Students’ performing arts’ success

YOUNG performers from West Sussex scored a critical triumph and scooped a clutch of awards in the South East regional heats of the Rock Challenge, an international performing arts competition for schools and colleges.

The annual event is run by the Be Best Your Foundation, a charity that encourages young people to take an active role in building safe and healthy communities.

It is supported by the West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership and West Sussex County Council Fire and Rescue Service.

Rock Challenge focuses on bringing young people together to drive home positive messages about substance misuse and crime prevention.

Assistant Manager of the Be Your Best Foundation, Stuart McGregor, said: “West Sussex was represented in an incredible manner by fantastic performers. They were tremendous and did the area proud. We can now look forward to 2012 in Sussex knowing the standard will be marvellous.”

The young West Sussex entertainers came from:

Durrington High School, Worthing: Scored a hat trick by winning the Hampshire Healthy Schools Award for Performance Skill, the Association of Chief Police Officers Award for Staging and being voted overall runner-up in the heat.

Students performed ‘The Disappeared’, which is about mothers and grandmothers in Buenos Aires who are fighting for the right to be re-united with their abducted children.

The Angmering School: Scored a double success – the Award for School Community Support and the Southampton City Council Award for Concept Interpretation.

The students performed ‘All Fall Down’, which looked at the work of the emergency services when terrorist bombs went off in London on July 7 2005.

Chichester College: Also scored a double success – the West Sussex County Council Award for Soundtrack and the Hampshire Health, Personal Development and Wellbeing Performers’ Choice Award.

The College’s ‘Weapons of Self Destruction’ explored stereotypical views of mental health issues of young people that may arise from various forms of substance misuse.

St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill: Won the Southampton City Council Award for Concept Interpretation with ‘The Last Post’, an anti-war production.

Millais School, Horsham: Performed ‘I Stand Out’, which looked at people being wrongly labelled.

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “This year, West Sussex schools have been among the most successful participants across the UK in this year’s Rock Challenge.

“The young performers are to be congratulated for their award-winning enthusiasm and commitment.”