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    2012 THEMES

    INVERNESS THEMES

    ALNESS ACADEMY
    "If We Could Turn Back Time"

      Our theme is about the choices we can make in life and that sticking with our families and always being there for them is more important than trying to fit in with the crowd. Decisions made early in life can have devastating consequences for our future. We never know when it will be too late to turn back the clock.

    BISHOP EDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dance United"

      New York's intense street-dancing underground comes alive when a tight-knit group of dancers team up to take on a rival group of newcomers. At a local dance competition the problem intensifies when a dancer from each group decides to showcase their talents together. Can they persuade their "families" to see past each other's differences to form the ultimate dance group ?

    CAULDEEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Moving Up"

      Sally loves primary school and is very popular among friends. Sally moves up to a different primary school from all her friends as her parents moved house. Follow Sally through her journey from the familiariir fo mirp yra¿Bhool and all her surroundings into a new Secondary school as she strives to make new relationships and fit in.

    DINGWALL ACADEMY
    "A Night to Forget"

      We all want a party to be a night to remember, but theings don't always turn out the way we would like. People make unexpected choices with dire consequences, and help can come from the most unlikely of places. Don't judge our characters too quickly as we show you a night to forget.

    KINGUSSIE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Scream Until the Words Dry Out"

      Our performance is about body image, bullying and life at school for a teenager. The main character is faced with pressure from the Media to look a certain way as this is seen as acceptable. She doesn't really know where she fits in at school and is bullied for being an outsider. This l;eads her into a state of uncertainty.

    KINGUSSIE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Friendship Boogie"

      We chose friendship as our theme because friends are important. They make us feel included and friends often have fun. In 'Dance with me tonight', Olly Murs gathers his friends for a party. In our dance the girls don't want to dance, but they change their minds when the boys come along in their car. They make friends and dance.

    LOCHARDIL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Teardrop"

      In everyone's life there will be times when we make small decisions that can have big consequences for the rest of our lives. What happens when two children from the same background choose very different paths ? Don't lose sight of what you want from life. Don't choose the wrong path.

    SMITHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Just Be Yourself"

      We want to get the message across that we shouldn't just do what everyone else does or be ashamed of who we are. Media slogans might make us feel inadequate but we are individual people - unique and important in our own right! Stay resilient, confident and building each other up.

    SPEAN BRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Spider's Web"

      As a spider spins its web and catches all in its path, we aim to show you how to break free and avoid being trapped. Life throws us all difficult choices from which we must choose.

    THURSO HIGH SCHOOL
    "Alice Through the Computer Glass"

      Alice is a young teenager struggling to deal with the stresses and strains of her life. She is lonely and is lured into using the internet for company and entertainment. She soon finds that the internet is filled with both delights and dangers. Alice goes through the computer glass to find a whole new world awaiting her.

    WICK HIGH SCHOOL
    "Suffering in Silence"

      The story of three girls who all have one thing in common: self-harm. We witness their stories, understanding their individual motives behind their addiction. But, can they accept help and realise their own true beauty as individuals ?

    ARBROATH DAY ONE THEMES

    ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Wolf"

      Fairytales are told in a world of black and white. Some stories have been told so many times that their heroes and villains have passed into legend. Ultimately, the grey elements remain untold. Until now. The Red Riding Hood you know paints the wolf as a merciless killer, bloodthirsty and cruel. Our story, the true story, is a little different

    BRECHIN HIGH SCHOOL
    "Willy Goes Wonka"

      Willy Wonka is not your normal friendly guy in this year's performance. Through his fun chocolate factory and yummy chocolate, Willy Wonka is trying to take over those winning the golden tickets as well as the whole town.

    FORFAR ACADEMY
    "Witch me not"

      Forfar, a place where some of the witches from the 1960's still appear from time to time. Living in an innocent girl who then becomes the most evil, insidious witch this side of Angus. Accusations, betrayal and love at the most inconvenient time. How will one young witch's fate end? Will she be executed or survive to tell the tale?

    WEBSTER’S HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Apocalypse"

      The Apocalypse is the final catastrophe. Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end, where survival of the fittest is evident. Wind, water, earth and fire are the cause of devastation that could eliminate mankind forever. Will these elements test our fate, or will they determine our future?
    A special thank-you for tonight's showcase performance to Showcase the Street

    ARBROATH DAY TWO THEMES

    ARBROATH ACADEMY
    ""History" is His Story"

      During a school trip to the stones of Lanark, Mollie and Suzanne are exposed to the secret myth of "Celtic Connections". On dancing round the legendary stones, they are propelled back to the fourteenth century where they become characters in the life story of the valiant William Wallace.
      History is his story - what will your story be?

    KINROSS HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Game Of Life"

      The Game Of Life will give you challenges and choices to make. It will take you down many different roads as you journey to its end. What will you decide? What will be the consequences? Who will you affect along the way? Play the game, take your chances, but be prepared to win or lose...

    MONIFIETH HIGH SCHOOL
    "Be careful what you wish for ..........."

      Most little girls dream of fame, but don't know the reality of what it involves. When Lucy discovers fame for real, however, she finds out that fame was definitely not what she thought. She should have been careful what she wished for.

    MONTROSE ACADEMY
    "Striving for Perfection"

      Mankind's desire to improve and evolve has been subject to ulterior motives throughout time. A young girl - stolen from her family, forced into a nightmare world of experiments, failures and, ultimately, Superhumans. When thrust into a battle between the old and the new, and then faced with her family, will her inner humanity prevail?
    A special thank-you for tonight's showcase performance to Showcase the Street

    ABERDEEN THEMES

    BUCKSBURN ACADEMY
    "Through the looking glass"

      Being one of the "Beautiful People" is believing that beauty brings success and popularity. The reality can be a constant battle with weight loss, using alcohol to gain confidence and drug abuse to deaden a true personality. Beauty comes in all sizes, shapes and colours - it's a light in the heart.
      What will we find through the looking glass?

    FRASERBURGH ACADEMY
    "Dorothy Decides..."

      Follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road as she faces a choice of paths. Will she conform and allow the evil witch with her peer-pressuring companions determine her path or will she resist these influences and choose her own way. The decision is hers.

    HAZLEHEAD ACADEMY
    ""I strive towards higher things" - Ad altiora tendo."

      Does everyone deserve a second chance? Is it too late to change?
      A troublesome youth discovers she has a talent that could change her future forever. Can she pick up the pieces of her broken life, share laughter, love her friends and family again but most of all learn from her mistakes?

    KEMNAY ACADEMY
    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

      Our story is set in a Fairy Tale Land where a prince is nasty to a witch because of her looks. The witch turns the prince into a Beast because of his behaviour. He can only turn back into a prince if he convinces someone to fall in love with him before the hourglass empties…Will he have enough time?

    MACKIE ACADEMY
    "Whene'er to drink you are inclin'd...Think!"

      Join Tam on a night which, at first, he hoped would never end, but as he knocks back the pints the night turns far from what he expected. Stumbling home, Tam is confronted by the dangers of the night and as his night descends further into the supernatural will Tam face the consequences and realise the error of his ways?

    PETERHEAD ACADEMY
    "SOUTH"

      Join Captain Ernest Henry Shackleton and his crew on their expedition to the South Pole. Panic sets in as the evil Ice Queen and her minions trap their ship which leads to hallucination and starvation within the crew. How far will they go to survive? Will anyone survive? Or will they all be surrendered to the South?

    TURRIFF ACADEMY
    "People who mind don't matter, people who matter don't mind"

      Set in the future, a Dictator rules the world. He controls your thoughts, views and even your sexuality. In this repressive regime some brave couples decide to break free. They learn to accept themselves for who they are because ultimately it matters who you fall in love with.

    WESTHILL ACADEMY
    "The Discovery of Elemora"

      When four children stumble upon an unusual game in an abandoned house, little do they know what lies ahead. Elemora, a game with many secrets, spirals the children on a journey where they are made to face Earth’s natural disasters; an earthquake, hurricane, forest fire and tsunami. Will they make it out before the last roll of the dice?

    STEVENAGE DAY ONE THEMES

    BARNWELL BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE SCHOOL
    "Life is no Nintendo Game!"

      If you are a student who prefers screen-time to study-time - watch out! The mad professor's magic potion will pull you into a Nintendo nightmare?Level after level of Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Just Dance, Sonic and Mario could leave you too weak to face your final nemesis - Professor Mad himself! Will our two unfortunate students make it out alive?

    CAROLINE CHISHOLM SCHOOL
    "The Obsession of Narcissus"

      Narcissus looks into the mirror and she hates her reflection. The beauty of the girls in the mirror draw her into believing that beauty is the most important goal in life. When girls in the mirror transform Narcissus into one of them, she becomes entranced by her reflection - trapping her in the mirror for eternity.

    DENBIGH SCHOOL
    "The Monkey Movement"

      Hey hey we're the monkeys, people say we monkey around. But if only they knew! Forget evolution, it is time for revolution. Forget Darwin, it is time we got movin'! In our species, we are fit and have survived and our origin is human lives!

    HERTSWOOD SCHOOL
    "Through the Eyes of a Clown"

      Through the Eyes of a Clown explores how young people can feel if they do not fit in with their peers for different reasons such as sexual preferences, size, appearance and interests. We use the theme of the circus to show we believe people should celebrate individuality, as the circus celebrates performers who have special talents.

    MARK RUTHERFORD UPPER SCHOOL
    "Picture Perfect"

      Picture Perfect explores the impact that the ideal image within the media has on people. The pressure to be seen as model perfect can cause people to take drastic measures to make themselves look more attractive and feel more accepted in society. Our piece has been created to make young people realize that conformity can result in tragic consequences.

    MAYFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL GRAVESEND
    "Grime behind the glitter"

      Would we really think of Diamonds as symbols of love, dedication and wealth if we knew the true story behind them? All too often child slaves have suffered to make a diamond which is overpriced and funded for wars. "Is it worth buying a gem that slaves worked painstakingly for?" Can we strip back the glitter to reveal the grime?

    ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY
    "Capital Games"

      It's not by wealth of spirit that we're measured,
      Ambition's ladders seem our only goal
      But by income as a person and country
      As economies worldwide crash and fall.
      Are we puppets ruled by those above us
      As governments are ransomed by its power?
      The strength of pounds, dollars, and of euros
      Is dictated by those high in ivory towers.

    BOURNEHALL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Keeping Fairytales alive!"

      Fairytale land is full of smiles and laughter, but do all stories end happily ever after? Even in Fairytale land there is no escape from the challenges we face. Will our strength and unity overcome evil? It's up to us to keep fairytales alive!

    GALLEY HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Beauty and the Beast"

      What is truly beautiful?
      Belle believes she is and her friends agree,
      but when you look closer, what do you see?
      The Beast however is a quite different sight, with fierce eyes and claws he can cause quite a fright.
      But are we just judging a book by its cover? If we look deeper perhaps we'll discover.

    LAURANCE HAINES SCHOOL
    "Connecting Global Communities"

      For our theme this year, we have been looking at connecting global communities through sport. Sport gives us all an amazing opportunity to come together, no matter where we are from, and represent ourselves and our teams with pride.

    SOUTH HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "No Boundaries"

      Can you describe the colour blue? Impossible? Too often we take for granted the simplest gift - sight. Many people have never seen blossom fall from a tree, or their mother's smile when they say 'I love you'. What a mad world a life without sight could be. But there are no boundaries that cannot be overcome with a little help.
    Please note: The four Junior Rock Challenge® schools taking part this evening are not competing in tonight's competition, but will be presented with Awards of Excellence after their performances, we are, however, delighted to announce that for the first time ever we will be announcing the top three schools from across the three Stevenage events via the Rock Challenge® website, Facebook, and Twitter pages at midday on Friday!

    STEVENAGE DAY TWO THEMES


    ALL SAINTS ACADEMY
    "A contemporary fairytale"

      Our piece looks at a modern day romance, and along with it the value of being yourself, being an individual, and being beautiful. The piece looks at elements of society including bullying, young people's need to conform, and the high expectations placed on young individuals at the current time.

    BARNFIELD SOUTH ACADEMY
    "The Diary of a Young Girl"

      Exploring the diary of a young Jewish girl caught up in the midst of World War 2. Anne's world collapses as the Frank family are forced to wait out the war in an attic. The fugitives are eventually discovered and taken away, ending in their unfortunate demise. Everyone that is, except her Father. And her diary.

    HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL
    "Not Like the Movies"

      A simple cinema trip is disturbed when the audience become part of the movie. Watch their journey through a selection of movie scenes that don't unfold exactly as you might expect. Will they escape? Well, it's not like the movies...

    KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL
    "Swift as a shadow short as any dream."

      William Shakespeare judges that love is a form of madness that prompts the lover to act in very foolish ways indeed. As Duke Theseus says, "lovers, like madmen and poets, are fantasists". Come join 'we shadows' and see how events occur without explanation, time loses its normal sense of flow, and the impossible occurs as a matter of course.

    SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    "Alter Ego"

      This is the story of Jack, a man suffering mental illness in a psychiatric hospital. We explore his history and experiences in the hospital. Different patients have different disorders; anorexia, paranoia, depression and OCD. Jack is confronted by his demons and his sanity spirals further out of control. Which disorder is Jack afflicted with, or is it more than one?

    THE WYE VALLEY SCHOOL
    "Ring O' Roses"

      Times were grim. London was filthy and perfect for rats to breed. The poor were struck fist. First there were red blotches all over your skin, then painful lumps, and sneezing, shortly followed by death. You and your family would be locked in your house for forty days and forty nights. No-one was allowed to enter except the PLAGUE doctor.

    WOODLANDS SCHOOL
    "Lucky 7!"

      What is life? Is it fate that decides whether we are given life and when our life is taken away? What journey will we take? What experiences will we encounter on our travels? What sights will we see? Who will we become? Join us, and let's play the Game of Life; roll the dice and wish for the Lucky 7!

    VANDYKE UPPER SCHOOL
    "Forbidden Love"

      Using elements of the willow pattern legend we explore how parents often think they know what is best for their children in love. Sometimes these decisions can end in tragedy - in our story the Gods intervene to immortalise our two lovers - as two white doves. If you see two doves together think of love immortalised and a father's pain.

    ABBOTS LANGLEY SCHOOL
    "Priceless"

      'Priceless'. Our generation is growing up in a celebrity-focused society, where fame and fortune is seen to be the route to happiness. In our performance we follow a girl who shares these beliefs and our aim is to show you that all you really need are true friendships. Belonging, and having love and companionship is nothing less than priceless.

    ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Same Difference"

      Although every one of us is unique, we also belong to many groups. Blue shows a large group of similar people - the other colours represent minority groups who are different because of aspects such as race, wealth or appearance. Groups often exert power or create conflict over other groups. We should respect and celebrate similarities and differences.

    SWALLOW DELL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Time Machine Madness"

      Two children explore the local woods against their parents' wishes and discover a time machine! They go on a journey to the past present and future exploring different eras and meeting new groups of people. The piece explores how different times, places and people are and been accepted into different groups.

    TUDOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Hands around the world"

      A world of 7 billion people poses many challenges - and countless opportunities to make a positive difference. By working together, through friendship, charity work and conservation, we can help improve the lives of others as well as our own. The happiness of our world lies in everyone's hands.
    Please note: The four Junior Rock Challenge® schools taking part this evening are not competing in tonight's competition, but will be presented with Awards of Excellence after their performances, we are, however, delighted to announce that for the first time ever we will be announcing the top three schools from across the three Stevenage events via the Rock Challenge® website, Facebook, and Twitter pages at midday on Friday!

    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Kings Langley School are one of UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Kings Langley have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 23rd.

    STEVENAGE DAY THREE THEMES

    BARNHILL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
    "Plastic Guns with Real Bullets"

      "They filled the forms and asked my age, and when I said 16, I was slapped and he said, 'You are 18. Answer 18'. He asked me again and I said, 'But that's my true age'. The sergeant asked, 'Then why did you enlist in the army?' I said, 'Against my will. I was captured."

    KINGSMEAD SCHOOL
    "Hitchcock Presents..."

      Good evening, our story tonight delves into the mind and work of one of the greatest film makers in the history of cinema Alfred Hitchcock. Three films; Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo. Many ideas, people watching, leading ladies and cameo's from Hitchcock himself as well as suspense, falling and stairs. Will the nightmare of the birds ever end?

    MILL HILL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
    "Mr Burn"

      'Mr Burn' tells the story of a top governor who hates anyone being happy. He takes away his city's happiness by bringing destruction and rage to it. The fire that burns within him keeps all the people in his town oppressed and encourages them to all be just as angry. The question is what happened to make him this way....?

    PARK HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Lord of the Flies"

      When a plane crash strands a group of children, society begins to crumble. As night falls, fears grow, and a rumour spreads that a beast haunts the island. All but one succumb to this fear, but when our leader finds the 'Lord of the Flies' he realises that the beast was only ever inside them all.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH'S GIRLS' SCHOOL
    "Locked in but not left out...a world inside your body"

      Can you imagine a more frightening place than to be trapped inside your own body, unable to communicate?. This tells the story of Locked-in Syndrome, how life can change in a blink of an eye - being stuck inside a picture frame. Where am I? How do I get out? Will despair take over or is there a chance of hope?

    SEDGEHILL SCHOOL
    "Actions Speak Louder than Words"

      What's happened to our Lewisham community? In the 1970 riots people stood together against the National Front who were promoting racial inequality. In 2011, a peaceful protest turns into looting. Instead of standing by morals and standing together, some members of the Lewisham community forgot their morals, forgot their community. What is a life without morals?

    STOCKLEY ACADEMY
    "1933, Elgin State Hospital The Shocking Discovery?"

      Illinois, 1933, America's buzzing with the discovery of the Atomic age. Elgin State Hospital of the mentally insane experimented with innovative radioactive injections on schizophrenics code test patients. While for 46 weeks toxic Radium was injected per day, the Normal American Citizens and patients of the hospital where unaware or consented to Dr Finley's laboratory tests, humanity or insanity.

    THE WARREN SCHOOL
    "Modern Warfare"

      This Hip-Hop and contemporary piece to explore how the effects of government cuts and poverty have affected the youth culture of today. The journey shows the use of government control, the riots and to stereotypes placed on youth culture. It shows them being outcasts of society and with less funding the class systems are being pulled further and further apart.

    WINCHMORE SCHOOL
    "Experiment! Exploit! Extinct!"

      Trapped in a cage. Experimented on. Exploited for vanity and environments destroyed. Our piece explores the actions taken by humans and the negative impact this has on animals' existence.

    WOODCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Book of Wonders"

      This performance tells the stories we all know and love in the form of dance. Watch the characters we have read about come to life jumping from the page to the stage.
    Please note: Woodcroft Primary School is not competing in tonight's competition, but they will be presented with Awards of Excellence after their performance. We are, however, delighted to announce that for the first time ever we will be announcing the top three schools from across the three Stevenage events via the Rock Challenge® website, Facebook, and Twitter pages at midday on Friday!

    SOUTHAMPTON DAY ONE THEMES

    THE GRANGE SCHOOL
    "True Blood"

      Two starred crossed lovers from mortal and immortals lives hide their love from the rest of their own. A life is taken and a fight breaks loose, forcing the lovers to reconcile sides. Can Danny, an immortal soul, resist his first true love's blood and does Georgina, a mortal, live to remember her first true love?

    PERINS SCHOOL
    "Starlight"

      Starlight is an incredible Charity who "Brighten the lives of seriously and terminally ill children." Some children wish for objects such as laptops, phones or TVs, others wish for experiences. Whatever the wish, the memories last a lifetime for themselves and their families. Perins take you on a journey through one life and grant one wish!

    ROYAL MANOR ARTS COLLEGE
    "Stolen Children"

      Around the world, children are stolen from their homes to be sold by illegal traffickers. They are shipped, like cargo, to fulfil the needs of greedy illegal businesses, where the quality of their lives is insignificant. Many are maltreated, and in an age where we pride ourselves on child protection, it's difficult to admit to this child slavery.

    SWANMORE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
    "The London Riots - Retold"

      August 2011 saw mass devastation and carnage across the UK as we were swarmed with riots. Follow our rioters into the world of film and history (Mulan, Shrek, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to see if they can teach us anything about conflict, racism and prejudices. Who will triumph, who will learn the values of humanity?

    TESTWOOD SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Child's Play"

      Childhood is a time of innocence and delight. One of the most treasured parts of childhood is the games that children play with their toys. With your favourite toys and a little imagination, magical adventures can happen every day. Follow the fun and games one little girl has with her toys, but always remember: things are not necessarily what they seem!

    YATELEY SCHOOL
    "Fight or Flight?"

      In the 21st century, life demands can cause stress especially relationships, work and money problems. When we feel stressed it can affect everything we do. Many of us disguise our stress from others; however prolonged stress can trigger the 'flight or fight' response. When this response is activated we can perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat.

    SOUTHAMPTON DAY TWO THEMES

    ALDWORTH SCIENCE COLLEGE
    "The Perfect Nightmare"

      A group are out exploring in the woods when they come across an eerie house on the hill. Inside the house, crazy scientists are inventing the experiments of a lifetime. The group's curiosity leads them to uncover the consequences of the strive for perfection as the perfect reality and nightmares of genetic engineering come true!

    CARISBROOKE COLLEGE
    "One Person's Craziness Is Another's Reality"

      Alice is falling. Her fault or fate?
      For she is late, for an important date!
      Comeuppance is waiting it's time to endure,
      No turning back, no time to explore.
      Mind spinning, head pounding,
      Is everything as it seems?
      Which path? Which way?
      The risk that she takes
      Calculates and leads to the decision she makes.

    CROOKHORN COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
    "Web of Minds"

      Bipolar; a condition where the brain has unpredictable mood changes. From a time of feeling on top of the world, to a time of feeling completely worthless. These issues affect teenagers as well as adults. Tonight we give you an insight to the effects of this condition, not only on the patient, but the family and friends around them.

    HENRY CORT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "High Hopes"

      Decisions, decisions......Dan finds himself facing one of the most life-changing decisions of all. Dan, who is aiming high at school and looking forward to a bright future, is offered drugs at a party. What we see next is the consequence of his potential decision, and the impact on the people closest to him. So, what should he do?

    HOLLYFIELD SCHOOL
    "The Painting"

      A dramatic argument between a painter and his girlfriend inspires a work of art which, bitterly, is sold. The girlfriend thinks it's hers and tries to retrieve it but the new owner refuses to sell. Through an interesting twist in events and a surreal yet magical occurrence, is it fate, luck or love which determines the painting's rightful owner?

    ITCHEN COLLEGE
    "Final Breath"

      The Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933; concentration camps were created, imprisoning millions. They captured Jews, political prisoners, criminals, homosexuals, gypsies, and the mentally-ill. Many of the prisoners died in concentration camps through deliberate maltreatment from the Nazis. Although some were fortunate to survive, many did not.

    REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Strength Within"

      Strength Within.... Fear, Anger, Grief... You don't know how you will react - it is a serious diagnosis. Everyone and every case is different, but all of us are touched. You are not alone, the support will carry you through. There is always Hope.

    TOMLINSCOTE SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM
    "Alice?"

      Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do. So she followed a stranger away from her home. Trapped by her abductor, Alice realised the traumas she will face. Through the mist of this wonderland Alice wonders 'will I ever return home'?

    SOUTHAMPTON DAY THREE THEMES

    ALDWORTH SCIENCE COLLEGE
    "The Perfect Nightmare"

      A group are out exploring in the woods when they come across an eerie house on the hill. Inside the house, crazy scientists are inventing the experiments of a lifetime. The group's curiosity leads them to uncover the consequences of the strive for perfection as the perfect reality and nightmares of genetic engineering come true!

    CHAMBERLAYNE COLLEGE FOR THE ARTS
    "Should humans get away with exploiting others?"

      The deal was done. Young girls paid for and shipped in containers across the ocean. Scared, frightened entering an unknown city far away from home. Imprisoned behind bars, forced to attend to the men's every needs. Extreme actions are taken to ensure survival of the exploited. See how one person's bad situation can be a positive ending for another!

    HAMBLE COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Scrapheap CULTure"

      Every day kids are thrown on the scrapheap of life,
      Left to find their own way into trouble and strife.But then out on the heap there are more of their kind,
      They follow their leader as if they were blind.
      When all turns bad, which way will they turn?
      Run away from the ashes? Or stay there to burn?

    LYTCHETT MINSTER SCHOOL
    "One Small Step For Man"

      Lytchett Minster presents some pinnacle moments from the 'Space Race'. Our performance includes the competition between USA/NASA and USSR to make the first step on the moon, choosing the servicemen who would become astronauts, their training, and the assassination of JFK. There are sections that highlight family life and the pressures of the mission they had been chosen for.

    MAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Just An Illusion?"

      In the beginning it was feared. The men and women who practiced MAGIC were avoided, persecuted. Since then the mystery of magic has evolved into a much loved form of entertainment. Magicians travel the world performing to millions. Join us as we follow the art from the beginning. But will you come to the conclusion that it's JUST AN ILLUSION?

    PETER SYMONDS COLLEGE
    "Don't Look Back"

      When Eurydice is bitten by a snake, Orpheus is encouraged by nymphs to go into the underworld to try and get her back. Many horrors greet Orpheus including The Queen of the Underworld, who allows Eurydice to escape on one condition: "Don't Look Back". Taunted by underworld creatures, will Orpheus break his promise and be forced to live alone?

    THE WELLINGTON ACADEMY
    "Dreamcatcher"

      Long ago when the world was young, Iktomi the spider created a gift for the Lakota tribe. He bent a willow branch into a hoop and wove a web, explaining "Dreams from the sky are trapped in the web. Good dreams are released onto the dreamer and bad dreams are captured until the rays of the sun melt them away."

    THE WESTGATE SCHOOL
    "The name's Bond, James Bond": 50 Years of Gold

      'The name's Bond, James Bond': these infamous words encapsulate 50 years of exhilarating adventure. We wanted to show our appreciation for the well-loved phenomenon in its fiftieth year. Our dance aims to highlight the constant battle between good and evil that Bond faces time and time again. Will he save the day? Will evil be defeated? Will good prevail?

    WYVERN TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "Innocent Voices"

      Compelled to become instruments of war, to kill and be killed, child soldiers are forced to express the hatred of adults. Uniquely vulnerable to military recruitment through emotional and physical immaturity, they are easily manipulated and drawn into violence that they are too young to resist or understand. "Innocent Voices" is in response to children who are denied their childhood.

    SOUTHAMPTON DAY 4 THEMES

    BRUNE PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Street Child The Rise and Fall"

      When his mother dies, Jim is alone. London in 1860 is dangerous for a small boy. Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger, Judy Garland were all icons and life's a battle for survival. Just when Jim finds happiness he's snatched away by from the last century. They all faced death from prescription drugs as an outcome cruel Grimy Nick. Will Jim ever be free? Jim's adventure is based on the true story of of dealing with the pressure of fame and the perfect image. In our performance the orphan who inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his children's refuge. a girl dreams of stardom and the glamour of Hollywood. Will she shine in the limelight or will she succumb?

    CANTELL MATHS AND COMPUTING COLLEGE
    "British Traditions Old and New"

      Archers on the radio, cups of tea and ooh! - a trip to the seaside! A nostalgic look at old British traditions and some newer ones as we have become a more culturally diverse nation over the years. What a shame about our awful weather......!!

    GREAT OAKS SCHOOL
    "Proud to be British"

      What makes you proud to be British? Take a trip down memory lane with us as we celebrate 60 golden years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and enjoy some great British music and dancing through those decades. Fashion statements may keep getting bigger, technology keeps getting smaller, but one thing is for certain, this diamond is forever!

    HEADINGTON SCHOOL OXFORD
    "'Multiple Personality Disorder'"

      Our dance takes place in the mind of a young girl with Multiple Personality Disorder, a disorder in which the sufferer experiences at least two different identities or personality states. The dancers are split into three groups, each representing a different personality trait. The doctor administers a tablet. What impact can this have?

    MEDINA COLLEGE
    "The evil and immortality of slavery"

      Our piece is based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 'Uncle Tom’s cabin', it follows the life of a slave girl, Eliza, who falls in love with another slave, who is then taken away by the evil king. Eliza escapes from the evil kingdom to find him. Along her way she faces the perils of the outside world.

    TOTTON COLLEGE
    "Stolen Identity"

      Every day a crime is committed that inflicts no physical injury, but leaves its victims devastated and costs the country billions of pounds. If left unsecured, the personal data in our mail, phones and computers can be used by criminals to obtain thousands of pounds worth of credit for themselves, leaving the debt to the victims of identity fraud.

    UPPER SHIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL
    "A Changing Society"

      This piece focuses on how adverts designed to educate have changed throughout the decades. It looks at how our society and teenagers have become more troubled and influenced by the wrong things in life which are reflected by the adverts used to discourage this behaviour.

    WILDERN SCHOOL
    "CAUTION....CAUTION......PROFESSOR AT WORK!!!!!!!"

      A journey of fantasy into outer space; a meteor shower destroys a spaceship, but a mad professor and his daughter have a band of robots to repair the ship. The mad professor has, however, created some other creatures and with creation comes responsibility.....will bravery and love conquer all and restore the solar system to one of peace and contentment?
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Totton College are one of UK’s 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight’s event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Totton have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 23rd.

    SOUTHAMPTON JUNIOR DAY ONE THEMES

    FOREST PARK SCHOOL
    "Forest Park Rocks"

      In an age when children play in virtual worlds on computers, our children are going to take you on a journey to the New Forest. It is a place they love to visit that is full of fun, games and surprises in every season. Come with us and enjoy the outdoors.

    GATTEN AND LAKE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Snaak Stang Legend of the Isle of Wight"

      Previously, the Isle of Wight was two separate islands of Wight and Yar. After sea levels changed, the land became one. Island Kings and their subjects battled for the new land between them, eventually the wizard of Wight being triumphant. However, as his opponent's staff shattered, the shards of glass became dragonflies that stung the men of the Wight forever.

    HALTERWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Revelling in a Reading Revolution"

      Join Sophie and Shakespeare's Puck as they teach Jess the wonders of literature and help her find the books she always ignored. As they depart on their journey from childhood books to Shakespeare's classics Jess discovers the world of literature she was missing. Finally, Jess embraces the life of books she never accepted and learns to love them for life.

    HIGHFIELD C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Musical Mayhem"

      The best musicals have three qualities, BRAINS, intelligence and style, HEART, genuine and believable emotion and COURAGE, the guts to do something different. We have taken five famous musicals and woven them together, so look out for familiar characters in very unfamiliar situations as we present musical mayhem.

    LANESEND PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Flight of the Dragonflies"

      In ancient times the Isle of Wight was actually two warring islands. To stop bloodshed sorcerers Wiht and Yar stood on the riverbank and fought with magical staffs. Flashes of dragon power exploded from the wizards becoming dragonflies that spread peace throughout. Wiht means mystical powers. We hope our performance has the power to bring you peace too.

    NURSLING PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Fairtrade in Ghana"

      How many times have you said "that's so unfair!"? But trade rules aren't always fair. In Ghana many people and children work for next to nothing picking cocoa beans, whilst other people get rich and we have cheaper chocolate. Pay a fair price and give them a chance to improve their lives.

    PARK VIEW JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Breaking Down the Wall"

      Over time the roles of men and women have changed dramatically. There was a time where women could never enter the man's world. Schoolgirl Amy researches this topic and discovers the wall dividing the genders. She sees how difficult it was for women to break through the bricks and wonders; are we all equal now?

    ST WINIFRED'S SCHOOL
    "Memory Sticks"

      The heroine for our story is a grandmother of about 85 years. She doesn't know much about computers and memory sticks. What she knows and remembers are important parts of her life. We have tried to portray her life through significant moments which help show that, for her, memories stick.

    WELLOW SCHOOL
    "Frozen Fortunes"

      100 Years. Technology has progressed considerably. Science has achieved marvellous things. Yet 100 years is no time at all. Our story is one told from memory to our parents by their grandparents. A story which never fails to enthral and captivate. A story which isn't really a story at all. April 1912, Titanic commenced a journey she would never complete.

    SOUTHAMPTON JUNIOR DAY TWO THEMES

    BASSETT GREEN SCHOOL
    "Horrid Henry's Dream Adventures!"

      It's not fair when Mum and Dad nag nag, ''stand up straight'' - ''Go to your room.'' So Henry complies and enters a dream world full of adventure - is he glad to get back to real life...? Find out in Bassett Green's first Rock Challenge Performance!

    FOUNDRY LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Follow The Yellow Brick Road...To Friendship"

      Follow Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road on her journey to friendship. Picking up other lonely characters with every step, Dorothy travels the golden path of friendship. Friends come in all shapes and sizes as Dorothy soon discovers. With bouncing munchkins, and rigid tinmen, with scary lions and floppy scarecrows, this is one journey no-one will ever forget!

    HAREFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The 2 sides of a coin"

      The Rainforest; one of the natural wonders of the world and a place of peace and beauty full of life and wonder. However, human beings seem intent on its destruction for their own benefits and this once untouched place is gradually being diminished. Our dance reflects the two sides of a coin good and bad. RESPECT OUR RAINFOREST.

    HAZEL WOOD INFANT SCHOOL
    "London's Burning"

      It is a warm Saturday in 1666. All is calm in London and everyone is happy. The clock strikes 3am the next day and everything changes. A fire is discovered! It spreads quickly through the city destroying buildings and wildlife. The city is panicked and sends out an S.O.S - will help arrive in time? Will the city ever be rebuilt?

    SPRINGWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dance Around the World"

      Dance brings us together. In every country around the world people dance together in celebration of their culture and beliefs. In dance we are all the same. We can share our individuality, whilst different people come together as one group. Through national dances from across the world we are celebrating our similarities and diversities.

    THORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Just Imagine..."

      In this electronic digital age sometimes the imagination gets left far behind. The Power of Reading unleashes the imagination taking us on a voyage of mystery, peril and history. As the pages, turn our reader journeys through fiction and non-fiction. Sometimes imagination gets lost...will it ever be found again? Lets turn the pages and find out.

    TOWNHILL JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Give In And Give Up?"

      Temptation touches all of us. The strength to resist can be hard to find. Giving in can have unexpected consequences, both good and bad. The question is...are you ready for them? Townhill Junior proudly presents 'Give In And Give Up?' a performance based on the ancient Greek myth of Pandora.

    CRAWLEY THEMES

    THE ANGMERING SCHOOL
    "Salem"

      Twitching, biting, itching, scratching, sudden falls to the floor, contortions, shaking, choking, fever, stomach painall of the symptoms of being a witch in Salem 1692. As hysteria spread through the adults and children of Salem, the only way to escape the gallows was to confess or accuse another of witchcraft. Could anyone put an end to the madness?

    CHRIST'S HOSPITAL SCHOOL
    "The History of Christs Hospital School"

      In 1552, King Edward established an Independent School to provide a free education for the needy London children. 460 years later, the principles remain, but with boys and girls from Horsham to Hong Kong and Battersea to Berlin. Each on a unique, often traumatic life journey. Experience our journey to the present day and witness the evolution of Christ's Hospital.

    FELPHAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "The Art of Deception"

      The internet has revolutionised the world. However there are hidden dangers which anybody can face. Told through the story of Little Red Riding Hood we are going to explore the dangers of meeting strangers though social media.

    THE FOREST SCHOOL
    "Boys don't dance.......Boys Rock Dance!"

      How many times have you heard that 'boys don't dance'? Well tonight The Forest School is going to show you that boys rock dance! Sit back and enjoy our performance inspired by some of the most iconic male dancers and dance styles of recent decades.

    MILLAIS SCHOOL
    "My Door..."

      Do we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors? Each day, thousands of children leave school to face home lives that we know nothing about. Isn't it time we learnt more, asked more questions, showed an interest? Perhaps then we could be there to offer the support these children need to change the future behind their doors.

    OATHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Minute by Minute"

      Morning, noon and night each person makes their own moment. Through every window the concept of time is different for each person, whether it be having a nightmare, snuggled in bed, or waking up in the morning to get ready for the day ahead.

    ORIEL HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Resurrectionists"

      As the Study of Anatomy surged forward in the 1800's, obtaining fresh cadavers was in high demand and Body-Snatching became rife... Enter Burke and Hare, who devise their own and even more sinister methods of supplying the needs of medical students.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE SCHOOL
    "War and Peace"

      Do you remember the day you left school? The excitement, the optimism. Not so for this generation. They face an unsettled future in an unsettled world. Fewer jobs the recession drags on. The war on terror continues. Many regions of the world face their own internal struggles. Through their dance, QEII students want to highlight the difficulties facing young people.

    ST PAUL'S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
    "32 Angels"

      Two attacks, two hours apart, in two separate buildings on campus. The Virginia Tech massacre occurred on April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho began the massacre at 7:15am in dormitories. At 9:15, he entered Norris Hall and chained the doors shut. He entered classroom after classroom, shooting people indiscriminately - he murdered 25 students, five faculty members and wounded 29 others.

    TANBRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL
    "LOS 33"

      Imagine surviving on two teaspoons of tuna fish and sips of milk every 48 hours, for 69 days. On the 5th August 2010, 33 husbands, fathers and sons became entombed in a mine underneath the Chilean desert. Our piece tells the story of these brave men, the tireless work of the rescuers and the desperation of the families that followed.

    EASTBOURNE THEMES

    ALDWORTH SCIENCE COLLEGE
    "The Perfect Nightmare"

      A group are out exploring in the woods when they come across an eerie house on the hill. Inside the house, crazy scientists are inventing the experiments of a lifetime. The group's curiosity leads them to uncover the consequences of the strive for perfection as the perfect reality and nightmares of genetic engineering come true!

    BEXHILL COLLEGE
    "Remember who you are"

      It's easy to run away from your past, it's easy to turn your back on a friend, but it takes a real man to face the truth, to fight for who you are and who you want to be. You're invited to follow our characters along their quest of friendship, love and discovery on a wild trip across African plains.

    BEXHILL HIGH SCHOOL
    "A tribute to the power of words"

      This dance was created to celebrate the 200th Birthday of the influential writer Charles Dickens. This extraordinary man was born in 1812 and completed 34 superb novels plus many other texts before dying at the young age of 58 in 1870. Our tribute to his life's work will focus on our love for his books and the characters within them.

    BISHOP BELL CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL
    "While I was Bleeding"

      The initial inspiration was a campaign by Amnesty International against human rights abuses. The focus then became domestic violence suffered by women, hence the table which symbolises the hub of the household and where many violent situations unfold. Manipulation, slicing and jerky actions represent various types of abuse.

    BRIGHTON AND HOVE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Who Dunnit?"

      Brighton and Hove High School proudly invite you to an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem. A dinner party goes wrong and everyone's a suspect. Will the crack team of detectives be able to solve the case before our stage time is up? And what did the butler really see?

    DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
    "Slave to Fashion"

      You're a busy mum who needs new clothes for the children - the credit crunch is biting. Do you consider the working conditions of those making these cheap clothes? And as prices soar and your salary is worth less each month, can you really afford to care? What is the true cost of fashion to the world's poorest people?

    SEAFORD HEAD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Where have all the daisies gone?..."

      Effective disposal of rubbish is fundamental in preserving the planet and reducing unnecessary consumption of natural resources. Failure to recycle non-biodegradable materials results in the manufacturing of new products which involves extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth. Our natural environment suffers due to landfill sites. We have used a daisy to represent the natural vulnerability of our planet.

    ST LEONARD'S ACADEMY
    "Stolen by the sea"

      Our piece is a representation of the fishing community in Hastings - its triumphs and losses over its 1000 year history.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Durrington High School is one of UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Durrington have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 9th.

    GRANTHAM THEMES

    THE KING'S SCHOOL
    "Billy"

      No matter who we are as people, or how we grew up, we all have our dreams, and Billy is no exception. In this ever-changing world of conflict, Billy embarks on an emotional journey to discover who he really is and that, no matter what, dreams CAN come true.

    THE PRIORY ACADEMY LSST
    "Sweet Temptation"

      Join our two sad souls, lost and alone. Trapped in the darkest depths of the forest, a tantalising sight of sugary delights entices our duo to the lair of a witch who devours lost souls. Will the young ones escape and release the forest from the witch's evil, or be consumed by the evil roots of the sweet temptations...?

    THE PRIORY CITY OF LINCOLN ACADEMY
    "Dance Fusion"

      Dance Fusions shows the amalgamation of two different dance styles from two different cultures.

    THE PRIORY RUSKIN ACADEMY
    "Forever 27"

      Our inspiration came from the tragc death of Amy Winehouse who joins a group of musicians called the "Forever 27" club. What caused their deaths ? What might they have achieved ? Is drug and alcohol addiction accepted by the music industry and the media as an inevitable consequence of artistic creativity, or could something be done to prevent more tragic deaths ?

    WILLIAM FARR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
    "Beyond the doors of Denial"

      In a world of ever-advancing technology, we must ask the the question: are we the Big Brother nation? Have George Orwell's predictions of "totalitarian future society" become reality ? Rebecca is a 21st Century girl, carefree and unthinking of her use of technology but the evil spirits she her where bad choices may lead her. Who will she help to triumph ?

    EAST BRIDGFORD ST PETER'S C of E SCHOOL
    "Romeo and Juliet"

      Rejected by Rosaline, Romeo and friends gatecrash the party of sworn enemies, the Capulets, where he quickly loses his heart to the fair Juliet. Can true love flourish and heal the bitter feud ? Follow this epic tale to find out!

    NATIONAL C of E JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Every Picture Tells a Story..."

      A group of school children embark on a trip to an art gallery. They believe art is boring, has no life, doesn't capture the imagination and is beyond the power to grab... As each picture comes to life, they become drawn into a world of mystery, magic, intrigue, power and passion ... and realise EVERY PICTURE INDEED TELLS A STORY.

    ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Roaring Twenties"

      Picture this ... 1929: gangster warfare is rife in New York. While those hoodlums terrorise the district, we good guys bring some fun into life. we're heading to the Grand Slam, where you'll see for yourself the fun, dancing and socialising. Along the way we meet a guy with an awesome puch! Relax. Enjoy the roaring twenties!

    BOURNEMOUTH THEMES

    THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER ACADEMY
    "Out of chaos, a sense of community and pride was returned"

      In August 2011, Mark Duggan was shot dead by police. Society took this opportunity to cause havoc: protesting against wealth, no jobs, escalating into widespread riots, looting, fire and arson. However, out of devastation and chaos a sense of community arose. Dutiful citizens coordinated an operation to clear up. Hundreds of volunteers carrying brooms transformed areas and pride was returned.

    THE BOURNE ACADEMY
    "Democracy or Greed...Why?"

      Taking inspiration from the events of the past twelve months, we explore the contrast between the uprising in the Middle East and the August Riots in the UK. Across the globe we have a diverse population, but once thing binds us together, we all want change. But just exactly why do we want that change, freedom, democracy, rights or greed?

    CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
    "Once You Choose Hope, Anything's Possible!"

      "Pick a service, pick a challenge, set yourself apart, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines! AIR FORCE What a great place to start!" Shot down behind enemy lines, hunted by an Elite group of soldiers, captured, tortured and thrown in a Vietnamese prison, with only Hope to get you through. Hell on earth, how would you survive?

    GLENMOOR AND WINTON EDUCATIONAL TRUST
    "Welcome to the Madhouse"

      Our theme, 'Welcome to the Madhouse', is about dealing with the consequences of doing wrong. It is based on the quote "Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences". Our performance follows the story of a girl who runs away and is haunted by her guilt of not owning up to her actions.

    THE GRANGE SCHOOL
    "True Blood"

      Our story begins in Crimson forest where two starred crossed lovers from mortal and immortals lives hide their love from the rest of their own. A life is taken and a fight breaks loose, forcing the lovers to reconcile sides. and so we ask ...Can Danny, an immortal soul, resist his first true love's blood and does Georgina, a mortal, live to remember her first true love?

    HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL
    "Reduce Reuse Recycle"

      Three words used to inspire all elements of our Rock Challenge performance. Taken literally, for the choreography, movements and performers are reduced, reused and recycled along with the soundtrack, costumes and set. We hope you enjoy a carbon neutral performance.

    LYTCHETT MINSTER SCHOOL
    "One Small Step For Man"

      Lytchett Minster presents some pinnacle moments from the 'Space Race'. Our performance includes the competition between USA/NASA and USSR to make the first step on the moon, choosing the servicemen who would become astronauts, their training, and the assassination of JFK. There are sections that highlight family life and the pressures of the mission they had been chosen for.

    OAKMEAD COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
    "Hiroshima"

      A peaceful Japan until devastating news breaks. America is dropping an atomic bomb, but unfortunately bombs have no eyes. A decision needs to be made. Do the citizens of Japan flee to safety or take their chances of survival? One family's choice leads to the heart-breaking loss of their young son. Hiroshima, August 6, 1945.

    THE SIR JOHN COLFOX SCHOOL
    "Little Suzie"

      Like all young children, Suzie has a close relationship with the toys in her bedroom, but, unlike most children, Suzie's relationship with her toys is based upon her need to escape the realities of life and abuse from her mother. Suzie finds comfort from her toys, in a world where she is loved and accepted. Until the night terrors begin.

    ST EDWARD'S RC CE VA SCHOOL
    "What Happens In Vegas..."

      Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the fabulous Las Vegas! Join our 2 strangers on a chance meeting, journeying through Vegas's alluring, yet superficial facade. Watch as they indulge in Sin City, and witness how their initially innocent pursuits of fun lead to a disastrous consequence. Just ask Britney; does what happen in Vegas stay in Vegas?

    TWYNHAM SCHOOL
    "Jenny's Story"

      Our theme this year looks at how many young people have to deal with a debilitating illness every day. Cystic Fibrosis can make school very difficult for students with the condition as they are often absent and ill. We have used a story written by one such student to explore how they feel about their life, their illness and their dreams.

    ST MARY'S CATHOLIC COMBINED SCHOOL
    "Every Child has the Right to have their Opinion Listened to"

      This is a true story. Columbian girl Maylerly was tired of violence on her streets. She pleaded in vain for the police to help. When her friend was caught up in gang violence and shot, she started the Columbian Children's Movement for Peace. It now has over 100,000 members and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.
    Please note: St Mary's Catholic Combined School is not competing in tonight's competition, but they will be presented with Awards of Excellence after their performance.

    GRIMSBY THEMES

    THE GRIMSBY INSTITUTE OF FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
    "Through the eyes of a child"

      In a world where humans and the supernatural coexist, patience and tolerance has worn thin. The struggle to accept one another's differences leads to segregation and prejudice. Follow the friendship of two children whose innocence sees past the differences that divide them; the question is will their world allow them to escape the hatred and distrust?

    HESSLE HIGH SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
    "Why ? Anarchy in our Streets"

      August 2011, in parts of London, there was an explosion of bitterness and rage. Fires blazed and youths rioting were in the national consciousness? Everything that ailed us came together in a perfect storm, and then it ended. For all their looted booty, for all the TVs and trainers, the mob had nothing? The question still asked is WHY?

    HORNSEA SCHOOL AND LANGUAGE COLLEGE
    "All that glitters....."

      Dwelling on the past or yearning for the future does not allow us to live in the present. Tired of her daily battles, and things not being as they seem, our protagonist takes an exciting journey through time and space. Does it offer any new solutions or does the answer lie within?

    JOHN WHITGIFT ACADEMY
    "Stamp out bullying!"

      When Joe is bullied at school he retreats into his own world. He watches the helplessness his Mother feels when she can't stop the abuse and creates an alternative personality to beat the bullies.

    LONGCROFT SCHOOL A PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE
    "IQ"

      The human brain is a complex organ and controls everything we do. It gives us our personality, it lets us access our memories, and is responsible for our feelings and emotions. Our performance explores how pain, age, drugs and adrenalin affects this vital organ through dance and drama? but how much can the brain really take?

    OASIS ACADEMY WINTRINGHAM
    "It's Time for Africa"

      A heart-wrenching story of a young, talented girl trapped by her circus dream. Tricked by traffickers, ripped from everything she's known, frozen in the presence of fear, 'Hope', her only protection. Her new home becomes her prison as the wave of colour becomes shadowed by darkness, and Hell is revealed! Will the campaigning Angels wake her from this nightmare?

    ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE
    "Choose Life"

      We follow the story of a promising young dancer whose future is threatened by the diagnosis of cancer. Her dream of becoming a dancer is so strong that it gives her the determination to win her battle. With support she defeats the illness and is able to dance on; she decides to give something back through the 'Race for Life'.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Hornsea School and Language College are one of UK's 8 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Hornsea have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Northern Premier Grand Final held in Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday June 23rd.

    WOODLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Waves across the Sea"

      'Waves across the Sea' is a performance based around the sea. It includes comedy, a love story and physical theatre. We have aimed to portray the movement of the sea and creatures within it. Our team have worked extremely hard together in their free time to create the best possible performance.
    Please note: Woodlands Primary School is not competing in tonight's competition, but they will be presented with Awards of Excellence after their performance.

    PORTSMOUTH DAY ONE THEMES

    CAMS HILL SCHOOL
    "The Liquid Demon"

      This contemporary and hip-hop dance routine reflects the monstrosity that is child abuse - be it physical or mental, and how alcohol can be abused as a means of dealing with these awful situations. Our powerful routine demonstrates how alcoholism can change yours and the lives of others around you. Will you let alcoholism effect you? This is liquid demon.

    FARNHAM HEATH END SCHOOL
    "Everything's Fine"

      Reality is a perception. Imagine life as a torchlight that shines a single beam. Imagine when that light hits a prism and diffuses into a spectrum of visions. Which light is reality and how is the light controlled or, more importantly, understood? What might be confusion for an onlooker must be madness for those inside. This is schizophrenia.

    MAYFIELD SCHOOL
    "Graffiti, the lowest form of art?"

      Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just estate agents and business barons. We consider some of the ironic icons of the work of Banksy because some people become vandals to make this world a better-looking place.

    PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "The Accused?"

      Innocent till proven guilty, that is the law, there should be no doubt, a jury must be sure. The heart of the accused devours their youth, did she really do it? Will we ever know the truth?

    ROBERT MAYS SCHOOL
    "Cirque De Freak "

      Welcome to the GREATEST show on earth. You will witness sights that you have never seen before, so phantasmagorical you will be on the edge of your seats in anticipation, thrilled by the talent you are about to see. But this is no ordinary show, no ordinary venue and no ordinary people. Tonight things are not all what they seem.

    RYDE ACADEMY
    "The Nature of the Beast"

      Boys stranded in an island paradise soon blame the forest that provides their food and shelter for their descent to savagery. Are the shadows alive or the product of young imaginations? Is fire a source of warmth and comfort? Or an unstoppable beast of nature? Without rules, without boundaries, will any survive?

    THE ACADEMY SELSEY
    "No More Sorrow"

      Cinderella was written hundreds of years ago and many of these issues are relevant today. People experience domestic abuse at home but not all of them are lucky to have Prince Charming to rescue them. Some are fortunate enough to have a strong network to rescue them from this situation and give them a fairy tale ending.

    THE RIDGEWAY COMMUNITY SCHOOL AND WEYDON SECONDARY ACADEMY
    "Music and Dance from around the World"

      This year the world will be brought together as England hosts the sporting event of 2012. Tonight, here in Portsmouth, The Ridgeway Community School and Weydon School bring the world together through music and dance. Through our performance we are celebrating the way that music and dance are used around the world as an expression of culture, identity and unity.

    WARWICK SCHOOL
    "Custom Made "

      A mechanical object, created like a human. No understanding of emotions or feelings and what is right or wrong. Through society it learns about life. A machine is not pigeonholed into a type of class, gender, age or stereotype, but has been made adaptable to the modern world we live in. We too have become custom made real life machines, puppeteered by society.

    YATE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY AND CULVERHILL SCHOOL
    "Your Move"

      The world of the chess board is a monochrome world. The pieces, each with their own distinctive character, dance in timeless opposition destined never to dance together, cast always as opponents in a classic struggle. Our dance uses the symbolism of the chess board to explore this dichotomy and what happens when we dare to dream the impossible.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Ryde Academy is one of UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Ryde Academy have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 9th

    PORTSMOUTH DAY TWO THEMES

    CHICHESTER COLLEGE
    "This Is Our Protest!"

      I'm Alice, I'm 17, I'm still a child, why would politicians listen when I explain the importance arts education has on my life? That I'm a more confident, empathetic, disciplined learner - my skills will benefit the cultural wealth of the country and enrich society. I speak for all on this stage when I say "Arts matter!"; this is our protest!

    COX GREEN SCHOOL
    "The Magic Faraway Tree"

      Our Rock Challenge is based on the series of popular novels by Enid Blyton in which three children and their parents move from the busy city life to the country. Here, Jo, Beth and Franny encounter the magical Faraway tree, and together they climb it. The children encounter many magical lands, but will their story have a happy ending?

    CRICKHOWELL HIGH SCHOOL
    "STOP ANIMAL TESTING NOW"

      In this twenty-first century, should we still be reliant on animals to help us test drugs or beauty products? You wouldn't do this to your friends or family would you? Has science and technology helped us to move on? Are we at risk of the animals biting back?!

    KETTERING SCIENCE ACADEMY
    "Puppets on a string"

      While the people of Greece live their day-to-day lives the Olympian Gods watch down and dictate their fate. We see how Aphrodite, Poseidon, Ares and Zeus manipulate their Greek puppets for their own pleasure and decide our lover's fate. Can the puppets ever cut their strings or will the Gods control them forever?

    NEVILLE LOVETT SCHOOL
    "Kerri Training School for practically perfect girls.."

      You may only attend the Kerri training school if you are perfect in every way. No-one would dare rebel against Kerri.. or would they?!

    SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
    "I Remember When ......"

      Age isn't something he did on purpose?it just happened. David is 80 years young and has a fear of aging, fear of uselessness, fear of burden and fear of being walled up and isolated. But he's determined to live forever, or die trying.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, South Downs College is one of UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, South Downs have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 9th.

    ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL
    "Never ending stories"

      We all like to listen to stories. From when we are a tiny baby and as we grow up. Watch and listen as Grandma remembers the stories she has read.

    ST GREGORY THE GREAT SCHOOL
    "I Follow my Dreams"

      I get laughed at,
      I get ignored,
      I often feel trapped,
      and keep my thoughts stored.
      People can be cruel and very mean,
      but no matter what,
      I follow my dreams.
      I know what I want,
      and I won't stop trying.
      Quitting? I can't,
      for now I'm flying.
      It's impossible, it seems,
      but no matter what,
      I follow my dreams?

    ST PETER'S SCHOOL
    "Glamour and Science an Unlikely Alliance"

      Polly's true love path is not smooth. There are tests to pass and things to prove. How can Jack win the heart he once had? He's neglected the girl he loved as a lad. He brings 3 gifts to prove love's young dream. But things are not always what they seem.

    WALTON HIGH
    "Whatever the beat, move your feet"

      Dear Diary,
      My first day at dance school opened my eyes to all the styles, genres and compositions of music and dance. I wish I could get them all to see that the joy of dance is about moving your feet to any beat. I could not pick one, I love them all! I cannot wait to start school.
      Karis

    HIGHFIELD C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Musical Mayhem"

      The best musicals have three qualities, BRAINS, intelligence and style, HEART, genuine and believable emotion and COURAGE, the guts to do something different. We have taken five famous musicals and woven them together, so look out for familiar characters in very unfamiliar situations as we present musical mayhem.
    Please note: Highfield C of E Primary is not competing in tonight's competition - they are joining us tonight to showcase their performance from this year's Southampton Junior Rock Challenge®

    PORTSMOUTH DAY THREE THEMES

    BARTON PEVERIL COLLEGE
    "Save Me in the Silence"

      'Save Me in the Silence' twists through an avalanche of the physical and psychological truth of domestic violence. Over time an abusive relationship will break you down and unravel your sense of reality and self-esteem. To what extent can anyone fully understand all the reasons why partners abuse and withstand abuse?

    CHENEY SCHOOL
    "Law and Disorder"

      A city without Law and a world without punishment. We present the chaos that could destroy a society. Through the isolation of individuals and the power to do what one wishes, we show you a culture without limit, and highlight the importance of a balanced society.

    MILL CHASE COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "We are ACE"

      Mill Chase students are both AMBITIOUS and COURAGEOUS on their journey to EXCELLENCE. We have chosen to demonstrate these qualities in the guise of a young boy overcoming ridicule to become truly ACE and encapsulate our new school motto.

    PORTCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "THE DIARY OF BEELZEBUB"

      What risk is involved with temptation? Follow our performers on their journey through a forbidden diary as they experience the different aspects of temptation and have to deal with the consequences of their actions. All is revealed when the final page reminds them, that where there is bad, there is also good.

    PURBROOK PARK SCHOOL
    "Dreaming in an Alley"

      3.9 million UK children live in poverty - that's almost a third of children. We explore the story of 'The Little Matchstick Girl' that depicts a child living in poverty forced to beg in the streets. One bitter night she uses the fire from her matches to keep warm. As hypothermia sets in she experiences hallucinations of a better life.

    RACHEL MADOCKS SCHOOL AND PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "In search of Cortés's gold"

      You join our story with our heroes captured by the evil governor general. What will become of them? Can they escape? Will they ever find the hidden isle? Will they find Cortés's gold and break its evil curse?!!

    SIR WILLIAM RAMSAY SCHOOL
    "Linked"

      In a world of contrasts, with an ever-widening gap between the 'haves' and 'have-nots', where greed is juxtaposed with need, 'Linked' reminds us we are all connected. Do only 6° separate us from starvation and drought? Our conscience spinner weaves a global net; a web of mankind, reminding us the thread of humanity links us all. We share responsibility.

    WADDESDON CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL
    "Oblivious"

      Grandfather's memories of Japan; the vibrant people live peaceful, dignified lives until 1945 when disaster struck - thousands were killed and more left suffering. A culture devastated; nuclear warfare had begun. As dawn breaks on the modern world and the working day begins, terrible news is revealed. Are we too busy to take notice or will we be forced to listen?

    THE WAVELL SCHOOL
    "Dream Master"

      A dream sequence is interpreted by eminent psychologists, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. They meet to discuss their findings. Jung sees moments in Dreams as Symbolic, Freud sees them as Signs. They are unable to agree. Jung's reputation for having many affairs is also disapproved of by Freud.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, The Wavell School is one of UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Wavell have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 9th.

    FOUNDRY LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Follow The Yellow Brick Road...To Friendship "

      Follow Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road on her journey to friendship. Picking up other lonely characters with every step, Dorothy travels the golden path of friendship. Friends come in all shapes and sizes as Dorothy soon discovers. With bouncing munchkins, and rigid tinmen, with scary lions and floppy scarecrows, this is one journey no-one will ever forget!
    Please note: Foundry Lane Primary School is not competing in tonight's competition - they are joining us tonight to showcase their winning performance from this year's Southampton Junior Rock Challenge®

    PORTSMOUTH DAY FOUR THEMES

    BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL
    "My History Our Future"

      Our school is a melting pot of very diverse personal histories. In every classroom there are young women who have been on extraordinary journeys, full of bravery and hardship, to reach the UK. We tell four of their stories tonight. At Baylis Court we bring together our eclectic histories and shape them into a shared future. This is our story.

    CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE
    "Who pays the Piper?"

      The people of Hamlin enjoy carefree prosperity, but their wasteful attitude attracts vermin disease that becomes rife. The local cats are too vain to care. Eventually a magical Piper, tempted by the mayor's reward, lures the problem away. The Mayor cheats the piper; he is distraught, when leaving church on Sunday morning, to discover the piper's awful act of revenge.

    THE CITY OF PORTSMOUTH GIRLS' SCHOOL
    "Diamonds are Forever"

      Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with us by looking back at 1952. From the death of the King and the passing of the crown to Elizabeth, to the release of 'Singing in the Rain' and the death of 'Evita' (Eva Perón). As a girls school, we are inspired by the Queen and hope to make our mark on the world.

    GEORGE ABBOT SCHOOL
    "Don't Suffer in Silence"

      More than 200,000 young people suffer from OCD or phobias that affect their normal day to day lives. Unfortunately, many still hide their symptoms and surveys estimate that less than 10% of those suffering receive treatment. Our performance highlights this issue, focusing on four teenagers living with disorders. Schools can be a daunting place to someone suffering in silence.

    HORNDEAN TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "Dreams of Emancipation"

      Sleeping Beauty falls into a hundred years of sleep; she has met her Prince Charming and is deeply in love. Little does she know that the world as she knows it is set to change and her role in society evolve. Will she get her happy ending or will she, through her own will, choose her own 'happily ever after'?

    LADY MARGARET SCHOOL
    "London Calling"

      Last summer sporadic rioting, looting and arson attacks broke out across the length and breadth of London. An orgy of violence which began in Tottenham sparked numerous copy cat attacks across the city. From Hackney to Croydon, gangs of teenagers fought running battles with police, making roadblocks from burning cars and ransacking shops. Can Londoners reclaim their streets?

    MARY ROSE SCHOOL
    "NO LIMITS ALLOWED!"

      There are no limits to what we can achieve.
      We stretch to our goals higher and higher, stronger and stronger.
      We reach to the top and do it with pride.
      Forever stepping forward, reaching and reaching.

    NEW RICKSTONES ACADEMY
    "On the Line "

      How should a parent look after their own child? Who should intervene and how when a child is considered 'at risk'? Social services are often blamed as children continue to suffer abuse at the hands of others. How can we make it stop, and why hasn't it? A phone call can change a life...a newspaper headline can ruin another.

    THE PETERSFIELD SCHOOL
    "El Sistema - a child...an instrument?a new generation"

      Caracas 1979: amidst dangerous streets dominated by gangs and guns, 11 children from the slums gathered in a garage to make music. Against all the odds El Sistema was born. Jose Abreu had a dream to transform lives through orchestral music...his dreams, and those of now countless others, have come true.

    PORTSMOUTH COLLEGE
    "Virtual Reality"

      What happened to the fun, retro, colourful computer games? When did it become about violence, aggression and pain? Why has the gaming world become such a bad place to be in? What happens when we imitate games in our real lives? Join us as we are slowly absorbed into the virtual world and the brutality of gaming becomes our reality.

    RYDE SCHOOL WITH UPPER CHINE
    "The Road to Ruin"

      Our performance follows the journey of a Wall Street businessman in the 1920s. With the memories of the boom long behind him, will he survive the crash or fall into the red after the temptation of money, the allure of flappers and the pull of gangsters? Follow us, as we follow him, from boom to bust.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, The Petersfield School is one of the UK's 12 Southern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Petersfield have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Grand Final held in Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday June 9th.

    BELFAST THEMES

    ASHFIELD GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL
    "Update your Status"

      Your Facebook timeline, Is this who you want to be?
      Are you proud of what people see?
      Anita needs a chance, to change, to love and to listen
      Will her fairy godmother convince her of what she is missing?
      All fairy godmothers may not wear magical wings.
      Yet, will Anita update her status and feel the happiness it will bring?

    BALLEE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
    "Who's Pulling Your Strings?"

      Pinocchio was lovingly created by his father Gepetto, but all his life he struggled to fit in. He wasn't sure where he belonged and so allowed others to pull his strings and determine who he was. Follow Pinocchio's journey of discovery - where he finds out who he truly is and, just maybe, we will find out who we are too....

    BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY
    "Forever Young, Forever Cursed"

      We follow the story of Dorian Gray on his journey of debauchery, which leads to descent into madness and concludes with his untimely death. Our story tells a tale of lost and unrequited love, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual promiscuity, teaching that every action, both good and bad taken through life, returns a consequence.

    HAZELWOOD INTEGRATED COLLEGE
    "Up, Up, Up In The Clouds"

      It's never too late to set out on an epic adventure! After the death of his partner, our intrepid hero heads for Paradise Falls. Along with his grandson he is at last doing what he had always hoped to do. Our team believes in the priceless power of imagination. So sit back, relax and join Hazelwood UP IN THE CLOUDS.

    LITTLE FLOWER GIRLS' SCHOOL
    "If I Were A Rich Girl!"

      For many people life can be very challenging. Courtney dreams of being a rich girl, but is money the answer? Will it guarantee her friendship and happiness? Let's wait and see?!
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Ashfield Girls' High School are one of the UK's 8 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Ashfield have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Northern Premier Grand Final held in Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday June 23rd.

    PORTSMOUTH JUNIOR DAY ONE THEMES

    BEDENHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "MAGIC"

      At Bedenham Primary School we believe that everyone has the potential to be MAGIC, that is Motivated, Ambitious, Good citizen, Independent and Confident. These qualities aren't always easy to achieve but with a willingness to try and a little help and encouragement, we are convinced that even the most unlikely people can be MAGIC.

    FEDERATION OF ST MARY'S AND ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Plight of the bumble bee"

      Join us as we present differing viewpoints towards our environment. Greed, parasites and destruction of habitats threaten the harmony of our world. Toby is unaware of the interdependency of our ecosystems and the potential impact of the declining bee population. Queen bee's perseverance shows we all must take responsibility to restore harmony. Will she persuade Toby to bee more aware?!?

    NORTHERN JUNIOR COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "What else is out there?"

      'What else is out there?' This is the idea that we could explore alternative worlds to our own, and consider what it might be like to be part of them.

    ORCHARDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "Bringing the Rain "

      Ki-pat's tribe watch over Kapiti Plain,
      Fresh and green from African rains,
      Seas of grass where the hungry pride roams,
      Patches of shade for wild animal homes.
      But one year the rains failed to arrive,
      And the savannah began to perish and die,
      Ki-Pat helped to end that terrible drought,
      This dance tells how it all came about?

    PEEL COMMON JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Rivals With Rhythm"

      Gang rivalry is all around us. Tonight it's the annual monster ball and everyone is out to stand their ground. With the two rival gangs intertwined with hatred, it can surely only end in conflict. While the pressure is building to claim territories, the bitter rivalry reaches a climax. Can a friendship bring everyone together before it's too late?

    SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "'Guernica' The story behind the painting"

      1937 - Spain is in the depths of Civil War. Republicans and Nationalists fight for power. Amidst the chaos, an innocent market town is bombed. Through newspapers, the artist Picasso reads of the shocking devastation. Armed with his paintbrush, he produces what is to become one of the most important paintings of the century. The painting and village are called Guernica.

    ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Graffiti Superhero or Urban Vandal - You decide?"

      Our dance tells the stories behind four of Banksy's pictures...or acts of vandalism. Bansky says, "Graffiti is one of the few tools if you have nothing. Even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile." We hope our dance makes you smile, brings art to life and challenges your thinking.

    YARMOUTH CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "TITANIC"

      It is almost 100 years to the day that the ill-fated liner, Titanic, left Southampton on her first, and last, voyage. Our dance, in five scenes, is a tribute to those who perished on that terrible night. Firstly - the farewell. Secondly - a celebration on-board. Followed by - the enjoyment of the journey. Then - disaster and panic. Finally - death and survival.

    PORTSMOUTH JUNIOR DAY TWO THEMES

    CARISBROOKE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Music Box"

      We begin in Appuldurcombe, a once beautiful Georgian house on the Isle of Wight. Our tale revolves around a music box, which when played becomes a window that allows us to witness events that have happened in the house. Over the years the house has been used for many things but beware, for in Appuldurcombe tragedy is never far away.

    MERTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Step in time with Grandad"

      Grandad doesn't really understand the youth culture of today. The music and dancing is alien to him. Join us as he takes us on a journey of discovery back in time, to see how music and dance has evolved through the eras.

    NORTHERN PARADE JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "A Child of Our Time ... Tomorrow"

      2011 saw riots and a nation willing to destroy and corrupt society. Our story's the journey of a family reflecting back on the happiness of the past and comparing this to the destruction and sadness of today. What effect will today have on our children in the future? Do you want to be, the leader of a messed up generation?

    PAULSGROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Lost in Musicals"

      Our theme at Paulsgrove Primary is 'lost in musicals' and is essentially a mash up of different musicals taken out of context. A Dorothy-like character is initially constantly stuffing her face with sweets, but through her journey she learns about the consequences of eating unhealthily and eventually chooses the more healthy option of 'food glorious food'.

    PORTSDOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Medical Breakthroughs"

      Over the last several centuries there have been many advances in medicine. The Egyptians being one of the first recorded. We will show some of the more life-changing discoveries that make a difference to us today. When Hippocrates first started to look at the whole body, would he have believed how far medicine has come?

    ROWNER JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Madagascar"

      Life is blissful in captivity for four of the animals at Central Park Zoo, but they are longing to see the rest of the world. They escape the zoo with some mischievous penguins and end up getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar! They come across a troop of wild lemurs and begin to learn their way of life!

    ST PAUL'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Apocalypse NOW?!"

      What has man created that has more beauty than the rising sun as it awakens, pouring golden sunlight across your face? How about the humble bumble bee that floats gracefully from petal to petal creating future blooms that embellish our landscape? In seven days God created space, earth and life. On the eighth day, man destroyed it all.

    THE BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Meltdown"

      Two children travel the world taking a letter to their grandpa in Alaska. They arrive to a beautiful night-time scene. Dawn breaks; they notice the cracks appearing. The children persuade Grandpa to return with them. They travel back with the Alaskan animals in tow. Big reunion; the animals have to go into a zoo - they escape back to the wild.

    THE FRIENDSHIP SCHOOLS
    "The World in Union"

      Every child, no matter which continent they live on, has the right to belong and to celebrate. There are many reasons for us to celebrate whether it be our beliefs, our way of life, our country, our culture, or our origins. As we share our celebrations, we are drawn together, to create a world in union.

    WICOR PRIMARY
    "Cup of Life"

      For a group of Brazilian street urchins it's nothing but rats and rubbish, until the airwaves crackle to life bringing a message of hope in the shape of a football. The Street Children's World Cup, which has brought hope to the lives of African Ghetto children, is now coming to weave its magic in Brazil. It's time to celebrate!

    WROXALL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Hide and Shriek"

      Our piece sets the scene, taking place on Halloween!
      Will Scooby find his friends? Will his nightmare ever end?
      Does Scooby need a Scooby snack?
      Or just his friends to watch his back?
      Are Scooby's friends close at hand?
      Or are they lost in ghoulish lands?
      Are they friend or are they foe? Will we find out or never know?

    BRADFORD DAY ONE THEMES

    DIXONS CITY ACADEMY
    "Kerching!"

      In response to the summer riots, 'Kerching!' explores the current financial and employment crisis and its impact on individuals and families. As you watch this diverse piece of choreography, ask yourself how is it that we came to be in this situation and how do the people in our lives give us the strength to persevere?

    MINSTHORPE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Tôhoku"

      On March 11th, 2011, north eastern Japan was hit by an earthquake. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves and explosions on the Fukushima nuclear plant. Here we tell the story of these tragic events and one of the largest scale natural disasters the world has ever witnessed.

    ROYDS SCHOOL SPECIALIST LANGUAGE COLLEGE
    "Out of Nothing...."

      From the deepest darkest depths of space an explosion occurs creating a mass of rock. Volcanic lava erupts over the surface. Silently and calmly ice strengthens its grip over the landscape. As the sun breathes life into Earth, can it also turn into something deadly, and how long can we really survive after being created 'out of nothing'?

    NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL AND SPORTS COLLEGE
    "The Darker Side of White"

      One girl's dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Technically perfect, but can she match this with emotion? Madness takes control leading to the ultimate battle with herself? Will success or failure be the victor?

    SHELLEY COLLEGE
    "It all started with a mouse!"

      From 1922 the transformation of American Art Form changed forever when Walter Elias Disney let his dreams become reality. He is a household name whose animated characters have inspired each and every one of us and will continue to do so for generations to come. But do you know the real story of how it all began?

    THORNTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    "Dictate Conclusion, Provide Reason Dictate Conclusion, Provide Reason"

      I need to make up my mind,
      But the best answer I can't find. People yell "You have to decide";
      If only they were in my brain along for the ride
      With my heart screaming "go", and my head saying "no".
      People don't realise just how hard it can get
      To not disappoint without feeling regret.

    TONG HIGH SCHOOL
    "Lost Souls"

      Love with a beautiful vampire sees the uprising of the creatures of the underworld, led by the Great Vampire, come head to head with the human race in a battle for supremacy. Two men fight to win her heart but who will survive? 'Lost Souls' takes the audience on a journey of a love that goes beyond the grave.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Royds School Specialist Language College and Thornton Grammar School are two of the UK's 8 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event nor can they win many of the special awards presented. Instead, both Royds and Thornton have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Northern Premier Grand Final to be held in Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday June 23rd

    BRADFORD DAY TWO THEMES

    APPLETON ACADEMY
    "Dying for Belonging"

      Our theme "Dying for Belonging" looks at challenges facing many of our youths today in the form of gang culture. Our performance captures the impact of activities and emotions associated with gangs and we are using dance as a method of leaving gang culture for a more positive outlook in life.

    BRUNTCLIFFE HIGH SCHOOL
    "I AM WOMAN!!"

      From a time when women were meant to be seen and not heard, to glamour models of the future, the role of women in society has changed! Watch us travel through time and demonstrate the ever-changing roles of women, from the suffragettes to the power suits, and inspire a passion to 'not just fit the stereotype'.

    BUTTERSHAW BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE COLLEGE
    "La Primavera"

      The monstrous Hades takes Persephone as his own and entraps her in his Underworld lair! The fear and desperation washes over her as she is surrounded by the ghosts of lost souls. Hades, realising her pain, grants her freedom to visit her world once a year. She breathes life and joy into the living world, heralding the birth of Spring!

    COCKBURN - A SPECIALIST SCHOOL IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
    "House of Fun"

      "The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day..." Conrad and Sally are at home with nothing to do but sit, sit, sit, sit. Then they hear a bump - leading to a crazy journey into mayhem, madness and magic courtesy of the imagination of Dr. Seuss.

    THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL AT LEEDS
    "Grey Matter"

      What do you see when you look in the mirror? Join us on an adventure into the mind; a world where light and dark don't see eye-to-eye. In the fight for your soul, we unravel the tense conflict between both sides as each battles for control. Which side will prevail? Your light or dark? Your Yin or Yang?

    RODILLIAN SCHOOL
    "RED"

      What if Little Red Riding Hood was a murder mystery? Our performance shows all the classic elements of Film Noir. Crime, femme fatale, seedy locations, criminals and unpredictable endings. Somewhere in New York our mystery begins and the shadows of the city will lead us to the killer and not so happy ending. The crime is never black and white.

    SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL
    "Secret Garden"

      Get ready to join us on the brighter side of life. Hold on to your hats while you see lavish fairytale characters. Enjoy the delicious and scrumptious treats in store. But don't be fooled; you could be seeing double. Now let's cut the pack and enter our magical secret garden, and be prepared to smile.
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College are one of the UK's 8 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor can they win many of the special awards presented. Instead, Buttershaw have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Northern Premier Grand Final to be held in the Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday June 23rd.

    HULL DAY ONE THEMES

    SENIOR SCHOOLS

    KELVIN HALL SCHOOL
    "Frame your Imagination"

      Art can inspire us in all aspects of our lives. Our dance explores the positive effects that art can bring to even the most disaffected students. Lois struggles to engage with school until she is taken to a gallery. Here, she is inspired to create her own artwork, proving that we can all "learn and achieve through art".

    KINGSWOOD COLLEGE OF ARTS
    "Evolution"

      It started with a bang ... planet earth was created and the start of evolution. Cells came together to form fungi which evolved into animals who strode forwards as humans. It is widely accepted that humans were a peaceful race for a few thousand years, and then came the root of all known problems: Science!

    ST MARY'S COLLEGE
    "We Don't Need, They Don't Care, Come Together and Believe!"

      This is about how schools have changed over the years and how students have developed a voice. Teachers have changed their role from strict monitoring to facilitators guiding learning. This piece shows how schools have developed, forming a collaboration between teachers and students working together in harmony, creating the best atmosphere and learning environment.

    ANDREW MARVELL BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE COLLEGE
    "Family Values"

      We explore how a family share morals, ethis, beliefs and values through the generations and experience heart-wrenching grief and overwhelming joy. These lessons, taught well, cam go full circle and prepare young people to live their lives with respect, empathy, cooperation and, most of all, love. Lessons taught by people we love should be respected and never forgotten.
    JUNIOR SCHOOLS

    BELLFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Broken"

      Have you ever felt broken? As if there is nothing left inside and you don't know which way to turn. The shock of your family being torn apart has released emotions that you have never felt before. Shock, anger, the feeling of nothing has taken over your self-control. Will we ever be able to start to fix you?

    GILLSHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Life's Not A Game"

      Young people in today's society are exposed to outside pressures and find it difficults to make the right choices for a long and healthy life. As Lifeboy is guided through his computer game by good and evil, he's tempted by peer pressure, food, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. We invite you to join our dance journey of "Life's Not a Game".

    HIGHLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Into the Woods"

      Once upon a time, in a land far away, the children of Highlands set off on a wonderful adventure to explore the death of the Fairy Tale. In today's society, parents believe that Fairy tales are simply too scary and morally inappropriate to read to their children. Is this the end of the Fairy Tale? Let's venture into the woods...

    VICTORIA DOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Delights of Childhood"

      The modern world in which we live is not without difficulties. Relentless pressures from our peers and the media are having an impact on us being able to revel in the joys and simplicity of being children. Our performance explores the internal battle of a girl keen to grow up but desperately wanting to revel in the delights of childhood.

    HULL JUNIOR ONE THEMES

    BIGGIN HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Square Eyes"

      Did you know that on average a child sits in front of the screen for 52 hours per week? Annually, that's 2704 in total, whether it is watching television or playing computer games. Children exercise on average two hours per week when it should be at least ten. Two million children are overweight in the UK so let's make a change.

    LONGHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "A Capital Journey!"

      Our performance is based on a trip our Year 5 took to London this year. We have recreated the bustling activity and the vibrant scenes we saw. We recorded some of the sound effects to use in our performance, and chose the music to match how each place made us feel. We invite you to join our "Capital Journey".

    MAYBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Mock Challenge"

      People often ask us what's involved in Rock Challenge. Well, let us show you! Lea is a girl who loves to dance. In fact she loves everything about performing. From the auditions through to the creative stages, Lea loves it all, so much so that she just can't get it out of her head. Will her dreams become a reality?

    OLDFLEET PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dreams Can Come True!"

      Our performance is all about our aspirations for the future. At Oldfleet Primary School we believe that you can be whatever you want to be. Providing that you try your hardest, always do your best and have support from your friends, family and teachers, your dreams can become reality. Believe in yourself and your dreams can come true!

    STOCKWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Born This Way"

      At Stockwell, we aim to treat others how we ourselves would wish to be treated. The beautiful and glamourous Barbie dolls rule the dance floor but when a doll that looks different tries to join in she is turned away. "Born this Way" shows how everyone is different and should be respected for who they are, not how they look.

    SUTTON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dedication"

      If you have a dream and want to be somebody, no matter who that somebody is, you need dedication to succeed. You don't have to be a brain surgeon, an astronaut or a superstar to have achieved. Just try your best and you'll have success: dedication is all you need.

    BRIDLINGTON SENIOR THEMES

    BEVERLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
    "Wanderlust: "a strong, innate desire to rove / travel around""

      We have link schools in each of the places we visit in our performance. We often wonder what life would be like living in their world. St Augustine said "The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page". Four adventurers set out to discover what the other side of the page is really like.

    BRIDLINGTON SCHOOL SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Globalize-Nation"

      Our theme is Globalization and the effect it is having on our world. Our piece tells the story of creation of the world, looks at child labour, sweatshops, fair trade, the declining town centre and the growth of the "£get it all under one roof" superstore. In our materialisitc world, will our greed be the ruin of our planet?

    COTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
    "Just Another Day"

      Our piece reflects upon the confusion, devastation and sorrow that ripped through the streets of London on 7th July, 2005. We celebrate the togetherness and sense of community that emerges in disaster and the profound sense of strength and human spirit. Join us as we explore our diverse Capital City on what should have been "Just Another Day".

    HEADLANDS SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SCIENCE COLLEGE
    "The Price of Gold"

      When Captain Pizarro and his Spanish army set off for South America in search of gold, their journey leads them to the Inca tribe and their leader Atahualpa. Their ruthless pursuit of wealth causes death and destruction and despite finding friendship with the Inca king, Pizarro realises too late what true riches are and is forced to pay the price.

    HOWDEN SCHOOL AND TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "Tarantella"

      A story engrained in Italian myth depicts the tale of how women working in the fields would be bitten by tarantulas. The venom would cause hallucinations and sometimes death. The only cure? Vigorous dancing to sweat out the venom. A grandmopther's vivid nightmare returns at the sight of a spider. Will she again be entangled in the web of Tarantella ?

    SOUTH HOLDERNESS TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "The Lifestyle Project the Southy way"

      Our dance starts with an overgrown area, a jungle of weeds. A Lifestyle team breaks through to clear it away. Fighting with the weeds, it reveals wildlife and bugs. They plant flowers to encourage butterflies and create a playground for all to enjoy.

    ST ANNE'S COMMUNITY SPECIAL SCHOOL
    "Elizabeth Windsor: "This Is Your Life""

      We love history at St Anne's and are enjoying learning about all things British. Whilst supporting the ethos of Rock Challenge we have been looking at music and its influence on British culture, so join in with us as we celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Sixty years on the throne; Elizabeth Windsor ... This is Your Life!

    WOLDGATE COLLEGE
    "Portrait Evil"

      Dorian Gray is a youthful and charismatic character who sold his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Over many years Dorian stays as young looking as ever, while a portrait painted when he was young grows old, getting uglier with his every indiscretion. This dance also explores our modern obsession with celebrity and image and our vigorous attempts to look beautiful.

    WOLFRETON SCHOOL
    "Love will prevail"

      The luckiest man who walks on Earth is the one who finds true love. When that true love is ripped from your life, what do you become ? Knowing he couldn't live without his soul, he searched to fill the emptiness at all costs. Who is he? He is the monster that breathing men would kill. He is Dracula!

    BRIDLINGTON JUNIOR DAY ONE THEMES

    HALLGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Stay Safe in Cyberspace!

      Every day we enter a different world as we log on to the internet, but are we aware of the dangers that lurk there ? Join us as we enter Cyberspace and encounter some of the perils of this technological world. Only with awareness of the potential dangers we face can we truly enjoy all that Cyberspace has to offer.

    INMANS PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Picture this!"

      Paint a picture of an art gallery. The doors are closed and the lights are out. Springing to life; the sculptures and paintings of Van Gogh, Renoir, Lichtenstein, Picasso, and Banksy are all having the time of their lives. Don't stop them now, this is our interpretation of what we think would happen if an art gallery could come alive.

    PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "A Day at the Seaside"

      Once upon a time families flocked to Bridlington for their annual holidays. Children squealed with delight when glimpsing the sea for the first time. Punch and Judy shows created howls of laughter. Children plastered their faces with ice cream and marvelled at bright pink candy floss. Donkeys clopped along the sand and the experience created memories that would last forever.

    QUAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "National fusion"

      England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales; four countries, eternally joined as one kingdom. Take a step back in history and watch Saint David performing miracles, Saint George slaying the dragon, Saint Andrew as king of the sea, and Saint Patrick being captured by pirates. Then enjoy the magical union of our remarkable United Kingdom, standing proud on the Edge of Glory.

    SPRINGHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dance Unites the World"

      In a time when conflict divides the World, we would like to show you how something as simple as the enjoyment of music and dance has no boundaries and can unite people from all corners of the globe.

    BRIDLINGTON JUNIOR DAY TWO THEMES

    ALL SAINTS' CE VC JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "The Best of British"

      Throughout the centuries our country has faced much darkness through war, depression and hard times, but out of this arise communities that pull together and create ways of dealing with the pain and loss. Join us on our journey to see how social dancing has evolved and made us the nation we are.

    BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "All Is Not What It Seems"

      A sleepy retirement town, teenagers hanging around on the seafront, is that what people think of Bridlington? Let us show you exactly what Bridlington has to offer. We have golden, sandy beaches, blue seas, a strong fishing history and the setting for a perfect family day out at the seaside. Why not come and have a look?

    HORNSEA COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Up, up and away"

      Have you ever stopped to consider the many amazing events that happen above our heads? We're going on a journey upwards - past the rooftops, through the clouds and up to the stars. From the everyday to the magical, come fly with us as we reveal the hidden world just beyond our reach.

    MARTONGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Somnium"

      Somnium. To dream. A child's dreams should be embraced, nurtured and given wings to fly. Without dreams how can we ever succeed? Some children's dreams are used as a form of escapism from their dark, lonely existence. Follow us as we help one child imagine the unimaginable and dream the unforgettable. Will it help him find a better life?

    PAULL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Welcome to the Theatre"

      Find a stage, build some props, learn a script, hire a hat. Theatrical performances originated in Athens hundreds of years ago. Since then, theatre and drama has captured the minds and imagination of people all around the world. Our performance will take you on an enchanting and spectacular journey through some of today's best loved productions.

    WITHERNSEA PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Phileas Fogg travels"

      England - the idle rich had nothing better to do than play cards or make silly wagers. Phileas Fogg was one such man. A member of his club made a wager for £20,000 to circumnavigate the world in eighty days. So with his valet Passepartout they leave on an old sailing vessel hoping fair winds will win the race and money.

    CARLISLE SENIOR THEMES

    CARNFORTH HIGH SCHOOL
    "Beauty and The Beast"

      This version of Beauty and the Beast is a world away from Disney. Gothic influences and sinister themes merge on the depraved streets of Victorian London. This dark, atmospheric interpretation twists the values of the traditional story. Here, the captivating character of Beauty holds the power. But can Beauty be trusted? Or is there something ugly lurking beneath the surface?

    COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL
    "Three brothers...Three choicesOne destiny"

      Follow us as we journey with three brothers who use their magical powers to cheat death. Death knowingly rewards their initiative with a gift each; the most powerful wand in existence, the resurrection stone, and, finally, part of his own cloak of invisibility. Watch and discover that greed gets you nowhere and that life is what you make it!

    LOWTON HIGH SCHOOL
    "The World in The Wardrobe"

      When Lucy steps through the wardrobe she can't believe her eyes. She enters a magical world that seems full of friendly people and creatures. Edward, however, finds the White Witch and although she appears to care, she wants the four sons and daughters of Adam dead so Aslan's prophecy cannot come true. Can the children and Aslan save Narnia?

    MILLOM SCHOOL
    "Dreaming Is Believing!"

      Our piece tells the story of a child, told by her parents that they cannot be a dancer as they wish to. Instead they must lead a more educational career. They rebel against their parents and decide to pursue their dreams of becoming a dancer. Can they fight their parents, or will she be forced to follow in their footsteps?

    NETHERHALL SCHOOL SPECIALIST SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Fakebook"

      Social Networking is a great way for young people to communicate and plan events. For some, it can be used to bully or create false identity, threatening their safety and well-being. Young people today are under pressure to conform with their peers and to do so may create an identity mask. Does this mean we are all being fake?

    ST BENEDICT'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
    "Lux Mundi (Light of the World)"

      Safe in the heart of the Earth is an underground city, built as the last hope - a refuge for mankind. But time's running out; supplies are depleted and the generator that powers the city is grinding to a halt, plunging the city into darkness. Can a message from the past help two children find the answer for a brighter future?

    ST MARY'S CATHOLIC COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
    "Unseen"

      This piece is based on homelessness in the UK. We worked closely with a charity group at our school called Justice: the money that we fundraised went to Newcastle's Crisis Skylight charity for homeless people. Our dance shows the ignorance of some people in Britain. It shows the positive world of those with secure jobs, safe routines, and stable relationships. The end represents how little homeless people have, which is why our set is so minimalistic. These people become 'unseen'.

    ULLSWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "DO NOT PASS GO!"

      Struggling to afford a house, Lauren borrows money from a banker who happens to be Mr Monopoly. He pulls Lauren into a life-size version of the game, borrowing money to buy more expensive properties. When a chance card sends her to jail she has to face reality: you shouldn't borrow more than you can afford to repay.

    WEST LAKES ACADEMY
    "Hide in the Darkness and Seek the Light"

      Through the wardrobe Lucy goes,
      who will she meet, friends or foes?
      A land of unknown where she soon will be befriending a fawn and then joined by 3.
      Betrayal and evil result in war -
      will they return to their world before?
    Please note: Due to their previous success in the event, Cockermouth School are one of the UK's 8 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they are not eligible for a top placing at tonight's event, nor many of the special awards presented. Instead, Cockermouth have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge® Northern Premier Grand Final held in Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday June 23rd.

    SOUTHERN OPEN FINAL "A" THEMES

    BARTON PEVERIL COLLEGE
    "Save Me in the Silence"

      'Save Me in the Silence' twists through an avalanche of the physical and psychological truth of domestic violence. Over time an abusive relationship will break you down and unravel your sense of reality and self-esteem. To what extent can anyone fully understand all the reasons why partners abuse and withstand abuse?

    CHAMBERLAYNE COLLEGE FOR THE ARTS
    "Should humans get away with exploiting others?"

      The deal was done. Young girls paid for and shipped in containers across the ocean. Scared, frightened entering an unknown city far away from home. Imprisoned behind bars, forced to attend to the men's every needs. Extreme actions are taken to ensure survival of the exploited. See how one person's bad situation can be a positive ending for another!

    CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
    "Once You Choose Hope, Anything's Possible!"

      "Pick a service, pick a challenge, set yourself apart, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines! AIR FORCE What a great place to start!" Shot down behind enemy lines, hunted by an Elite group of soldiers, captured, tortured and thrown in a Vietnamese prison, with only Hope to get you through. Hell on earth, how would you survive?

    COX GREEN SCHOOL
    "The Magic Faraway Tree"

      Our Rock Challenge is based on the series of popular novels by Enid Blyton in which three children and their parents move from the busy city life to the country. Here, Jo, Beth and Franny encounter the magical Faraway tree, and together they climb it. The children encounter many magical lands, but will their story have a happy ending?

    HENRY CORT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "High Hopes"

      Decisions, decisions......Dan finds himself facing one of the most life-changing decisions of all. Dan, who is aiming high at school and looking forward to a bright future, is offered drugs at a party. What we see next is the consequence of his potential decision, and the impact on the people closest to him. So, what should he do?

    MEDINA COLLEGE
    "The evil and immortality of slavery"

      Our piece is based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 'Uncle Tom’s cabin', it follows the life of a slave girl, Eliza, who falls in love with another slave, who is then taken away by the evil king. Eliza escapes from the evil kingdom to find him. Along her way she faces the perils of the outside world.

    PERINS SCHOOL
    "Starlight"

      Starlight is an incredible Charity who "Brighten the lives of seriously and terminally ill children." Some children wish for objects such as laptops, phones or TVs, others wish for experiences. Whatever the wish, the memories last a lifetime for themselves and their families. Perins take you on a journey through one life and grant one wish!

    RYDE SCHOOL WITH UPPER CHINE
    "The Road to Ruin"

      Our performance follows the journey of a Wall Street businessman in the 1920s. With the memories of the boom long behind him, will he survive the crash or fall into the red after the temptation of money, the allure of flappers and the pull of gangsters? Follow us, as we follow him, from boom to bust.

    SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    "Alter Ego"

      This is the story of Jack, a man suffering mental illness in a psychiatric hospital. We explore his history and experiences in the hospital. Different patients have different disorders; anorexia, paranoia, depression and OCD. Jack is confronted by his demons and his sanity spirals further out of control. Which disorder is Jack afflicted with, or is it more than one?

    ST PAUL'S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
    "32 Angels"

      Two attacks, two hours apart, in two separate buildings on campus. The Virginia Tech massacre occurred on April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho began the massacre at 7:15am in dormitories. At 9:15, he entered Norris Hall and chained the doors shut. He entered classroom after classroom, shooting people indiscriminately - he murdered 25 students, five faculty members and wounded 29 others.

    WINCHMORE SCHOOL
    "Experiment! Exploit! Extinct!"

      Trapped in a cage. Experimented on. Exploited for vanity and environments destroyed. Our piece explores the actions taken by humans and the negative impact this has on animals' existence.

    YATE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY AND CULVERHILL SCHOOL
    "Your Move"

      The world of the chess board is a monochrome world. The pieces, each with their own distinctive character, dance in timeless opposition destined never to dance together, cast always as opponents in a classic struggle. Our dance uses the symbolism of the chess board to explore this dichotomy and what happens when we dare to dream the impossible.

    SOUTHERN OPEN FINAL "B" THEMES

    BARNWELL BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE SCHOOL
    "Life is no Nintendo Game!"

      If you are a student who prefers screen-time to study-time - watch out! The mad professor's magic potion will pull you into a Nintendo nightmare?Level after level of Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Just Dance, Sonic and Mario could leave you too weak to face your final nemesis - Professor Mad himself! Will our two unfortunate students make it out alive?

    BRIGHTON AND HOVE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Who Dunnit?"

      Brighton and Hove High School proudly invite you to an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem. A dinner party goes wrong and everyone's a suspect. Will the crack team of detectives be able to solve the case before our stage time is up? And what did the butler really see?

    CARISBROOKE COLLEGE
    "One Person's Craziness Is Another's Reality"

      Alice is falling. Her fault or fate?
      For she is late, for an important date!
      Comeuppance is waiting it's time to endure,
      No turning back, no time to explore.
      Mind spinning, head pounding,
      Is everything as it seems?
      Which path? Which way?
      The risk that she takes
      Calculates and leads to the decision she makes.

    CHICHESTER COLLEGE
    "This Is Our Protest!"

      I'm Alice, I'm 17, I'm still a child, why would politicians listen when I explain the importance arts education has on my life? That I'm a more confident, empathetic, disciplined learner - my skills will benefit the cultural wealth of the country and enrich society. I speak for all on this stage when I say "Arts matter!"; this is our protest!

    GEORGE ABBOT SCHOOL
    "Don't Suffer in Silence"

      More than 200,000 young people suffer from OCD or phobias that affect their normal day to day lives. Unfortunately, many still hide their symptoms and surveys estimate that less than 10% of those suffering receive treatment. Our performance highlights this issue, focusing on four teenagers living with disorders. Schools can be a daunting place to someone suffering in silence.

    HAMBLE COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Scrapheap CULTure"

      Every day kids are thrown on the scrapheap of life,
      Left to find their own way into trouble and strife.But then out on the heap there are more of their kind,
      They follow their leader as if they were blind.
      When all turns bad, which way will they turn?
      Run away from the ashes? Or stay there to burn?

    OAKMEAD COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
    "Hiroshima"

      A peaceful Japan until devastating news breaks. America is dropping an atomic bomb, but unfortunately bombs have no eyes. A decision needs to be made. Do the citizens of Japan flee to safety or take their chances of survival? One family's choice leads to the heart-breaking loss of their young son. Hiroshima, August 6, 1945.

    PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "The Accused?"

      Innocent till proven guilty, that is the law, there should be no doubt, a jury must be sure. The heart of the accused devours their youth, did she really do it? Will we ever know the truth?

    SIR WILLIAM RAMSAY SCHOOL
    "Linked"

      In a world of contrasts, with an ever-widening gap between the 'haves' and 'have-nots', where greed is juxtaposed with need, 'Linked' reminds us we are all connected. Do only 6° separate us from starvation and drought? Our conscience spinner weaves a global net; a web of mankind, reminding us the thread of humanity links us all. We share responsibility.

    THE ANGMERING SCHOOL
    "Salem"

      Twitching, biting, itching, scratching, sudden falls to the floor, contortions, shaking, choking, fever, stomach painall of the symptoms of being a witch in Salem 1692. As hysteria spread through the adults and children of Salem, the only way to escape the gallows was to confess or accuse another of witchcraft. Could anyone put an end to the madness?

    THE GRANGE SCHOOL
    "True Blood"

      Two starred crossed lovers from mortal and immortals lives hide their love from the rest of their own. A life is taken and a fight breaks loose, forcing the lovers to reconcile sides. Can Danny, an immortal soul, resist his first true love's blood and does Georgina, a mortal, live to remember her first true love?

    THE WYE VALLEY SCHOOL
    "Ring O' Roses"

      Times were grim. London was filthy and perfect for rats to breed. The poor were struck fist. First there were red blotches all over your skin, then painful lumps, and sneezing, shortly followed by death. You and your family would be locked in your house for forty days and forty nights. No-one was allowed to enter except the PLAGUE doctor.

    SOUTHERN PREMIER FINAL THEMES

    DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
    "Slave to Fashion"

      You're a busy mum who needs new clothes for the children - the credit crunch is biting. Do you consider the working conditions of those making these cheap clothes? And as prices soar and your salary is worth less each month, can you really afford to care? What is the true cost of fashion to the world's poorest people?

    KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL
    "Swift as a shadow short as any dream."

      William Shakespeare judges that love is a form of madness that prompts the lover to act in very foolish ways indeed. As Duke Theseus says, "lovers, like madmen and poets, are fantasists". Come join 'we shadows' and see how events occur without explanation, time loses its normal sense of flow, and the impossible occurs as a matter of course.

    RYDE ACADEMY
    "The Nature of the Beast"

      Boys stranded in an island paradise soon blame the forest that provides their food and shelter for their decent to savagery. Are the shadows alive or the product of young imaginations? Is fire a source of warmth and comfort? Or an unstoppable beast of nature? Without rules, without boundaries, will any survive?

    SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
    "I Remember When ......"

      Age isn't something he did on purpose?it just happened. David is 80 years young and has a fear of aging, fear of uselessness, fear of burden and fear of being walled up and isolated. But he's determined to live forever, or die trying.

    TOTTON COLLEGE
    "Stolen Identity"

      Every day a crime is committed that inflicts no physical injury, but leaves its victims devastated and costs the country billions of pounds. If left unsecured, the personal data in our mail, phones and computers can be used by criminals to obtain thousands of pounds worth of credit for themselves, leaving the debt to the victims of identity fraud.

    THE PETERSFIELD SCHOOL
    "El Sistema - a child...an instrument?a new generation"

      Caracas 1979: amidst dangerous streets dominated by gangs and guns, 11 children from the slums gathered in a garage to make music. Against all the odds El Sistema was born. Jose Abreu had a dream to transform lives through orchestral music...his dreams, and those of now countless others, have come true.

    THE WAVELL SCHOOL
    "Dream Master"

      A dream sequence is interpreted by eminent psychologists, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. They meet to discuss their findings. Jung sees moments in Dreams as Symbolic, Freud sees them as Signs. They are unable to agree. Jung's reputation for having many affairs is also disapproved of by Freud.

    CARLISLE JUNIOR THEMES

    ALL SAINTS’ C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Born this way"

      Our performance tells the story of two people that feel they're not good enough and don't fit in. They long to join in, laugh with others and have friends. What can they do? How will they do it? The moral of our story is that we should all embrace life and love ourselves because we were born this way!

    BROUGHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Little Red Riding Hood"

      We have used this traditional tale to highlight the dangers of talking to strangers. Throughout our performance, we have used Red Riding Hood to highlight the vulnerability of youngsters today and the dangers they can encounter. We are trying to encourage our pupils to stay safe within their community.

    EWANRIGG JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Tortoise and Hare - The Reunion"

      This is the story of how a school dance contest leads to the students falling out and gathering together into rival gangs. Eventually, the hardworking tortoises catch up with the arrogant hares. As the contest draws to a close, everyone realises that it is your friends that are important, not who wins.

    FLIMBY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Giraffes Can't Dance"

      Every year in Africa, there is a jungle dance. Where every single animal comes along to laugh, sing and prance. That is except for poor Geraldine the giraffe. For every time she tries to dance, she buckles at the knees. Will Geraldine attend this year's event and show the other animals that giraffes really CAN dance....

    FRIZINGTON COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Wizard Who Saved the World!"

      Climate Change is affected by many things that humans do without thinking. We learnt there are many ways of reducing the effects of Global Warming such as recycling, energy efficiency and choosing renewable energy. We followed the journey of Diego and realised that you don't need magic to be a wizard as we can all make a difference.

    JERICHO PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Voice Within"

      A young girl has a dream. She transforms herself into a warrior to take her ill Dad's place in the Chinese Army, defying stereotypes. Will her voice within, a Chinese dragon, give her the courage and strength to fight to save her Dad's honour?

    MORESBY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Dancing makes our hearts speak of freedom"

      In a society governed by uniformity to allow growth, all are as one. Restless young people discover that dance provides freedom of expression needed to bring about change. This challenges the leader of the regime. Yet his daughter will rise up, shining a light on the need for expression, whatever the cost, paving the way to a brighter future.

    STANWIX PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Secret of the Map"

      Our Rock Challenge performance is a gripping tale of greed and loss, which will engulf our audience. The main character is a greedy pirate called Jeff Blackbird, who leads his crew on a treacherous journey in search of treasure. He steals the map necessary to lead the way and captures an innocent Queen before setting off into the unknown.

    THOMLINSON JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "What do you need to achieve?"

      There are skills that help us achieve our potential. We learn them from our families, school and friends. We use them everywhere, enabling us to be happy, achieve and grow. Certain skills are easy to develop, some not, and we feel scared to try. What happens when we stay in our comfort zones? What happens when we take those risks?

    VICTORIA INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL
    "ALADDIN"

      It was love at first sight when Aladdin saw Princess Jasmine in Agrabah market. When Aladdin accidently discovers a lamp inside the Cave of Wonders he automatically rubs it and a genie appears. Aladdin wished for money but this didn't make him happy so he set the genie and Jasmine free. Money doesn't buy happiness love will set you free.

    VICTORIA JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Broken Promises, Shattered Lives"

      A mysterious stranger offers hope to a town overrun with rats. The Mayor promises a reward, but once the problem disappears so does his gratitude. He refuses to honour his agreement. The lives of the townspeople are broken just like the deceitful Mayor’s promise. The children are enticed away, never to be seen again.

    WESTFIELD NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Nobody's perfect - make that change!"

      Two children have lived in the same area, went to the same school, shared the same childhood. They both represented their school in lots of ways, setting good examples and making the right choices. Can they both continue being responsible citizens or will peer pressure influence their decisions?

    NATIONAL FINAL THEMES

    ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL
    "The Wolf"

      Fairytales are told in a world of black and white. Some stories have been told so many times that their heroes and villains have passed into legend. Ultimately, the grey elements remain untold. Until now. The Red Riding Hood you know paints the wolf as a merciless killer, bloodthirsty and cruel. Our story, the true story, is a little different

    COCKBURN - A SPECIALIST SCHOOL IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
    "House of Fun"

      "The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day..." Conrad and Sally are at home with nothing to do but sit, sit, sit, sit. Then they hear a bump - leading to a crazy journey into mayhem, madness and magic courtesy of the imagination of Dr. Seuss.

    COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL
    "Three brothers...Three choices?One destiny"

      Follow us as we journey with three brothers who use their magical powers to cheat death. Death knowingly rewards their initiative with a gift each; the most powerful wand in existence, the resurrection stone, and, finally, part of his own cloak of invisibility. Watch and discover that greed gets you nowhere and that life is what you make it!

    FRASERBURGH ACADEMY
    "Dorothy Decides..."

      Follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road as she faces a choice of paths. Will she conform and allow the evil witch with her peer-pressuring companions determine her path or will she resist these influences and choose her own way. The decision is hers.

    KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL
    "Swift as a shadow short as any dream."

      William Shakespeare judges that love is a form of madness that prompts the lover to act in very foolish ways indeed. As Duke Theseus says, "lovers, like madmen and poets, are fantasists". Come join 'we shadows' and see how events occur without explanation, time loses its normal sense of flow, and the impossible occurs as a matter of course.

    OAKMEAD COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
    "Hiroshima"

      A peaceful Japan until devastating news breaks. America is dropping an atomic bomb, but unfortunately bombs have no eyes. A decision needs to be made. Do the citizens of Japan flee to safety or take their chances of survival? One family's choice leads to the heart-breaking loss of their young son. Hiroshima, August 6, 1945.

    PETERHEAD ACADEMY
    "SOUTH"

      Join Captain Ernest Henry Shackleton and his crew on their expedition to the South Pole. Panic sets in as the evil Ice Queen and her minions trap their ship which leads to hallucination and starvation within the crew. How far will they go to survive? Will anyone survive? Or will they all be surrendered to the South?

    RYDE ACADEMY
    "The Nature of the Beast"

      Boys stranded in an island paradise soon blame the forest that provides their food and shelter for their descent to savagery. Are the shadows alive or the product of young imaginations? Is fire a source of warmth and comfort? Or an unstoppable beast of nature? Without rules, without boundaries, will any survive?

    THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL
    "The Price of Perfection"

      An inventor's creation sits in a castle high on the hill. In his pursuit of perfection he banishes those who don't fit the mould. A girl, unnoticed by the professor, is unlike the other people of the town. As her curiosity grows, she unites with the broken people to unveil the horrifying truth and stop the professor.

    THORNTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    "Dictate Conclusion, Provide Reason Dictate Conclusion, Provide Reason"

      I need to make up my mind,
      But the best answer I can't find. People yell "You have to decide";
      If only they were in my brain along for the ride
      With my heart screaming "go", and my head saying "no".
      People don't realise just how hard it can get
      To not disappoint without feeling regret.