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      Mar 31st 2017

      Good luck to Southesk Primary and Montrose Academy Montrose for tonight! Woohoo - we are on our way to see you!!

      From all the parents and staff, looking forward to seeing all the other schools too!
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      Mar 11th 2017

      Hiya guys! It's William from Southfield School :)
      We hope to see you all again on Monday, as we return from a year off to compete with you all once more.
      Best of luck! xx

      William H (Southfield School)
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      Hello everyone at Southfield!
      I just want to wish you all the very best of luck on Monday. I am so proud of every single one of you. You guys always prove to me that anything is possible. You have so much talent, passion, dedication, and most of all huge respect for one another. You guys never give up on making your dreams come true, and that's the Southfield spirit.
      No matter what, always have fun: the Rock Challenge is going to be an amazing experience that you will never forget. I can't wait to watch you all on the day. YOU GUYS ROCK!

      Aaron F (Southfield School)
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      Feb 28th 2017

      I know all of you guys in premier league will smash it, especially Christ the Kings College: I watched your dance on the 27th of February and it was awesome!

      Sophie (Bohunt School)
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      Feb 27th 2017

      Good Luck to all the schools competing this year! Many good luck wishes :)

      Dancers (Fareham College) xx
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      Feb 23rd 2017

      I'm looking forward to rock challenge! I'm excited
      (though also a bit nervous at the same time :)
      I'm looking forward to seeing the other schools' performances and seeing which schools get the rewards: it will all be very exciting!
      Qanza (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Feb 20th 2017

      Good luck to all the Team at Henry Box School, Witney, taking part today in Stevenage. I know you're going to smash it!

      Nicky
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      Feb 16th 2017

      Good luck to Calmore Junior School and all the other schools performing tonight.

      All your hard work will pay off and the performances will all be amazing. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
      Can't wait to watch tonight! :)
      Angela N (Calmore Junior School)
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      All the best to Halterworth Primary School for their performance at Southampton Guildhall for the JRC! We know all your hard work will pay off :)
      From all the staff and pupils at Awbridge Primary School
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      Feb 3rd 2017

      I can't wait to watch all the school performances in the evening at Rotherham!

      I really miss participating in the rock challenge with all my school friends and wish I could turn back the clock and take part in it (and do the Co-Hosting again with my school :)
      Good Luck Everyone!!!
      Subla (ex-Southfield)
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      I can't wait till rock challenge on March 13th!
      I'm looking forward to meeting the other schools and the judges and also watching the other schools performances and making new friends :)
      Qanza
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      Sept 27th 2016

      BUTTERSHAW IS BACK!!!!!!!! Can't wait to meet you guys at Rotherham!

      We've fundraised over £800 so far!! Come on BBEC!!! YEAAAAHHH!
      Olivia P (Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Bradford)
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      Apr 28th 2016

      Good luck to the fantastic Bingley Grammar School Team! You've done so well with what we've seen so far and we can't wait to see the whole thing tonight!

      Hayley, Luke, Michal, John and all the boys xxxxx
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      Apr 21st 2016

      Good Luck to the children of Maryport Junior School for Friday 22nd April !!!
      Mrs Hurst (Maryport C of E Junior School, Cumbria)
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      Wishing Newland School For Girls the very best of luck in Rock Challenge tomorrow night! Very excited to see you perform! Xxx
      Nik Foster ( Aisha's Mum)
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      Mar 14th 2016

      Good Luck to both Aldworth and all the other schools! So far it has been a great day!
      So excited for the performance tonight!
      Thank-you to all the crew here in Portsmouth today. You make this event possible: good Luck to you all!
      GO ON ALDWORTH!!!!!!!!!!!
      Sophie H (Aldworth School, Basingstoke)
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      Mar 9th 2016

      All the very best to the Burstwick and Paull Rock Challenge entry today. You will have an awesome and memorable day. Very proud of you all!
      Mr Rowe (Burstwick Primary and Paull Primary

      Sept 22nd 2015

      Well, that's about it for today. Just want to say an absolutely HUGE thank you to all of the teachers/leaders who took the time to enter today and for committing to taking your team on the Rock Challenge 2016 journey. You guys are absolutely awesome. We thank you for your patience and support on what is always a massively hectic day but also so much fun. We love hearing from you all, even at unfortunate times in the morning :)

      We checked back 12 months ago and at this point last year we had 207 entry forms. Right now we have a whopping 322 entry forms! We are completely overwhelmed with appreciation. This is going to take a while for us to sort out so please bear with us while we sort out who is going where. We'll be working around the clock and trying our absolute best to find spaces for everybody. Everybody will know by Friday if/where you have a space or what to do next.

      #EntryDay2015 ... Best One Yet!

      UK Rock Challenge
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      Jun 1st 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE 2015 FINALS!

      Yes, they're approaching ... fast.

      It's the Northern Finals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week, and, just to whet your appetite, the preview videos are here: J Rock: bit.ly/1EKwK0H , Open: bit.ly/1LUUbtN and Prems bit.ly/1dECe8h

      If you're going, see you in Grimsby!

      Next week ... Scottish Final, in Dundee.

      John (editing)
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      May 29th 2015

      We're delighted to announce that the Northern J Rock Final has completely SOLD OUT. What brilliant news! How fantastic will it be for all those young people to perform in a completely sold-out theatre. Thank you all so much for your support.

      If you have tickets and find that you can no longer go, please let the box office know as they should be able to resell them for you.

      One week tomorrow!

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      Southern Premier Final tickets are still on public sale! The stalls have sold really well but there are still plenty of excellent tickets left priced at just £12 (plus Ticketmaster fees). Make sure you let your friends and family know what a superb event this is going to be. (Having seen the showcases we can definitely confirm that!)

      To find tickets, head to this link: bit.ly/1FesxTC

      The Rock Challenge Crew :)
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      May 12th 2015

      I shall come back to see you all at Rock Challenge and I hope you are all having a good time.
      I am at College now and it is going well.

      Michael (ex-Southfield School, Bradford)
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      May 4th 2015

      I had a great night at Rock Challenge on the 2nd may 2015, and our dance teacher, kerry, said we might be doing it again next year!
      Thank-you to all of the crew at Hull City Hall that made it all possible!

      Demi (Route One/Tigers Trust Team)
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      May 1st 2015

      Had a great night and made some new friends on the 22nd of April! Can't wait to see everyone again in Grimsby x :)
      Katrina B (Airedale Academy, Castleford)
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      Apr 29th 2015

      Hi! It's me again :)
      Just wanted to write a big big big big BIG THANK-YOU! You guys at Rock Challenge have been so awesome to us and made us feel so welcome. Everybody has touched my heart, especially at the end when we were doing the awards and everybody shouted Barry's name!
        Also a big thank-you to Anne: she retired on Friday and we really miss her already. If you're reading this, Anne, PLEASE COME BACK! Eight letters, three words, one meaning... I LOVE YOU...

      Aaron (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Apr 28th 2015

      I like the rock challenge!
      I miss my new friends
      C xxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Apr 25th 2015

      Hello!
      I'm sorry i couldn't attend the rock challenge event. I would have loved to have come on the 21st...
      Thank-you to Anne and Sally for all of their support over the years.
      I LOVE YOU ALL !!!

      William (Southfield)
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      Thank-you for Tuesday! We all enjoyed it and we hope we can do it again sometime xxxx
      Ben (Southfield)
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      Thank-you for rock challenge on tuesday! We really loved all the performances :)
      Congratulations to appleton academy: hope you all have an awesome day at grimsby xxx :)

      Lucy and Aimee (Southfield)
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      Thank-you for Tuesday! We all enjoyed it :) Chloe and Annie (Southfield)
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      We all had a nice day at the Leeds Rock Challenge: thanks for that! We all enjoyed it Ryan (Southfield)
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      Apr 23rd 2015

      Looking forward to seeing all the schools' performances in GRIMSBY on Friday 5th June. Good Luck Everyone! Be Your Best, Have Fun, Meet New Friends, and see you there!
      A Special Good Luck to ASHFIELD GIRLS' HIGH ... Let's go, ASHFIELD, let's go!
      Cathy Walker (Ashfield Girls' High School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

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      I really enjoyed last night, even though unfortunately it was my last time in the rock challenge and I will really miss all the other schools and making friends with everybody on the days that we get together.
      I am who I am today partly because of the Rock Challenge, which has made me more of an outgoing person.
      I have done Rock Challenge for 7 years: farewell to everybody in rock challenge. I will always remember you all.
      And a big thank-you to the rock challenge team :)

      Lewis (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Apr 20th 2015

      Want to say a big thank-you to Anne and Sally for all they have done and for letting us be a part of the Rock Challenge once again!
      Good luck to all the other schools taking part at Leeds: see you on the 21st April xxxx
      Josh And Jess (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Apr 9th 2015

      A message received by UKRC HQ and repeated here :)
      "I wanted to write to you to express my sincere gratitude for all the hard work you put into Rock Challenge to make it such a wonderful experience for the children. The children from Lee on the Solent Junior School had the most fantastic day at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 27th March.

      "What makes this so special for our school is the fact there are many significant children who never in their wildest dreams believed they would be able to achieve performing on stage. Their self esteem has grown enormously. Rock Challenge has been a real focus in their lives for all of the months we have been rehearsing, and taught many of the children that they are stronger that they believed they were and that when they work hard and face their fears, there is so much they can achieve. The vast majority of our children have never danced before or set foot on a stage. For all of the teachers at Lee on Solent Junior School watching their children on stage performing so tremendously felt incredible, seeing the children grow in pride and self worth through realising what they can achieve.

      "Thank you so much for providing such an incredible experience for us. The fact Lee on Solent Junior school won is just the icing on the cake. The children were not focused on winning, they were supporting all schools and just focused on being the best they could be on the day. Winning was a huge reward for them and meant so much.

      "From the very beginning of entry day through to the performance, the support from the JRock team has been incredible and we are so grateful for all the hard work you put into this. A day for the children to treasure forever.

      "Thank you so very much, you are all amazing! Can't wait for the southern finals!
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      Apr 5th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Stonehaven's Mackie Academy get a good write-up in the "Kincardineshire Observer" newspaper after their Dundee appearance:
      read all about it here :)
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      Forfar Academy also scored column inches in the "Forfar Dispatch" newspaper after their Performance in Dundee: read all about it here :)
      John (editing)
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      Apr 1st 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      "The Courier" newspaper has "Angus schools shine in Rock Challenge"
      and you can read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 31st 2015

      How can I purchase photographs taken on the night of our J Rock?
      Kirsty (Lee on the Solent Juniors)
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      Go to this link, Kirsty, and work your way through the offers.
      Hope that helps ?
      John (editing the website)

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      Mar 30th 2015

      How do I order a J Rock challenge DVD, please?
      Teresa (Valentine Primary)
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      Go to this link, Teresa, and fill in all the details.
      Hope that helps ?
      John (editing the website)

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      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      There's a great review in the Isle of Wight's "Island Echo" newspaper of the Stenbury Federation's winning performance at Saturday's JRock 2 in Portsmouth!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 28th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      "The Comet" newspaper highlights the fundraising drive by the Marriotts School in Stevenage to raise enough money to enable them to travel to Portsmouth to "do it all again" ... but this time in the Southern finals of Rock Challenge!

      Read more about their fundraising effort here :)

      Portsmouth's "The News" newspaper continues to provide great coverage of the six days of Rock Challenge events in the town's Guildhall: You'll find Day 4 coverage here :) The "Slough & South Bucks Express" newspaper highlights St Joseph's Catholic High School's entry "The Queen of Hearts" (read more here) and - finally - the Isle of Wight's "Island Echo" features two of the island's teams (Ryde School with Upper Chine, and Christ the King College) here :)
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      Mar 27th 2015

      HELLO EVERYONE! Hoping you have a great Easter holiday :)
      We can't wait to see you all after the holidays - make sure you all rest up. We're looking forward to seeing all the old friends once again, and making new friends as well.
      Malcolm says "Good luck!" from his workshop. We still haven't seen him for weeks - he's turning into a hairy monster (and he hasn't washed for weeks!!!)
      HI ANNE, WE LOVE YOU! And Sully too. Plus can we have a great big THANK-YOU to Amanda, Lorraine and Sharron, who have been throwing themselves around the dance studio. Hahaha!
      ROCK ON 21st APRIL 2015. We're really looking forward to working in the Playhouse in Leeds :)
      All the best from Aaron and the best team ever at SOUTHFIELD!
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx :):):):):)
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      Mar 25th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      It's pictures all the way
      in the first link to "The News" newspaper from Portsmouth, with a slideshow from the official Rock Challenge photographer Nick Scott.

      The "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper reports on the results achieved by the Fareham College Rock Challenge Team (even if the Southern Daily Echo does significantly underestimate the number of years Rock Challenge has been running in Portsmouth :)

      And finally, the "Bucks Free Press" newspaper has a report on Beaconsfield High School's first-ever entry into Rock Challenge, with some good dynamic rehearsal pictures too!
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      Mar 20th 2015

      As a team we are all looking forward to taking part in our performance and are working hard to polish our routine.
      We haven't seen Malcolm for weeks as he is working on the set(HEAVY!) and the crew is working hard to build muscles :)
      4 weeks 1 day and counting down - looking forward to seeing you all on the day and the evening event.
      Hi to all the crew and members of the rock challenge ... see you soon :)

      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx from everyone at Southfield !
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      Mar 19th 2015

      The "Spalding Guardian" newspaper has reported on the Sir John Gleed School Rock Challenge Team's second-placing at Grantham! There's a picture of some of the team: see and read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 17th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Great to see the "Darlington and Stockton Times" newspaper highlighting tomorrow's North Yorkshire Rock Challenge event at the Barbican!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 13th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      The Sir John Gleed Rock Challenge Team get great coverage in the "Spalding Guardian" newspaper:
      go here to see the pictures, or to the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre on Monday evening to see their performance!
      John (editing)
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      Mar 9th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      There's a good report in the "Eastbourne Herald" newspaper covering Cavendish School's recent win at their event in Crawley:
      read more here
      Cavendish School's newsletter editors were also quick off the mark, with front-page coverage in their March 6th issue :)
      John (editing)

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      Mar 4th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Nice reporting from Bournemouth's "Daily Echo" newspaper on Monday's UK Rock Challenge event in the Pavilion Theatre!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 28th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Good to see the "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper keeping up the flow of information and photographs from this week's Southampton Rock Challenge and J Rock events!
      You can catch up with last night's news here: bit.ly/1zpbuLP :)
      John (editing)
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      The "Isle of Wight County Press" has a nice report and photos about Carisbrooke CE Primary School Rock Challenge Team's performance at their Southampton J Rock event! Read more here: bit.ly/1JYyiNB
      John (editing)
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      Feb 25th 2015

      Waddesdon had a long coach ride to get to Stevenage, and suddenly decided to send in a few messages...
      John (editing)

      Good luck to all teams at rock challenge in stevenage! Heidi xx
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      Looking forward to a great day at Stevenage for Rock Challenge!!! Hope it goes well and wishing all the other teams the best of luck!!!
      Abby L
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      Can't wait to perform.... Good luck everyoneee! X
      Cery S

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      Excited for Rock Challenge today!! On our way to Stevenage and cannot wait to get there! Good luck to everyone and break a leg tonight!
      Hannah
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      GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS PERFORMING TONIGHT! Everyone at waddesdon is SOO excited and we are all #readytorock ! #waddesdon wishing everyone the best of luck xx
      Lauren
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      Have a great day everyone! Can't wait
      Isabelle
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      Good luck everyone?? Can't wait??
      Dad #waddesdon
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      Can't wait for rock challenge! Good luck to all the other schools performing!
      Ella
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      On our way to Stevenage! We're all really excited and wish all the other teams competing the best of luck!!!!
      Beth
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      Good luck to all the other schools performing tonight!! #readytorock #waddesdon... Hopefully all our hard work pays off tonight! X
      Lauren K
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      Good luck 2 everyone who is doing rock challenge!
      Hollie
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      On our way to stevenage! Can't wait to see everyone! Wish u all the best in the competition tonight! We are so excited!!! ?? x
      Ellie
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      Best of luck to all the teams performing today! Break a leg! Lots of love from team Waddesdon x
      Michael
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      GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE SCHOOLS COMPETING WE'RE NEARLY THERE STEVENAGE!!!!
      Amelia
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      Having a Great day at Rock Challenge Southampton! Thanks for having us!
      Edward W (Gryphon School, Sherborne, Dorset)
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      Feb 24th 2015

      "Smokers are 70 percent more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than non-smokers" is a major finding from a just-reported study from the British Heart Foundation. To read more, try the Agence France Presse newspage here: www.afp.com/en/news/smokers-higher-risk-depression-says-british-study
      John (editing)
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      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Good to see the "Doncaster Free Press" newspaper has coverage of the upcoming Scunthorpe Baths Hall Rock Challenge event!
      There's more here: bit.ly/1BjzBmd
      John (editing)
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      Feb 23rd 2015

      We would like to thank you, Rock Challenge, for the marvellous day: you do a great job and we've enjoyed every second of it! We'd also like to thank the judges for their decision: thank you ever so much! Keep up the great work for the rest of the tour and we will be back for the grand final!!!
      Lauren H (Chamberlayne College for the Arts, Southampton)
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      Best wishes to all the schools and Rock Challenge crews kicking off the 2015 Tour with shows in Stevenage and Southampton this week!
      Kind regards ... Tony Bolt (Druglink Ltd.)
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      Feb 21st 2015

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see the "Island Echo" news source reporting on the Isle of Wight's schools taking part in next week's Southampton J Rock events!
      There's more here: www.islandecho.co.uk/news/three-island-schools-to-rock-southampton :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 18th 2015

      Visions Unlimited in association with Be Your Best Foundation are offering you the opportunity to purchase a full length DVD of your evening show.

      This is a live mix (three or more cameras) and consists of the whole show on one or two discs depending on the length of the show.

      Your DVD will come in a DVD box with a cover relevant to your show, and our back catalogue goes back to 1999! (Now all you have to do is remember the date and venue.... :)

      To get started, click on the link below:

      www.visionsunlimited.co.uk/RCDVD

      John (editing)
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      Feb 16th 2015

      The February "essential reading" newsletter is now available on this website at t.co/ZTq4SAnmfx :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 10th 2015

      Team JC are so excited to be coming to the UK in 2 weeks' time for Stevenage Day 1. This is our first Rock Challenge and we can't wait to see all the other schools perform.
      We will try and bring some sunshine with us all the way from Dubai ...see you soon, UK!!!
      Miss T (Jumeirah College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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      I am so excited to be going all the way from Dubai to the UK to take part in such an amazing competition! Can't wait to meet new people, make new friends and perform! :)
      Sabrina S. A. (Jumeirah)
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      Feb 9th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      "Rock Challenge returns to Southampton"
      was the heading in Sunday's "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper: you can read the article itself here > bit.ly/1C9xnjP :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 6th 2015

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Good to see the "Scunthorpe Telegraph" newspaper has highlighted the town's first-ever event!
      There's more here: bit.ly/18UDmBW :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 4th 2015

      Hiiiiii everyone!
      I bet you can't wait for this year's rock challenge - it's going to be rocking :)
      I can't wait to perform and be there with my school friends and make new friends from other schools across West Yorkshire too.
      You will all be excellent: good luck to every school who is participating in rock challenge!
      Qanza (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Jan 27th 2015

      HI! It's us again!
      Hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas and is loving the new year so far, but no time to rest now, because it's nearly that time of the year! (No - not Easter! THE ROCK CHALLENGE!!!! :)
      We here at Southfield are so excited to be seeing you guys again very very soon and so looking forward to showing you what we've got to offer for 2015.
      We wish everybody the best of luck: whether you're new to it or you're a regular - have a blast!
      Aaron and Stephen (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Wow! My 2015 UK Rock Challenge teeshirt has arrived in the post, I'm wearing it as I type this, and it's pretty much drop-dead gorgeous :)
      I bought it from the UKRC eBay shop: pop over to ebay.eu/1LhjPul to check them out for yourself :)
      A very chuffed John, editing this website on a cool and windy day in Yorkshire
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      Jan 17th 2015

      Hello everyone! We are William and Chloe and we can't wait until rock challenge 2015 to see you all perform and meet you all.
      William and Chloe (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Hello. We are performers for southfield school and hope we are going to have a great time doing a rock challenge. Thank you very much :)
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      Jan 3rd 2015

      A brand-new Promotional Video was released at the New Year: it's just over eleven minutes long and you can watch it at the following link:

      https://t.co/ZIQLfnKruB

      Enjoy ! :)
      John (editing)
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      Dec 22nd 2014

      Hello

      Sammy at UKRC HQ has emailed me details of a job vacancy at Rock Challenge! It's for an Admin Assistant needed for 6 months (February to July), applications need to be in to Sammy by noon on January 9th 2015, interviews will be on January 16th, and ALL the details are on the docx document at

      https://http://www.dropbox.com/s/906a0iobg45uhkq/00000002.Admin_Assistant_Job_Description_2015.docx

      With best wishes,
      OAP John (editing)
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      Dec 16th 2014

      The fab 2015 UK Rock Challenge Artwork is now available! Go here -> https://tinyurl.com/p2fnfca (It's about a 0.7MB file :)
      John (editing)
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      Nov 13th 2014

      I've received a message from Dave at the Be Your Best Foundation UK Rock Challenge asking me to publicise a new initiative. The best summary is...

      "BYB foundation has partnered with an Award-Winning t-shirt manufacturer to get your school team outfitted in t-shirts and sweats for the lowest possible price, with free t-shirt design support too!

      The founders of Rapanui have a great connection to Rock Challenge® having participated themselves in the past - and have been great supporters since. As their factory already prints many custom t-shirts for Rock Challenge® school teams, Rock Challenge UK® negotiated a group discount - Any school participating in Rock Challenge® or JRock® can get outfitted in tees or hoodies for significantly less than elsewhere. They have also offered free design work for Rock Challenge teams too: Send your theme in and their professional design team will bring it to life."

      If you want to rush off NOW and check this out, the places to go are the general UKRC clothing site at
      https://uktshirtprinting.com/rock-challenge-t-shirts

      and the design-your-own RC team t-shirts link at
      https://rockchallenge.teemill.co.uk/help-for-schools/

      John (editing)
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      Oct 27th 2014

      Good to see the "Grimsby Telegraph" covering the push to get more North-East Lincolnshire schools involved in UK Rock Challenge!
      Details here:-> bit.ly/1Dj1ciU
      John (Editing)
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      Oct 23rd 2014

      The Application Forms to be one of the fabulous UK Rock Challenge Volunteers in 2015 are now available:

      Form A (for those volunteering for the first time) is downloadable from here: https://http://www.dropbox.com/s/5ml3fc1x8xkn24q/00000002.VOL_REG_FORM_A_-_Volunteering_for_the_first_time.docx

      Form B (for those who have volunteered before) is downloadable from here: https://http://www.dropbox.com/s/49h9skv6q4g2pnl/00000003.VOL_REG_FORM_B_-_Returning_Volunteers.docx

      Do please make sure that you read all the helpful information before filling in and returning the form, and then ... GOOD LUCK !!! :)

      John (editing)
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      Oct 18th 2014

      Calling all schools and colleges in North and North-East Lincolnshire: the Humberside Police Youth Engagement Lifestyle Team are holding a UK Rock Challenge teacher meeting at the Holy Family Catholic Academy in Cleethorpes on Tuesday October 18th at 4.30pm.
      Join them for a great insight into what's involved should you decide to join the UKRC family for 2015 :)

      John (editing)
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      Sept 29th 2014

      Are you ready for the full show experience BEFORE 2015 ? Here's a GREAT video: you get loads of camera positions to choose from at the Royal Opera House, it's a TREMENDOUS look at Act III of Wagner's Die Walkurie that allows you to watch the orchestra, audience, stage, backstage, under the stage, lighting, sound, see the Deputy Stage Manager controlling it all, stagecrew doing wizardy technical stuff in the darkness ... I could go on and on. And there's one page with minivideos of everything happening at all 17 camera positions: makes you feel like a director as you cut from one to the next to the next :)
      Go here to watch:-> www.roh.org.uk/opera-machine
      John (editing)
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      Sept 22nd 2014

      A message from UKRC HQ in Portsmouth:

      Now that all of the teams have heard if they have a place or are on a waiting list, we have the five quickest schools in each division to get their completed entry forms back to us on entry day. Here they are:

      TOP FIVE QUICKEST J ROCK TEAMS:
      • 5th - Spring Cottage Primary School
      • 4th - Cowley Hill Primary School
      • 3rd - Braishfield Primary School
      • 2nd - Laurance Haines School
      • 1st - HILDERTHORPE PRIMARY SCHOOL
      TOP FIVE QUICKEST OPEN TEAMS:
      • 5th - Yate International Academy
      • 4th - Inverurie Academy
      • 3rd - St Paul's Catholic College
      • 2nd - IPACA
      • 1st - ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL
      TOP FIVE QUICKEST PREMIER TEAMS:
      • 5th - Longcroft School
      • 4th - Holy Family Catholic Academy
      • 3rd - Baylis Court School
      • 2nd - Peterhead Academy
      • 1st - NESCOT COLLEGE
      Well done to the quickest teachers and thank you again to everybody who got up at an unsociable hour on entry day to secure your place!
      Within the next couple of weeks we'll be releasing the full tour schedule with the list of which teams are taking part on each day.
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      Sept 1st 2014

      Can it really be September already?? That means entry day for the 2015 Rock Challenge tour is THIS MONTH! Only 9 days away! Another awesome Rock Challenge season is just around the corner :)

      TEACHERS: We emailed information to all of you today about entry day and had more than 50 automatic bouncebacks from emails that couldn't be delivered. If you didn't get the email, PLEASE CONTACT THE ROCK CHALLENGE OFFICE AS SOON AS YOU CAN ON 023 9298 5710
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      Aug 24th 2014

      I am coming to see you all dancing in Rock Challenge! I miss all my friends at school.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Aug 14th 2014

      UK Rock Challenge® are looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to join the Team in a voluntary capacity as Regional Representatives! Download the pdf advert from here :)

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      Aug 1st 2014

      The UK Rock Challenge and Be Your Best Foundation are extremely delighted to OFFICIALLY announce that the 2015 Rock Challenge tour, a celebration of 20 years of Rock Challenge in the UK, will see the staging of our third NATIONAL GRAND FINAL!

      Once again, the best teams from the Northern region will meet up with the best teams from the Southern region for an extra Rock Challenge day of outstanding talent and fun.

      The event will take place at Milton Keynes Theatre on MONDAY 6TH JULY!

      Make a note of the date in your diary. We'll announce qualification methods shortly but once again, EVERY competing senior Rock Challenge team will have the opportunity to progress to the National Final. If you are planning a holiday for next year try to avoid this date if at all possible, especially if you are in a Premier team.

      More details will follow soon but we wanted to let you all know as soon as it was confirmed. Have a great weekend

      The UK Rock Challenge Team :)
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      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Brighton Hill Community School Team for the coverage they've achieved in Basingstoke's "Gazette" newspaper!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 25th 2014

      It's great to see that the Be Your Best Foundation's Annual Review of UK Rock Challenge is now out ! Loads of facts, lovely Nick Scott images (and others) and quotable quotes: download it (as a pdf file) from here: tinyurl.com/lgt3kc5 :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 16th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Peterhead Academy Rock Challenge team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Buchan Observer" newspaper regarding the UK Rock Challenge National Awards they've won!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations also to the Humberside Police Youth Engagement Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper regarding the UK Rock Challenge National Awards picked up by teams in their area!
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 9th 2014

      The names of the 2014 NATIONAL awards winners have been announced!
      Read them here :)
      John (editing)
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      The winners of the 2014 UK Rock Challenge Short Film Competition have been announced!

      In third place: Mary Rose School, Portsmouth, Hampshire ... Watch on YouTube;
      in second place: Corfe Hills School, Poole, Dorset ... Watch on YouTube;
      in first place: Cox Green School, Maidenhead, Berkshire ... Watch on YouTube (but don't panic when you see "13 minutes" ... it isn't :)

      John (editing)

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      Jul 4th 2014

      Be Your Best Foundation director Mervyn Bishop - who brought UK Rock Challenge to the North in 1997 - is finally retiring from the "day job" (Divisional Manager with Victim Support) but certainly not retiring from the work he does for the BYBF. Read the Hull Daily Mail article (and see the photo - complete with a gold-framed UKRC CD :) here.
      John (editing)
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      Jul 3rd 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to Jeyda of the Winchmore School Rock Challenge Team, who has been awarded a certificate by Enfield Council for her work.
      Read more on the "This is Local London" website!
      John (editing)
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      Jun 25th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Merton Junior School's JRock Team for the coverage they achieved in the "Basingstoke Gazette" newspaper !
      There's more to read here.
      John (editing))
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      There's a slideshow of Nick Scott photographs on the "The News" newspaper's website - they were taken during the second Open Southern Final. View them here.
      John (editing))
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      Jun 22nd 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Go to the "The News" newspaper for an slideshow of photos taken during the Southern JRock and Open A finals held on Wednesday and Thursday of last week ! Looking good, guys :)
      John (editing)
      Click here for photographs from Nick, the official photographer ! A username and password combination can be supplied by your team's Liaison Teacher :)
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      The Arbroath High School Rock Challenge Team get good coverage in the "Arbroath Herald" newspaper for their performance in the Scottish Final! Go here to read it :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 18th 2014

      NEW ZEALAND'S STAGE CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to the Aquinas College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved of their winning RAW division performance at Baycourt !
      Read more here
      John (editing)
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      Jun 17th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to the St Joseph's School Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage in the "Salisbury Journal" newspaper!
      There's more available here.
      John (editing)
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      Jun 16th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Great to see the winners of the Scottish Final the Arbroath High School Rock Challenge Team getting coverage in the "The Courier" newspaper !
      Read all about it here!
      John (editing)
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      Jun 14th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Great 2m 15s coverage by STV of Thursday's Scottish Final rehearsals at the Caird Hall, Dundee:
      click here to watch :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 10th 2014

      NEW ZEALAND'S STAGE CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      There's coverage in the "Wanganui Chronicle" newspaper of the success achieved by Wanganui schools in the Stage Challenge event in Palmerston North:
      read more here.
      John (editing)
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      Jun 9th 2014

      Thank you very much for an amazing experience on Saturday: I have really enjoyed this weekend and all of our rehearsals.
      I would have loved to win but we all had a fabulous time anyway!

      Olivia (Ashfield Girls' High School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Hi my big dance family!! Hope everyone has rested and enjoyed yourselves at the open finals at Grimsby.
      I had so much fun on Friday, meeting nice new people and being able to play as King Arthur again. (And my knees are a bit achy but with love!)
      Me, the King and Stephen the Wizard loved doing the Smooth Criminal dance at the dance-off outside the Auditorium!
      Thank you so much for an experience that I'll never forget and well done everyone! :D
      Aaron (King Arthur, Southfield School, Bradford)
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      I had a great time at Grimsby on Friday! We had a lovely day and i was so happy to meet you all (and i enjoyed our dance-off when my best friend chisomo did some somersaults :)
      William (Southfield)

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      I had the best night on friday ever! Thanks to all of the schools that were there that night - I hope to see all of you again next year.
      Lewis (Southfield)
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      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see a great report in the "Grimsby Telegraph" newspaper on their area's team performances at the Northern JRock Final on Thursday ! The page is here.
      More local teams are shown in another "Grimsby Telegraph" report, this time on Friday's Open Final: catch that story here.
      John (editing)
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      Jun 8th 2014

      A huge "Well done!" to all who performed at Grimsby Auditorium last night! It was the first time I have ever been to a Rock Challenge event and it was a pleasure to be one of the police officers attending.
      I was amazed at how brilliant all the performances were and would rate them all in line with Britain's Got Talent performances! I thought everyone put 100% effort into the show and was very impressed by everyone who performed!
      A big well done from me! It was a fantastic night!!!

      Dan Clark-Walters (Special Constabulary Sergeant, Humberside Police)
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      Jun 5th 2014

      Hi to you all!
      I'm on my way back to see you all again at Rock Challenge: looking 4ward 2 it, though the trouble is it will be my last one and I'm really sad about that :(
      Still, I'm ready for 2morro and hey - come and say hello 2 me :)
      Love from michael xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Good Luck to all our pupils, staff and adult helpers who are taking part in the Rock Challenge finals in Grimsby today. We are extremely proud of your achievement.
      John (editing ... found the above message over on Cottingham Hallgate's school website :)
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      Jun 4th 2014

      We are all getting ready for Friday the 6th of June, and are really happy that we get to see all of you guys perform and make you sure you have a great time too when you see our show. Can't wait for the Wizard :)
      Stephen (the Wizard, Southfield School, Bradford)
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      May 31st 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see that the Southfield School Rock Challenge Team has gained coverage in Bradford's "Telegraph and Argus" newspaper ahead of next week's Northern Open Final!
      Read more here.
      John (editing)
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      NZ STAGE CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to the Wairarapa College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved in the
      "Wairarapa Times-Age" newspaper !
      John (editing)
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      May 29th 2014

      NEW ZEALAND'S STAGE CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      The "Wairarapa Times-Age" newspaper carries a picture and news of the first night's results at the Wellington event.
      Read more here...
      John (editing)
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      May 27th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Brechin High School Rock Challenge Team for the great coverage they achieved in the "Brechin Advertiser" newspaper !

      John (editing)
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      NEW ZEALAND'S STAGE CHALLENGE in the news:
      Good to see coverage in the "sunlive" newspaper of the forthcoming two days of Stage Challenge and J Rock in Tauranga on June 16 and 17 !

      John (editing)
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      Livvy, Nina, Michaela and Anna are all set to lead the St Mary's College (Wellington) Stage Challenge Team in a successful defence of last year's win ! Read more in the "Dominion Post" newspaper !
      John (editing)
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      May 26th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Huge congratulations to the Alness Academy Rock Challenge Team, who carried their fundraising efforts to new heights on Saturday when they performed their piece 1,500 feet above the town of Alness, on top of the hill called Cnoc Fyrish !
      There's more about this in the pages of the "North Star" newspaper online :)

      John (editing)
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      May 23rd 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Millom School Rock Challenge Team for getting
      this article into yesterday's "North-West Evening Mail" newspaper !
      John (editing)
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      May 9th 2014

      I am on my way to say hello in the next half hour - soo excited to see all of the Rock Challenge performances at the Sands Centre tonight.
      Good Luck to all of the participants - you will make the sun shine in Carlisle!!!

      Wendy Boothman (Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle)
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      The rain is pouring down here in Carlisle...
      Meanwhile, just to let readers know that Sophia at the Rock Challenge office has this week sent me what I think is the complete sets of results for all the events since February (ie all except today :)
      I'll start transferring those from the docx spreadsheet-type pages to the website on Monday ... it may take a while.
      John (editing)

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      May 8th 2014

      Good Luck to everyone taking part at The Sands Centre tomorrow ! Let's make it a loud one :)
      Karen Mackay (Cumbria Regional Rep)
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      May 3rd 2014

      Well done to all who performed at the York Barbican and to the Graham School for taking 1st place.
      Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to perform:
      the lads really enjoyed the experience in a fantastic venue. As always the team made us feel like part of the family and we have the utmost respect for all the hard work they do each tour: thanks again!
      Anne & Sally xxxxxxxxxxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Hi, my good friends!
      Me, Stephen, and the rest of our group had a fantastic time performing at the York Barbican. We always enjoy every minute of being on stage, especially at the Rock Challenge, so a BIG thank you for inviting us to come along to do a special performance!
      Well done to all the schools who took part. Hope to see you guys again soon, and rock on!
      Aaron (Southfield)
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      Thank you to all who took part in the York Barbican on the 1st of May and a big thank-you to the Rock Challenge for letting us do a performance there. Hope to see you all again.
      Stephen (Southfield)
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      Apr 29th 2014

      Kinross High School performed at the Dundee event: this is from an email received later by UK Rock Challenge from the KHS teachers.
        Hi, Tim and Sammy.

        I just wanted to say thank you very much for the help and support on the day last week. The atmosphere – from Dan and the rest of the team – especially the volunteers – was electric and helped to motivate everyone. I think also that the interviews, far from making students (and me) more nervous about performing actually helped them to process exactly why the experience is such a positive one.

        Stacey and I truly expected to have two coach-loads of hyper emotional, weeping teenagers on the way home after the heats, and instead they were so happy and cheerful about having performed to such a great crowd and having had such an excellent day.

        I think this activity in our school has achieved so much in creating positive relationships – between students from across the school, and between staff across subjects; and it is an activity which encourages the development of leadership, social and communication skills as well as lets the less confident students take an active role in a team and feel a part of something big and important. They have taken on massively different roles which involved events management, publicity, liaison with companies, choreography, design, construction, performance production and technical roles. There just is not another opportunity in this area which allows students to learn and fulfil so many different skills and needs.

        So I just wanted to say “Well done and thank you!”

        All the best and we will see you in 2015 hopefully!
        Lauren and Stacey at Kinross High School

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      Apr 18th 2014

      Good luck, everybody!! Hope you have a gr8 time :)
      Kyle (Waddesdon C of E School, Buckinghamshire)
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      Apr 7th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to East Yorkshire's Leconfield Primary School Rock Challenge Team (every child in Years 4, 5 and 6 :) for getting great coverage in the "Driffield Times & Post" newspaper !
      John (editing)
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      Apr 2nd 2014

      A big "Thanks!" to all the Southfield Rock Challenge Team and staff ! We are so proud of you: words cannot describe how we feel and your display of performance excelled sky high.
      Thank-you to all the Rock Challenge crew: you are so supportive and soooooooo helpful in everything you do for us (and I know we don't make it easy for you !!!!) We are smiling :)

      Fingers are crossed for Grimsby: the kids are asking every 2 minutes if we have heard anything yet !!! We're not dead yet !!!
      Thanks again - Anne & Sally xxxxxxxxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see last night's Bradford (Day 2) Rock Challenge event getting coverage in the "Telegraph and Argus" newspaper !

      The Telegraph and Argus newspaper also produced a good article covering Day 1 of the event
      John (editing)
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      Mar 31st 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Brighton Hill Community School team for getting coverage in Basingstoke's "Gazette" newspaper :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 30th 2014

      UK ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to the following teams for getting coverage in their local newspapers ! Meanwhile, the "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper features links to a lot of coverage of the Southampton Rock Challenge teams from this page: tinyurl.com/l9pzhfj :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 28th 2014

      To all my Rock Challenge Team at Paull Primary School: I am so proud of you all! Words can't describe how proud. You all did so well and we won some fantastic awards.
      WELL DONE!!!!

      Mrs Hayton (Paull Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Mar 27th 2014

      Thank you to all the teachers and parents who helped us in the JRock.
      Well done to all the children at Paull Primary: you all did fab!
      Well done to all the other schools that took part at Bridlington Spa!

      Chloe and Indianna (Paull Primary)
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      Mar 26th 2014

      Once again, a very proud teacher at Headlands School. Fantastic display of performance and professionalism from all the team at Headlands and I can honestly say the biggest delight for me personally was seeing our stage crew awarded the stage crew award. You guys did so well - made me beam with pride. Very professional and calm under pressure. Same again at Grimsby in June please!
      Congratulations to Cottingham for achieving first place and heading off to Grimsby too! Would not have liked to have been a judge as all the schools who performed were of such a good standard.

      A big thank you to the Rock Challenge crew too. You were as always helpful and supportive (even if you did look at me strangely when I asked if you'd checked the high tide times! Seriously, it's not fun loading set on a van when the waves are crashing over the sea wall behind you!!! :)
      CANNOT WAIT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN IN JUNE !
      See you soon ... Miss Stabler xx (Headlands School, Bridlington, East Yorkshire)
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      Wishing everyone from Preston Primary lots of luck. You are all fab. Thank you for your hard work.
      Mrs Parsons (Preston Primary School, East Yorkshire)
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      A huge good luck to everyone representing Shelley College in Rock Challenge next week. You have made me incredibly proud over the past few months and I can't wait to see you on stage. Thank you for being wonderful.
      Miss Cunliffe (Shelley College, Huddersfield)
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      Good luck to Paull Primary School at Brid Spa! I know you will be MAGIC!
      Mr Rowe (Head Teacher, Paull Primary School, East Yorkshire)
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      We had a fantastic night in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, and I am so pleased with the outcome of our performance as we came in first place and will be competing in Grimsby on the 6th of June 2014!
      Rock Challenge is possibly the best experience I have had in the Belfast Model School For Girls and I want to personally thank all my Rock Challenge teachers for taking time out to teach us our dance routines and that "There's no such thing as normal: everyone is a freak!".
      We would like to to say "Well done!" to Belfast Royal Academy and Little Flower, and to wish Ashfield Girls and Hazelwood good luck in the premier league!
      Chloe L (Belfast Model School for Girls, Northern Ireland)
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      Mar 24th 2014

      Hi guys!
      We are EX students of Southfield School now, and we are missing the Rock Challenge already: we are going to miss hanging with our school friends, meeting new friends, and being with our two favourite dance teachers - Anne and Sally! No more rock challenge for us but they will do a FANTASTIC job as always :)
      Subla and Tessa (ex-Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Mar 22nd 2014

      I'm going to miss the rock challenge so much ... no more participating in it for me :(
      I miss Anne and Sally and all my friends too...

      Subla (Southfield)
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      Mar 20th 2014

      Hello fellow Rock Challengers! Looking forward to meeting you all at Portsmouth Guildhall :)
      We are all really excited. We have been working really hard and rehearsing three times a week until 6pm!
      We are buzzing to see all your performances. Good Luck, everyone!
      Love Love Love x

      Jazz Ruby (St Joseph's Catholic School)
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      Mar 19th 2014

      Good luck to all the schools performing at grimsby audiotorium tomorrow!!
      Chlo (Holy Family Catholic Academy)
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      Mar 17th 2014

      Good luck to all the team at Grantham today!
      Karen C (Meadows Primary School)
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      Wishing everyone involved in the Belfast heat this Thursday all the very best of luck! We can't wait to get there and see all of the performances!
      Miss Willis (Belfast Model School for Girls)
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      Mar 16th 2014

      Good luck to everyone in Grantham tomorrow!
      Can't wait to see you, John and Wendy :)
      Julie at EB St Peters

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      Mar 15th 2014

      Hiya: this is Zainab!
      I am having a good time in rock challenge - we rehearse every Friday - but this will be my first time at the rock challenge event.
      Looking forward to meeting you all - I've heard so much about you. (Can't wait to meet the crew!
      )
      Lv xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Southfield)
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      My name is michael and i'm in the rock challenge
      I always make new friends there who are also performing.
      I have got a bigger part in the show this year and i am working really hard towards it.
      Good luck to all taking part: Rock On!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      (Southfield)
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      Hi! It's my very first rock challenge and I'm a bit nervous but we are really good (and anne and sally are brilliant as always :)
      Good luck to all the other schools taking part - can't wait to see you all :)

      I've performed on st george's hall stage before when i wrote a song about my youth club called "Save our Youthy!".
      Looking forward to my first rock challenge!

      Will xxxxxxxxxxxx (Southfield)
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      Hey guys! My name is Adil and i love performing on stage: it's great fun because you have a good time there and also we all have a great time!
      My job in the show has got bigger and i'm really looking forward to seeing you all. (I'm the good looking guy with the dark hair and brown eyes :)
      xxxxxxxxxxxx (Southfield)

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      Good luck! Can't wait to see you - hope you all do well and hope you all have a good time!
      Can't wait to watch you perform and can't wait to see your sets :)

      Liam and Ibi (Southfield)
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      Hi! This is Ben and Stephen (no Aaron today :)
      Stephen -> hope you guys are having lots of fun! Ben -> I really hope to see some new faces and to get more hugs :)
      Can't wait to see you all there.

      (Southfield)
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      Hey there everyone!! Hope you are all excited for the Rock Challenge, and if you have already done the Rock Challenge I hope you all enjoyed it! (If not, either way I hope you're enjoying reading my Rockamessage :)
      If you are coming to Bradford on the 1st of April, watch out for Anne and Sally (well ... mostly Anne :)
      GOOD LUCK! Aaron F (Southfield)
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      Dear all schools, i can't wait to take part!
      Liam M (Southfield)
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      Hello again! I'm chisomo and i'm looking forward to performing again and to see you all again (and i hope you will cheer for us a lot :)
      The last thing: we all can't wait to take part, and sally and anne are brilliant!
      Chisomo (Southfield)

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      Dear all the schools: I am looking forward to competing with all you again!
      Have the best time.
      (I am going to be on a lot more than last year, which i am happy about :)
      Lewis A (Southfield)

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      Hi again! Is us (Stephen and Aaron)
      From high above we are really excited and from low below we are still really excited. We hope to meet and talk to a lot of you guys, and to give you the magical chills....
      (Southfield)
      Editor: oooooh ... sounds mysterious ... :)

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      Mar 14th 2014

      Well done to all participants at Southampton on 9th March.
      Thanks to all who enable this wonderful opportunity for our young people. "Rock On!" for next year.
      Pat W (Crickhowell High School)

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      Mar 12th 2014

      I'm having lot of fun making my costume.
      Stephen (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Mar 10th 2014

      Congratulations to all the schools in Southampton for a great show yesterday. Well done to Crickhowell students for your hard work and commitment and a big thanks to all those parents who supported us.
      Mrs D (Crickhowell High School)
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      Thank you for my first rock challenge! I had an amazing time and met loads of new people.
      All the schools were amazing but Noadsworth really stood out for me :)

      Sam J (Crickhowell High School)
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      Mar 9th 2014

      Wow, amazing. What a brilliant J-Rock Challenge show on Saturday 8th March at Southampton.
      Well done to all performers and staff and a massive thank-you to the production team: you are all so supportive.

      Bridget (Springwell Primary, Southampton)
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      Good luck everyone!! Looking forward to all the performances :)
      Shannon (Waddesdon C of E School, Buckinghamshire)
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      All of the schools are SO friendly! It's a pleasure to be here today!
      Brune Park cannot wait to show the other schools how hard we have worked!
      Good luck everyone!

      Bethany W (Brune Park Community School, Gosport)
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      We think Tim is really hot! :)
      Annie and Shannon (Waddesdon)

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      Good luck to all the schools going today, you will do brilliantly! Can't wait to get there and see everyone perform! See you all today!:)
      Chloe L (Brune Park)
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      Good luck to everyone in Southampton tonight and I can't wait to see all your beautiful performances. See you all tonight :)
      Ellie (Brune Park)
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      Good luck everyone today! You will all be wonderful!
      Can't wait to see everyone perform!x

      Lauren F (Brune Park)
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      Good luck to everyone performing today! Will see you all soon x
      Laura (Waddesdon)
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      Good Luck everyone in Southampton today - you will be incredible!
      Amelia A (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone!
      Tom (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all the schools performing today in Southampton! Can't wait to see them all
      Naomi B (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone performing in Southampton today!! We can't wait to see all your performances later! :))
      Sam (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all the other schools!!! X
      Katie (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all the teams for today!!! Woop woop
      Lissie (Waddesdon)
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      Just want to wish all the schools performing today good luck! Waddesdon are en route to Southampton!!! xxx
      Sammy
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      Good Luck to all the schools performing today
      Love - Jess (Waddesdon <3)
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      Mar 8th 2014

      Good luck to all the schools taking part this year.
      I cannot wait for tomorrow. It's going to be amazing :D x

      Rachel (Waddesdon)
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      ONE MORE SLEEP!
      Good luck Waddesdon - you will be fab!
      So excited to see everyone's performances tomorrow!

      Sam (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone!
      I'm so excited for tomorrow! Yayayay !!!

      Lucy x (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to Waddesdon - you are all going to do great!
      Hope everyone else enjoys it too.
      Wish I could be there...

      Sandra (Waddesdon)
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      Can't wait to see you all there in the morning! :D
      Charlie (Waddesdon)
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      So excited for tomorrow now! Good luck to everyone, I'm sure you will be amazing and I cannot wait to see all your amazing performances!!
      Emily C (Brune Park)
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      Good luck to everyone tomorrow and I cant wait to see everyone's performances: they will be great! :)
      Bree D (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone involved! It will be a blast :D!
      Francis (Waddesdon)
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      So excited - less than 24 hours!
      Can't wait to see everyone's performance tomorrow! Good luck!:)

      Jodie C (Brune Park)
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      Good luck to all teams tomorrow. Hope you do the best you can.
      Oli (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone performing tomorrow! Do yourselves and your schools proud but most of all have fun! :)
      Cerys S (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone for tomorrow! Cannot wait to do some funky make-up!
      Sammy (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is performing in rock challenge! Hope it goes well for all of the schools - good luck!
      Oliivia xx (Waddesdon)
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      I can't wait until tomorrow! Good luck to everyone performing in Southampton: see you all there!
      Good luck to Waddesdon: I'm so proud of us :)

      Naomi B (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is performing tomorrow!!! :)
      Naomi (Waddesdon)
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      I hope everyone does amazingly well.. Good luck!!
      Hayley xx (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everybody!
      Liz (Waddesdon)
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      I just wanted to wish everyone the best of luck. I hope everybody really enjoys themselves :D
      Lola (Waddesdon)
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      Can't wait for this weekend. Everyone is going to do amazing! :))
      Good luck all!

      Katie (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone.. Can't wait to take part again in such an enjoyable experience!
      Ellen (Waddesdon)
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      Best of luck to everyone performing on Sunday! Can't wait to see everyone's performances!
      Michael P (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is performing soon or already has! Looking forward to the Southampton performance Sunday - I'm sure everyone will be amazing!:)
      Laura (Waddesdon)
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      Good Luck to everyone who is performing in UK Rock Challenge! I can't wait for Sunday!!
      Laura x (Waddesdon)
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      Mar 7th 2014

      One more rehearsal until the big day! Good luck to everyone performing on Sunday!
      Katie (Waddesdon)
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      Good Luck everyone!! So excited to see all your performances! They will be great
      Anna (Waddesdon C of E School, Buckinghamshire)
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      Good luck to all the schools performing on Sunday! It will be an amazing day! I can't wait to watch all of your performances (and hopefully you will enjoy ours too :)
      Ellie (Waddesdon)

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      GOOD LUCK MY CHICKADEES, especially everyone in Southampton on Sunday the 9th you will all be awesome sauce!! See you there <3
      Amelia (Waddesdon)

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      Good Luck to all schools performing in Southampton on Saturday 8th March. Have a great day!
      Bridget (Springwell Primary)
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      Good luck to everyone performing, expecially the guys in Southampton! See y'all there!! xxx
      Sam L (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone entering rock challenge this year: it's going to be amazing!! I hope everyone has a great time!! Good luck to all the waddesdon team as well!! xx
      Jessie (Waddesdon)
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      Heya from Waddesdon!!
      I can't wait for Sunday!! I am so excited to see everyone's performances ... it's going to be awesome! xx
      Vicki (Waddesdon)
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      I literally can't wait! So proud of the team :D
      Good luck to everyone else who is performing! Sunday is going to be amazing!

      Lizzie K (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is performing this weekend! Can't wait to see everyone there! :)
      Ellie K (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck Wellow School: we think you are fantastic Rock Challengers!
      Love from Year 1 (Wellow Primary School, Romsey, Hampshire)

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      Happy Birthday to Mrs Larcombe, Head of School at Wellow School! Hope you have a fantastic day at Southampton Guildhall.
      From Year 3 at Wellow School
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      Good Luck to our Rock Challengers: we think you are awesome!!! Thinking of you all.
      Year 3, Wellow School

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      Good luck Wellow! We are proud of you!
      From Year 4

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      Good luck Crickhowell High School,Powys on 9th March at Southampton!
      Pat Webb

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      Well done to everyone who has performed so far and good luck to those performing in the future!
      Can't wait until Sunday! Break a leg to everyone performing alongside us! :D

      Charlie (Waddesdon)
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      Mar 6th 2014

      Good luck to Highcliffe School Year 9 Expressive Arts and Dance team for their performance at Bournemouth Pavilion next week! Go Highcliffe!!!
      Mrs McGrath

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      Mar 5th 2014

      Good luck to everyone performing on Sunday! Enjoy yourselves - it will be great!
      Cerys (Waddesdon C of E Secondary School, Buckinghamshire)
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      Good luck to everyone performing on Sunday! Can't wait for it: see you all there !
      Abbey R (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone performing on Sunday the 9th (or any other day ! :) You will all do amazingly !!!
      And well done to anyone who has already performed - I'm sure you were fantastic !!! :)

      Holly F-S (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all the schools taking part today! Hope you all do well (and looking forward to seeing who our finals buddies are!)
      Much Love - Vicki xx
      (Henry Cort Community College, Fareham)

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      Mar 4th 2014

      I would like to wish everyone so much good luck and hope that your dance goes excellently. Whether you are performing this Sunday alongside us or whenever, have the courage to show those judges that you and your group are amazing. Much love, hugs and well wishes from Waddesdon :)
      Ellie P (Waddesdon)
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      Wishing everyone good luck for rock challenge! I am sure you will all be amazing !!
      Ella D
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      Good luck to all the schools who are competing on Sunday! We're all really excited to see your amazing routines!!!!
      Tom H (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone in rock challenge from me and my school (waddesdon)!! I know you are all going to do amazing and I hope like every year I meet some amazing new people! xxx
      Jessie F (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is going to perform tomorrow. HAVE FUN!!!!!!
      Kyle P (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everyone who is entering rock challenge! Hope it all goes well for you! X
      Lauren K (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everybody who is performing tomorrow! Hope it all goes well for you!
      Naomi B (Waddesdon C of E School, Buckinghamshire)
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      Good luck to all the schools on Sunday! You will all be awesome :D
      Love - Jessica P (Waddesdon)
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      Mar 1st 2014

      Good luck, Cantell! Just be your best and enjoy the whole day.
      Can't wait to see your performance!!

      Gill Escott

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      Feb 27th 2014

      Congratulations to all the teams who took part in the Hertfordshire Rock Challenge at Stevenage: two great shows, and worthy winners (though for me, all participants are winners !).
      Well done, and look forward to seeing you again next year.
      Bud Windeler
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      Feb 24th 2014

      GOOD LUCK TO THE AYLESBURY HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW :D (You will do great :)
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      Feb 23rd 2014

      Would just like to wish all of those who are performing at Stevenage good luck tomorrow. Can't wait to see all of your performances and wish you all the best. Break a leg, guys !
      Lucy W (Ormiston Victory Academy, Costessey, Norwich)
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      Wishing my fab team all the luck in the world for their performance at Stevenage on Mon 24th Feb.
      Lots of newbies involved this year: hope you have a fab time ! (I know you will :) Go out there and give it your all.
      Miss Driver (Ormiston Victory)
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      Good luck to u all for tomorrow! Come on, OVA !! :)
      Elisha O (Ormiston Victory)

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      Feb 22nd 2014

      Congratulations to the Forfar Academy Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in this online page of the "Forfar Dispatch" newspaper ! Go here to read it :-> https://tinyurl.com/qcsazex
      John (editing)
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      Feb 18th 2014

      Good luck to all who are getting ready for the first heats in the next two weeks! We are thinking of you as we get excited about the Dundee event and are wishing you all the best!
      Mrs Moss (Kinross High School)
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      Nice to see that some of my students have been on here sending good luck messages to the other teams! Also nice to see them so excited.

      Remember, Brune Parkers - rehearsals from 10-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday at school. Remember to bring food and drink and remember too that Churchy is running a tuck shop to raise money so bring some! Also remember that it is onesie day on Wednesday (£1 entry for fundraising) and remember afternoon tea on Thursday. Please put all of these reminders on your group facebook page and messages, girls!

      I'm so glad you are all getting excited and hope you are all willing to work hard over the next couple of weeks to make your performance brilliant like I know you can!

      Only 5 more rehearsals, guys!!! Shine like the stars, everyone!!!

      Miss Hiseman - Brune Park's Liaison Teacher! (Gosport, Hampshire)
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      Feb 16th 2014

      20 DAYS! I just want to be able to wake up and for it to be March 9th so I can get to the Guildhall in Southampton to meet all of the other lovely schools! I seriously cannot wait!
      I am so looking forward to perform our piece and for us to be able to show all you guys what Brune Park can do!
      Goooooood luck everyone!
      Bethany W (Brune Park)
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      Feb 15th 2014

      Just like to say a MASSIVE good luck to all the schools and colleges competing in Rock Challenge 2014 !
      Can't even explain in words how excited we all are: me and Brune Park can't wait to meet you all on March 9th, say hello, and start the 2014 southern rock challenge with a BANGG !
      Be safe in this horrible weather and enjoy yourselves ... GOOODD LUCK !!!
      Charleigh R (Brune Park)
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      Feb 14th 2014

      Good to see the West Lakes Academy Rock Challenge Team getting coverage in the "In-Cumbria" weekly newsletter for their recent fundraising event !
      There's more here :-> https://tinyurl.com/onwnlmr
      John (editing)
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      Feb 13th 2014

      SO EXCITED NOW! Only 24 days!
      Hopefully get to meet some of you going and say hi!
      GOOD LUCK to all the other schools performing on the 9th March! You'll all be fantastic - can't wait to see your performances!

      Ah .... so excited for the whole day!
      Emily C (Brune Park Community School, Gosport, Hampshire)
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      Well not long now: J Rock Challenge Sat. March 8th is fast approaching.
      Our team are very excited after a session of costume fittings.
      Good Luck to all Southampton schools taking part. We are looking forward to seeing you all again !

      Bridget Shelley (Springwell Primary School, Southampton)
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      This is our first time ever for not participating in the rock challenge and we are going to miss it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much ! (We have always loved participating in the rock challenge - it is such a FANTASTIC DAY meeting all the schools, watching their performances and generally having a fantabulous time !!!!!! But now we won't be able to put our costumes on or get our hair and make up done ... so unfair ... wish we could still participate ...
      Oh well: good luck to all the schools (especially Southfield :) and well done to Anne and Sally who work their socks off every year trying to organise it !
      Love from ex rock challenge students Tessa and Subla (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      I don't really know what to say ? (Editor: yes you do, Ellie :)
      Just want to wish everybody good luck for the upcoming comps and hope to see the schools we're up against on the 9th march :)
      Ellie S (Brune Park)
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      So excited for rock challenge now! Less than a month! :)
      Good luck to all the other teams: you will all be amazing and I can't wait to see all the other performances on our night!
      Good luck, everyone!:)

      Jodie C (Brune Park)
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      Hi, everyone! I really hope you are all having a great new year and practising your socks off for this year's ROCK CHALLENGE!!
      This year we are going to celebrate even more because it's Sally's 10th anniversary!! WOW ALUMINIUM!
      Good luck, everybody, and have the time of your life on that stage :)
      Aaron F (Southfield)
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      Feb 11th 2014

      We are looking forward eagerly to March 9th to perform and to interact with all of the other schools performing on this day. We wish you all good luck and we cannot wait to watch your performances! You'll all be amazing, and I'm sure the day will be too!
      Bethany W (Brune Park)
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      Feb 8th 2014

      Hey guys... This is Aaron and Stephen. Last time we were the evil but loveable villains Joker and Penguin.
      We cannot wait to show you guys what we have in store for you this year and we really hope we get to talk and hang out with you like last year.
      Can't wait to see you all !

      Aaron and Stephen (Southfield)
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      I'm going to miss rock challenge this year ... it is my first year not doing the rock challenge :(
      Good luck to all the schools taking part and good luck to southfield - you'll do a good job as always!
      Hope you enjoy the rock challenge day! :)

      Ex Rock Challenge student Subla xx (Southfield)
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      Good to see the Inverbrothock Primary School Rock Challenge Team getting coverage in yesterday's "The Courier" newspaper of a rehearsal in Arbroath ! (And well done, Kimberley !) Go to tinyurl.com/oogpjck for the page...
      John (editing)
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      Jan 28th 2014

      Good luck to everyone doing Rock Challenge this year !
      It's good to be back after 3 years of not being involved.
      Cara A (Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Jan 21st 2014

      I like to do rock challenge. We are going to do dancing with my friends there and with Sally And Anne.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Jan 8th 2014

      Thank you to everyone at Rock Challenge for holding a Sunday event: it means that although we travel 150 miles to the venue we will have a supporters bus for the first time!
      Good luck, Crickhowell :)

      Di Winter (Crickhowell High School, Powys, Wales)
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      Jan 1st 2014

      Happy New Year, everyone ! Can't wait for Rock Challenge 2014 :)
      John (editing in the rain)
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      Dec 21st 2013

      Good top see that the Eden Court in Inverness is publicising the February 28th Rock Challenge event being held there ! Their page is here...
      John (editing)
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      Dec 10th 2013

      UK Rock Challenge is well known for creating exciting teeshirt artwork each year in which performers are prominent, and 2014 is no exception ! Head on over to https://http://www.dropbox.com/s/coj2b3b1bjcgqis/artworka2014.jpg to grab a 1.24MB copy of the 2014 artwork for yourself :)
      John (editing)
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      Nov 28th 2013

      Just read the extract I've reproduced below (remembering that Stage Challenge is what Rock Challenge is called in New Zealand).

      A Youth Performing Arts Experience: The active ingredients of a natural high.

      Overview of PhD study investigating Stage Challenge
      Jan Trayes (supervised by Dr Niki Harré), Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

      Overview of study

      In 2006 I completed a Masters study which tracked the experience of an all-female team as they prepared for and competed in Stage Challenge 2005. Results indicated that for this team, Stage Challenge was an overwhelmingly positive experience, highlighted by intense feelings of belonging towards their team, their school and the other Stage Challenge schools. Students were immensely proud of their achievement despite a disappointing result and appreciated an event that allowed them to put their own stamp on it. They also reported instances of “flow”, an addictive feeling that results from successfully meeting high level challenges. After an emotional roller coaster ride during the practice period, feelings of belonging, integrity, accomplishment and flow peaked at the dress rehearsal which was the team's first public performance.

      Afterwards, all students expressed a wish to repeat the experience and to re-enlist in future events.


      And, after that introduction, it really just gets better and better !

      If you're inclined to read the rest of the thesis (I was) you'll find it here:-> tinyurl.com/khrpyus

      Enjoy !
      John (editing)
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      Nov 17th 2013

      Well done to Belfast Royal Academy, Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast Model Girls' and Ashfield Girls, who all came together today and worked so hard to fundraise. Brilliant team work, lovely to catch up with everyone, and great to see the community all coming together !
      Cathy Walker (Ashfield Girls)
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      Nov 10th 2013

      Each year Rocka runs a short-film competition: sleepless (though not in Seattle) I've just been enjoying this year's submission from the Mayville Team: vimeo.com/70097297 :)
      John (editing at 1.25am)
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      Oct 23rd 2013

      "Regular moderate to vigorous exercise improves teens' academic performance", "the more intensive the exercise taken, the greater the impact on test results", and "this has implications for public health and education policy by providing schools and parents with a potentially important stake in meaningful and sustained increases in physical activity”.

      All quotes from a University of Strathclyde press release you can find online at www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/headline_757973_en.html and the research was relevant for both boys and girls.

      The full report on the joint research undertaken by Strathclyde and the University of Dundee has been published in the "Online First" section of the British Journal of Sports Medicine website at bjsm.bmj.com/

      Your website editor's comment ? Yet another plus point for the value of active participation in UK Rock Challenge, of course :)
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      Sep 25th 2013

      UKRC HQ is moving from Eastleigh, as is the Be Your Best Foundation too ! No more Wessex House !! Instead, as of Friday Sept 27th 2013, the new details are:

      UK Rock Challenge Office
      Portsmouth Guildhall
      Guildhall Square
      Portsmouth
      Hampshire
      PO1 2AB

      Phone (UK) 02380 617 729 (Until Friday 27th Sept)
      (UK) 02392 985 710 (From Friday 27th Sept onwards)
      Fax: (UK) 02380 617 740 (Until Friday 27th Sept)

      If you need to reach anyone urgently on Friday, please use our mobile numbers:
      • Tim Macfarlane (Senior Event Manager): 07786 636095
      • Sam Connis (RC Event Manager): 07850 219353
      • Sammy Eastwood (RC Event Manager): 07805 873435

      Email:enquiries@rockchallenge.co.uk

      Be Your Best Foundation
      Registered Office:
      Portsmouth Guildhall
      Guildhall Square
      Portsmouth
      Hampshire
      PO1 2AB

      Phone (UK) 02380 617 753 (Until Friday 27th Sept), then
      (UK) 02392 985 716 (From Friday 27th Sept onwards)
      Fax: (UK) 02380 617 740 (Until Friday 27th Sept)

      Email:david.beal@bybf.org.uk

      If you need to reach anyone urgently on Friday, please use our mobile numbers:
      • David Beal (BYBF Chief Executive Officer): 07764 681795
      • Stuart McGregor (BYBF Assistant UK Manager): 07920 826574
      • Dan McCready (BYBF Development Manager): 07800 897604

      (And if you ever find yourself in Portsmouth, please feel free to pop in for a coffee and to see the new space ! :)

      All of the above came by email from Chief Executive Officer Dave: enjoy :)

      OAP John, editing

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      Sep 23rd 2013

      We are going to do rock challenge !!!!!
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Sep 18th 2013

      (Copied over from UK Rock Challenge on facebook... :)

      Now that most people have found out if they have a place for 2014 and which event they are in, we thought we would post the 5 teams whose teachers/student leaders got their forms in the quickest on entry day. Below are the 5 speediest teachers in Junior, Open and Premier divisions. Once again, thank-you to everyone who entered on the 10th. It was as smooth an operation as we could have hoped for. Your passion and commitment to Rock Challenge never fails to amaze us, even when it means you have to be up before 6am :)

      FIRST 5 JUNIOR ENTRY FORMS RECEIVED:
      1. Quay Primary School - entered at Bridlington
      2. Laurence Haines School - entered at Stevenage
      3. Shirley Junior School - entered at Southampton
      4. Park Community and Junior Feeder Schools - entered at Portsmouth
      5. Preston Primary School - entered at Bridlington

      FIRST 5 OPEN ENTRY FORMS RECEIVED:
      1. The Sir John Colfox School - entered at Bournemouth
      2. Belfast Model School For Girls - entered at Belfast
      3. Arbroath High School - entered at Arbroath
      4. Cheney School - entered at Portsmouth
      5. St Paul’s Catholic College - entered at Crawley

      FIRST 5 PREMIER ENTRY FORMS RECEIVED:
      1. Oak Academy
      2. South Downs College
      3. Hazlewood Integrated College
      4. The Wye Valley School
      5. Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

      (And just one facebook comment / reply that highlights the need for speed... :)
      Lisa: I cannot believe I am not on there !! I phoned you at 6.13am and was very proud of myself...2014 note to self...must do better
      The UK Rock Challenge: Only 102 teams got in before you, Lisa. Hehe. Something to aim for next year :)

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      Sep 18th 2013

      Hello !

      Sammy from UKRC HQ in Eastleigh has emailed me to report that the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne event has been transferred to the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.

      It takes place on March 26th, you'll find the theatre's website here:
      www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk, the Box Office number is 01424 462288, and this website's 2014 Tour Calendar has been suitably amended.

      With best wishes,
      OAP John, editing the website from john@arrowsmith.demon.co.uk

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      Sep 9th 2013

      Hooray ! The all-singing all-dancing full-colour UKRC 2013 Review is here !! Go to www.rockchallenge.info/UKRC2013Review.pdf to get this well-worth-it 3.9MB download, and enjoy !!!
      John (editing)
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      Sep 9th 2013

      WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A ROCK CHALLENGE® YOUTH AMBASSADOR?
      • Have you been involved in a Rock Challenge® event?
      • Are you aged between 14-18?
      • Would you like to represent Rock Challenge® in your area?
      • Can you motivate other young people and promote the messages of Rock Challenge®?
      If so, Rock Challenge® needs you!

      Youth Ambassadors support the Rock Challenge® office by representing Rock Challenge® in their area. They act as an advocate for the Be Your Best Foundation and assist the Rock Challenge® by completing tasks and promoting the event.

      Youth Ambassadors work for the Rock Challenge® in a voluntary capacity. They make a highly valued contribution to the work of the organisation and in return get a chance to develop new skills, experience working in a professional environment and develop as young leaders. The main purpose of the role is to provide a two-way link between the Rock Challenge® and young people in their local areas.

      We are currently looking for Youth Ambassadors in the West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and East and West Sussex areas. If you are interested in applying and would like more information about roles and responsibilities of a Youth Ambassador then please email sammy@rockchallenge.co.uk or call 02380 617729.

      The closing date for applications is September 30th, 2013.
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      Sep 6th 2013

      GIRLS MODEL ARE BACK! Final auditions are next week, with the cast being announced on Thursday!
      First cast meeting is on Friday afternoon! GET EXCITED!!!

      Miss Willis (Belfast Model School for Girls)
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      Aug 22nd 2013

      Good Luck to all the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Rock Challengers expecting their GCSE results today !
      John (editing)

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      Aug 19th 2013

      If your command of the Danish language is OK (and even if it isn't :) then have a look at this promo video put out by the Denmark Rock Challenge !
      John (editing)
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      Aug 17th 2013

      It's been an emotional time at Harristown State High School in Queensland, Australia, as teacher Helen Mullins and last year's Rock Eisteddfod Team put together three performances of a retrospective of some of the school's most memorable performances since they first entered the event in 1991 !
      With 140 in the team, over 300 costumes being used in these final performances last night, this afternoon and tonight, and with former staff, parents and students flocking back to Harristown for the shows, it's been an emotional final two days.
      John (editing)
      ps Rugby League legend Steve Price was a member of the Harristown State High School Rock Eisteddfod Teams in 1991 and 1992 :)

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      Aug 15th 2013

      Good luck to all the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Rock Challengers getting their A-Level results today!
      John (editing)

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      Aug 14th 2013

      The 2014 UK Rock Challenge Tour Calendar went up on this website at TWELVE NOON TODAY ... YAY !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
      John (editing)
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      Aug 10th 2013

      Good luck to everyone involved in Harristown State High School's three "Rock Eisteddfod Retrospective" concerts being held at the school on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17 of August ! Taking part are past and present members of their Rock Eisteddod Challenge teams, celebrating "the school’s involvement and success in this iconic Australian youth performing arts event" over many years. There's more in the "The Chronicle" newspaper, and the school's pdf flyer for the event is here :)
      John (editing)

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      Jul 16th 2013

      Hello !

      Just to note that there still seem to be some Rock Challenge foam hands, bags, notebooks and pens available on the eBay page so if you missed them at a show, now might be the last chance :)

      Pop over to https://tinyurl.com/6spwfdl to check.

      With best wishes - John, editing in the heat
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      Jul 13th 2013

      Rock Challenger Karen Anderson has done a Sponsored Parachute Jump from 13500 ft, raising £1500 for the Be Your Best Foundation UK Rock Challenge in the process !
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS: there's a nice photo and summary of the island's successes this year in the "Isle of Wight County Press online": read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 2nd 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Whangarei Intermediate School's Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they garnered in New Zealand's "The Northern Advocate" newspaper ! Read all about it here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 1st 2013

      The names of the UK Rock Challenge teams nominated to receive a NATIONAL award are out, and you can read them here :)
      John (editing, and noting that the list now contains the names of the winning teams too ! :)
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      Jun 26th 2013

      Still so happy about our win on Friday. Ryde Rocked The House.
      Will C (Ryde Academy, Isle of Wight)

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      Jun 25th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      The "Isle of Wight County Press online" features the Ryde Academy Rock Challenge Team in their piece headlined "Island school rocks competition"! The Sandown Bay Academy Rock Challenge Team also gets a photo from their "Sweet Temptation" performance, and there are mentions for the Christ the King College and the Cowes Enterprise College teams.
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      There's a short slideshow of Rock Challenge Final pictures in Portsmouth's "The News" newspaper: go here to see them :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 23rd 2013

      Well done to everyone in the Southern Open Final on the 19th !

      Goodbye Exodus! Our last performance was worth the last 9-ish months of hard work :)

      Although Cowes didn't place, we had an amazing day! Thanks to all our teachers and especially to our sixth-formers Beth and Jay, who made this all possible: we couldn't have done it without you. Thanks as well to Mildred (our mascot) for her luck and support
      .

      Finally, thank-you to Global Rock, which has given me new friends, an amazing opportunity and a day I will remember forever! xxx

      Georgia (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      "Tribal beats at Rock Challenge", runs the heading above a piece in Portsmouth's the "The News" newspaper about Friday's Southern Premier Final in the Guildhall ! There's more here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Mackie Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved in the "Kincardineshire Observer" newspaper of their winning performance at the Scottish Final in Dundee ! You can read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 22nd 2013

      Well done, mountbatten school ! :)
      Claudia T (Mountbatten School, Romsay, Hampshire)

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      Jun 18th 2013

      OMG ! Only 48 hours left to our final !! So excited !!!
      Leon S (The Mountbatten School, Romsey, Hampshire)
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      >GOOD LUCK EVERYONE IN THE FINALS TOMORROW! I know you'll all be incredible! (Well, you have to be to get to the finals in the first place haha! :)
      Look out for us - we'll be the ones in capes !
      Good luck again! XXX

      Lily (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Good luck to all the schools tomorrow (but, more importantly, to cowes!!! :)
      Guys, let's have a brilliant time tomorrow, whatever happens!! XD
      I would also like to say thank-you very much to the teachers, sixth-formers and everyone else for making this happen. Looking forward very much to tomorrow!!!!! XD

      Zoe (Cowes)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see New Zealand's Rotorua "Daily Post" newspaper highlighting their Stage Challenge event at the Civic Theatre yesterday, and featuring the John Paul College Stage Challenge Team too !
      You can read the article here :)
      John (editing)
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      Good luck to all the schools taking part in the Southern Junior Finals at Portsmouth today. Smile and have fun!
      Special thanks to everyone involved with the Highfield team: Rock Challenge is such an amazing experience for all the children.

      Debi T (Highfield C of E Primary School, Southampton)
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      Jun 17th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to New Zealand's Tauranga Girls’ College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've gained in the "sunlive" newspaper ! There's more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 16th 2013

      Four Days until Rock Challenge ... so excited!
      Good luck to all the schools competing in the premier finals. It took a lot of work and energy to get where we are now but I wouldn't change it for the world!
      Can't wait until Friday! GO OAK ACADEMY!!

      Abbie C (Oak Academy, Bournemouth, Dorset)
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      So excited for the final and so ready for it but even if we don't win, we've had a great experience thanks to all the staff and 6th-formers that have made this possible. Thanks, all you guys! xoxox
      Good Luck to all the other teams at the finals this week !!

      Carrie and Lillie (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      The website crashed yesterday and on its return about 3 months' worth of material (results, themes and messages) were gone.

      The engineers at the hosting company in Australia have managed to recover everything that disappeared after the crash (everything since March 23rd went :) and most of the system seems to up and running normally once more. Phew :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 15th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to New Zealand's combined Melville Intermediate and High Schools Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Bay of Plenty Times" newspaper ! You can read more about their upcoming performance here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to Longcroft School's UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper ! There's more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 13th 2013

      Hi all ! Sorry for not getting this message sooner but I'm still recovering from our weekend at Grimsby :)

      I want to thank all those amazing schools that took part on Saturday 8th June. I have never in all my years of Rocka seen standards like it: everyone was awesome, and it was fantastic that we were all a part of it. Huge congratulations to all the winning schools ! It's an amazing feeling when your name is called.

      For those schools that maybe didn't get the placing they wanted, still remember the enjoyment and important message that you portrayed along the way. There's always next year and knowing that you're going to do it all again ... it won't be long before we're thinking of Rocka 2014! Heads up and remember to be your best.

      A wee special message for Ashfield Girls' School: the team is so proud of you all, for your loyalty and your dedication on this year's performance. JUST REMEMBER, GIRLS .... THIS IS NOT THE END .... IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING, AND WE'LL NEVER STOP ROCKING!

      From Cathy aka Sparkle and very proud to be associated with Ashfield Girls' High (Belfast, Northern Ireland) X
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Longcroft School Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved in the "Beverley Guardian" newspaper yesterday ! You can read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 12th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to New Zealand's Rotorua Lakes High School Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in today's edition of the "Rotorua Daily Post" newspaper ! Read all about their Phantom here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 11th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Woodlands Primary School and the Grimsby Institute Rock Challenge Teams for getting coverage of their Northern Open Final performances in the "Grimsby Telegraph" newspaper! You can see that news report here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Longcroft School and the Kelvin Hall School Rock Challenge Teams for getting coverage of their Northern Open Final performances in the "Hull Daily mail" newspaper!
      You can see that news report here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Merton Junior School Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage of their April 27th performance at Portsmouth into Basingstoke's "Gazette" newspaper!
      You can see that news report here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 10th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      and this time it's the TV News too ! Congratulations to the Hazelwood Integrated College UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved on today's UTV bulletin :)
      You can watch it here...
      John (editing)
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      Jun 8th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Great to see the coverage that the Freedom Road Creative Arts Group achieved in the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper, following their winning appearance in the recent Northern Youth Division Rock Challenge held at Hull's City Hall ! There's more to read here :)
      John (editing)
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      MORE GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Headlands School UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they achieved in the "Bridlington Free Press" newspaper following their second place in the recent Northern Open Finals at Grimsby ! There's more to read here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 7th 2013

      The UK's Scottish Rock Challenge Final takes place at Dundee in a week's time (Friday June 14th), and UKRC HQ has once again placed a preview video on YouTube !

      You can find it here...Enjoy !
      John (editing)
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      Good luck hornsea school: wish we could be there ! Good Luck, Katie xxxxxx <3
      Ella, Jamie-Lee and Danielle (Hornsea Community Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to New Zealand's Wanganui Girls' College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've got in today's edition of the "Wanganui Chronicle" newspaper !
      You can read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 5th 2013

      Good luck to all the schools in the Grimsby Open Final A tomorrow night!
      Can't wait to see all the schools! Good luck, everybody xxxxx

      Amy, Steph and Sasha (Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Jun 1st 2013

      With the UK's Northern Rock Challenge Finals happening this coming week, UKRC HQ have placed three preview videos on YouTube !

      You can find them here...Enjoy ...
      John (editing)
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      Good luck to all the schools taking part next week in Grimsby! Can't wait to meet use all and have an amazing day! Give it your all and see you all there :)
      Sansha (Ashfield Girls' High School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Good luck to all the other schools! Remember: be your best and yous will all do brilliant x :)
      Donna B (Ashfield)
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      May 31st 2013

      Good luck to all the schools taking part next week at Grimsby: BYB and love every minute.
      You've all achieved so much. WELL DONE !

      Cathy (Ashfield)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Wairarapa College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in today's "Wairarapa Times-Age" newspaper detailing their upcoming performance in tonight's event in Wellington (you can read the item here) and also to the Ashburton College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they got in the ""Timaru Herald" newspaper following their third place in the Christchurch event ! (Read that news item here.)
      John (editing)
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      May 30th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see an article
      here in the "Rotorua Daily Post" newspaper highlighting June's arrival of Stage Challenge there !

      Meanwhile, congratulations to Kaikoura High School’s Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Marlborough Express newspaper following their appearance at the Christchurch event ! There's much more here :)
      John (editing)
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      May 29th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      There's a great set of photos
      (click on each to get to the next) in the "Nelson Mail" newspaper's report on the Nelson event (also highlighting the Garin College Stage Challenge Team :)
      John (editing)
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      May 25th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Waimea College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Nelson Mail" newspaper in New Zealand !
      The team perform on Monday and you can read the article about their performance here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      More congratulations, this time to the student-led Kuranui College Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Wairarapa Times-Age" newspaper in New Zealand !
      The team will be performing in Wellington on Friday and you can read the article about the work they've done to pull it all together here :)
      John (editing)
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      May 22nd 2013

      Wooooo ... can't wait till rock challenge finals on 6th june in grimsby when we get to meet some more schools, see their themes and meet new friends ... we're going to cheer and enjoy it on the day like we always do!
      It's our final year doing the rock challenge and we can't wait to show all the schools our performance (it's really exciting and entertaining :)
      Anne and Sally are working extremely hard as always!!!!!!
      Love from subla, alice and tessa (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      May 21st 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Longcroft School Rock Challenge Team:
      they feature in an article in yesterday's "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper highlighting the upcoming Northern Grand Finals! You can read the article here :)
      John (editing)
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      May 18th 2013

      Thank-you to all the people who supported at the Bradford Rock Challenge x
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      New Zealand's Southland Girls' High School Stage Challenge Team are highlighted
      in a report in the "Southland Times" newspaper on the combined Stage Challenge and J Rock event in Invercargill last night. You can read the report (and see a photo) here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Waiopehu College Stage Challenge Team in New Zealand for the coverage they've achieved in the "Manawatu Standard" newspaper about their forthcoming performance concerning a very serious disease: meningococcal meningitis.
      The team will be at the Manawatu Stage Challenge on Friday, June 7th, and you can read more (and see a photo) here :)
      John (editing)
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      I've just discovered (thanks to photographer Vanessa Slawson !) that the official UK Rock Challenge photographer added a facebook page as of 2 days ago: you'll find it at www.facebook.com/nickscott.co.uk
      John (editing from wet Yorkshire :)

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      May 17th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to New Zealand's Marlborough Girls' College Stage Challenge Team for getting news of their upcoming performance into the online "Marlborough Express" newspaper !
      You can read the news item (and see a pic of the five-strong team of choreographers) here :)
      John (editing)
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      May 14th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good to see that the opening event of New Zealand's 2013 Stage Challenge Tour has been covered in today's "Otago Daily Times" newspaper (and with a selection of photos too :)

      You can read the article here :)
      John (editing)
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      The Firpark School Rock Challenge Team (Motherwell, Scotland) are still missing a lab coat and a beetle juice wig after their performance at Carlisle on April 25th: has anyone found them ? If not, they'll need to look to buy/find replacements ready for another performance they've got coming up shortly...
      Email me any discoveries onjohn@arrowsmith.demon.co.uk - John (editing :)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Rock Challenge Team for getting news of their recent performance at the Portsmouth Guildhall into today's "Western Wards Gazette" newspaper !
      The lengthy article is available for reading here :)
      John (editing)
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      I'm very pleased to report that two items of Danish Rock Challenge merchandise are now available through the eBay sites at the following links: Wristbands and T-shirts !

      With best wishes,
      David Beal (Stage Manager, UK Rock Challenge)
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      May 11th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Rock Challenge Team for getting rehearsal photos into Tuesday's "THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS" newspaper!
      You can see them here :)
      John (editing over a coffee via free wifi in the café at the Castle Howard Arboretum, North Yorkshire :)
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      May 10th 2013

      We are going to rock challenge again with Sally and Anne (they are good)
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      We are looking forward to the grimsby finals (and would love to win it :)
      Our costumes are very colourful and we all play different parts in the rock challenge. We enjoy it and it is fun :)
      Emily and James (Southfield)
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      We are all looking forward to the finals. To go to grimsby on the day is great: we are all there all day and we love the first practice on stage and getting our costumes and make-up on. Doing the warm-up is great fun too :)
      Love - Eleanor (Southfield)
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      May 9th 2013

      Following the Carlisle Rock Challenge, the Firpark Team from Motherwell in Scotland discovered that they were missing one white lab coat and one beetle juice wig. If any other team picked these up, they'd love to hear from you !

      They also discovered that they'd acquired two additional "toy" guns that definitely weren't part of their props list: they suspect that they might belong to Netherhall ? If this is so, they'll cheerfully post them out to you :)

      If anyone has any further info, get in touch with me via the email address at the top or through the message form...
      John (editing in the rain)
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      We are so looking forward to showing you guys the new thing we are doing to the set ... but it is a surprise :)
      Hope everyone in the finals is having fun !

      Stephen (Joker - Southfield School, Bradford)
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      We can't wait to go to grimsby! We are looking forward to seeing the different schools perform, and we are going to scream and shout our team to win.
      Anne and Sally are ace ... they are fabulous teachers !
      Whoooooooooooo !!!!!

      Michael and Tessa xxxx (Southfield)

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      Hiiiiii everyone!
      Wooo ... we are proper looking forward to the finals in grimsby!: We are all really happy about going again: we will get to see more new schools, see their themes and meet new friends )
      Rock Challenge makes me and my friends really happy: we all like Anne and Sally a lot ... they are the best and nicest dance teachers ever, we all adore them, and they work proper hard each year!
      Can't wait to see you all on 6th June!!

      Love from subla xxx (Southfield)
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      May 7th 2013

      I will enjoy being in the final ! It will be exciting to do it again :)
      My friends and i work as a team when we are doing dance.
      Donata (Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Rock challenge is fab and you are all good in it ! We had fun together and i want to do it again and meet more new friends :)
      Emily (Southfield)
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      Yo! This is Tristan (Batman)
      I'm looking forward to the final of rock challenge, seeing new friends, talking to the other schools, having fun, playing jokes and having a good time. Enjoy it and just be cool about it on the day :)
      Tristan (Southfield)
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      We worked as a team, we met new friends, and we got through to the finals!
      We have been working hard and are looking forward to Grimsby: we will see you at Grimsby auditorium and the show we will be fantastic !!

      James (Southfield)
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      The full lists of Finalists (+ their Theme titles) are on the 2013 Tour page :)
      John (editing)

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      May 4th 2013

      Finals ! Yayyyyyyy !! Well done 2 all the schools (and let's try to make the O2 one day !!! :)
      Ruby

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      We're going to Grimsby: we can't wait! Southfield are on the way up - brill :)
      I was dancing with my friends in the production meeting with all the other schools and it was gr8: we all love the day.
      Catwoman's back again ... meow xxxxxxxxxxxxx

      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      May 3rd 2013

      AAARRRRRRRRR!!! WE MADE IT INTO GRIMSBY!!! WE ARE SO OVER THE TOP!!
      Looking forward to performing again: hope to see you all there :)
      Let's go, Southfield, let's go!

      Stephen (Joker) and Kimberley (Wonder Woman) ... Southfield)
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      We got through to the final!
      We can't wait to get to grimsby - so excited to go!

      Abeesa (Southfield)
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      We are so happy - we made it through to the finals!
      My favourite bit is Hall of Fame, especially the bit at the end.
      The Bradford show was fantastic: bring it on ... we came second and can't wait to go to grimsby!
      James W (Southfield)
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      We will have some fun! Time to do rock challenge at the Northern Finals in Grimsby !!
      Suhail H (Southfield)
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      We can't believe we got through to Grimsby!
      I hope everybody in Grimsby will go crackers for the Penguin, and the Hulk is working up an anger for the Rock Challenge :)
      Hope that everyone else is rehearsing like mad. See you all on the day!
      Ben (Hulk) and Aaron (Penguin) from Southfield)
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      May 1st 2013

      GLOBAL ROCKCHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Bradford's "Telegraph & Argus" newspaper has covered yesterday's Rock Challenge in St. George's Hall !
      You can read the news item here :)
      John (editing)
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      Whoop whoop we came 2nd place in the rock challenge at Bradford!
      It was an amazing day and night ... well done to all the other schools who took part. My mum and dad and all the other parents loved everything about the show!

      Let's hope we get through so we can perform it all again :)
      Thank-you to everyone for all your help in the rock challenge !
      Love - Kim & Micheal xxxxxxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      OMG we won 2nd place :o, (We are so sleepy though now.... :)
      Good Luck to the rodillian school who came first !
      Lots of ZZZZZZZ ... Joker aka stephen :) (Southfield)
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      We had a great day at rock challenge in bradford - it was brill to be able to perform again ! We all had different characters in the show and they came across just right.
      It was an amaaaazing night for all who took part and fab to meet all the crew again ! (We couldn't do it without you: thank-you soooooooooooo much :)
      Lv - Rohail and Kieran (Southfield)

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      Hi 2 all, and thank-you all 4 your help at Rock Challenge in Bradford ! (The Rock Challenge crew and helpers were fantastic :)
      Congratulations and well done to all the schools that took part: they were brill and it was great to see and meet them all again.

      I am crossing my fingers and toes to see if we get through ... we loved our performance and I love performing on stage :)
      Love - Tessa and Memory xxxxxxxxxx (Southfield)

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      The "News & Star" newspaper in Cumbria has carried a report today of the recent Carlisle Rock Challenges.
      Click Story to catch up with their coverage.
      John (editing while heading home from Bradford Rock Challenge Day 2 :)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the St. Joseph's School UK Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage of their first-ever entry into the "Salisbury Journal" newspaper !
      You can read their item here :)
      John (editing in a Moto, Costa Coffeeing while heading home from Bradford Rock Challenge Day 2 :)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Another first-time-ever in Rock Challenge item ! Well done to the Axholme Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage of their entry into the "Thorne and District GAZETTE" newspaper !
      You can read this second item here :)
      John (editing ... still in Moto :)
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      Apr 29th 2013

      We are sooooooo proud of the team today: you all worked so hard !
      Brilliant effort. Let's keep our fingers crossed for the final !
      Well done, southfield :)

      Sally and Anne (Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Good luck, Southfield School, and enjoy performing on stage!!!
      Georgia (Southfield)

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      Where can we watch the video of our performance?
      Sandra (Montrose)
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      First answer, Sandra, is wherever you've got your own copy of your school's DVD plugged in! (I'm assuming that you have got your own copy of your team's DVD, haven't you ?!)
      Next answer is "Not online yet." The videos go up on www.globalrockchallenge.com quite some time after the whole UK 2013 Tour is over.
      Hope those answers help ?
      Old John (editing from a Travelodge in Bradford: Bradford Day 1 just over, just Day 2 to go now :)

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      Eek! We performed on Friday in the Portsmouth Guildhall and we came 4th out of 11 schools!
      Emily (Peel Common Junior School, Gosport, Hampshire)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Hazelwood Integrated College Rock Challenge Team from Northern Ireland for the news item about them in the "Newtonabbey Times" newspaper !

      You can read the item here :)

      John (editing)
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      Apr 28th 2013

      Yay - we came 2nd !!
      Well done to all the other schools that took part: you were all amazing !
      I had a very good day: thank-you to all the rock challenge crew and (of course :) our wonderful teachers x

      Leanne D (St John's Primary School, Gosport, Hampshire)
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      I like rock challenge. It is fun :)
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Hi! I'm from st john's (we came second :)
      I'm so thankful to everyone who helped us: thanks !!
      Grace G xxxxxxx (St John's)
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      Apr 27th 2013

      Heyyyyy! I'm from St. John's Primary School and I was in Rock Challenge ! (We came 2nd :)
      Well done to all the schools, and thanks to the rock challenge crew: awesome guysss !!
      Ruby J (St John's)
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      Glad you enjoyed it, Ruby! So proud of St. John's team.
      Competition was tough!! Wicor were amazing, as were Medina.
      St John's children, you deserved your place in the southern finals. Well done !
      Amazing day once again...

      Gemma H (St John's)
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      A massive well done to Purbrook Park School who managed to come first. All the hours of rehearsals finally paid off the moment they said our name!!
      Good luck to all the last schools still waiting to perform at the uk rock challenge uk.
      See everyone at the finals, guys!

      Chloe G (Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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      Thursday at Rock Challenge was amazing, and all that hard work and rehearsals really paid off: we bagged first place!
      Well done to every other school who took part: you were all amazing!
      Bring on the finalss!!

      Gemma B (Purbrook Park)
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      I so can't wait to get the t-shirt on monday (yeah!) and then wear it on Tuesday when we all go into St George's ... okay!
      Good luck to Rodillian again: them I like, yep!

      Can't wait to see my online friend st Rock Challenge too, you know :)
      Eleanor F (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      I loved ST Joseph's performance (and Aodhan and Billy are fit - thanks for your numbers and hopefully you will text me soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LUV YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
      Charlie J (Bridgemary School, Gosport, Hampshire)

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      A huge "Well done!" to sharps copse primary school with their fantastic performance fri 26th april 2013: very meaningful, true, and touching ... well done to you all.
      Kerry W (Sharps Copse Primary School, Havant, Hampshire)

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      Apr 26th 2013

      Rock Challenge Portsmouth was AMAZING ! Our school's first one: WOW ! (And picked up 3 awards as well !)
      Well done, bridgemary and mary rose :)
      Look out next year - we're coming again !

      Birdget L (St Joseph's Catholic School, Salisbury, Wiltshire)
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      Went to rock challenge yesterday ... first time our school's done it, and ... IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!
      Loved the funny air guitar competition!!!!!!! I'd LOVE to do rock challenge again next year!!!!!!!!!

      Mary L (St Joseph's)
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      "Thank-you!" to the entire crew for making the second day of the Portsmouth Rock Challenge run smoothly and efficiently. It wouldn't have been possible without all of you :)
      Adam H (Robert May's School, Odiham, Hampshire)
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      I would just like to say how good all the other teams at Portsmouth Day 4 were, especially Mary Rose and St Joseph's (they were really good :)
      I am proud to be able to participate in rock challenge. Thanks to all the teachers and ex-students for making this an amazing day!!!!!!!!! Love you all!!!!!!
      Charlie J (Bridgemary School, Gosport, Hampshire)
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      Firpark CSI !

      We arrived back in the early hours of this morning and emptied all our props and scenery from the hired van into a lock-up area at school. One of our staff members was driving home in the van when suddenly there were flashing blue lights behind him and an unmarked police car blocking the road in front.

      The officers asked him what he had been doing that night, to which he began to explain Rock Challenge and showed the officer his "AAA" sticker on his Firpark teeshirt. The officer said they had received reports of three people breaking into a school and the description of the van and the driver matched...!

      Our staff member was then required to open the back of the van before the officers were convinced the truth was being told...

      ... only at Firpark: a 'break-in' where the 'thieves' put things into the school instead of taking them out! :)

      Vanessa Geib (Firpark School, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
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      HUGE congratulations to every single member of the Purbrook Park team. You gave the performance of your life and got the result you deserved. I am incredibly proud of you all. Here's to more hard work for the finals!
      Mrs Taylor (Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville, Hampshire)

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      5.30am We would like to wish everyone at Stamshaw Junior School good luck today! We are so proud of you and have really enjoyed working with such a talented, dedicated and enthusiastic group of young individuals!
      Just be yourselves and enjoy!!!
      Well done as well to the committee as without you lots of this performance wouldn't have happened!

      Miss Gwilliam and Miss Barnard (Stamshaw Junior School, Portsmouth)
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      2am and home from Carlisle!
      Firpark would like to thank everybody for such a fabulous day. We loved every minute of it.
      We had to work hard at getting our team out of the Sands as they wanted to 'stay and live at Rock Challenge !'
      Fantastic performances from everybody.

      Vanessa Geib (Firpark)
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      1.15am My first time at Global Rock, and it's been amazing: the atmosphere was incredible, the people were nice, the dances were quality! Such a privilege to be involved in such a big thing as a part of the set crew!
      CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FINALS!

      #SANDOWNROCKTHEHOUSE
      Jordon H (Sandown Bay Academy, Isle of Wight)
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      Apr 25th 2013

      Woo!! Can't wait till rock challenge - it is sooo fun :)
      I love doing it with my friends, and we all enjoy it on the day. Meting the rock challenge crew is always FANTASTIC!!!! And meeting old friends and also making new ones :)
      Anne and Sally are great fun and we all love them for what they do: they are the greatest dance teachers ever !!

      Subla (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Hi again!
      We are really looking forward to meeting and talking to the other schools and we hope you guy are hoping to meet us too :)
      Hope you are having a good time!!! <3

      Stephen, Aaron and Ben (Southfield)
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      Apr 24th 2013

      Would like to wish a massive good luck to all the schools participating in Carlisle Rock Challenge tomorrow! Can't wait to see all the performance and give the best performance we can too!
      LET'S GO, COCKERMOUTH, LET'S GO!!! :D

      Jo-anna C (Cockermouth School, Cumbria)
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      Well done to everyone who competed in Hull! A big thanks to the rock challenge crew who make it all happen.
      Good luck to everyone in the Grimsby finals in June: I'm sure it's going to be a tough competition!

      Abbie (Kelvin Hall School, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Robert May's School would like to Say a a massive "Thank-You!" to everyone at Rock Challenge: The Crew, The Team, The Dancers, The Teachers, The Audience and The Judges! We couldn't have done it without you!

      We would also like to say another huge "Thank-You!" to our Teachers: Danika, Lucinda, Miss West, Miss Evevett, Mrs Doy and Miss Taylor! You were all the Best Teachers we could have had training us and without you we wouldn't have made it to 3rd Place! THANK YOU! X


      Brogyn (Robert May's)
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      Apr 23rd 2013

      The only Scottish team in the Northern heats would like to wish everybody taking part in Carlisle on Thursday the best of luck !
      After the final rehearsal today we have scraped a few Firpark participants off the ceiling and to coin a Scottish phrase - oh ma heid ! :)
      Looking forward to meeting everybody...

      Vanessa Geib (Firpark)
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      Hi All!
      We thought we would do a quick message: we are working really hard with our performance, Sufyan says hi and he is looking forward as it's his first Rock Challenge (he never stops talking about it :) and to the girl who hugged Stephen last year - could they please speak to him again this year ? (He will be waiting :)
      See you all soon - the Southfield team

      Southfield School, Bradford
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      The set is looking good: we have had a few mishaps but we are working hard to sort it.
      It's really strange when we are putting our make-up on and working with our costumes because we then become our characters...
      Can't wait for the day at St. George's Hall!

      Love - Tessa and Memory xxxx (Southfield)
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      Hi everyone!
      We are really looking forward to rock challenge on 30th April. We are working with the set which is really good (but it's been more than a week and we still haven't found the costume lady ... :)
      Rock Challenge is one of the best days ever: we all love it. It's getting a bit hard because we lost one of our team mates but we are working on it.
      We all love performing on the Stage in the evening: it's very exciting!

      Subla and Alice (Southfield)
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      We are having great day working on the rock challenge!
      Michael (Southfield)
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      Anne and Sally are ace and fabulous and they are very funny!
      I have got a new fried, called Aaron.
      This is my last rock challenge... I looking forward to the rock challenge every year.
      It is gonna be fun: I can't wait to watch the different schools perform!

      Tessa (Southfield)
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      All the performances are amazing so far!!! I hope everyone is having fun because I know I am!!!
      Good luck for tonight, everyone!!!!

      Amelia A (Waddesdon C of E School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire)
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      I got up a little bit late this morning ... that was a mistake ... the Waddesdon team had been busy while I was still asleep :)
      Good Luck, guys !
      John (editing while at home in sunny Yorkshire :)

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      A huge Good Luck to all those involved in Rock Challenge!
      Peter K (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone! I know everyone will do amazingly!
      I know that waddesdon have worked hard for this, and I'm sure you all have too! I wish you all the best of luck, and hope that you all have a safe journey!
      Remember to have fun, and we'll see you there! We're so excited and can't wait! I'm sure you all can't either!

      Cecily P (Waddesdon)
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      GOOD LUCK to everyone for today! We've all been up since 4am and we are sooooo excited!! See you all later! x x x
      Lissie M (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all!
      we are really excited to see what all the other schools are doing!! HAVE FUNN!!
      xxx I'M SOOOO EXCITED!!! xxx

      BYE.....
      Sannon C (Waddesdon)

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      Can't wait to see you all perform tonight! Break a leg! (Not literally) x
      Lucy (Waddesdon)
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      Hope everyone has fun today! Good luck to every school competing today and any other day!
      Liv (Waddesdon)
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      So hyped up for today! It will be a fab day! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! X
      Megan (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck! X
      Georgia (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck today! Hope everyone has a good time!
      Ella (Waddesdon)
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      Can't wait to get to Portsmouth! Rock Challenge was such a good day last year...gonna be even better this year!
      Good luck to all the other schools today! x

      Amy K (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone! I'm sure you will be great and have fun! Its going to be a great day! <3 <3
      Love - Lucy xxxxxx (Waddesdon)
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      On the coach now! Literally so excited!
      Hope everyone does really well today!! :D

      See you all there!
      Katie (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck today, guys! :D x
      Emma (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone performing today! Break a leg! (Or not ... might be quite painful! :)
      Sophie (Waddesdon)

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      Just want to wish all the schools good luck who are performing today! x
      Douglas (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck!!!!! xxx
      Love - Rachel (Waddesdon!)
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      Good Luck to all the schools competing in Portsmouth today! Very excited to see all of your performances :D
      Bring on the fun!!!

      Charlie (Waddesdon)
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      So excited 4 performance 2day! Gd luck to everyone performing!
      Alissimon (Waddesdon)
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      Wow! I'm so excited to see everybody today!
      The day has finally come! I know how hard everyone has worked and I'm sure it will all pay off! GOOD LUCK!!!!

      Matilda B (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck everyone! Have a great day... <3 <3 xxxxxxx
      Naomi (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all the teams competing today! Hope everyone has an amazing day :)
      Looking forward to seeing everyone's performances!

      Tilly (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to all you wonderful teams competing today at portsmouth! Hope everyone enjoys it and does really well!
      Ellie (Waddesdon)
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      We're on our way to Portsmouth!!! Ahhhh so excited!!
      Just to say a massive good luck to everyone performing today...can't wait to see all your amazing performances!! WOOO ROCK CHALL!!!!!!!!!! :D x

      Sam (Waddesdon)
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      A massive GOOD LUCK to everybody participating today! We are ecstatic to witness these marvellous performances and to have the privilege of performing today also. It will be divine.
      Molly L (Waddesdon)
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      Want to wish all the schools performing with us today good luck!!!! Can't wait to see what you've all been working on!! :D
      Aahhhhh ... so excited! X

      Tilly B (Waddesdon)
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      On the way! Good luck to all the schools and enjoy yourselves!
      Woop woop - see you there!

      Abbey R (Waddesdon)
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      Apr 22nd 2013

      Everyone at West Lakes Academy would like to say a huge Good Luck to ALL schools performing in Thursday's event at the Sands Centre, Carlisle!
      Miss Metcalf (West Lakes Academy, Egremont, Cumbria)
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      Just wanting to wish all the schools who are performing tomorrow GOOD LUCK!! Looking forward to seeing you all and your amazing performances, and can't wait to perform!!!
      Portsmouth... here we come!! :D x

      Sammy R (Waddesdon C of E School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire)
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      Good luck to all the other schools tomorrow and I'm sure everyone will be amazing!!
      Thanks to all the teachers who helped put this together: it's gonna be incredible!! Xx

      Jessie F (Waddesdon)
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      Good luck to everybody participating tomorrow! I hope you all do fantastically! In fact, I know you will! Last year was amazing and we hope this year is just as good!
      Once again, good luck, best wishes and look forward to seeing you all! xx

      Emily G (Waddesdon)
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      Good Luck to all the schools! :)
      Molly (Waddesdon)
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      All your hard work is for tomorrow so everyone, dance your best tomorrow and good luck to all the schools ... I know you will be fab ... see you all tomorrow :D
      Holly (Waddesdon xxxx)
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      Apr 20th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      The UK Rock Challenge circus hits the Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday for six days of excitement, and today's "The News" newspaper has highlighted that in this article :)

      John (editing)
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      Apr 19th 2013

      Good luck to everyone competing in Portsmouth on Monday! We are really excited now and hope you are too - it's going to be such a great day!!
      Brittany (Yateley School, Hampshire)
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      We are all working hard and can't wait for the day as we meet up with old & new friends: can't wait to see you all !
      Lv xxx - Southfield School, Bradford
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      Apr 18th 2013

      Good Luck to everyone competing this year at Rock Chall! I hope your rehearsals have been going well...
      Looking forward to see some of you next Wednesday at Portsmouth! :D X

      Charlie (Waddesdon C of E School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire)
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      To all the schools who are taking part in the rock challenge, have a good time on the night!
      I'm looking forward to performing ... i'm a star, and everyone else is too!

      Lewis A (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      We are having a good time during the build up to the show and we can't wait for rock challenge on Tuesday 30th of April! We will be there soon and it'll be fab: bring it on!
      Suhail H (Southfield)
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      Our school is proper looking forward to performing on the stage again at St George's Hall in rock challenge on 30th April and we are working extremely hard!
      Our theme is really exciting, and we enjoy having our make-up and hair done, getting our costumes on, meeting new friends and seeing different schools' performances :)
      It's the last ever Rock Challenge a lot of us are going to do so we'll give it our best and hope we get through to Grimsby!

      James, Tessa, Eleanor and Subla (Southfield)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      There's a taste of next Monday's event at the Grimsby Auditorium in the "Grimsby Telegraph" newspaper!
      You can read it here :)
      John (editing)
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      MORE GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Monday's winners at the Hull event, Kelvin Hall School, are featured in the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper !
      It's more great coverage and you can read it here :)
      John (editing)
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      Apr 17th 2013

      Soooo gonna miss performing this year at the Sands Centre but (unlike the rest of the team) I still get to take part as a volunteer and at my first home event as Regional Rep!
      Mega excited now for Carlisle :D

      Karen Mackay (St Benedict's Catholic High School, Whitehaven, Cumbria)
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      Bit disappointed we didn't win but we all did our best and that's what the Be Your Best is all about!
      Thanks to all the rock challenge stage crew and people who help all the schools get in: without you it wouldn't be possible xxx

      Sadie (Stockwell Primary School, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Apr 16th 2013

      I would like to congratulate all of the schools that took part at the Hull Rock Challenge last night!
      Kelvin worked so well as a team. Well done, everyone: a well-deserved first place! (And well done to the set crew too!)
      Sammie (Kelvin Hall School, Kingston upon Hull)

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      So proud of everyone for working their socks off! It really paid off and you did me proud :)
      Only 9 weeks to go until the finals! WE'RE GONNA SMASH IT! <3

      Joshua (Bexhill College)

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      Apr 14th 2013

      Really looking forward to tomorrow now. Good luck to everybody performing! Let's all show what Hull is really made of!
      Callum (Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Well, tomorrow is the big day for the Hull teams! Unbelievably excited to walk into that unique atmosphere surrounded by extremely talented performers! So looking forward to it and I wish all the schools the best of luck! Let's give them a show they'll never forget!
      Becki C xxxx (Archie)
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      Really looking forward to performing in 2 weeks. Good Luck to everybody performing!
      Lindsey T (Bedenham Primary School, Gosport, Hampshire)

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      Apr 13th 2013

      Well, in 2 weeks time it will all be over. We have just had a very busy half-term and the Bedenham Sweatshop have been sewing & painting like mad. All I can see is that BEDENHAM WILL ROCK DA HOUSE x
      Lindsey T (Bedenham)

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      Would just like to wish all schools performing at hull heats on Monday the very best of luck! It's going to be a fantastic day as per usual! Can't wait to be back!
      Beth (Archie
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      So excited for Monday! Good luck to all the schools ... can't wait! xxx
      Amy H (Archie)
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      Looking forward to Monday! Wish all the schools in the hull heat the best of luck and can't wait for a fantastic day as always!
      Will be great being back surrounded by all the rock challenge team and schools! Can't wait!!!
      Good luck, everybody xxx

      Lauren L (Archie)
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      ARCHIE ARE BACK!!!!!
      Can't wait for monday: going to be explosive !

      Good luck to all the other schools (but come on, archie :)

      Buchan and Riley barmy army <3 (Archie)
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      Would like to wish all of the Teams in Hull good luck! (ps Biggin Hill: you should win this year ! :)
      Chloe (Kingswood Academy, Kingson upon Hull)
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      Apr 12th 2013

      Archie back! Woo, good luck to you all!
      I'm so gutted I'm not taking part this year but I wish you all the best of luck! The connection you all have as a group is probably so strong, like always!
      Once again good luck to you all! And SMASH IT! :)

      Love - Naomi x (Archie)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Firpark School Rock Challenge Team on getting news of their upcoming Carlisle performance into the "Wishaw Press" newspaper !
      There's more to read here :)
      John (editing)
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      Apr 11th 2013

      Rock Challenge back in Belfast on Monday after a horrific day in March. Can't wait to do it all over again and to see everyone: good luck, all!
      Aaron F (Hazelwood Integrated College)
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      Apr 10th 2013

      Archie are back, bigger and better than ever and ready to smash it!
      Good luck, everyone!

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      Apr 7th 2013

      Wooo! Can't wait till rock challenge - it be well goood :)
      I'm sooooooo looking forward to the day: it's always sooo exciting and a GREAT Experience!!!!! I love meeting the Rock Challenge crew (it is always really fab and they always do a really great job on the day) and i love the Rock Challenge Warm-Up. I also like seeing all the Merchandise and meeting other schools!!
      Everything is coming together nicely and our school is proper looking forward to it (and I can't wait to be the co-host again :)
      Roll on Rock Challenge!!!!

      Subla xxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Millom School Rock Challenge Team for getting news of their upcoming performance at Carlisle into the "North-West Evening Mail" yesterday !
      You can read the full item here :)
      John (editing ... at 5.15am ??!)
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      Apr 3rd 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the St Anthony’s Primary School Rock Challenge Team for getting news into the online "The Gazette Western Wards" newspaper !
      There's more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Apr 1st 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      "Well Done!" to the Kuranui College 2013 Stage Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the April 2nd "Wairarapa Times-Age" newspaper! There's more here :)

      John (editing)

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      WAHEY - MARVELL MASSIVE CREW IS BACK!! Two weeks today we hit the Hull Ice Arena: come on, ladies!! ;)
      Good luck to all the other schools too !

      Leah B and Alex R (Andrew Marvell College, Kingston upon Hull)
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      Mar 29th 2013

      Can't wait till the 30th April! We are bringing it together, running around like mad.
      Love from Kimberley & Tessa xxxxxx (Southfield School, Bradford :)
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      Mar 28th 2013

      So ... the rock challenge that never was is back on! I'm giving it the title "Rock Challenge Take Two!"
      How lucky are we to do it all again (and to know that the Belfast 2013 Event is the first in UK Rock Challenge History not to happen: only in Belfast... :)
      Looking forward to seeing everyone again and GOOD LUCK EVERYONE ! See you on Monday 15th April. Fingers crossed!!!!!!

      Cathy (aka Sparkle, Ashfield Girls' School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Mar 27th 2013

      Can't wait to meet the teams in Bradford on May 1st! Coach booked to take us all Northward - team very excited !!
      Sally Allsopp (Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire)
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      Cannot believe we won yesterday! Best day EVER - and is going to be an 18th to remember for me as it was my birthday yesterday.
      I would like to thank josh and holly for their wonderful teaching advice and movements (and I hope holly enjoys her time teaching dance in africa ... we are all going to miss you <3)
      BEXHILL COLLEGE: BE YOUR BEST!!

      Lauraa M (Bexhill College, East Sussex)
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      Mar 26th 2013

      BBC SCHOOL NEWS REPORT - MAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAM:
      Good to see the Mayville Team doing a news item for BBC School News Report !

      You can watch it here (and Good Luck on April 24th, everyone !)
      John (editing)

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      Mar 25th 2013

      Just finished our dress rehearsal this evening! (A few things to fix :)
      The Wishaw press took photos today, and ... we are on our way. Eleven school days left, everybody's hyper, and we can't wait to meet all the other teams!

      The Firpark School Rock Challenge Team, Motherwell, Lanarkshire
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      All the very best for Tuesday - you have all worked so hard!
      It will be an awesome day despite our, let's say ... earlier than usual departure!! Go for it, Crick... :)

      Very best wishes from Mrs S, Mrs W, Mrs F and Mrs J (The Sewing Team, Crickhowell High School, Powys, Wales !!)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHAllENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Huge thanks to Irvin Metcalf, President of The Rotary Club of Grantham, for the letter he's had published in the "Grantham Journal" newspaper referring to the Grantham Rock Challenge !
      You can read it here :)
      John (editing)
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      Mar 23rd 2013

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Brechin High School Rock Challenge Team for getting news of their performance at the Arbroath event into today's edition of the "Brechin Advertiser" newspaper !
      There's more here :)
      John (editing, in the snow :)
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      I'm soo sorry for all the members of the schools performing in Belfast yesterday: I'm sure we will make it more fun and enjoyable next time :)
      Hope to see everybody again soon...

      Jordan McN (Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast)
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      Thank you to everyone for making Rock Challenge Grantham Style a fab and fun experience!
      Julie M (East Bridgford St Peter's C of E Primary School)
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      Mar 22nd 2013

      Best of luck to the Ashfield team in Belfast today ! Will be watching with tissue to hand ... miss you all lots!
      Joan (Ashfield Girls' School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      It's great to be back on stage with my team! Sadly we're not competing this year but so thankful just to be a part of Rock Challenge again! Let's Go, Model!!!
      Louise (Belfast Model School for Girls)
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      Good luck to everyone at Grimsby a month from now ! Hope u been working as hard as we have :)
      Angel M (St Andrew's College, Cleethorpes)
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      Mar 19th 2013

      If anyone's keen... COME ALONG TO THE FIRST-EVER DANISH ROCK CHALLENGE!!
      Six schools will be performing in the Falconer Salen (Copenhagen) on Saturday April 20th and we would love to see you there !
      (Flights are only £80 Gatwick-Copenhagen return ! :)
      Lena (Rock Challenge Denmark :)

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      Thanks so much, Rock Challenge!! It has been such an amazing experience, and for us to win on our first year was AMAZING!!!!
      THANK-YOU ROCK CHALLENGE!!!

      Perry (Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop)
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      I would just like to wish my fabulous school Girls' Model the very best of luck on friday for their guest performance!! Let's go, model, let's go!!!
      Courtney S (Belfast Model School for Girls, Northern Ireland)
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      Mar 17th 2013

      Heyyyy! The day of the Rock Challenge is the most awesome, fantastic, enjoyable, entertaining event ever!
      I love meeting the Rock Challenge Crew each year (they are amazing) ...
      I love it at the beginning when they show the Merchandise, do the Rock challenge warm-up, shout the schools' names and we need to cheer loudly for our school. I also like it when the teachers go on stage and select the numbers - whatever that number is, that's when we are going to perform in the evening :) I like rehearsing the routine, putting my costume on and getting my hair and make-up done!
      I'm going to be the Co-Host again: it be soo good! I get to call our school's reps out to answer the questions after we performed, and I like listening to the judges' comments and then collecting the awards at the end after all the schools have performed.

      Our teachers Anne and Sally are really fun :)

      Subla xxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Mar 16th 2013

      Good luck to everyone! The big Grantham Rock Challenge day is in 2 days' time and we're counting down ... ahhhhhhhhh !
      Lucy and Martin (East Bridgford St Peter's C of E Primary School, Nottinghamshire)
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      Best of luck to all the schools taking part in the Grantham Rock Challenge! A big shout-out especially to East Bridgford St Peter's C of E Primary School! :)
      We're so looking forward to getting back on stage performing, seeing all our wonderful friends in the Rock Challenge staff, and generally having an amazing time.
      To all the students in KGGS Rocky C-we're so proud of you all!!

      The Rock Challenge Staff at KGGS Grantham ! (Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School)
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      Mar 15th 2013

      A huge "Congratulations!" to all students and staff involved in the Bournemouth Rock Challenge event! Thank you for all of your support!
      The standard was amazing this year: well done to my wonderful dancers and crew :D
      Enjoy your break and I'll see you in 2 weeks.
      Can't wait until June and then until next year!

      Mr Lake (Oak Academy, Bournemouth)
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      Mar 12th 2013

      Well done Bourne: we all did great!
      Good luck to everyone else still to take part - hope you have loads of fun x x x

      Jade H (The Bourne Academy

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      Mar 11th 2013

      Really well done to all the schools that competed: you were all great!
      Especially to Cowes ... I'm so so proud of you all! Still hyped up by the fact that we've won and we're off to the finals soon
      This is my first time being in Global Rock, and my first impression of it? I love it so much and had such a good time! Thank you, Rock Challenge, for a brilliant day on Thursday!
      BRING ON THE FINALS, COWES ENTERPRISE COLLEGE! Mildred must be so proud of us!

      Nicole (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Mar 10th 2013

      Good luck to all the schools in the Bournemouth heat on Monday 11th March! Go Highcliffe!!!
      Mrs McGrath (Highcliffe School, Christchurch, Dorset)
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      Well done to all schools taking part in Southampton Junior Rock Challenge day 2, March 9th. What an amazing day.
      Springwell School, you truly rock.
      Thanks to all the crew who once again made our day go so well.

      Bridget S (Springwell Primary School, Southampton)
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      Mar 9th 2013

      Hi, Rock Challenge! I am from Great Oaks School and did Rock Challenge on Thursday.
      Can I just say to all the schools: I just loved the show all the schools did !
      Jack E (Great Oaks School, Southampton)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Forfar Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in today's "Kirriemuir Herald" newspaper !
      There's more to read here.
      John (editing)
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      Mar 8th 2013

      Good luck to everyone involved with Highfield CE primary school, Southampton, on the 9th March. GO ROCK THAT CHALLENGE!
      Debi T (Highfield CE Primary School, Southampton)
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      Had such a good day yesterday! The high part - winning, of course!
      Well done to all the other schools who competed- you were all amazing!
      Thank-you, rock challenge, for a brilliant day! See you in the final ;D
      Good luck to all the other schools who still have to compete! You'll all be incredible!
      SEE EVERYONE JUNE 19TH - WOOOOP!!

      Lily (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Good luck to all the students from The Sir John Colfox School in Bridport involved in Rock Challenge 2013 !
      All-day full dress rehearsal today. T-Shirts printed and they're ready to Rock Bournemouth on Monday.
      Can't wait to see it all - hope the hard work pays off :)

      Special thanks to Katy, Alice, Lucy and Sophie: without them it wouldn`t have been possible.

      Sara C (The Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, Dorset)
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      I'm really looking forward to rock challenge: dancing, acting, smiling. It's amazing when you pick your characters on your own and you're in costume.
      John (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Hi, UK Rock Challenge !
      We are really looking forward to the Rock Challenge on the 30th of April and meeting new schools. Our dance teachers Anne and Sally are running around like anything for the music (and when it snowed they were throwing snowballs at us :) but it's all fun and we love them.
      We are doing so well with the music: it's fitting perfectly with the story which will wow people.
      We are really excited to see the Rock Challenge crew again: it's been a year of waiting is (a long time) but this year it's going to be amazing, guys. The characters are really cheeky and fun but some are a bit naughty at times but we promise to keep them in a orderly controlled situation.
      We really love every minute of rehearsals and coming up with new ideas- we are always coming back with new ideas for the story and the costumes.

      Kimberley and Aaron xxxxx (Southfield)
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      I am gonna rock it this year. I can't wait to do rock challenge ... this will be fun ... fantastic! Oh yeah, I am ready to go,and I have lots of confidence!
      Love - Tessa (Southfield)
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      Yo ... this is Tristan and i'll be looking forward to seeing you on 30th April.
      Can't wait to see all the schools who are taking part in the event. It's fun to do and you make lots of new friends :)
      Tristan S (Southfield)
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      I like doing rock challenge because of the people, and children and adults come to watch the Show
      Good luck, Everybody..

      Ibraheem (Southfield)
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      I like the Rock Challenge: the people there are friendly and I like performing in front of everyone.
      Liam (Southfield)
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      I Love Rock Challenge because the people are adults, and children come to watch. Good luck, everybody!
      Suhail (Southfield)
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      I like the rock challenge because of the people: they are friendly and I have a good time with everyone. Good luck to everyone!
      Ben M (Southfield)
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      I LIKE THE ROCK CHALLENGE BECAUSE YOU MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND IT IS GOOD TO BE PART OF THE GROUP AND WORKING AS A TEAM. BRING IT ON AGAIN !
      Donata (Southfield)
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      I enjoy rehearsing for the Rock Challenge every year. We have lots of fun dancing and practising towards the day...
      I'm proper looking forward to it on 30th April: I enjoy being with my friends and meeting new friends from different schools :)
      I like seeing the other schools perform and I enjoy the whole day of the rock challenge.
      The characters and music are coming together nicely now ... i like getting ready for the performance :)

      Alice xxx (Southfield)
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      I can't wait to see all the new schools and i want to make some new friends.
      I like dancing in the rock challenge.
      It is fun when we work altogether ... bring it on! XXX

      Emily (Southfield)
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      I enjoy doing the rock challenge. (I have been in it 5 years.)
      Rock on the 30th of april (that's our night :)
      I love dancing and acting and smiling on the stage because it's fab, fantastic, ace, brill. My character is one of its own...

      Kieran (Southfield)
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      We are looking forward to the rock challenge this year!
      Getting the costumes ready (they gonna stand out) and the set will be ready and the lights are gonna be bright! We hope this is gonna be excellent this year (and the costumes are colourful :)
      See you all at st george's hall 30th april...

      James (Southfield)
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      I can't wait for the Rock Challenge on the 30th of April to rock on stage in my character. I love rehearsing with Anne and Sally and having fun with my friends (I really love dancing.) The music and the costumes are going really great this year.
      This is my 3rd year of doing the Rock Challenge and it never gets boring for me. When I walk through St George's Halls's doors I get really giddy and excited !

      Love - Memory xxxxxx (Southfield)
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      I make friends in the rock challenge.
      We are a fantastic team and we all pull together.
      I enjoy dancing and we have a good laugh.
      We have not long to go now and i can't wait...

      Aneesa xxxxx (Southfield)
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      Wooo!!!!! I'm really looking forward to the rock challenge on 30th april!
      Our school enjoys rehearsing for the rock challenge and we all enjoy it on the actual day ... we get to be with our friends and to meet new friends from other schools, and we watch their themes.
      We all enjoy taking part in the warm-up and watching the teachers perform on the stage. When we walk into st george's hall theatre we all get proper excited!
      The music and costumes are coming together nicely, and Anne and Sally are amazing every year!
      I enjoy it when it's the evening when we are all getting our hair done, our make-up done and putting our costumes on.
      I liked being the co-host last year for the first time: i liked meeting the rock challenge crew and seeing the judges.
      I'm gonna give it my best because i'm leaving this year ... i've enjoyed the rock challenge every year...

      Subla xxx (Southfield)
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      Rock Challenge is great fun: it makes me happy!
      Michael (Southfield)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      The "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper has been highlighting this week's Southampton Guildhall Rock Challenges again !
      The pages you want are here and here
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Park View Junior School UK Rock Challenge Team from Basingstoke
      (taking part at the Southampton Guildhall today) for the coverage they got on the ThisIsHampshire website ! The page you need is here
      ps Well Done to the Basingstoke Lions Club for raising funds to help support the team :)
      John (editing)

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      Mar 7th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Good to see the Southampton Week of Rock Challenges getting a mention in today's online edition of the "Southern Daily Echo" newspaper !
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Pennyland Primary School's UK Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage in yesterday's "John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier" newspaper !
      You can read more here.
      (It was Pennyland Primary's first experience of Rock Challenge and the Crew will be happy to read Principal Teacher Fiona MacDonald's "We were very impressed by how well organised the event (was)." Thank-you, Pennyland, and good luck in your planning for next year's performance ! :)
      John (editing)

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      Mar 6th 2013

      So excited for tomorrow and so proud of everything we have achieved so far already this year! Bring on tomorrow!
      Lauren (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Good luck everyone !! Soo excited for tomorrow - it's gonna be great xxx.
      Whatever happens, we'll be proud @ how much effort we put in xxx
      It doesn't matter what place you come, it matters how much fun u had !!! Bring it on!!!! xxx

      Lillie M (Cowes)
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      Cowes is going to be GREAT!
      Good luck to all the other schools as well: hope we all have a great day ! x

      Madeleine P (Cowes)
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      Only one day to go!
      We can win, and we will!
      Thanks for the amazing costumes, Miss Collis !

      Hollie M (Cowes)
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      Good luck everyone xxx
      Cowes r soooo ready.
      GOOD LUCK ! Can't wait till tomorrow !! xxxx <3

      Lillie (Cowes)
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      Mar 5th 2013

      Cowes are SOOOO ready! I'm very excited for Thursday. And in case I don't get time in the next couple of days, the Cowes Enterprise College team would like to wish Lanesend and Barton Primaries all the very best for Southampton Junior (2) on Friday. We'll get them warmed up for you guys!!
      Mrs Liz (Cowes)
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      Cannot wait for tomorrow now! Everyone has been working so hard over the past few weeks! I know we are all so excited, and can't wait to see all the other schools! Good luck to everyone else competing too!!
      Erin (Farnham Heath End School, Surrey)
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      Just got Arbroath 1 and 2 and Inverness results up (thank-you to Sammy at UKRC HQ!). Southampton 1 will follow later today.
      John (editing)

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      Good Luck to Aldworth Science College! Get Buzzing!
      Benedicte W (Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke)
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      Southampton 5/03/2013. Have an amazing day..you can do it..break a leg...
      Ollie's Mum (Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton)
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      Mar 4th 2013

      We can win! Come on cowes! x
      Beth (Cowes)
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      Mar 3rd 2013

      Proper hyped for rock challenge on tuesday. After a final rehearsal today i can honestly say that I think we have potential to win this year!
      Good luck to everyone else competing on 5th March at Southampton! :D :D

      (Henry Cort Community School, Fareham, Hampshire)
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      Mar 2nd 2013

      GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE IN COWES!!! X
      Georgia (Cowes)
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      19 days until rock challenge at the waterfront - absolutely buzzin'!! Let's smash this :D
      Caroline (Little Flower Girls' School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Awesome dress rehearsal at Cowes today- WOW, we are so nearly there!
      Can not wait for Thursday and to see all the other schools. Good luck to everyone taking part!
      Go for it, Cowes! We will rock Moooooooooooooooooo!

      Miss Steele (Cowes)
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      Can't wait till thursday! Come on, cowes, we can do it!!!!!!!!!! Not long now!!!
      Zoe (Cowes)
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      "It's the final countdown...do do do daaaah..." etc.
      So very close now, Cowes. So proud of all your hard work this far. Whole day of rehearsal today and then JUST ONE MORE rehearsal on Tuesday. Whoop Whoop. Get your EPIC out!

      Mrs Liz (Cowes)
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      Can't wait for Tuesday! It's gonna be really slow to get there!! Who who who are we...... Green green green army!!
      Joey B
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      Mar 1st 2013

      Wish it was Tuesday today! Come on, green army: you can do it! ;)
      Alfie J
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      Feb 28th 2013

      Hello fellow competitors: it's us ... previous competitors. We have returned!!!
      We wish you all a very rocking rock challenge x

      M, T, L and S (Girls' Model, Belfast)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Well done to the Abbotts Langley Primary School UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in the "Watford Observer" newspaper !
      You can read more here.
      John (editing)
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      Cowes is going to be amazing!!! Can't wait for the day: am so excited! We can do it x
      Maddy (Cowes)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Mackie Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've received in today's edition of the "Mearns Leader" newspaper !
      You can read more here :)
      John (editing from Baldock Services, northbound to Yorkshire on the A1 after three great days of Rock Challenge at Stevenage :)
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      Feb 27th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Alness Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for getting coverage of their winning performance at the Eden Court in Inverness, Scotland into the "North Star" newspaper!
      You can read more here...
      John (editing)
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      Feb 26th 2013

      Come on Cowes: final push! You are all doing so well: cannot wait to see you all perform.
      Bring on March the 7th!

      Miss Collis (Cowes)
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      Good luck to everyone everywhere for Rock Challenge 2013, especially Laurence Haines Primary school who are always awesome! Also good luck to my little brother for his first ever rock challenge show, helping out backstage!
      I know that Stevenage tonight will be amazing. So sad I can't be there to cheer everyone on, but best of luck to you all! :D xx

      Lalika (ex-Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)
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      Feb 25th 2013

      Great last rehearsal today for the Victory team. You have really worked hard and I'm looking forward to seeing you on the stage at Stevenage tomorrow. Wishing you all a great day and the best of luck x
      Miss Driver (Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich)
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      Good Luck, Montrose Academy...!
      Mick
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      Congratulations to Hornsea Community Primary for yet another win. 5 wins is amazing !!! Well done to each and every one of you! It was a joy to watch :)
      Slightly jealous that I couldn't take part this year but still as proud as I would have been if I had taken part xx
      Megan (Hornsea Community Primary School, East Yorkshire)
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      SO EXCITED FOR THE DAY!!!!!!!!! Not long now, Cowes. Our piece is EPIC :D :D
      Gibbs (Cowes)
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      Feb 24th 2013

      We performed yesterday and it was an amazing experience! It was great to see all the other schools too :)
      Holly M (Bucksburn Academy, Aberdeen, Scotland)
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      Feb 23rd 2013

      So excited to have won! Amazing experience and the children have loved it. Bring on Grimsby!
      Check out the newspaper article on us today! tinyurl.com/bbv8n7w
      Miss Woodall (Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Can't wait till Tuesday when we shall be embarking on Stevenage! Final rehearsal tomorrow with costume and make-up. That should bring it to life!
      Emily H (Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich)
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      Although Kings Langley aren't competing this year, just wanted to wish everyone at the Stevenage events the best of luck! Especially Laurence Haines Primary School, as one of our lovely dance captains have been helping them out and I hear it's very good. Good luck everyone and see you there as I'm still coming to watch - JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF ROCK CHALLENGE! xxxx
      Charlotte Noddings (Kings Langley)
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      Had so much fun with costume and set this year. I hope it all pulls together well :)
      Good luck, Cowes!!

      Jody B (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Bucksburn Academy (who rehearsed on stage here at the AECC, Aberdeen this morning) have made it onto this page of the Aberdeen City Council website: tinyurl.com/bdcuxm3 !
      John (editing)
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      Feb 22nd 2013

      Looking forward to seeing Cowes College Thursday 7th at Southampton! Good luck to all taking part xx
      Victoria W (Cowes)

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      Extremely excited for the heat! Under two weeks now - It's going to be awesome no doubt c: Good Luck everyone! :D
      Azura (Cowes)

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      Getting so close now and is all getting very exciting but we are ready: we can do this, Cowes! <3
      Jaydene P (Cowes)

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      It was lovely to see the Laurance Haines rehearsal today. I would like to wish you lots of luck at Stevenage on Tuesday but most of all lots of fun too :)
      Mrs Norris (Kings Langley School)
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      Looking forward to seeing the Victory team on Sunday for the final full dress run before our heat at Stevenage on Tuesday. Will be good to you see you all performing to the max in costume and make-up - and to see it all "come alive" !
      Keep up the good work, guys :)

      Miss D (Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich)
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      Good luck to Arbroath Academy on Tuesday - lookin' good!
      Miss Kyle (Arbroath Academy, Scotland)
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      Feb 21st 2013

      Well done to Holme on Spalding Moor Primary - You were AMAZING!!!!!!
      Big congratulations to all those involved and to Mrs Levitt, Miss Woodhall, Mrs Brown and Mrs Binnington - U all did us Proud!!!!

      Jannine Roberts (Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School, East Yorkshire)
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      Cannot wait for our heats! Just under 2 weeks :O ... you can do it, Cowes!!!!
      Sophie (Cowes)
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      Come on, Preston, you can do it: you're all amazing!
      Well done, Mrs Parsons and Mrs Marks ... Preston rocks!!!

      Mrs Lees (Preston Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Feb 20th 2013

      Good Luck to the Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School Team in your first-ever Rock Challenge at Bridlington Spa tomorrow! We are so so proud of you and all your hard work and we'll be there cheering you on: GO ROCK IT!!!!!
      Jannine Roberts (Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Congratulations to Hornsea - you did us proud! What a superb team effort! It was amazing!
      Thank-you to everyone involved: it was a joy to watch x x

      Proud Parent (Hornsea Community Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Good luck hornsea !! Have fun xx
      Jackie Horn (Hornsea Community Primary School, East Yorkshire)

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      Just wanting to wish the best of luck to Hornsea Community Primary School, competing tonight at Bridlington Spa!
      Hoping for yet another win: they are brilliant and have worked really hard, and myself and all the Lunchtime Supervisors wish them every success!! Go Hornsea!!

      Jackie (Hornsea, East Yorkshire)

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      Congratulations to Headlands School for coming First Place at last night's heat at Bridlington Spa. What a BUZZ!
      The students have done us so proud yet again and it was a delight to be working backstage with such a good stage crew. And what a bonus to get set design!! Bring on the fun-filled day at the Grimsby Final in June. So excited!

      Sad not to see my friend John yesterday though: hope you're better for the finals!!!
      Well done Headlands. Grimsby is the next step - I can feel it in my "bones"!!
      Lots of Love - Miss Stabler x
      PS Can you believe this is my 14th Rock Challenge now?!
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      Miss S: SO sorry to have missed you all ... aargggghh ! MUCH better now ... expect to be driving up to Aberdeen on Friday ready for Saturday, then from there down to Stevenage on Sunday ready for Monday :)
      John xx (editing)

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      It's dated Feb 2, but I suspect some regular readers wouldn't want to miss this preview of the Brid Rock Challenges I've just found. It's from the "Goole - Howden Courier" newspaper: tinyurl.com/a5jj58p :))
      John (editing)
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      Rock Challenge is nearly here! Soooooooooo looking forward to the day!
      Good luck to everyone taking part, but especially my beautiful pa family at Ormiston! We will rock this. I love you guys! <3

      Shannon (Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich)
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      Good luck to hornsea primary school! Rock that stage and bring it yet again !!!
      Have really missed the excitement this year: it was my youngest daughter's last rock challenge last year and feel so sad that the secondary school are not entered this year because it would have been my other daughter's last one too :(
      Lianne Singleton (Parent - Hornsea Primary School, East Yorkshire)
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      This will be my last dance on the rock challenge night for some of my friends who will leave school this year but for the last time i am hoping that my school would win it again this year to make it a last great year all round
      Love from Eleanor F (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Feb 19th 2013

      -5C and visibility better than 10,000m this morning for the Invernesss Rock Challenge teams' journeys across the North of Scotland, -1C and visibility of around 100m in fog for those travelling to the Bridlington Rock Challenge ... stay safe, everyone !
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      8.15am update: East Yorkshire fog is clearing :)
      John (editing)
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      Feb 18th 2013

      Whooo! The "John o'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier" newspaper carried an article about tomorrow's Inverness Rock Challenge ! Read it at tinyurl.com/axy8kos :)
      John (editing)
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      Another "Whooo! The "Bridlington Free Press" newspaper is carrying an article about the Bridlington Rock Challenge ! Read it at tinyurl.com/aahuor5 :)
      John (editing)
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      A crisp -4C in Inverness this morning and an almost tropical +2C in Bridlington as the crews get ready to prepare for Rock Challenges in both tomorrow !! :)
      John (editing))
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      Feb 17th 2013

      Enjoyed Rock Challenge so much last year. Sadly unable to be involved this year but good luck to all the Portsmouth teams, especially South Downs, Portsmouth College and Mayfield!
      Matthew F (South Downs College, Waterlooville, Hampshire)>
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      Feb 16th 2013

      Jess has just emailed me to ask "Hey, is there any way we can buy wristbands or badges by school invoice before the event?" and Stage Manager Dave has already replied "Yep: they just need to email me direct and I'll post them out with an invoice when I'm next in the office."
      John (editing the website)

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      Just had a message from Dave at the BYBF: this year's RockaButton Badges are now also on sale on eBay :)

      There are in fact 3 different button badges this year ... I bought one of each at the Dundee Rock Challenge and they were soon decorating the Rock Challenge lanyard !

      Here's the short link to the eBay page:
      tinyurl.com/d53yef8
      (but the long one should you prefer it, is here:

      www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160976046533?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 )

      Enjoy !
      John (editing the website)
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      Feb 15th 2013

      Only 21 days until Oak Academy showcase at Bournemouth Pavilion.

      Being at rock challenge just for one day is such a buzzing experience. The natural hype you get is unreal.

      People who are not doing rock challenge - YOU ARE MISSING OUT! I would advise you to be a part of rock challenge next year (or even this year!). Just be a part of it: you don't have to dance ... you could do lighting, set, music ... ANYTHING you do at rock challenge will just give you a buzz.

      I also just want to wish luck to everybody that is competing at Bournemouth!
      Can't wait: we are here to smash it and that is indeed what we are going to do. GO OAK ACADEMY!:-)

      Abbie (Oak Academy, Bournemouth, Dorset)
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      We are all practising at school for the big day!
      Good luck to everyone!

      Lucy C (St Peter's CofE Primary School, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire)
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      I love to do rock challenge. It is fun with my friends
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Feb 14th 2013

      Yo rock challengers! Good luck to all of your performances!!
      This year Oak Academy are coming back with bigger and better stuff :)
      Can't wait to see old friends and new faces. Let's smash it!!
      GO OAK ACADEMY - WOOOO!!!!!!

      Shannon H and Abbie C (Oak Academy, Bournemouth, Dorset)
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      Feb 13th 2013

      Just heard the news: fantastic! Well done, Kinross! Can't wait to see the DVD :)
      Carol K (Kinross High School)
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      We are so looking forward to be back at the Waterfront Hall, performing with our school, Girls Model! Even though we won't be competing, we want to wish all the schools good luck and for everyone to have a good time!
      Morgan and Louise (Girls' Model School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Good luck to Kinross and all the other teams at the Dundee heat today! I'm so sorry we can't be there with you folks, but Jamie and I wish you all the best and can't wait to see the DVD! Also, all the best to team Mackaynab in the teacher dance off! X
      Mrs Moss (and James:), Kinross High School, Scotland)
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      Feb 12th 2013

      Cannot believe it is almost finally time for the 2013 Rock Challenge tour to start! Wish I could be up at the events starting over the next few days and weeks, but I cannot wait for Bradford!
      Just want to wish everyone the best and good luck. Hope you're all having fun, whether you're performing at your event or still rehearsing !

      Natasha
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      Feb 11th 2013

      I sooooo can't wait till the rock challenge! It's always a really enjoyable fantastic day: i love meeting the Rock Challenge Crew every year, seeing other schools performing, spending the day with my friends and meeting new ones ... i just love the whole day :)
      Anne and Sally work really hard every year: Roll on Rock Challenge !

      Subla (hoping I can be co-host again :), Southfield School, Bradford
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      Feb 10th 2013

      I loved doing rock challenge last year: it was fun with my friends (and they were great)
      Now it is great fun in rock challenge 2013, dancing with sally and anne xxxxxxxx

      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Feb 8th 2013

      Getting sooooooo excited for the start of the 2013 tour. Can't wait to see everyone again and all the performances. Good luck to everyone involved especially the new schools competing for the 1st time. Have a great tour, everyone!!
      Karen Mackay (St Benedict's Catholic High School, Whitehaven, Cumbria)
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      Feb 6th 2013

      The one-week-to-go picture (till the start of the 2013 UK Rock Challenge Tour, if you're asking :) is now out ! tinyurl.com/ajfcyjv
      Enjoy :)
      John (editing)
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      Absolutely buzzing for Rock Challenge this year: it's going to be fab!!! Good luck to everyone entering!!
      We can't wait to see all the performances on the day we're coming: counting down the days now.. Woooooo!!! xxxxxxxx

      Abi C and Emma G (Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich)
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      I like rock challenge and i want to do it again and make new friends!
      I like our teachers, Anna and Sally
      Have fun!

      Emily (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Feb 4th 2013

      A quick update on how The Sir John Colfox School Rock Challenge Team in Bridport are doing with their fundraising!
      Following on from the Big Breakfast organised by Katy B and which raised nearly £700, Alice H organised a bag-packing day at the local Co-op on Christmas Eve for which the Rock Challenge students gave up their time and raised an amazing £450. Then, at a fundraising event in the village hall to send a pupil to Africa, the team were kindly allowed to run a raffle at the same time. Katy and Alice and four other students got involved, helped out at this event AND raised £265 for the team too !
      Everyone is now practising hard and looking forward to Bournemouth in March :)
      Sara Cole (Sir John Colfox School's Team, Bridport, Dorset)
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      Feb 2nd 2013

      Can't wait for Rock Challenge 2013!!! Second time I'll be performing: loved the first time and this year just hope it's as good as it was last !!! Even though we didn't get to the final I had an amazing time!!! Best day of the year!!!<3
      Megan L (Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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      Feb 1st 2013

      Wooooo!!!! Can't wait for rock challenge! Our school is really looking forward to it - we all enjoy rock challenge soo much. I love doing it with my friends because it brings us all together as a Team :)
      Anne and Sally work really hard putting the rock challenge together every year. We all enjoy taking part in it: every year we enjoy meeting other schools and making new friends and watching the other schools performing!
      Roll on rock challenge! It's coming together nicely !!
      (And hopefully i MIGHT be the co-host again :)
      Subla xxxx (Southfield School, Bradford)

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      Jan 30th 2013

      THE COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED ! :)
      Quay Primary School Rock Challenge photo at tinyurl.com/awvmcbl :)
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      Jan 29th 2013

      I am sooooo "Rock Challenge" excited right now!!! Can't wait!!!
      Mrs Williams (Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, Dorset)
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      Jan 27th 2013

      I love to do rock challenge: they are great fun and make me happy ! And now Rock Challenge 2013 is coming up !!
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Jan 25th 2013

      Hoping you are surviving the cold weather! Stay warm, stay focussed! KGGS are thinking of you all.
      Georgia (Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Lincolnshire :)
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      I love to do dancing with sally and anne. Tessa is a good friend.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Nah, na na na na ! I'm wearing the 2013 Rocka teeshirt - OH YESSSSS !!
      Go to bit.ly/10R4wTJ to buy from UK Rock Challenge on eBay :)
      John (editing)

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      Jan 22nd 2013

      "Rock Challenge is a brilliant experience," said Mr Dagnell of St Paul’s Primary School in Paulsgrove, quoted on this page of the "The News" newspaper, Portsmouth.
      He went on to say "This is my second year and this year you can just see that their confidence has just grown immensely. It’s such a great opportunity for them. Children who don’t always excel in academic subjects come to us and have a really incredible experience. It has lots of benefits to all the children here."
      Click on the link to see a short video, filmed during their "circus skills" day !

      John (editing)
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      We can't wait for the rock challenge day to meet new schools and to have fun! Anne and Sally are working hard with us: our theme is great and you will love the music we have got :)
      See you all soon xx

      Kimberley and Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Jan 13th 2013

      I can't find any websites / any up-to-date websites for the following six teams:-
      • BISHOP EDEN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, Inverness, Invernesshire
      • FRANCIS ASKEW PRIMARY SCHOOL, Kingston upon Hull
      • ST JOHN'S RC HIGH SCHOOL, Dundee
      • SMITHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL, Smithton, Invernesshire
      • TIMMERGREENS PRIMARY SCHOOL, Arbroath, Angus
      • WEBSTER'S HIGH SCHOOL, Kirriemuir, Angus
      If anyone knows where any of the above school websites are, do PLEASE send them to me on john@arrowsmith.demon.co.uk so that I can update the website's 2013 Tour Calendar ?
      Many thanks - John (editing :)
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      Jan 12th 2013

      Millie B. from Hornsea School has designed the new Rock Challenge badge ! There's a picture here and it's great! :)
      John (editing)
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      The new 2013 Charity Wristbands have arrived at UK Rock Challenge HQ ! There's a picture here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jan 10th 2013

      Getting closer and closer to rock challenge! I'm so excited ...
      I can't believe it was like 7 months ago that Oakmead performed at the national finals (and congratulations to the winners, by the way!).
      Can't wait to meet new people and see what amazing talent they bring!
      All my love to my team at Oakmead :-) GO OAKMEAD!XXX

      Abbie (Oakmead College, Bournemouth)
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      Jan 4th 2013

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Good to see a short article in Wednesday's "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper looking forward to the six days of UK Rock Challenge events in that area this year !
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      JAN 1ST 2013

      ROCK CHALLENGE BUZZ! Time of year where preparation is very important but so exciting!
      Good luck to every one competing!

      Love everyone at Oakmead - southern premiership champions <3
      Jacquelyn (Oakmead College, Bournemouth, Dorset)
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      See you all at the Pavilion on March 11th, Jacquelyn ! (And remind the family to get there early - parking nightmare time :)
      ps and a Happy New Year !!
      John (editing :)

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      Dec 22nd 2012

      Hi!
      Can't wait for rock challenge. Such a good opportunity! SO PUMPED!!!
      Grace (Carisbrooke College, Newport, Isle of Wight)
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      You're not alone, Grace: there's a whole lotta crew and volunteers can't wait either !
      John (editing from home on a dark and soggy night in Yorkshire :)

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      Dec 16th 2012

      Wooo!! Courtney B from Little Flowers team is on the artwork for 2013 (on Northern Ireland, wearing blue) !!
      Only another 97 days until another amazing Belfast heat...

      Katie (Little Flower Girls' School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Thanks for that, Katie ! Have a great run-up period to the Belfast event.
      John (editing)

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      Dec 14th 2012

      Hello !

      I saw a cracking shooting star at just past midnight: one of the annual Geminids meteorite shower, perhaps.

      Well, no great shooting stars during what has been a mostly dull and wet day today (and probably no visible meteorites streaking across the sky tonight either) but UK Rock Challenge has come galloping to the rescue and put a smile on the face with their publication (just in time for the end of term, I hope) of the 2013 Artwork !!

      I've uploaded it to two places. It's a 392kb jpg file and you can download it either from

      www.rockchallenge.info/2013pstr.jpg (best place)

      or from

      docs.google.com/open?id=0B4k0zIgxnng1R3R3aWhmY19Fb0E (if you can sign in to Google)

      and don't forget - let me know if you spot anyone from your team (even you yourself ?!! How cool would that be ?! :)

      John, messaging and editing from wet Yorkshire
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Sir John Colfox Rock Challenge Team for getting news of their recent fundraiser at the Green Yard Cafe in Bridport into the online pages of the "View from Bridport" newspaper!
      There's more (and a photo) here.
      John (editing)
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      Dec 10th 2012

      Cannot wait to see what everyone's come up with this year! SO EXCITED!!!!!!
      Sophie (Producer, Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      Dec 7th 2012

      Looking forward to seeing all the schools perform at Grantham and Grimsby. Hope rehearsals are going well! :)
      Corinne and the KGGS Rock Challenge Team (Grantham, Lincolnshire)
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      Sorry your message was late getting on the page, Corinne: only just got home from Clothes Show Live at the NEC :)
      John (editing)

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      Dec 3rd 2012

      So excited for the day! Can't wait to experience the day and get to know all of the other teams :)
      Come on, Cowes: let's give it our best!

      Jack L (Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight)
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      COWES ARE COMING TO GET YOU! 93 DAYS! :)
      We're all so excited and we hope everybody else is too - roll on March 7th! :D

      Megan (Producer, Cowes)
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      Hello :)
      It's a 1960 film, it's in black-and-white, it starts slowly, but (for stage crew) it's a lovely look at the life of a stagehand on load-in and setup day. Sure there's a lot of hemp rope around (and sandbags ??!), the electrical connections are wholly different and there's not a plastic tie anywhere but it's still a great glimpse into backstage.
      Filmed at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, and Part 2 is missing :-/
      Despite that, enjoy :)
      https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HXRvmoHxsM
      John (editing>
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      Nov 27th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School Rock Eisteddfod Team for the coverage they got in today's "Parramatta Advertiser" newspaper !
      There's more here
      John (editing)

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      Nov 25th 2012

      I love to do rock challenge !!!!!!
      I liked buttershaw's: it was good.
      My school is great at dancing.
      Sally and Anne are my friends and are good dancers.
      I would like to do cinderella in rock challenge.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford)
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      Nov 24th 2012

      An update on the Sir John Colfox Rock Challenge Team's Big Breakfast in Bridport tomorrow: it runs from 9am to 1pm, there's a full English breakfast with toast, tea, filter coffee or orange juice for just £6. A veggie option is available and a raffle is being run as well. The whole event has been organised by Katy (part of the rock challenge team) and her Mum Sara: they're being backed up on the day by a team of helpers from the Rock Challenge group.
      They are hoping to provide in excess of 100 breakfasts. Many local businesses have donated food and raffle prizes - a list will be available on the day.
      Bridport ... east of Lyme Regis, west of Weymouth and Dorchester, just north of the fabulous Jurassic Coast ... breakfast to help the team, then fossil-hunting (and the weather could be dry in the morning :)
      John (editing on a dark damp night in Yorkshire)
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      Nov 22nd 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Good Luck to the Sir John Colfox School Rock Challenge Team's "Big Breakfast" at the Green Yard Café
      (just down Barrack Street, which is opposite the East Street car park) in Bridport on Sunday the 25th, part of the fundraising effort for their entry in the 2013 UK Rock Challenge Event on March 11th at the Bournemouth Pavilion!
      That news item came from yesterday's edition of the "view from Bridport & West Bay" newspaper in Dorset :)
      John (editing)
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      Nov 18th 2012

      I can't wait for the rock challenge to start!
      It is my last one: after it, I will leave school.
      I shall see you all there :)
      Emily (Southfield School, Bradford, UK)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Dapto Public School Rock Eisteddfod Team for the publicity they received in the "Illawarra Mercury" newspaper following the televised show !

      There's more here - plus a good photo.
      John (editing)

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      Nov 15th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Woolooware High School Rock Eisteddfod Team for the coverage they've achieved today in the "St George & Sutherland Shire Leader" newspaper, reporting on their win in the Open competition on TV last weekend !

      You can read more - and see a photo - here.
      John (editing)

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      Nov 11th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Peterhead Academy UK Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they've achieved in Saturday's "Buchan Observer" newspaper !
      There's more here.
      Many thanks to Vanessa at Firpark School for spotting this one ! :)
      John (editing)

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      Nov 9th 2012

      Hi All !
      Can’t wait for February and the shows at Stevenage. Twelve Hertfordshire Schools and - over the three days - five Premier Schools showcasing. It’s got to be the best we have ever had in Hertfordshire.
      Good luck to all the schools taking part: Rock Challenge is an unbelievable experience, even for me on the sidelines :)

      Bud Windeler (Druglink Schools Liaison Officer)
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      Nov 5th 2012

      Just popping in to post my first message of the new tour! :D
      So so so very excited to still be involved with Rock Challenge - can't wait to volunteer at Bradford!!
      Hope everyone's auditions/rehearsals are going well ? Really looking forward to the 2013 tour... woo!

      Natasha R
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      Nov 2nd 2012

      Well ... we didn't win £100 for the Be Your Best Foundation supporting UK Rock Challenge, but "Thanks!" to those who tried ! :)
      EasyFundraising actually passed the £4,000,000 mark at 19:30:35 on 31st October 2012, and the winners of the two £100 prizes up for grabs were ... in second place (35 seconds out) Keith Dawson supporting TAME Community First Responders, and in first place was Roger Verrall supporting St Mary’s Church, Banbury.
      John (editing)
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      Oct 31st 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Mitchelton State High School Rock Eisteddfod Team for the coverage they achieved in Quest's "North-West News" newspaper today !

      There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Oct 30th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE NEWS:
      Congratulations to the Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School Rock Eisteddfod Team, featured in a behind-the-scenes documentary on Saturday, ahead of the TV Final to be aired on the GO! channel on November 10th !

      There's more on this page from the "Hills News" newspaper :)
      John (editing)

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      Oct 25th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:

      It's been a good week for the Humberside Police Lifestyle Team, for they've won a £5,000 grant from the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to help support Rock Challenge in their area!


      The story was covered in the "Driffield Times & Post", the Pocklington Post", and the "Hull Daily Mail" newspapers.

      A HUUUUGE "Thank-you !!" goes to everyone who supported the Humberside Police Lifestyle bid by voting for them on the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund website!

      John (editing)
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      Oct 20th 2012

      Once again a team of the world's best athletes will be running the Bupa Great South Run ...AND WE'LL BE RUNNING TOO!

      Be Your Best Rock Challenge athletes Kat Aves, David Beal, Hannah Cook, Tim MacFarlane, Shaun Ryan
      (first time), Cory Sanderson, Paul Sanderson, Iain Small, Lorna Small and Richard Wallace (first time) will be tackling the world's leading 10-mile road event this October in Southsea, Hampshire. Cory Sanderson will also be running in the Mini Great South Run too, for the third consecutive year!

      These gruelling runs take place on October 27th (Mini Great South Run) and 28th (the 10-mile Great South Run) and the team are already training hard to beat last year's times!

      Please donate as much as you can to show your support for the team and help fund the 2013 Rock Challenge events, which change so many lives every year. Every penny helps to keep the initiative going and now, more than ever, every donation, no matter how small, is needed to help bring the initiative to as many young people, schools, and communities as possible. We raised almost £1200 last year so we'd love to get close to that mark again ... or even surpass it!

      Making a donation through CharityGiving is simple. charitygiving.co.uk is operated by The Dove Trust, a charity with almost 30 years' experience of helping individuals, charities and good causes globally, so your giving is safe and secure.

      CharityGiving will reclaim gift aid tax on your donation (if you are a UK taxpayer), meaning any donation is worth around 25% more. They also charge less than most other fundraising websites, so more money goes to this great cause!

      Anyone who knows me will tell you that a ten mile run will be more than a push for me! Any support you are able to offer will certainly help encourage me to keep running!!

      If you would like to support us, you can do so through this link..

      Thanks again for your support! If you can make it down to Portsmouth on the 27th or 28th to show your support for the team please come down to the roadside and look out for our t-shirts!

      Dave Beal (General Manager / Stage Manager – Be Your Best Foundation)
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      Oct 16th 2012

      Dear Rock Challenge Supporter,

      I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Be Your Best Foundation. I'm sure you already know how much we appreciate your support, and how invaluable your feedback is to us as we strive to develop and sustain Rock Challenge (RC) throughout the UK. Indeed, it is this feedback from students, staff and supporters which is so powerful when we are seeking continuing and new support. We have often said how much we wish we could have some of you with us to speak about your RC experiences first hand.

      To get as close to this as possible we have decided to compile your stories and experiences into something a little more formal – so much of what we have currently is what the staff and directors have picked up when chatting to you, or via emails about something else. But of course, we need your help for this.

      We are asking that anyone who has a story to tell about their involvement in RC submit it to us and we will compile these into a booklet that we can share as appropriate. I'm suggesting no more than perhaps 200/300 words so that we can include as many as possible. To give you a couple of examples of what we're looking for:

      • I know of a pupil who was rehearsing for her school performance when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour; her motivation to recover was driven by her absolute determination to be on stage with her school the following year – and she was!
      • On this year's tour a student rep, who was also one of the lead performers for her school, told the audience how she had not always been a 'star pupil' and had been in quite a lot of trouble; being in RC had turned her life around, given her a real purpose.
      I hope this gives you a flavour of what we are looking for. Your story need not be monumental or serious; we want to show the joy and influence RC can bring. It might be that the decision about what course to undertake at university was as a direct result of involvement or, for teachers, has influenced your professional path. It may been that there are students who have now moved on whose story is relevant– if they are now out of contact, perhaps someone else could write it for us (although this would obviously be anonymous.) Perhaps there are parents who would like to tell us about their own or their children's experiences.

      Otherwise I would ask that pieces include your name, school/college and age (as appropriate!).

      Please submit these – preferably as word documents – to me at janclarke105@tiscali.co.uk or to Dave Beal at david.beal@bybf.org.uk if you prefer, or even in writing to: Be Your Best Foundation, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FD.

      If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to being overwhelmed by your response, as usual!

      Jan Clarke
      (Vice Chair, Director of the Be Your Best Foundation)
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      Oct 6th 2012

      Too old to be a student member of a Rock Challenge® team? Still want to be part of the Rock Challenge experience?

      We always welcome volunteers to come along and embrace the unique experience of working with the crew at a Rock Challenge event, so ... the 2013 UK Rock Challenge Volunteer Application form is now available !

      We'd love to see you helping out at one of our events next year: if you think you are able to, grab a form, read through all the details first and then, if you think it's do-able for you, fill it in and send it off.

      Yes, it's a loooong day but it gives you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes, gets you closer to the Rock Challenge Crew, and enables you to meet other like-minded people also willing to give up some of their time to help support the proven teamwork-building, confidence-boosting, skills-enhancing, drugs-reducing, adrenaline-blasting, energy-filled inspiration that is UK Rock Challenge®.

      The requirements change a little every year so DO check the details carefully before you fill in the form; there's a section on referees and - newly detailed for this year - a Rock Challenge Volunteer Accreditation Scheme that you might tick as being interested in ... if you do then you'll learn more about it :)

      Prefer an MS-Word application form ? Go to www.rockchallenge.info/Volapps.docx

      Prefer a pdf file ? Go to www.rockchallenge.info/Volapps.pdf

      If you're going for this then Good Luck ! Hope you love it as much as we do !!

      John (editing)
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      Sept 24th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Oasis Academy Wintringham Rock Challenge Team for the long piece about their "It's Time for Africa" performance in today's online "Grimsby Telegraph" newspaper!
      Read the article here.
      John (editing)
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      Could YOU be either a UK Rock Challenge Youth Ambassador or a UK Rock Challenge Regional Representative ? To find out more, click on Regional Representative or Youth Ambassador :)
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      Sept 18th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to Tayla Campbell of the Northmead High School Rock Eisteddfod Team for getting the "Don't text while driving!" message across in today's edition of the "The Standard" newspaper.
      Read the story here - watch the video that inspired the performance here
      John (editing)

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      UK LIAISON TEACHERS: REMEMBER to contact the Rock Challenge office as soon as you can (today ?!) to check that the Entry Form (Part 1) that you emailed or faxed in was actually received if you haven't already. If it wasn't for any reason, then you're still not on the entry list for your event ... go on ... call them now or email sammy or sam at rockchallenge.co.uk :)
      John (editing)
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      Sept 16th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      A big fat "Congratulations!" to the Kangaroo Island Community Education Centre Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team for this piece of news coverage they got in the "The Islander" newspaper
      . You can read the story here
      John (editing)

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      Sept 7th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Morisset High School Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (New South Wales, AU) for the piece about them in today's "Lakes Mail" newspaper! Read the report here.
      John (editing)

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      Sept 6th 2012

      Can you do cinderella in rock challenge!
      I liked buttershaw - it was good school.
      My school is good at dancing, with Sally and Anne.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford, UK)
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      Sept 3rd 2012

      VOTE TO SUPPORT ROCK CHALLENGE IN HUMBERSIDE !

      I sent out a message early in August that asked readers to show their support for the Humberside Police "Lifestyle" team. They have supported UK Rock Challenge every step of the way in the Hull / East Yorkshire / North Lincolnshire areas ever since they first introduced it to the North back in 1997.

      The Lifestyle Team (basically that's Kate and Lisa :) have been nominated for one of two £5000 Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund awards to be given in their local area: winning this would enable them to further develop their support for the Rock Challenge events held in Bridlington, Grimsby and Hull.

      It doesn't which part of Global Rock Challenge you compete in (or you don't take part in it at all), whether you're young or old: if you think that having Rock Challenge available to young people anywhere is valuable, then please please please text 'VOTE HU1' to 61119 !

      DO IT NOW: voting closes at midnight on Sunday but don't wait - TEXT 'VOTE HU1' to 61119 to support Rock Challenge in Humberside ! (To avoid the cost of a mobile text, or if you are outside the UK, click here to vote online!

      Thank-you :)
      John (editing)

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      Sept 2nd 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to everyone in the following list for having achieved coverage in their local or regional newspapers ! Here goes:


      John (editing)

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      Aug 24th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Lyndhurst Secondary College Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Cranbourne, Victoria, AU) for getting news of their performance in Melbourne's RAW division on the 9th August into today's edition of the "Cranbourne News" newspaper ! There's more here (though the photo didn't load for me).
      John (editing)

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      Aug 23rd 2012

      Congratulations to Dapto Public School (Horsley, New South Wales, AU) for yet another fantastic J-Rock performance. You guys really do rock!
      Mark and Sharon

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      In England, Wales and Northern Ireland it's the day the GCSE results are published. Good Luck, everyone !
      John (editing)
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      Aug 22nd 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      A big "Well Done !" to the St Peter's Anglican Primary School J-Rock Team
      (Cambelltown, New South Wales, AU) for the piece they got in the "MACARTHUR Advertiser" newspaper. (St. Peter's took the "People's Choice" award in the online global competition in 2011.) You can read more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 21st 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (New South Wales, AU), for not only is there news of their "The Last Message" production (due to be performed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday) in today's edition of the "BLACKTOWN Sun" newspaper but also of their linked efforts to get young drivers in particular not to text while driving.
      There's much more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 20th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      A big "Congratulations!" to the Cranebrook High School Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (New South Wales, AU) for the article they've got in the "Penrith Press" newspaper (and the great collection of "Katsu" rehearsal photos). There's more to see here.
      John (editing)

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congrats to the Colyton High School Trade School Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Sydney, New South Wales, AU) for getting coverage in today's edition of the Mt. Druitt "The Standard" newspaper ! (Hope Wednesday's final rehearsal of "Ideal Family" goes well :) There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 19th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      "Well Done!" to the North Rocks Public School J-Rock Team
      (Sydney, New South Wales, AU) for getting news of their upcoming performance of "Sports Spectacular" at the Sydney Entertainment Centre tomorrow into today's issue of the "Parramatta Advertiser" newspaper ! Read more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 16th 2012

      English, Welsh and Northern Irish Rock Challengers' A-Level results are out today: Good Luck !
      Going to Uni for the first time ? Read this: Guide to Student Loans.
      Opening a student bank account ? Read this: Guide to Student bank Accounts.
      Going into Clearing ?
      Daily Telegraph app:
      Guardian: what not to say on the phone and
      How to succeed at clearing
      The Independent: Page of Helpful Links.
      John (editing :)

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      Aug 14th 2012

      Congrats to Fairhills High School on placing Joint First (with St Columba's) on the 10th. We couldn't be prouder of you all!!!! You're amazing!!!!
      Also congrats to Brunswick on placing 3rd! What a fantastic show every school put onto that stage!

      Bec L (Fairhills High School, Knoxfield, Victoria, AU)

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      Aug 12th 2012

      HUGE congratulations to St Columba's for the massive effort they put in to win the 2012 Premier Division jointly with Fairhills College. So proud of all the girls. Enjoy the glory.........
      Karen W (St Columba's College, Essendon, Victoria, AU)

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      Congratulations St.Columba's College. The Global Financial Crisis is indeed a very grim tale.
      Joy W

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      Congratulations to St Columbas on your fabulous joint win in Friday's Rock Eisteddfod in Melbourne !
      Jenny (St. Columba's)

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      Aug 11th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Berwick Primary School J-Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Melbourne, Victoria, AU) for getting news of their performance of "1519 Spice Up Your Life" at the Hisense Arena on Tuesday into yesterday's edition of the "Berwick Leader" newspaper ! There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Huge congratulations to St Columba's on their First Place in Friday's Melbourne Rock Eisteddfod Challenge!
      Bill (St Columba's)

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      Aug 9th 2012

      UK Rock Challenge Event Manager Tim's comments on this year's Photo Competition: "It's been the best ever competition this year by quite some ways both in the number of entries we've received and the quality of photos!". You can see the 24 of the shortlisted photos here :)
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the Fairhills High School Rock Eisteddfod Team
      (Knoxfield, Melbourne, AU) for getting news of their production of "People over Profit" (tackling the issue of corporate greed) into the "KNOX WEEKLY" newspaper ! There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 8th 2012

      Congrats to all those Scottish team members who did well in their Highers, and Good Luck to all those waiting for the A2 components of their A-Level exams ! Now, before you open up a student bank account with the first-available offering, READ THIS ARTICLE from the MoneySavingExpert website ! :)
      John (editing)
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      As many of us know, the Humberside Police "Lifestyle" team have supported UK Rock Challenge every step of the way in the Hull / East Yorkshire / North Lincolnshire areas ever since they first introduced it to the North back in 1997.

      They've been nominated for one of two £5000 Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund awards to be given in their local area: winning this would enable them to further develop their support for their Rock Challenge events held in Bridlington, Grimsby and Hull.

      Text 'VOTE HU1' to 61119 or (to avoid mobile phone charges) visit tinyurl.com/brbk59u to read what they say and to click on the 'VOTE NOW' button !


      John (editing)
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      Aug 3rd 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the Marian College, Ararat Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Melbourne, Victoria, AU) for getting a report on their preparations into today's "The Ararat Advertiser" newspaper ! There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Aug 1st 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congrats to the Peterhead Academy Rock Challenge Team for the smashing report they've got in today's "Buchan Observer" newspaper !
      Read much more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 30th 2012

      Lochardil loved participating in Rock Challenge 2012 and it is great to see all the videos uploaded on the Global Rock Challenge website!
      Looking forward to the Inverness 2013 event...

      Mr. Cook (Lochardil Primary School, Inverness, Scotland)

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      Jul 26th 2012

      The videos on globalrockchallenge.com TV of 7 of the National Finals teams have been updated with the National Finals performances. Three teams (Fraserburgh, Oakmead, and Peterhead) all said they’d prefer their regional finals videos to stay on the site instead of the Nationals, so their wishes have been granted :)

      If any of the other 7 teams wish to keep their regional finals videos on globalrockchallenge.com rather than their Nationals videos, that can still be arranged: please contact me using tim at rockchallenge.co.uk

      Tim Macfarlane (Event Manager, UK Rock Challenge)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Freedom Road Creative Arts Group Rock Challenge Team for the report they've got in the online edition of the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper following their win in the inaugural northern UK Rock Challenge Youth Division event in Hull's New Theatre !
      You can read more here.
      John (editing
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      Jul 25th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to UK National Final Winners the Kings Langley School Rock Challenge Team for getting an item into the "Watford Observer" newspaper !
      There's more here.
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the St. Patrick's College Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Launceston, Tasmania) for getting a piece about their "The Garden of Illusion" performance into yesterday's "The Examiner" newspaper ! There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Jul 24th 2012

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      A big "Well Done!" to the Cockermouth School Rock Challenge Team for getting their 2nd place in the UK National Final into today's edition of the "Times & Star" newspaper !
      You can read more here.
      John (editing)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the Gladstone Park Secondary College Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Team
      (Melbourne, AU) for the piece in today's issue of the "HUME WEEKLY" news about their forthcoming entry called "Face Your Fears" ! There's more here
      John (editing)

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      Jul 23rd 2012

      ROCK CHALLENGE IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Kings Langley Rock Challenge Team for getting a National Final news item into the "Watford Observer" newspaper !
      You can read it here.
      John (editing)
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      A massive "Congratulations!" to COCKERMOUTH school for the amazing result from yesterday. It's a wonderful achievement that each and every one of you thoroughly deserves. Makes me very proud to have been involved for so many years and wish I was younger again!
      Love - Sammy (ex Cockermouth pupil)
      ps. Hey Emma: congrats!!!

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the Ryde Academy Rock Challenge Team for getting this story about their performance in the National Final yesterday into today's edition of the "Isle of Wight County Press" newspaper !

      John (editing)
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      I'm writing this from the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides, having just seen the brilliant result on the Rock Challenge website! Sorry I wasn't able to be with you but could hear the screams from here when the results were announced!
      Well done and thank-you to the cast, staff, helpers, parents and supporters - we couldn't have done this without your dedication and enthusiasm. You CAN now enjoy a well-deserved rest!

      Geoff Walker (Headteacher, Cockermouth School, Cumbria, UK)
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      All the "Countdown" videos can now be found from THIS page.
      John (editing :)
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      Jul 22nd 2012

      TODAY'S NATIONAL FINAL RESULTS

      ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL, Arbroath, Angus: the Global Rock ChallengeTM Award for Hair Design, and the TEGA Award for Lighting Design

      COCKBURN- A SPECIALIST SCHOOL IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, Leeds, West Yorkshire: the Visions Unlimited Award for Video Performance, the Think! Rock Challenge®: Stay Alert on the Roads Award for Entertainment, and the Ansvar Insurance Performers' Choice Award

      COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL, Cockermouth, Cumbria: the Janome Award for Costume Design, and overall SECOND PLACE

      FRASERBURGH ACADEMY, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire: the Genesis Community Award for Soundtrack

      KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire: the Think! Rock Challenge®: Stay Alert on the Roads Award for Drama Skills, the Think! Rock Challenge®: Stay Alert on the Roads Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge, and overall FIRST PLACE

      OAKMEAD COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, Bournemouth, Dorset: the Ansvar Insurance Award for Concept Interpretation

      PETERHEAD ACADEMY, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire: the Be Your Best Foundation Award for Set Design, the Be Your Best Foundation Award for Stage Crew, and overall FOURTH PLACE

      RYDE ACADEMY, Ryde, Isle of Wight: the Global Rock ChallengeTM Award for Staging, the Think! Rock Challenge®: Stay Alert on the Roads Award for Performance Skill, and overall THIRD PLACE

      THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL, Romsey, Hampshire: the Global Rock ChallengeTM Award for Concept Originality

      THORNTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Bradford, West Yorkshire: the Sew n So Award for Make-Up Design, the Think! Rock Challenge®: Stay Alert on the Roads Award for Choreography, and overall FIFTH PLACE
      Posted up at 3.25am Monday - will check for accuracy later (ie towards midday :)
      John (editing)


      Jul 21st 2012

      From Kings Langley School to all the schools travelling 100s of miles to the finals - YOU ROCK!! See you tomorrow :)
      Katharine H (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Just about to set off to go to the National Final and would like to say Good Luck to everyone competing tomorrow: you ARE all winners.
      Thanks to the Rocka Crew and Be Your Best Foundation for an AWESOME tour this year: have loved every minute of it. Bring on 2013 xxx

      Karen Mackay (Rocka Volunteer from St Benedict's School, Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK)
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      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Less than 24 hours!! Till NATIONALS 2K12 :D
      GOOD LUCK to all the schools! We're all gonna be amazing!! And smash it!!

      Fiona A (KLS #KLSdreamreemteam)
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      A massive thank-you to everyone who has helped kings langley get this far. I know we can pull this off - we always do
      Looking forward to seeing all the other schools and talent there is.
      Early start tomorrow but milton keynes, kings langley is coming!
      Neve W (KLS)

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      Jul 20th 2012

      ALMOST there !!! Dan's "TWO DAYS TO GO TO THE UKRC NATIONAL FINAL" video, featuring the Arbroath High School Rock Challenge Team: "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."
      John (editing)

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      See you all Sunday! Good luck, everyone (but particularly #klsdreamreemteam :)
      Mrs Norris x (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Can't believe the national final has finally come! Oh wow. I'm more than sure it's gonna be an amazing show, and it makes me so proud to say I was part of rock challenge 2012! (And have loved every single second :)

      But now, a massive good luck to all the schools competing in the national final, wishing you all the best. Watched all the performances and you're all beyond amazing so GOOD LUCK :D

      Natasha R (Tong High School, Bradford, UK)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS: Good to see tonight's Rock Eisteddfod Challenge at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania getting coverage in today's online edition of the "The Mercury" newspaper ! There's more here.
      John (editing)

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      Jul 19th 2012

      THREE days to go! Getting yet more exciting !
      Dan's video tonight features the Cockburn School Specialist Status in the Performing Arts Rock Challenge Team.
      "The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day..."
      John (editing)

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      I liked rock challenge: it was good fun to dance with you.
      I would like to see cinderella in rock challenge !!!
      I liked buttershaw - it was a good school.
      My school is best. Tessa danced with me and kim. She is good at rock challenge.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford, UK)
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      Jul 18th 2012

      It's on YouTube - the "Four Days To Go" countdown video ! It highlights the performance by the Oakmead College of Technology Rock Challenge Team: "One family's choice leads to the heart-breaking loss of their young son."
      John (editing)

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      Good luck to Cockburn! You really impressed UCC at Grimsby and we all hope you do REALLY well at the national final!! xxx
      BTW... the fish are AWESOME!!! xxx :D

      Esther H, Bethany M, Jessica P and Mollie I x (Ullswater Community College, Penrith, Cumbria, UK)
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      Jul 17th 2012

      FIVE days to go and Dan's countdown video is here, featuring the Kings Langley School Rock Challenge Team letting you "...see how events occur without explanation, time loses its normal sense of flow, and the impossible occurs as a matter of course :)
      John (editing)
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      AHHHHHHH! 5 days! Woooooo! Love the videos rock challenge have made: so amazing!
      Today we did a flashmob at our school: was so good. The whole school watched and it has set us up for Sunday!
      Cannot wait to see all of the schools: everyone is going to be AMAZING! So excited!!!

      Jack N (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire)
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      So the National Final is only five days away? WOW! So excited for it all ... still can't believe this is actually all happening!
      Good luck to everyone! Really looking forward to Sunday #klsdreamreemteam !

      Owen H (KLS)
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      Jul 16th 2012

      Rather later in the day than yesterday and the day before (Dan blames it on the sloooow internet link at the Holiday Inn in Hull :), here's the "Six Days To Go" countdown video link, featuring the Mountbatten School Rock Challenge Team: youtu.be/iKX6L7XjDGk

      "As her curiosity grows, she unites with the broken people to unveil the horrifying truth..."
      John (editing)

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      With many thanks to the Be Your Best Foundation, the results of the 2012 Evaluation Questionnaires distributed to student participants in the Junior Rock Challenge® and the Rock Challenge® are now available as .doc files: the results of those distributed to Team Liaison Teachers are also available.

      Please click below in order to get to the one(s) you'd like to read :)

      John (editing)
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      Jul 15th 2012

      It's now 7 days to go and today's countdown video features the Cockermouth School Rock Challenge Team.
      "Follow us as we journey with three brothers who use their magical powers to cheat death."
      John (editing)

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      One more week to go, one more week 'til nationals,
      One more week 'til we get on stage and strut our stuff,
      ONE MORE WEEK 'TIL NATIONALS!!!!

      Hope you all like my little song ;)

      Aahhhhhhh i'm just a little bit excited. Can you tell? Hope everyones rehearsals are going well? I know kl's are!
      And the school travelling 1000miles ?!?!?!?! Now THAT is dedication !! Hope you have a safe journey!
      Good luck to all the teams at the nationals ! Can't wait for the day! Let's go and have the best day ever!

      Love - alice xxxxxxxxxxxx (Kings Langley)
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      Can't believe it's only 7 days until nationals! Soo excited!!!!! Good luck to all the schools performing and their back-stage crews and also to the rock challenge team !
      Let's go, cockermouth, LET'S GO!!

      Steph S (Cockermouth School, Cumbria, UK)
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      One week to go and I'm reminded every minute, as my kitchen is once again full of make-up and hair accessories. At some point this week we will all be covered in glitter as we make last minute preparations.
      I was going to say that I'm not looking forward to the early start on Sunday but compared to most schools our journey is easy, and it's going to be great to meet the Northern and Scottish Rockas.
      Sleep well this week, everyone: we'll need the energy. Good luck to everyone at MK. See you all next week!!

      Mrs Norris xx (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Wow.. Well, counting the sleeps now until the nationals.. I have a very excited girlie in our house who seems fit to burst with excitement. (Oh ... okay then, so am I....!)
      Cannot wait to see all the amazing schools perform. Could watch Rock Challenge every week and still be blown away by the talent and high standards. Good luck to each and every one taking part!
      A special good luck to all at Kings Langley: you are truly inspirational and I'm sure you will all give a million percent with that special KLS sparkle, and show truly what 'be your best' stands for :)

      Love - Mrs C xx (Kings Langley)
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      The UKRC National Final Countdown 2012 has begun over on YouTube, with a 1m 51s video featuring the Thornton Grammar School Rock Challenge Team (and here's an extract from their theme: "People don't realise just how hard it can get, To not disappoint without feeling regret").
      John (editing)

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      OMG i can't believe nationals are only 7 days away! It has gone sooo quickly!
      As ever, kings langley are ready to show everyone what we've got and why we deserve to be in nationals!
      We can't wait to perform and to see all the other schools: good luck to all the other schools that are there performing - can't wait to see all your performances!
      Come on, kings langley!
      I know we can amaze everyone as we have done many times before! Wooooo!
      Shannon xx (I'm counting down the days! :)
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      Jul 13th 2012

      Can't believe Moresby School has won a National Award! As this is my last Rock Challenge with the school I just want them and all the Rock Challenge Crew to know how much this means to me as I go into retirement. Well done, everyone involved. This memory will last forever.
      Trish Adams (Moresby Primary School, Whitehaven, Cumbria)
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      Thanks to Tim, I've updated the list of nominees for UK Rock Challenge National Awards 2012 with the names of the winning teams !
      You'll find them here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 12th 2012

      Roughly 300 emails hit me today - each a notification that yet another UK Team's 2012 Video had been added to the website at www.globalrockchallenge.com !
      Not seen your particular team's performance on video yet ? Head straight on over to www.globalrockchallenge.com to do a search for them, and enjoy !
      John (editing)
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      Jul 10th 2012

      I like rock challenge: it was good for dancing with sally and anne
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford, UK)

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      Jul 9th

      Yaayy!! We've made it onto the list of National Award nominees!!! First time EVER!! What a fantastic year!
      Congratulations to all those who have been nominated this year: such an achievement in itself!
      Can't wait until Friday!! Good luck all xx

      Mrs W (Henry Cort Community College, Fareham, Hampshire, UK)
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      Hello.
      Tim at UKRC HQ has sent me the full list of those teams nominated for National Awards ! You can read the full list here.
      Good Luck to everyone nominated ! The results will be announced at the end of this week :)
      John (editing)
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      Jul 8th

      A Massive "Well Done!" to the Fraserburgh Academy Rock Challenge Team for getting a chance to go to Milton Keynes! So excited for you all.
      The next 2 weeks are going to be busy busy but we all know you can do it!
      Such a hard job to organise everything so quickly in such a short time, especially as most of the school is off on holiday. Great leadership skills from the S6 pupils: we are all very proud of you!
      David Blackhall (Fraserburgh Academy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

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      Jul 5th

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      A big "Well Done !!" to the Stanwix Primary School's Rock Challenge Team for getting an article in today's "News & Star" newspaper!
      There's more here.
      John (editing)
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      Good Luck to all the primary schools competing today at the Sands Centre in the Junior Event ! I can't wait to see all the fabulous performances that you've been working on!
      Naturally wishing Moresby Primary pupils and staff the very best of luck too: I hope you have a great time and really enjoy / enjoyed putting together your performances!
      Best wishes from all the Bennies Team xxx

      Karen Mackay (St Benedict's School, Whitehaven, Cumbria)
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      I've got my countdown on: only SEVENTEEN DAYS UNTIL THE NATIONAL FINAL! So excited! Honestly cannot wait to go!
      Good Luck to Peterhead! So proud of us for winning Northern Premier: it's still such a shock!
      Good Luck to our fellow Scottish National Finalists, Arbroath High School!
      Good Luck to our Northern Premier buddies Thornton Grammar School and Cockermouth School!
      Good Luck to the lovely Northern Open school Cockburn School!
      And a big Good Luck to all the Southern schools!!!

      Can't wait to see everyone perform! So excited: roll on the 22nd of July! :DThank-you to the Rock Challenge crew for making this all possible - love you guys loads!
      TURN IT UP! :)

      Katie D (Peterhead Academy, Scotland)
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      Jul 2nd

      Oh myy ... 20 more days until national finals in MK!
      Feel like my rock challenge crew is my second family at the moment! A huge "Thank-you!!" to all of our helpers who make us look fantastic, and another huge "Thank-you!!" to our 'Havs' ... we would not have got this far if is wasn't for you, miss
      Good luck to all the other schools competing and see you all soon!
      And finally, to all my fellow team mates ... LET'S GO, COCKERMOUTH, LET'S GO.. :D
      Bryony W (Cockermouth School, Cumbria, UK)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Well done to the Peterhead Academy Rock Challenge Team for the coverage they received on the STV Local News website !
      There's more here.
      Thanks to Emma Marshall for this find !
      John (editing)

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      Jul 1st

      What a shame: I'll miss the National Final (flying back home to Australia on the 12th July)
      Good luck to everyone !
      Jodie D (ex-Thornton Grammar)
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      Jun 29th

      As a director of the Be Your Best Foundation, I am always staggered by the level of performance of all teams, both in front of and behind the scenes: huge thanks and congratulations to everyone for your commitment and for making the dreams of the BYB board become reality.
      I have to add that last week in Grimsby made me so proud of the schools from Cumbria, both those who were there and those who weren't. All of you have helped to raise standards and aspirations over the years.
      Moresby, UCC, West Lakes - you were all amazing - and my 15 years of involvement with RC reached an emotional peak with Cockermouth winning a very worthy place in the National Final!! Conratulations and can't wait to see you all again in Milton Keynes.

      Jan Clarke (Director, Be Your Best Foundation)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Congratulations to the Howden School Rock Challenge Team for the piece about them in today's issue of the "Goole - Howden Courier" newspaper !

      You can read more here (and see the "toned" photograph" :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 28th

      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      There's a very nice article about the Quay Primary School UK Rock Challenge Team (first-ever Northern Junior Rock Challenge Champions) in this morning's "Bridlington Free Press" newspaper ! To read it in full (and see the photo), click here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 27th

      Just received a message from Tim at Rock Challenge: Ryde Academy from the Isle of Wight has been added to the list of teams in the National Final in Milton Keynes on July 22nd.
      I've updated the listing to show this on the "Tour Dates and Results" page.
      John (editing)
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      Jun 26th

      Congratulations to Cockermouth School and all the Cumbrian schools for an awesome set of performances over the past week!
      Thank-you to all the Rock Challenge team for making it all possible: we have just finalised our plans for Milton Keynes and are looking forward to being part of the National Finals!
      Milton Keynes, here we come!

      Miss Havard (Cockermouth School, Cumbria, UK)
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      Just a little message to say CONGRATULATIONS to Cockermouth School for coming 2nd in the Northern Premier Final and qualifying through to the National Final in Milton Keynes!! I am sooo proud of you all and also proud that I am part of the dream team!
      Can't Wait to do it all again in Milton Keynes! (I must be mad! :)
      See you all soon...

      Emma (Hair Design - Cockermouth School, Cumbria, UK)

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      There's a very nice piece in the online version of the "Hull Daily Mail" newspaper this morning, reporting on the successes of the Primary School Rock Challenge Teams from Quay, Hornsea and Gillshill in the very first regional Junior Rock Challenge Grand Final, and also on the success achieved by the Cottingham High School Rock Challenge Team !
      Read more online here
      John (editing)
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      Jun 25th

      If anyone has sent in messages this evening, they've possibly been lost in the clearmymail.com anti-spam system :-(
      Please re-send (I've closed my clearmymail account so it won't be getting between you and me any more :)
      John (editing)

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      This year, and for the first time ever, UK Rock Challenge has held a Primary Schools Final. It was judged on the performances of the teams taking part across the three days of the Northern Senior Finals, and the results can be seen here. Enjoy !
      John (editing)
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      The list of National Finalists has just been released ! Here it is...

      2012 THINK! STAY ALERT ON THE ROADS ROCK CHALLENGE® NATIONAL FINAL
      PRESENTED BY THE BE YOUR BEST FOUNDATION

      Milton Keynes Theatre - Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

      ARBROATH HIGH SCHOOL, Arbroath, Angus
      COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL, Cockermouth, Cumbria
      COCKBURN- A SPECIALIST SCHOOL IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, Leeds, West Yorkshire
      FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, Finchley, London
      KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire
      OAKMEAD COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, Bournemouth, Dorset
      PETERHEAD ACADEMY, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
      SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE, Waterlooville, Hampshire
      THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL, Romsey, Hampshire
      THORNTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Bradford, West Yorkshire

      Enjoy... !
      John (editing)

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      Thank you to all of the rock challenge crew for making the last 6 years of my life unforgettable. I don't know what I'd do without rock challenge: it genuinely has changed my life and has given me so many opportunities.

      I cannot believe that my time as a performer has ended, but I don't want my time with rock challenge to end!! How do I go about getting involved with helping next year?!


      Becki (Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Lincolnshire, UK)
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      Though this is a 2012 and not 2013 form, Becki, have a look at this page on the Rocka website ... it'll give you a good idea as to what's involved :)
      Old John (editing)


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      Congratulations to West Lakes for their victory at the Northern Open Final ! Go Cumbria!
      Hope your team got back safely through the floods. Took us seven hours but finally got everyone safely to their beds at 4.00am!

      Trish A (Moresby Primary School, Cumbria, UK)
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      Rock Challenge has been one of the best experiences ever: more than happy i got a chance to do it in my final year. It's been amazing working with the cast, crew and teachers: couldn't have wished for any better people to work with!

      So so soooo proud that we won the SPIRIT OF ROCK CHALLENGE award !! It means a lot to us at Tong. Just getting that makes us soo happy, so to then also get 3rd place is beyond amazing!

      Thank-you, rock challenge, for such a truly amazing event: i wish i could stay in school for ever if it meant i could do rock challenge every year!

      GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE IN THE NATIONAL FINAL! YOU ROCK IT!!

      I'm gonna miss rock challenge....


      Natasha (Tong High School, Bradford, UK)
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      A MASSIVE, HUGE WELL DONE to Ullswater, West Lakes, Cockermouth and Moresby Primary for your achievements in Grimsby. So good to see Cumbria being represented to such a high standard. Well done and look forward to seeing you all next year!
      Nichola and all the team at Bennies.
      (St Benedict's, Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK)

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      Jun 24th

      Well done to all in the rock challenge team from our school. We rocked last night and I can't wait to see if we won overall tomorrow.
      Good luck to all the other primaries we are against: you were all fantastic too!
      Come on, guys, we can win the first-ever Northern Primaries final !
      Megz T (Hornsea Community Primary School, East Yorkshire, UK)

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Yesterday's online copy of the "Nottingham Post" newspaper carries a news item about the participation by the East Bridgford St Peter's C of E Primary School UK Rock Challenge Team at the Northern Final.
      It's great to get this recognition by a newspaper in an area where East Bridgford is the only school that takes part !
      There's more here...
      John (editing)
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      Jun 22nd

      So ... tomorrow is the big day! Good luck to everyone competing at the northern premier final!! It's not been an easy year at KG, but we've made it and I want to thank all our amazing crew and dancers for their help.
      Everyone is so excited for tomorrow and we are even more excited to be joined by the guys from St Peter's Primary in East Bridgford! We wish everyone the best of luck and hope you all enjoy the day!

      From the KG choreographers (Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK)
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      Well done to cockburn, winning again ! We did really well, and so did the all the other schools ... well done !
      Enjoyed the whole day and can't wait for next year! So glad i met loads of new people.
      Thanks for a great day, Rock Challenge! See you next year... :)

      Megan C (Cockburn, Leeds, West Yorkshire)
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      GO ST.PETERS!!! We rock! We did it last year so we can this year too :)
      Mia F (East Bridgford St Peter's CofE Primary School, Nottinghamshire)

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      Good luck to all the other schools taking part in Grimsby on Saturday ... and good luck to us ! :)
      Lucy C (EBStP)
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      Good luck to tong high school and all the other schools taking part today !
      Mr Wreford (Tong High School, Bradford)
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      Jun 21st

      Good Luck Everyone! We rock ... hope you are ready to rock too!!! :)
      Year Five (East Bridgford St. Peter's Primary, Nottinghamshire)
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      The final is here!!! And it WAS worth getting up at 4am ! Ahhhhhhhh.... :)
      Good luck to all the other schools too!

      Love - Ruby XXX (UCC)
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      Up super super early and now in Grimsby for the final! Can't wait!!
      Good luck to all the other schools !!

      Let's go, UCC!
      Shannon
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      In grimsby now and really EXCITED!!!
      Alice (UCC)
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      On the coach to Grimsby! Good luck ucc! X
      Anna S (UCC)
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      And I'm inside - LOUD soundcheck in progress :)
      John (editing)

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      Jun 20th

      COME ON UCC FOR THURSDAY!
      We can do this, guys. Just remember: act it, use your face, and have the best time ever! :D
      If we all work together it's going to look amazing. Let's pull it out the bag!
      Good luck to all the other teams competing Thursday as well !
      See all of you UCC guys at 5.50am sharpish...
      CAN'T WAIT :D

      Alison H (UCC)
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      I cannot control my excitement for the final tomorrow:D! Good luck to everyone else who is taking part in the Grimsby finals over the next few days! xx
      Beth (St Andrews College)
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      Good Luck to everyone involved in the Northern Finals, especially the Cumbrian teams (show them how we do it over here :)
      Big shout-out to Moresby Primary School for getting to perform their piece at the final: have an amazing time, guys xxx
      Mrs Mackay (St Benedict's School, Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK)
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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Great to see that the Little Flower Girls' School Rock Challenge Team have received coverage in today's "Belfast Telegraph" newspaper of their upcoming appearance in the Northern Finals !

      There's more here.
      John (editing)
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      Wow! Grimsby on Saturday! We are so excited to be going and over the moon that we got the chance! Good luck to everyone there: we can't wait to meet you and see your performances.

      Special good luck to the school that inspired us to do Rock Challenge in the first place - KGGS (Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School) who have had a rocky road this year with putting on Rock Challenge but ... thanks to Mrs Clayton, Mr Smith, Maddie's amazing Mum and Dad, Becky, Chloe, Maddie and the other inspired choroegraphers and dedicated staff and fantastically brilliant girls who work so hard ... IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! You all embody the spirit of Rock Challenge and make our team feel good by your unfailing enthusiasm and support
      .

      Here's to the St. Peter's team - well done, enjoy yourselves and BE YOUR BEST, EAST BRIDGFORD ST. PETER'S CREW !!
      Julie M (EBSP C of E Primary School, Nottinghamshire, UK)
      ps John, we are looking forward to the big hug!
      pps Wendy, you get a free hug too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      I really enjoyed rock challenge! This is my first year and it was really great! We may have not got a placing but we really tried and it was a great experience! I came away from rock challenge with new friends, more self-belief, and a smile!! I WILL be participating next year!!!!
      Cara (Crickhowell High School, Powys, Wales)
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      About a day now, girls! Good luck - hope all goes well on the night (just like in rehearsals xxxxx :);) xx
      Buddy (Emily) xxxx (Ullswater Community College, The Lake District, UK)

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      UCC go to the Northern Final in just 22 hours' time !!
      Can't wait to go to Grimsby: it's getting up at 5:30 that scares me! Came back from rehearsals yesterday and was absolutely dead!
      FACE EXPRESSIONS, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS!

      CAN'T WAIT: SEE YOU ALL THERE!
      Mel L (UCC)
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      Go UCC!! We're gonna do amazing!!
      We are all so excited ! Woooooo!!! :D
      Good luck to all the other schools there at Grimsby !!

      Look out for us lot!! WE ARE UCC SAY WE ARE UCC!! xxx
      Hulmeeeee :) (UCC)

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      Jun 19th

      Come on UCC! We can do this!! xxxx
      Sophiaaa :) (UCC)

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      Good luck to all the teams at Grimsby !!
      We can do this, UCC ! xxxx do not go pass ---> xxxx
      Josie (UCC)

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      Just like to wish everyone competing at Grimsby on the 21st of June good luck !!
      We can do this, UCC!...<3
      Kayleigh (UCC)

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      GLOBAL ROCK CHALLENGE TEAMS IN THE PRESS:
      Great to see Howden School Rock Challenge Team's upcoming appearance at the Northern Finals featured in the "GOOLE - HOWDEN Courier" newspaper this morning !
      Read more here :)
      John (editing)
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      Jun 16th

      I would like to do cinderella in rockchallenge!!!
      I liked buttershaw's: it was good.
      My friend Tessa is good at dancing with me, and sally is good at costumes in rock challenge.
      Michael (Southfield School, Bradford, UK)
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      Wow, standard at the Scottish Finals was top notch!
      Firstly, i'm so proud to have gotten to showcase at the first ever Scottish Final, which has made me even more excited for Northern Premier Finals
      (NEXT WEEK! AHHHH! EXCITING)!
      Secondly, huge well done to our wee buddy school Arbroath High School for winning and qualifying for the Nationals (so proud of you all!) and the other schools from the Arbroath heat - Arbroath, Forfar and Kinross (Kinross, your choreography was amazing! Loved your tappers!)
      Thirdly, well done to all the schools from the fabulous Aberdeen Heats who were at the Scottish Finals: Fraserburgh, Kemnay, Mackie and Westhill! Very proud of you all as well!
      Finally, well done to all the Inverness schools: such a MASSIVE improvement from your first time that we came to watch last year!
      Was great to see all my friends again, and it's awesome to see the competition growing up here in scotland - here's to the Scottish Finals 2013!
      Good Luck to all the schools - especially Peterhead - at the Northern Prems in Grimsby next week! Gotta love Rock Challenge!

      Katie D (Peterhead Academy, Scotland)
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      OMG so excited ! We're gonna kick grimsby but higher than ever ... we can do this ! Wooooo !!
      We are ucc, say we are ucc ! Let's do this thing !
      Good luck to everyone else, but go ucc !! :)
      Becca and Lauren (Ullswater Community College, The Lake District, UK)

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      Alan Strachan, nice hearing from you ! The Broch did you proud.
      Great first Scottish final. Arbroath High were superb, led by Lorna Small ... ex-Peterhead
      . (It's a small world ! :)
      Vanessa Geib (Firpark)
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      Jun 15th

      Just watched Ryde's performance from the southern premier final and one word springs to mind: WOW! Anyone here that is part of Ryde's Rock Challenge cast or crew, I thought you were absolutely amazing! Faultless performance with so much energy: loved it a lot. WELL DONE!! Be very very very very very very proud of the performance that you gave! AMAZING!
      Cannot wait until nationals: it was the last thing on our mind, but now we are there!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!! I'm so excited - will see all the northern schools! Never seen them before! Can't wait ... wooo!
      Jack N (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Go UCC! Let's show Grimsby what we can do!
      So proud of you all for getting this far
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      Love - Reardon x (Ullswater Community College, The Lake District, UK)

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      Jun 14th

      ONE WEEK UNTIL GRIMSBY! Rehearsals are in full swing!
      Can't wait: go UCC

      :-):-) !!do not pass go!! (-:(-:
      Shannon (Ullswater Community College, The Lake District, UK)

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      Hope you had fun in Dundee, guys! My sister lives up there and it's a place I love.
      Can't wait to meet the Scottish winners at the Nationals !
      Mrs N (klsdreamreemteam - Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Jun 13th

      Good luck to all of the teams in the Scottish Final! All of the teams we've seen look so fantastic and everyone has been really supportive and lovely! Thanks! X
      Team Kinross (Scotland)
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      Go the BROCH (Fraserburgh) Academy. Miss you all, wish I was there with you.
      Good Luck for tonight. All the Broch are rooting for you.

      Alan Strachan
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      Jun 12th

      Can't wait for grimsby in 9 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Good luck to everyone !!
      "Let's go, Little Flower"

      Caroline McM (Little Flower Girls' School, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
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      Jun 11th

      I had such a great time at the Southern Finals volunteering for the first time! Well done to all the schools who performed and thank-you to all the crew and other volunteers for making me feel welcome! A brilliant experience: can't wait to volunteer again soon! :D
      Paul B (ex Cowes High School, Isle of Wight, UK)
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      Jun 10th, 9th and 8th 2012 (In no particular order...)

      Well done to all the schools on our night - you were all absolutely amazing!
      A quick well done and commiserations to Bridgemary because I thought you were amazing and you should have won hands down! Don't be disappointed: you did yourselves proud as always! You're amazingly talented people and I will never forget your performance!!!
      Buzzing for nationals now - wooooo! #klsdreamteemteam
      Chloe G (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Well done to mountbatten school on Saturday: they were AMAZING ! Also loved Finchley school: I thought their dance was phenomenal !!!!!!!!!!
      So proud of my school!! BRING ON NEXT YEAR x
      Kiera D (Durrington High School, Worthing, West Sussex, UK)

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      AHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!! We made the NATIONALS!!!!!!
      Well done, kings ! Everyone was truly amazing and put everything they had into it!
      Bring on the nationals #klsdreamreemteam xox
      Amy W (KLS)
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      We had laughs and tears last night at the Premiership Finals in Portsmouth , everyone deserved to be in the Premiership and were all amazing on that stage.
      Congratulations to the schools that placed, and good luck at Nationals!

      From Ellie P and Totton College! (Hampshire, UK)
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      What an amazing Premier final yesterday ! The schools were all amazing, and we (Kings Langley School) got 2nd and a placement in the NATIONAL FINALS!!!!! We have came so far and I am so proud of each and every single one of us.
      So excited for the nationals ... wooooooaaaahhhh!!!!!!
      Owen H (KLS)
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      This is my last message as a competitor - couldn't resist posting one more.
      To Dolan, the teachers, dance and drama captains, choreographers, the amazing cast and crew at the fabulous Kings Langley school, and to Rock Challenge UK, thank you for making the last seven years so fantastic! It's been so fun working with you all: you've given me so many laughs, and I'm still amazed at how talented you all are and how great the standard of dance is at our school!
      Good luck to everyone competing in portsmouth, especially the new schools!

      Kings, let's raise the roof like only we can: we always put in our all, now let's really shine!!!
      Lalika J of The Amazingly Talented Kings Langley School!
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      Wow! What an event Thursday's final was!! So proud to have been part of it.
      So lovely to see so much talent on and off the stage ... ALL the performances were such a high standard
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      Congratulations have to go to Sir Henry Floyd ... worthy winners ... but my biggest congratulations to Henry Cort.......you did yourselves (and me) proud!
      Also, lovely to see John in the flesh (although didn't get a chance to speak to you!) Have been able, after all this time, to put a face to your name!
      Hope all the other finals go well!
      Mrs Warner (Henry Cort Community College, Fareham, Hampshire, UK)
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      Hello Mrs W ! Finals days in particular are SO busy, aren't they ! Maybe next year ???
      John (editing :)

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      What can I say? A ton of hairspray, lots of pinning and fixing and way too much make-up! Then performing was such an adrenaline rush: it was literally amazing, everything went so well! Getting to go on stage to collect the awards was fantastic, and we won best costumes and overall Second place!!!
      Well done to all the other schools, and thank-you to everyone that's been a part of KLS Rocka 2012! We did it for Dolan, and we did so well!!! BRING ON NATIONALS!
      Lalika J (KLS)

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      OMG..... Was at the UK ROCK CHALLENGE FINALS in Portsmouth last night and i had such a great day.
      Want to say thanks to Miss Mawson for everything !

      Can't wait till next year as we didn't get through to the finals... :)
      Well done to all of those schools who performed last night and a big well done to Oakmead who won ;P xxx
      Shania F (The Grange School, Christchurch, Dorset)
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      Good Luck Mountbatten - have a great day tomorrow!
      Dawn B (Mountbatten School, Romsey, Hampshire)
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      Feeling a bit emotional now, so goodness knows what I'll be like tomorrow! Whatever happens, we're all stars and deserve to have a great day, so everyone put 110% in...and ENJOY!!!!
      Zoe F (KLS)
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      Well done SHFGS....We're premier now!!!
      Thank-you to all the teachers and students that made it so memorable!

      Lauren x (Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK)

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      So so excited - it was amazing last year to see all of the effort that every school had put in.
      Looking forward to a fantastic evening in Portsmouth tonight. Good luck everyone but 'break a leg' Kings Langley - always making us so very proud with your spirit and hard work !!!!!
      Nikki W (KLS)
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      Counting down the hours till rock challenge tomorrow! So excited !
      Can't wait to see what the other schools have to bring. From what everyone has said, it's going to be AMAZING!
      Couldn't have done it without all the help from our fabulous teachers, helpers and all of the rock challenge crew
      (and that includes you, John ;)
      Good luck to everyone, and let it be a great day.
      C'mon Kings !
      Bella and Chloe (KLS)
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      Night night everyone; only 1 more sleep! Time for bed now.
      EEEkkkkkks, not that I'm going to be able to sleep. Far too excited for that!
      Let's have a day to remember tomorrow! Good Luck Everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxx

      Alice N (KLS)
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      Jun 10th 2012

      HUUUGE apologies to everyone for the lack of any messages on here during the last 3 days ... they've been a totally great 3 days but each has also been an 8am to midnight day in the Portsmouth Guildhall with the Southern Finals with little-enough time in which to stop and think, and a poor "3" network connection on the laptop dongle anyway.

      HUUUGE congratulations to everyone who attended the Southerns - us two old wrinklies (me at stage left and Wendy on merchandise) thought you were simply stunning - improved performances yet again - and the Prem teams in particular were incredibly supportive of the others during rehearsals: you're stars :)

      Great backstage crews, and what a joy (to me, anyway - must be a masochist :) to see the sets getting much bigger ! More stuff - great !

      Great to see so many familiar faces among the teams! A fond "Farewell" to all the teachers moving on in their careers and to all the team members now too old to take part any more: may all your lives be happy and fulfilling ... and try to keep the Rock Challenge Spirit alive and well, eh ?

      Normal service should be restored tomorrow...
      Stage-left OAP John, editing from a Free WiFi Moto services northbound on the M1 in Nottinghamshire

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      Jun 7th 2012

      I am unbelievably excited, knowing that we will all pull together to make Saturday such a good day !
      We all know this is a special one, kings: good luck to everyone #klsdreamreemteam xxxx
      Neve W (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      House covered in glitter and paint, fingers sore from sewing, spray painting and glueing. Yep, Rock Challenge on Saturday.
      I'm looking forward to seeing what glitter and sparkle the other schools have but I know that #klsdreamreemteam can glitter and sparkle in the extreme.
      See you there!

      Mrs Norris (KLS)

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      EEEEEKKKKKK!!!! #Buzzin for Saturday!!! Not too sure about the early start but because it's ROCK CHALLENGE: IT'S 100% WORTH IT!
      Just watched some of the videos and WOW but the standards are high !!! Going to be a tough competition - feel sorry for the judges!Wish everyone the best of luck and can't wait to see all the other schools!!

      Fiona A (KLS #klsdreamreemteam)
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      AAAGHH !!! TWO DAYS ... nervous but I actually can't wait!! Good luck to the schools ! See ya there xD
      Thanks, Ms Dolan - couldn't do it without you:)

      C'mon KINGS ! :)
      Dorothy H (KLS)

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      Come on Kings Langley! It's so sad that this year will be my last but I know that we can make Dolan proud and I wish the best for every other school too! xxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Shauna M (KLS)

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      This is our time Kings! Let's DOMINATE the competition!
      Omid C (KLS)

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      I can't believe how quickly rock challenge has come around! I am SO excited to see all the schools perform and I can't wait to show all the other schools why kings langley are premier league!
      Come on kings! This is Dolan's last year and we really really need to win this for her as well as ourselves! The amount of effort we have to put into the performance has to be unreal! We have worked on this performance SO much, it would be a shame not to get placed or even win! (It would be such an amazing achievement to win, and everyone would be sooooo proud!)
      I know we can do this: let's prove to everyone why we are premier league and why we deserve this. We have one more rehearsal to practise and that is it! I hope everyone is excited just as much as i am!
      Thank-you to all the teachers and helpers that have helped kings langley put this amazing rock challenge performance together. We couldn't have done it without you!
      Good luck to all the other schools performing. You'd better watch out as kings langley are going to rock the stage! #klsdreamreemteam ... wooooo.
      Love - shannon xxxxxxxx (KLS)

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      The final preparations are under way at Kings Langley and the nerves are definitely starting to settle in! TWO MORE SLEEPS until we get to perform on that stage - i'm getting so excited!
      Come on Kings, let's make Dolan proud! You've all been working so hard and I'm so proud of what we've put together this year - it looks AMAZING.
      Good luck to everyone else; I'm sure you've all been working as hard as us! See you on Saturday, Rock Challenge Team and let's raise the roof, Kings Langley!
      Charlotte N (KLS)

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      OK ... well, where do i start? IAMSOEXCITED! I am so looking forward to Rock Challenge 2012!
      A very big good luck to all the other amazing schools that are competing against us! You will be great! I eat, sleep and breath Rock Challenge :)

      Come on Kings Langley ! Let's raise the roof, make this year the best year running and make Dolan proud, guys!#klsdreamreemteam
      Lauren G (KLS)
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      Jun 6th 2012

      Our kitchen is not a kitchen. It's a room of rock challenge madness. Costumes, make-up, ballet shoes ... boxes of the stuff ! I had to eat my breakfast off a box this morning...
      Mum's managed to burn her hand from an aerosol can whilst glitter spraying a costume. We've had baby ballet shoes delivered instead of adult sizes. This could only mean one thing really.... ROCK CHALLENGE IS ON SATURDAY!!!!
      I'm a little bit excited. OK, I'm more than a bit excited! I'm soooooo excited! Good Luck to all the other schools but most of all...
      come on #klsdreamreemteam ! Let's make Dolan proud! xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxxx

      Alice N (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Been in Paris for the past few days. Have come back and realised ... IT'S ON SATURDAY!!!! (Editor: Keep up, Jack ;-)
      Can't wait: I am so excited you don't even understand!
      Good luck to everyone performing! :)

      Jack N (Kings Langley School - #klsdreamreemteam, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Very excited to be volunteering for the first time tomorrow! So pleased I get to continue with Rock Challenge: back at the Portsmouth Southern Finals and it's going to be awesome! :D
      Paul B (ex Cowes High School, Isle of Wight, UK)
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      C'mon kings - let's go and do miss dolan proud!!
      Zoe McC (Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      Wishing everyone from all of the schools involved with rock challenge all the luck in the world for Saturday!
      Team KLS: do us proud. Such commitment and passion deserves more than any praise I could give! I'm already proud: now go out there and give it everything.
      #klsdreamreemteam giving Dolan a memorable send off :)

      Ian P (Kings Langley)

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      Wooooo! Come on, Kings Langley, I can't wait till we get on that stage and give it all we got !!
      However, even though we can't wait to hit the stage I still can't wait to see what the other schools have got for us to see!!!!!
      Come on, KLS!!!! xxxxxx

      Louise C (Kings Langley)
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      Jun 5th 2012

      Come on kings langley... we can do it! Let's do miss dolan proud!
      Melissab x (Kings Langley)

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      GOOD LUCK to all the schools from all the kings crew !!!!!!!!!!
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      We have our own hash tag, we've got a Dolan: c'mon, kings, we can do it. Good luck to everyone!!!!
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      Jun 4th 2012

      WooOOoO!! Come on kings - ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT till we hit the stage!
      Looking forward to seeing what all the other schools have to give ... good luck to everyone!!
      Aahhhh ... come on kings xoxo

      Amy W (Kings Langley)
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      Only five more days to go: cannot wait! I know we're going to do so well.
      Rock Challenge is definitely one of the most amazing events of the year for me. I can't wait to see what the other schools have to show: good luck to everyone!
      Owen H (Kings Langley)
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      Jun 3rd 2012

      Good luck to all the other schools competing. We hope you're all having as much fun as us :D
      Chloe and Chelsea (Kings Langley)
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      Woo; go Barnwell! So proud of us all for making the final in Portsmouth! 5 days and we'll be on the coach heading for Guilford!! Go us!
      Georgia S (Barnwell Business and Enterprise School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK)
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      A MASSIVE good luck to all the schools performing in southern finals A from all at YIA!
      Tazmin x (Yate International Academy, South Gloucestershire, UK)
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      Absolutely buzzing for portsmouth in 7 days!!! Very special year, kings, and we know we can do it!
      Looking forward to seeing all the other schools too!

      C'mon Kings!!!!!
      George C (Kings Langley)
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      Sooo excited for rock challenge, 6 DAYS TO GO.
      Can't wait to see all the schools competing! I'm sure everyone's performances will be incredible.
      Kings Langley have been rehearsing lots: looking forward to seeing everyone !

      Casey (Kings Langley)
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      Jun 2nd 2012

      A WEEK TODAY, EVERYONE! So excited: can't wait to get on that stage and see all the Rock Challenge team!
      Good luck to all the schools competing: I'm sure all the performances will be amazing. Kings Langley are rehearsing non-stop and we can't wait to see you all there
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      So proud of everyone at Kings and how hard they're working; it's been amazing and I can't wait to see all that hard work come together on stage on Saturday!
      Let's raise the roof!

      Charlotte N (Kings Langley)
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      This time next week we'll be in the Guildhall, Portsmouth !! Everyone is so so excited for this, and I personally cannot wait to be there!
      Wishing all the luck to all the other schools performing on the 9th! See you in a week! x

      Becki (Kings Langley)
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      Jun 1st 2012

      WOW! Can't believe it's just under a week now until the Open Finals @ Portsmouth.
      Just wanted to say good luck to all the other schools taking part on the 7th. We (and I have to admit me especially!) are VERY excited.
      Well done to the team for all the rehearsals, especially those taking exams too xx I'm soooooooooooooooo VERY PROUD of you all xx

      Today's performance was ace and looking forward to seeing you 'rock it' on Thursday xx
      Mrs W xx (Henry Cort Community College, Fareham, Hampshire, UK)
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      BUZZING for portsmouth next Saturday!! Good luck everyone !!
      Olivia (Kings Langley)
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      Congratulations to West Lakes Academy for reaching Grimsby! We hope to see you there on 22nd June :)
      Trish Adams and all the team at Moresby Primary School, Whitehaven, Cumbria
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      I know I'm only on the edge of rehearsals but I want to tell you how brilliant I think you all are. Every year your passion and commitment amazes me and this year is no different. You are a truly inspirational team and I will miss you. As news breaks you'll find out this is my last year but I will never forget the past five years and your journey to premiere league. Stay true to yourselves and in the words of Dolan "let's bring this!"
      Shippy - #klsdreamreemteam (Kings Langley)

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      So excited I can't even explain. This year is so important to all the kings crew and will be very emotional. Let's let Dolan go out with a bang and show her how much she's helped us. We all know Rocka is in our hearts and we love it! Let's show everyone what we're there for!!
      Good luck to all the schools and I'm sure on the day the audience will love the show: all the schools pull together so good luck everyone, and kings - we rock!!
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      Wooo ... getting so close now!
      Love rehearsals at the moment: all pulling together #klsdreemreemteam
      Special one this year, kings, but we can do it! Rocka 2012<3
      Neve W (Kings Langley)

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      Good luck kings Langley! Can't wait to see you all smash it!!
      SO EXCITED!!
      Leanne C (Kings Langley School - #klsdreamreemteam - Hertfordshire, UK)

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      Can't believe it's a week on saturday until we perform: it's gone so quick this year!
      SOOO incredibly excited to perform with #KLSDREAMREEMTEAM but obviously buzzing to see other schools perform too, and looking forward to seeing all the rock challenge crew!
      Good luck to all the schools!
      Special year this year, Kings: let's bring it! xxxxxx

      Charlotte R (Kings Langley)
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      Kings Langley students are doing what they do best - giving it their all when it's most needed.
      It's not been the easiest week with very hot rehearsals etc but the last rehearsal was incredible.
      I can't wait to see the other schools in Portsmouth (and of course the Rocka crew too! Bring it on!
      Mrs N (#klsdreamreemteam - Kings Langley)
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      COME ON KINGS - ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT ! LET'S BE HOPING EVERY ONE HAS BEEN WORKING SUPER HARD!
      ROCK CHALLENGE 2012 !!
      Rebeca (Kings Langley)<
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