.
Stephanie Heathcote, who is organising Bay Primary’s first Rock Challenge entry, said: “There’s a buzz about the school already, because it won’t just be the ones who perform who are involved - we’ve got a lot of children interested in art and are hoping to help with props and costumes.
“I joined the school after the deadline for last year’s challenge had passed, but I have a dance background and I’m excited to get started this year.
“It’s great for Bridlington that there are more entries this year because it is held right on our doorstep.”
Within twenty-four hours of this year’s application form going live, 42 schools had signed up to be part of the competition.
Cath Morgan, of Headlands School, said: “We had over 100 pupils who auditioned and 80 have been chosen to be in the team from all year groups.
“This year we are going for a more historical, dramatic theme although I cannot give all our secrets away at this stage! The pupils are all really looking forward to taking part and preparing a really good quality production again.”
In 2011, Rock Challenge attracted 3,500 students in the Humberside Police region performing to a combined audience of 4,612 guests - with students from Headlands school and Quay Primary taking part in last year’s event.
Claire Smith, from Martongate Primary School, said that the junior children “couldn’t wait” for the challenge to begin.
“It’s our first year so we are really excited about the competition, and we have loads of interest from pupils wanting to take part in performing and helping behind the scenes.
“I watched the Rock Challenge event last year and I thought there should be more schools from Bridlington involved so we have decided to give it a go.”
The senior school competition will be held at the Spa on April 30, while Bridlington Junior Schools will compete on May 1 and 2.
Claire Maley, of Hilderthorpe School, said the pupils were looking forward to making their first entry.
She said: “We are auditioning children now, and they are really excited about getting started and performing - it’s lovely to see the number of boys auditioning, which I was hoping for.
“I have a dance and drama background so I wanted to get involved when I saw how well other Bridlington schools had done in the past.”
Quay Primary was the only Bridlington primary school involved in the event last time, finishing fourth out of nine schools, and they will be looking to replicate their success at this year’s event.
After the 2010 event, teacher Beth Marshall who organised the Quay School team, told the Free Press: “You can’t put into words how well they all did.
“The kids absolutely did themselves, their parents and the school so proud. The standard was exceptionally high so to be placed fourth was a nice accolade.”