Talented schoolchildren rock through to contest final

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The tale of an ancient samurai helped talented youngsters reach the final of a national performing arts competition for schools.

More than 60 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 at Rustington Primary School competed against eight other schools in the regional heats of the UK Rock Challenge at The Guildhall in Southampton on February 27.

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As well as winning the heat with their dance called Honour Your Heritage, the children picked up a clutch of awards for excellence including choreography, performance and costuming.

Now they will head to Portsmouth Guildhall in June to determine the overall southern area winner.

Deputy headteacher Faye Hawkins said: “We are so very proud of the children and staff at Rustington and we now have all of our fingers and toes crossed for the finals!”

The staff weren’t the only ones delighted with the performance, which parents turned out in force to support.

We are so very proud of the children and staff at Rustington and we now have all of our fingers and toes crossed for the finals!

Faye Hawkins Deputy headteacher

Kieran, in Year 6, said: “Rock Challenge has made me more confident in everything that I do.”

Jacob, in Year 5, added: “It was a totally amazing experience. I am really excited about performing the dance again.”

Rock Challenge was very much a team effort for the Rustington community.

Rehearsals started in the autumn term and parents and grandparents helped out behind the scenes, making costumes and scenery and providing transport.

Year 5 teacher Mrs Scott said: “Rock Challenge is an experience that the children will never forget and will remember for the rest of their lives. This project has taught them that hard work and effort will ultimately lead to success.”

Honour your Heritage

“They say a god created Japan, who standing on a rainbow bridge dipped his bejewelled spear into the ocean. Four perfect drops fell down into the sea and became the islands of Japan. We say Japan was made by a handful of brave men who fought for their beliefs. They fought for their ancestors, they fought for honour.”

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