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    2014 UK ROCK CHALLENGE SOUTHERN THEMES
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST STEVENAGE ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY ONE
    Stevenage Leisure Centre - Monday, February 24th, 2014
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    CHILTERN HILLS ACADEMY
    "Their life in your hands."

      A story of how one girl's world is turned upside down when her father is left with agoraphobia after a tragic event. Their roles reverse as the girl becomes her father's carer and we see how her life is affected and the importance of friendship to support those young people caring for their parents.

    HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL
    "1912"

      1912 society saw division between the classes. The world-famous Titanic segregated the Upper Class passengers from those of the Lower Class. In the disastrous sinking of this colossal ship, who will survive? Did the calls for 'Women and Children' reflect reality, or was the evacuation even more selective? Who will escape this horror?

    HERTSWOOD SCHOOL
    "Broken Strings, Powerful Dreams"

      This piece explores the pathway to success and the struggles you face along the way, including how we feel manipulated and controlled by the things that surround us. However, when you are inspired your path to success becomes clear. We are no longer puppets being controlled by outside powerful forces; we become the powerful forces ourselves.

    ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY
    "The Labyrinth"

      Whilst reading, Ofelia sees something stirring in the woods at the bottom of her garden. Intrigued she goes to investigate and is drawn deeper into the shadows. Misled by her own curiosity, Ofelia finds herself trapped inside a magical labyrinth. Her only way out is to complete 3 tasks…What will the labyrinth have in store for her?

    MARRIOTTS SCHOOL
    "The life of a twenty pound note"

      One piece of money has a lot of power within its life time; it can be useful or dangerous. Our piece shows how the twenty pound note itself changes and how it has influenced people throughout the years. The first twenty pound note had Romeo and Juliet and it has progressed from there to the one we have today.

    RICKMANSWORTH SCHOOL
    "State of Mind"

      Have you ever felt a disconnection from the world around you? 1 in 10 young people have mental health issues. Our minds can become unsettled and this can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race or economic status. But if we speak out about mental health we could take one step further on the road to recovery.

    WYCOMBE HIGH SCHOOL
    "A Lesson Never Learned?"

      The shooting of Malala Yousafzai highlighted the on-going fight for women's educational rights. As young women, Malala's bravery struck a chord with us all, leading us to question the education that we take for granted. A reflection on our ancestors' struggle for the right to learn; ‘will we start to appreciate all that we have and finally learn our lesson'?

    THE WYE VALLEY SCHOOL
    "The dark side of Little Red Riding Hood"

      It's dark and eerie; no one wants to play,
      ‘the wolves are out tonight the next victim's led astray.'
      The village is in uproar; the next victim's brought to light,
      how to stop the culprit with their deep nasty bite?
      Red seems innocent, but what pathway will she take?
      Will she succumb to pressure, hope not for her own sake.

    MAPLE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Communication: Smoke signals to satellite signals"

      Signs and signals; the basis for all communication. From smoke lighting up the night sky, to hieroglyphics - pictures carved in stone. Morse code, a rhythmic beat that played its part throughout the war. Today, email, texts and social networking continue to make communication an essential part of everyday life.

    SOUTH HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Industrial Revolution"

      Before the Industrial Revolution, most people lived in the countryside, farming or weaving wool. Soon, machines were invented that could do these jobs in a fraction of the time, leaving many out of work. Thousands flocked to cities, searching for jobs. This marked a major turning point in history and Britain led the way into the age of the machine.

    TUDOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Our Field, Their Home"

      Our school shares a large field with a variety of other plants and animals who call it their home. With our dance we want to highlight some of the changes that happen on our field throughout the school year as well as promoting an awareness of how we can share and help this other world on our school field.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST STEVENAGE ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY TWO
    Stevenage Leisure Centre - Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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    AYLESBURY HIGH SCHOOL
    "The American Dream"

      Ireland, 1922; we wait with eager anticipation to board the ship that will take us to a life of hope and prosperity in New York. The crossing takes its toll after many days, but a torch lights our way to a city buzzing with energy. Will the streets be paved with gold? Or must we help build the American Dream?

    BARNWELL SCHOOL
    "Enemies of Promise"

      The hurdles are set higher, the fallers will fall further. Whatever might seize the imagination or give pleasure is rooted out. Teach them facts; nothing but facts. The rest is silence. The arts should be the right of every child but now they're gone. Can the creativity and colour be returned to this dismal world? Or has individuality perished forever?

    HABERDASHERS' ASKE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
    "This Is Not Goodbye"

      Exploring cycles of relationships, from their happiest moments, to the loss, frustration, and hurt that is inevitable in any relationship. Anger and resentment can cause tensions to arise making it difficult to break down walls which are built in defence. As we struggle to communicate our emotions, we grow apart experiencing loneliness and regret. However this does not mean goodbye.

    LADY MARGARET SCHOOL
    "Top Boy"

      Puppet Master: smooth elusive manipulator: Pushing Runners, his sad fall-guy soldiers. Push crack, blow and molly to dopers; who for? This demigod Provider runs rings round the Lawmakers: an alchemy industry inhuman catastrophe - Heart breaker. How Untouchable? How long? Howling streets; crying mothers; lost souls lost futures. One day for sure the Crack, the smash down door; the Fall.

    LONGDEAN SCHOOL
    "Life Blood"

      Donated blood is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments, not just in emergencies. Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood. Our production highlights the need for donors and the impact one individual can have on three lives.

    MARK RUTHERFORD SCHOOL
    "Echoes of a siren"

      Our piece unfolds the memories of an old lady who was a child evacuee in the Blitz. All her memories are kept in one suitcase. We see the happy times in society followed by the onset of a horrific war where families are torn apart and children are evacuated.

    SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    "Brave New World"

      A coming of age tale based on "The Tempest." Exiled with her protective father, Prospero, to an island of spirits Miranda grows up without any female role models. She dreams about her mother, but it is only when she meets the shipwrecked Ferdinand that she finally discovers and celebrates her own independence and feminine identity.

    CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "One Central Language"

      Two children arrive in a land of intertwining rivers and daring swordfighters that we know as Central Primary. They feel lost and alone in this strange world where they can't understand the language. Although there are many different languages being spoken, they find they all understand each other. They are all pupils at Central Primary School.

    GALLEY HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "One Small Step"

      Anyone can dream, but only ambition can achieve great things. On 20th July, 1969 a man named Neil Armstrong made history as his team led the first manned space mission, Apollo 11, to the moon. He didn't want fame, he didn't want fortune. He wanted to change the universe...and he did...with one small step.

    LAURANCE HAINES SCHOOL
    "The Magic Paintbrush"

      Far away in a Chinese village, Shen has been given a magic paintbrush with the instruction: Never paint for wealthy folk but only for the poor. When the Emperor hears about the paintbrush a battle commences as Shen refuses to paint for him. Can one child's imagination and creativity be powerful enough to conquer the greedy Emperor and his men?

    POTTEN END C OF E FIRST SCHOOL
    "Why don't you like me?"

      In a society where ‘Tylers' and ‘Charmaines' are judged purely by their name; we ask why people think it is ok to judge other human beings by their outside influences. In our performance we meet a girl who falls into the trap of focusing on the looks of her ‘friends' and soon learns true friendship runs deeper than that.

    ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "From Greed to Greatness"

      Our tale is set in Ancient Greece. A greedy king called Midas rules over his people. When choosing a wish given to him by the Gods, he makes a terrible mistake which leads him to make changes to his life of self-indulgence and begin to notice what actually matters; not material things like gold, but love, kindness and friendship.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST LONDON ROCK CHALLENGE®
    Stevenage Leisure Centre - Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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    BARNHILL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
    "Level Up From Reality"

      “Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. Things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes.” Our victim seeks distraction/relief from their unpleasant reality. Will they be able to seek solace through their imagination, or will reality overcome their mental diversion?

    EGA
    "We're not in Kansas anymore!"

      Ding dong the witch is long gone, and Dorothy? Well she stayed at home. Only one remained. The Great and Powerful Oz. He has the people's hearts and he has their minds. Will they have the courage to change their world?

    FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
    "Out With the Old"

      This story follows toys that have been long forgotten about due to the ever-growing development of hand held gadgets. Join them as they reminisce on the good old days of imaginative play and fight against the popular force of modern technology.

    PARLIAMENT HILL SCHOOL
    "Take it Buy the Horns"

      Deep within the African planes, a monstrosity occurs every day. Since 1960, the number of black rhinos in the savannah has decreased by thousands. These majestic, powerful creatures are being slaughtered ruthlessly purely for medicine research and recreational uses. Refusing to turn a blind eye to this atrocity; we created this dance in memory.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH GIRLS' SCHOOL
    "Narcissus"

      When you lose everyone you love and are left with yourself. When your self-obsession isolates you from everyone who's left. When cruelty and vanity lead to acts of revenge. It begins and it ends in death. Narcissus.

    UXBRIDGE COLLEGE
    "Lest We Forget"

      They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

    WINCHMORE SCHOOL
    "#Revolution"

      The world is in the midst of a technological revolution. Is it right that our lives are ruled by the latest gadgets? Our piece explores how technology has developed through time as a boy from the past meets a girl from the future and their two worlds collide. Whose generation is right? Are YOU a slave to your revolution?

    ESSEX PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Language of Dance"

      The Language of Dance is inspired by the multiculturalism of Essex Primary School and surrounding community. This vibrant piece explores the idea of two cultures unable to speak the same language, learning from one another and working together to create harmonious relationships. No matter where we come from, we can all speak the Language of Dance.

    ST MICHAEL AT BOWES CHURCH OF ENGLAND JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "The evolution of movement"

      Our performance will transport you back in time. Join us on our journey as we unravel dance through the ages. We discover how dance has developed and evolved over time. We have included the most iconic dance moves of our time; from funky twists and shimmies, jazz hands to the slick popping and locking of hip hop.

    WOODCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Wonderland's Alice"

      Travel with Alice on her journey through Wonderland. She goes on a rollercoaster full of fun, confusion, fear and curiosity. Not everything is what it seems and not everything makes complete sense. Her wish for an experience of a totally different world has come true but Wonderland turns out to be a little too much for Alice to cope with.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY ONE
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Monday, March 3rd, 2014

    ALDWORTH SCHOOL
    "We choose the Moon"

      50 years ago President Kennedy gave a speech that inspired a nation to reach beyond its perceived limitations; the speech was named, ‘We Choose the Moon'. The space race Kennedy initiated brought two nations away from the brink of nuclear war. His legacy inspires us to choose goals that challenge us to do better, reach higher and achieve more.

    CARISBROOKE COLLEGE
    "SILLY LITTLE DARES"

      A gasp, a shock, a whisper,
      A woman free from mortal taint
      A shock of red, blood as her sin,
      Streaks across the ivory skin.
      Of virgin blood unripened bud,
      Her demons, they are tasting blood
      As seasons change there, they're growing thin
      they need to let a fresh one in.

    CROOKHORN COLLEGE
    "Justice for 96"

      On April 15 1989, 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to a football match. 96 never returned. Almost 25 years after Britain's worst sporting disaster, we will still dance for justice for the families whose hopes and dreams for the future ended that day. 24,000 tickets, 23 turnstiles, two criminally overcrowded pens, 96 dead and 766 people injured. We will not forget.

    THE GRYPHON SCHOOL
    "Epidemic"

      On average, 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. After many years of fighting cancer, finally he found the cure. Finally his daughter could be free. No more pain, no more suffering. Or so they thought...

    HAMPSHIRE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL
    "The High Street Crash"

      It's 2007, the High Street is booming: getting credit has never been easier. Everyone is riding high on a consumer bonanza. Then rumours of worldwide financial problems surface and the stock market wobbles. The effect on the High Street is catastrophic; businesses close and livelihoods are lost. They're desperate times and it seems as though retailers will never recover.

    TESTWOOD SPORTS COLLEGE
    "Your country needs you. Your country calls."

      Picture this; 100 years ago. It's 1914. Franz Ferdinand has been assassinated; war is declared. Men of the British Empire are summoned to fight. This story is how the war affected all walks of life and the heartbreak that occurred. Not only on the battlefield but at home too.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY TWO
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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    THE ACADEMY SELSEY
    "One Midsummer Night"

      We tell the story of one midsummer night, where our king and queen got into a fight, Twinkling stars filled the skies and a magical potion was poured into her eyes. When she awoke, love she did see with a hideous beast half man half donkey. Creatures mocked while the king watched from afar, “what a clever little prank, HaHa!”

    BITTERNE PARK SCHOOL
    "The 24/7's of Life"

      Obsessions can consume you. The things we become obsessed with can be trivial, momentous or life-changing. These obsessions absorb our time and drive our lives until we are left with only the memories. The '24/7's of Life' is a reflection of one man's experiences - exploring the preoccupations of his years; focusing on music, fitness, work and of course, love.

    CAROLINE CHISHOLM SCHOOL
    "Caroline"

      Caroline Chisholm saw a world of inequality, prejudice and discrimination. She saw a world where young girls were treated unfairly. Starting in her home town of Northampton she worked to improve the lives of women. This work continued throughout her travels to India and Australia where again she helped women have a better education and quality of life.

    THE HENRY CORT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Fogg's Final Fix"

      We invite you to step back in time and journey with us around the world with adventurer Phileas Fogg. Meet his trusty valet, Passepartout and watch as he not only battles to save the life of Aouda, but escape the clutches of Inspector Fix. He WILL make it in 80 days, but what will he discover on his way?

    ITCHEN COLLEGE
    "Three Fates of Life"

      Life on earth began with the three fates of Greek Mythology, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. This story tells the tale of a 21st century family surviving the tests of life and modern society - illness, poverty, government oppression and ultimately their battle for survival.

    PETER SYMONDS COLLEGE
    "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures"

      If you have money in the bank, your wallet and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. Join us while we explore 21st century poverty through the legend of Robin Hood, presenting class divide and its consequences. You know what they say; desperate times call for desperate measures.

    TRINITY SCHOOL
    "PHANTASM"

      They thought moving to a quiet little town would be a lovely way for their son to grow up, but what if your family wasn't the only thing living in your house? Children are disappearing all over town, and after a series of strange occurrences, the boy is forced to meet his fate. Can the bond between family overcome evil?

    UPPER SHIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL
    "Difference is brilliance"

      Ideology not only determines the political system that we choose as British Citizens to govern our country, but also the relationship we have with the global community. In societies, subcultures can produce policies that can have a negative impact on the development of our nation and sub-groups within. The big question is how can immigration policy benefit our nations?
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY THREE
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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    BISHOP CHALLONER CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
    "The hallowed child"

      The souls of the innocent from dawn till dusk content will stand a trial of darkness against those who don't repent. The virtue of the hallowed child as protected as is pure, 'til injustice descends upon the righteous, evoking raging war. Depraved mouths of the damned ache for blood and fear hold your darling babes closely as evils creeping near.

    REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Scrumdiddlyumptious"

      Come with us as we take you on a journey through our world of pure imagination. We follow one child's unexpected dream, from finding the lucky golden ticket, through a whimsical world of chocolate, sweets and colourful characters, resulting in a gift beyond any child's wildest fantasy.

    RICHARD TAUNTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
    "EVERY LIFE LOST"

      By the time tonight's Rock Challenge has ended, approximately 200 children will have died from Malaria. It affects around half the world's population yet is an easily preventable disease. What does it take to realise that this heart-breaking infection can affect us all. Every Life Lost is Needless.

    THE WESTGATE SCHOOL
    "Courage, a Home, a Heart, a Brain"

      Courage, a home, a heart, a brain: four things that the characters of the Wizard of Oz desperately need. Our dance you will show you how the values of friendship and determination are shown in the iconic story and in our teenagers' everyday lives . We may not be in Munchkinland, but we can all reach our own Emerald City.

    WILDERN SCHOOL
    "The Slick Indulgence!"

      We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. The greed of the oil industry is leading to the suffocation of our oceans and the life within it. How long will we continue to put our economy first?

    WOLVERLEY CE SECONDARY SCHOOL
    "Stereotypes"

      STEREOTYPE: 'a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person. Can you recognise these over exaggerated characters from your school days? Join us in meeting the teachers and their students with very different personalities and approaches to school life. How do they each interact in an over played and more dramatic circumstance?

    WOODLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "The Purrfect pair"

      Tonight we present to you our interpretation of the contemporary novel "A street cat named Bob” delivered in the style of a silent movie.The story focuses on the relationship between a homeless man and a stray cat living on the streets of London. Fate brings them together and an adventure ensues with heart-warming results.
    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY FOUR
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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    GREAT OAKS SCHOOL
    "Where's Wally?"

      Hi there Where's Wally fans, Well I'll tell you this for nothing…the city of Southampton sure is great! Join Wally as he travels around the city visiting our most loved places…from the University, to the docks, to the Saints stadium. Just follow Wally on his journey and try to find him in each scene. Good Luck!

    HAMBLE COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE
    "In-text-icatedly Driven"

      In today's society when young people start to drive there are more distractions than ever with mobile phones dominating their lives. On 10th November, 2009, Alex Brown was driving to school, alone, and lost her life due to texting and driving. Our piece shows the impact texting and driving can have - is that text you're sending…to die for?

    THE WELLINGTON ACADEMY
    "'Greetings from...'"

      Greetings from....the 1950's. Pack your suitcases and come with us as we step back in time to the Great British summer holiday. Fun and frolics are the order of the day, so it's goodbye to the smog of the city and hello to the seaside holiday camp! Wish you were here!

    REDBRIDGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "Be the Change"

      What if we lived in world where people were not separated by gender, job role or status? Could it be that we make a change by stepping out of the ordinary, not following the fairy tale? What happens when we deconstruct gender stereotypes, working our way up the ladder and reaching our goal? We are on. Be the change!

    YATELEY SCHOOL
    "Xmas in a box"

      When you think of Christmas, what pictures spring to mind? Santa's little helpers in the North Pole? People frantically rushing around busy shops? Children getting overly excited? ‘Xmas in a box' unravels the commercial side of the festive season and exposes the harsh reality that for some Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year.

    SWANMORE COLLEGE - CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
    "A Death Sentence?"

      Starting a new school should be an exciting adventure. But when Faith receives a devastating, life-changing diagnosis, it is not only Faith that is affected. As the years pass, battles are won and lost and her support network proves invaluable. But will her diagnosis be a death sentence or a new beginning?

    CANTELL SCHOOL
    "When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted"

      Hunters come in many forms: from the acceptable wild animal hunting deer, to the criminal poaching of endangered species. Our story portrays the plight of the tigers; skilled, efficient hunters in the wild; what happens when they become hunted…and who is hunting the hunters?

    HEADINGTON SCHOOL OXFORD
    "Off with her head"

      A girl falls into a deep dream where she meets two Cheshire Cats with whom she embarks on a mystical journey meeting Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts. Each character takes some control over her imagination, turning a wonderful dream into a nightmare from which she struggles to escape.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON JUNIOR ROCK CHALLENGE®
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Friday, March 7th, 2014
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    BRIGHTON HILL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    ""I Accuse.......""

      Earlier today we found Mr Black,
      The latest victim of someone's payback.
      Was it Plum? Was it Peacock? We simply don't know,
      But all will be revealed after this game of 'Cluedo.'
      Each character you meet could play a key part,
      So let's rewind time and go back to the start.

    BRUNE PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "Heroes 13 - The Challenges of Roxy"

      Roxy's 12. She's a good girl with a good ego who's going places. Roxy turns 13. She starts to hang around with a bad crowd. She bullies, drinks, smokes and vandalises property. The bad ego begins to take over. As the chaotic battle between good and bad rages, her parents call for help - but who will save them all?

    CRICKHOWELL HIGH SCHOOL
    "Spot The Panto"

      British Pantomime originated from the Italian Commedia dell Arte. Pantomime as we know it today is based on fairy tales that have been handed down by word of mouth. We are presenting condensed versions of the four most popular pantomimes, but watch out for glimpses of characters from other stories.

    NOADSWOOD SCHOOL
    "I'm Not Such an Ugly Duckling!"

      Inspired by poet Hans Christian Andersen's famous tale we see how those who are different often struggle to fit in. Similarly, youngsters can lack confidence because of how they look, and feel uncertain as to who they are, and where they belong. Eventually we all mature, find our place, and discover that there is beauty hidden somewhere within us all.

    ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
    "Dance Until You're Dead"

      This is a tale of good vs evil where the bad group cast an evil spell on the good guys so that they cannot stop dancing. Eventually the good guys faint from exhaustion and the bad guys rejoice thinking they have won. However, they do not know that a little old wizard can reverse the spell.

    WADDESDON C OF E SCHOOL
    "100"

      Imagine: You must accept the final memory from your life - everything else will be erased forever. That choosing this memory is your only way of passing through to eternity. You have 100 minutes to accept the way you died. Welcome to the Void, to the dark, ambiguous+enigmatic nothingness. Where left is right and up is down. Will they escape?
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON CITY JUNIOR ROCK CHALLENGE®
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Saturday, March 8th, 2014
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    FOUNDRY LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "I Wanna Be Like... Me!"

      Follow Mowgli through the jungle as he tells us his life story. He's raised by caring wolves, marches with the military elephants, dances with cheeky monkeys, and is hypnotised by the sneaky snakes. Mowgli is followed faithfully by his friends Baloo and Bagheera. Eventually he finds where he truly belongs, somewhere across the river...

    HAREFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Breaking the chain"

      The human race - what is our legacy? A chain reaction of destruction where one action leads to another and the result is that our world is being destroyed. The Earth is heating up, polar ice caps are melting. Is this what we want to pass on to the next generation? Can we come together to make changes?

    HIGHFIELD CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "On the wings of a butterfly"

      A tale of the Amazon rainforest, Chimidyue's tale is from the Tukuna tribe of South America and is unique in having female protagonist. Lured by a beautiful butterfly she strays from her village into the forest and becomes lost. There she discovers a world that is both confusing and enchanting where nothing is quite as it seems.

    THORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The Magic of the Rainbow Fish"

      We all believe in magic but sometimes we have to make ourselves by sharing, caring and generosity of spirit. Based on the popular story of the Rainbow Fish our narrative shows what magic can happen when you decide to share your luck and talent with others. Join us in our journey under the sea.

    TOWNHILL JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "When was the last time you visited?"

      Join us as we follow a family on a day trip through our nation's capital. London, a world in one city. Come and explore all London has to offer and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. The great city of London awaits you.

    MANSEL PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "A Giant Lesson!"

      There was once a deserted castle with a beautiful garden. Every day after school, the children came to play in the garden. Then, one day, the castle's owner came home. Would he be happy to share his beautiful garden?

    SHIRLEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "A Tale from the Arabian Nights"

      A collection of stories compiled over many centuries. Our tale from the Arabian nights is a late addition, following a poor woodcutter who stumbles upon stolen riches, beyond his wildest dreams. His discovery leads to greed, death, retaliation and revenge. Will the quests for revenge lead to further riches or internal richness?

    SPRINGWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Hall of Fame"

      Tonight in our Hall of Fame we would like to take you through a tiny sample of Southampton history. Introducing local characters we will showcase a small selection of colourful Southampton people. As individuals we are all unique and we feel; with our family and friends we belong in our own Hall of Fame.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST SOUTHAMPTON ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY FIVE
    O2 Guildhall Southampton - Sunday, March 9th, 2014
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    CALMORE JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Learning Comes Alive!"

      Three unruly children think learning is boring - they think that they do not need any education. Suddenly, they are transported back in time, to three different topics we study at Calmore Junior School. As they meet bustling bugs, amazed astronauts and elegant Egyptians, do their opinions on learning change?

    HALTERWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Frozen in Time"

      Let the deathly bodies of Pompeii relive the traumatic events of 79AD. With no sign of what was to follow. Mount Vesuvius sat simmering silently, bearing down on the townsfolk. Vulcan, the God of Fire, emerges and seizes control - guiding ash and lava with a thirst for death and destruction. Vesuvius showed no mercy leaving Pompeii frozen in time.

    HAYLANDS COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "H and G's Stranger Danger Adventure"

      Our adventure begins in a fairytale land. Calm, peaceful, tranquil and a route planned. Things aren't always as they seem as characters start to change. Are strangers real or just a dream? Follow H and G on a journey to see. Fairies, gingerbread and sweets filled with glee. Will this fairytale adventure end happily?

    NURSLING PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Humour & Humanity"

      People say that the art of conversation is dying. Even in the era of silent films, Charlie Chaplin realised that modern technology was destroying those traits which make us human. As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chaplin's birth we aim to share his cure. Humanity wrapped in comedy so the world takes note. Our theme; Humour and Humanity.

    WELLOW SCHOOL
    "A Question of Pride"

      In our superficial world, humans take pride in appearance embracing a passion for fashion. Have we forgotten to take pride in things that matter? A world without magnificent wild animals would be a travesty, yet today poaching is still rife. Ivory has a greater price than gold and fur is still ripped from animals to decorate vain shoulders.

    BRAISHFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Humerus High Jinks"

      This is how the story begins. On a dark dark hill...are some skeletons asleep, who climb from their coffins and go off to seek, people to scare and people to spook, with their faithful young hound and their skeleton troop. In a terrible incident someone loses their head, but they're soon back together and then all off to bed.

    NETLEY ABBEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "The rise and fall of GREED"

      The need for water connects all life forms, but what happens when this precious resources dwindles through over-consumption and sheer waste? Can Mother Nature always by relied upon to replenish stocks? If not, can all living things come together to conserve resources and banish Greed? Can we condemn selfishness and work together for the future of our beautiful planet?

    STANMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Alice in Wonderland - Battle of the Queens"

      Alice is happily frolicking in a forest when she spots a giant white rabbit wandering aimlessly. Intrigued, she follows him. Unknowingly, the rabbit leads her down a deep dark hole. Alice lands in a mystical, magical wonderland, where Queens battle and card armies fight. In this crazy world, Alice may win the battle, but who will win the war?

    LANESEND PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "For Our Tomorrows"

      1914 at Christmas, peace came to the battlefields on The Western Front for The Beautiful Game. Since this time a hundred years has passed, a hundred years of music, fashion, icons, eras and a future given to us by those who gave their lives, so that we may enjoy all our freedoms today and give thanks for our tomorrows.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST BOURNEMOUTH ROCK CHALLENGE®
    Bournemouth Pavilion - Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
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    THE BOURNE ACADEMY
    "Privacy.Technology.Conspiracy"

      Have you ever thought where your information goes? Who is looking at it? What is being passed on to our government? WikiLeaks is a website, run by Julian Assange, where top secret information can be revealed to the public. What happens to those who unveil the secrets?

    BOURNEMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
    "Circus"

      Acrobats, lions, mimes and clowns, let's take a trip down memory lane to a more innocent time of wonder and awe. Rediscover your childhood with a rollercoaster of emotions, excitement, fear and suspense. Tonight is the night for smiles and cheers, so let's not waste any time. I present to you the greatest show on Earth!

    CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
    "Rob Them Blind"

      "We've had it with politicians, rick kids never listen, there's no such thing as broken Britain, we're just broke in Britain; what needs fixing is the system." We need a hero to fight our cause, a people person to defy the laws. Someone to help, someone who cares; not asking for anything new, Robin Hood...where are you?

    FEDERATION OF GLENMOOR AND WINTON ARTS AND MEDIA COLLEGE
    "New York, the city that never sleeps!"

      Our performance follows the idea of seeing new York through the eyes of a tourist visiting the city for the first time. We have chosen to focus mostly on the music and performance scene of the city, and also some of the other iconic aspects of what makes New York the city that never sleeps!

    THE GRANGE SCHOOL
    "Eternal Winter"

      Through the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe the pupils of the Grange School have explored the themes of global warming and the destruction of forests to make way for mass farming of palm oil and coffee. The Witch represents big corporations taking over natural habitats for profit.

    HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL
    "Murder at the Manor"

      Late one thunderous Sunday morning, four children snuggled down to play one of their favourite murder mystery games. Rain lashed at the trembling windows as the children tentatively moved their pieces from room to room, questioning the plastic characters and searching for murder weapons. As the looming sky drew dark the children paused for lunch, leaving the murder scene still.

    ISLE OF PORTLAND ALDRIDGE COMMUNMITY ACADEMY
    "Peony - A Story of Fashion and Tradition"

      Women have done many things throughout the course of history in the name of beauty, modifying their bodies under the guise of tradition. Chinese foot binding was one such tradition. Peony is betrothed to a suitor, but dreams of true love. We will take you on a journey of love, destiny, desire and sorrow, set in 17th Century China.

    OAK ACADEMY
    "Can You See Them Now?"

      Sandro, an invisible street kid from Brazil, surviving through a life of crime. When he hijacked Bus 174, did anyone question his past, to understand what drove him? He witnessed his mother's murder, friends massacred by police and looked down upon by society. The media broadcasting the event in 2000 validated the street kids' existence. Can you see them now?

    ST PETER'S SCHOOL
    "My parents are from another planet"

      In the American town of Swanville in 1951,
      Like many other small towns, a revolution had begun.
      Parents found their teenage children rebellious and unruly.
      Teenagers found parents behaved embarrassingly and un-coolie.
      There seemed to be no common ground to draw between the two.
      It was like they were from different planets...only one day it was true.

    THE SIR JOHN COLFOX SCHOOL
    "Bhopal gas tragedy"

      30 years ago a chemical gas company plant exploded and killed many and deformed many others. The gas company changed their name and, to this day, have got away with it. Our theme outlines the divisions between the Indian community and the corporate world and the devastation that came with it.

    TWYNHAM SCHOOL
    "A hard road to a new beginning"

      An allegorical piece about the dangers of disease epidemics and the effect on our world society. Showing our resilience as a species when we have hope and community on our side.

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    2014 BE YOUR BEST HASTINGS ROCK CHALLENGE®
    White Rock Theatre - Wednesday, March 26th
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    BEXHILL COLLEGE
    "Who's Gonna Save the World?"

      As the world of technology and science rapidly develops, what if the dangers we see in movies could become reality? What could become of the world if a deadly virus could destroy our way of life, and our rights as human beings? Would we be ready, could we cope? Let's find out.

    BRIGHTON AND HOVE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Banksy's game of finders keepers"

      Last November street artist Banksy organised a treasure hunt of his iconic art via twitter it was a case of finders keepers, authorities tried to stop this to no avail. His campaign raised people’s awareness to the fact that we are surrounded by art every day, it doesn’t have to be framed or hung in a gallery to be valued.

    HAILSHAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMY TRUST
    "Torn By Temptation"

      Inspired by the story “The Wizard of OZ”, we have created our own narrative based upon the concept of temptation. Throughout life temptation is a constant presence and influence upon our own choices. The piece explores how by using your brain, following your heart and having courage can ultimately give you the strength to choose your own path.

    THE JOHN WALLIS CHURCH OF ENGLAND ACADEMY
    "‘The last beat’"

      Every day people are dying from heart attacks, this dance focuses on the internal body effects when a human suffers from a heart attack. The audience will see the groups of veins; arteries and blood collide together as the heart experiences different stages of attack. Will the heart survive? Or is the last heartbeat its final one?

    THE ST LEONARD'S ACADEMY
    "Top Secret/Once Upon a Spy"

      The quintessential British spy James Bond celebrates his 50 year anniversary in 2014. Our piece reflects the work of spies all over the world in uncovering secrets, infiltrating the opposition and protecting queen and country.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST PORTSMOUTH ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY ONE
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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    ADMIRAL LORD NELSON SCHOOL
    "When I Grow Up..."

      The life of a child is full of expectation and excitement about the future. Dreams, hopes and aspirations fill the lives of young people; I want to be a Doctor, a singer a movie director. However, what happens when these ambitions are stolen away and instead of excitement, abuse and terror take over. Forced into a life that is unrecognizable....

    BARTON PEVERIL SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
    "I see you"

      Drawing inspiration from James Cameron's sensational film 'Avatar' we have created a piece focused on the collision of cultures in the futuristic Utopia 'Pandora'. Our piece explores the theme of prejudice, and the resulting conflicts. Acceptance is fundamental to society, regardless of size, colour or race; for if we cannot accept each other, how can we rightfully accept ourselves?

    HORNDEAN TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "The Circle Of Life"

      Here is the story of two everyday people who fall in love. Their journey highlights the emotional roller coaster we all ride with the dizzying highs and tearful lows. How often do we reflect on our own lives, our experiences, our story? Sit back and take this chance to contemplate your circle of life.

    PERINS SCHOOL
    "'Monopolisation"

      Place: Old Kent Road. Jack’s lottery numbers win the jackpot. Greed enters, forcing Penny to snatch winning ticket turning her back on Jack. Characters are catapulted into the ruthless game ‘Monopoly’. Jack pursues Penny always a step behind. He loses the game, his girl, finds himself back at the start? Is life in Park Lane all that Penny anticipated?

    ROBERT MAY'S SCHOOL
    ""The Missing"

      "The Missing", what happened? Where are they? Will they ever be found? As we discover a hidden world, it isn't all it seems & actually do "The Missing" want to be found? A hidden world where what we believe could be our enemy, could actually be our saviour, where new life begins...

    RYDE SCHOOL WITH UPPER CHINE
    "Those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it"

      The First World War took place one hundred years ago. What has changed since then? You will witness a young boy, influenced by a new generation prior to the Vietnam war. Watch the progression from flower power to fire power and ultimately from innocent to combatant. Will mankind ever learn? Or are we condemned to relive the consequences of war?

    SANDOWN BAY ACADEMY
    "A New Reflection of an Old Perfection"

      Our story starts with the perfect ending, but where did it all go wrong? Three princesses are extracted from sweetened endings, put into the pressures of modern life. They soon realise that perfection isn't always what you first visualised. Will it be another happy ending or will they be tricked by the witch's disguise and forever remain under her power?

    SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
    "Down in New Orleans"

      Caroline is a New Orleans nurse who takes a position in a private hospice in New Orleans. She soon becomes entangled in a supernatural mystery and believes that her patients are in fact not sick but the unfortunate victims of mysterious rituals of witchcraft and sacrifice. Caroline's curiosity takes her further and further into the depths of Louisiana Voodoo...

    ST GREGORY THE GREAT SCHOOL
    "Once upon a time....."

      Once upon a time I believed all kinds of things.
      I believed in horses with horns
      and even in horses with wings!
      I would dream so deep that one day I fell,
      under the magical fairytale spell.
      But is this a dream, or can it come come true?
      that dear audience I will leave up to you.

    ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
    "Fairly Educated"

      The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992. The aim was to bring together producers and consumers by tackling poverty and injustice through trade. Our performance hopes to highlight the producer and consumer divide before Fairtrade and demonstrate that with a little education and by raising public awareness, we can empower citizens and consumers to create a fairer world for everyone.

    WARBLINGTON SCHOOL
    "Split"

      Our theme explores the idea of split personality. It shows the constant struggle of inner conflict and that some personalities are stronger than others. The piece highlights the struggle that someone with split personlity disorder mayexperience: that the battle is in themselves, that their true wish is to achieve inner piece and that this, for some.may never happen.

    WYVERN COLLEGE
    "Josephine the Angel"

      The story of an improbable rescue by New York City firefighters was among the most enduring of 9/11. It was considered a feat of timing, engineering and luck that when the north tower fell, the firefighters of Ladder Company 6 and Josephine Harris survived. The firefighters believe the difference between life and death was meeting Josephine on the stairwell.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST PORTSMOUTH ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY ONE
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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    BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL
    "Noughts and Crosses"

      In a future, two children play happily oblivious to the deep-seated divisions that will determine their futures. One a Cross, born to rule over the other, a Nought, blank, insignificant, a ‘nothing’ in this strict social order. Friendship is no match for the social divisions that separate us all.

    CHENEY SCHOOL
    "Dante's Inferno"

      Dante is lost in the caliginous, foreboding forest. The only way out is by passing through the gates of adolescents. She must journey through four compelling stages of teenage life in order to reach a new chapter. But is she prepared for the underlying challenges that lurk around the corner and what will she learn on the way?

    CHICHESTER COLLEGE
    "Patients and Impatience"

      Often confusing and sometimes scary Hospitals host some of the most significant moments in our lives. Within those walls the whole of life plays out; joy, fear and sorrow. With a backdrop of headlines discussing overworked staff and diminishing standards of clinical care in the NHS, our piece aims to look at the stories behind the pills and procedures.

    CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE
    "Learning to love the power"

      Living in the dark north, beautiful Medusa and her sisters are entranced by the sun. They beg Athena for permission to journey south to the sunlight. Jealous of Medusa’s beauty Athena turns her into a Gorgon with snakes instead of hair. Her glance turns people to stone, initially distraught she learns to love the power she has been cursed with.

    COWPLAIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "Always Remember, Never Forget"

      Our piece takes you on a journey of the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001. We visit and retell different stories and capture the essence of this devastating day. We pledge allegiance to the flag and all American citizens and showcase a piece that, like 9/11, no one will ever forget.

    FELPHAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Queen of the Underworld"

      Hades King of the Underworld was lonely, so he kidnapped Persephone. Her mother was so upset, everything on Earth started to die. Zeus sent Hermes to make a deal with Hades. For six months of the year Persephone lives with Hades, explaining autumn and winter, and six months of the year with her mother, hence spring and summer.

    MAYFIELD SCHOOL
    "The Imagination is a Dangerous Place"

      Lewis Carroll created a journey in the imagination using the innocent Alice as a pawn in a twisted world of fantasy, fuelled by temptation; greed, vanity, gluttony, and enhanced by the use of mind-bending drugs. Things are not what they seem and making the right decision can prove difficult with the persuasive influences that young people encounter in life.

    MEDINA COLLEGE
    "For All Eternity"

      The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart. Our interpretation of the children's tale 'The Little Prince' explores the obstacles faced while on the journey to find true love. Ask yourself, how far would you go to save your rose?

    PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "The Village"

      Made to be afraid of the colour red,
      For the beasts and the creatures that lie ahead.
      A village isolated from the rest of the world,
      Secrets are discovered by one young girl.
      Lost in the woods, scared and alone,
      Maybe the creatures lie closer to home?

    THE REGIS SCHOOL
    "Welcome to Utopia...?"

      Utopia, the town where everything is just perfect! How happy our young family is when they get the keys to their new home. However, no-one told them about the Mayor and his rule book! What happens to members of the town who do not abide by the rules? Can the rule book be overturned, and free expression rule the day?

    RYDE ACADEMY
    "Splintered Destiny, Carved Fate"

      The desire for a real human life leads Geppetto's wooden creation on a riotous endeavour. Temptation lurks behind fairground gates, and raging storms enlighten the murky depths. When you wish upon a star do your dreams come true, or has Pinocchio's destiny already carved his fate? Let conscience be your guide on this quest for honesty, bravery and selflessness.

    YATE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
    "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

      Congratulations!
      Today is your day.
      You're off to Great Places!
      You're off and away!
      You have brains in your head.
      You have feet in your shoes.
      You can steer yourself
      any direction you choose.
      And will you succeed?
      Yes! You will, indeed!
      (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
      Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    2014 BE YOUR BEST PORTSMOUTH J ROCK™ DAY ONE
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Friday, April 25th, 2014
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    BOTLEY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "A Chinese Cinderella"

      A true story based on Adeline, a young Chinese girl whose mother died giving birth to her and therefore her family think she is bad luck and reject her. At school, Adeline is bullied but continues to work hard to fulfil her dream of moving to London to study. Now her dad is sick, but will he grant her wish?

    DOVER PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Too Cool For School"

      Our little rabbit thinks school is a bore and that more exciting things are happening in the farmyard. Where the frogs are jumping and the chickens are squawking. However danger can lurk behind every hedge. When it comes to the fox and his antics perhaps mother does know best after all.

    FEDERATION OF ST MARY'S AND ST THOMAS'S ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS
    "The Piper of Franchville"

      Did you know that fifty years before the story of Hamelin was published, newspapers told of The Piper of Franchville, Isle of Wight? Here a sailor piped away the rats and the children of the town. Having been led away, they became the trees of the Island’s Parkhurst Forest. Learn with us, the importance of keeping your promise!

    NORTHERN PARADE JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "State of Mind - A child affected by the War in Syria"

      The emotional plight of a war-torn girl, detached from her family during the war in Syria. She is alone, scared and cold. She wants to run from the soldiers that then help her, she meets new friends, her mood is lifted and feels safe and happy again.

    ORCHARD LEA JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Alice in www.wonderland.co.uk"

      Bored and disillusioned with her tech-filled life, Alice is searching for some excitement. Curiously, she follows a white rabbit through a computer screen and finds herself in a fantasy land where she makes some intriguing friends. Will Alice find what she is looking for or has she been staring at it in the looking glass the whole time?

    ORCHARDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "Under A Blanket Of Stars"

      Cursed with coldness, the icy princess of an enchanted realm struggles to find warmth. Having exhausted all means to comfort her, the King summons nature’s bounty. He calls upon the green forests, deep oceans and mighty mountains to create charmed blankets; to no avail…Until a stranger appears and with his music warms her heart, under a blanket of stars.

    ST PAUL'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Three Wishes"

      In a world of poverty you stumble across something unexpected, could it change things for the better? Could changing things really help you? Money, power, fame; do they really make you truly happy? What would you choose as your three wishes?

    ST WINIFRED'S SCHOOL
    "Out There?"

      What's out there? Out there in space? We have wondered about it, explored some of it, made up stories and created fantastic heroes and mysterious aliens that live in it. St Winifred's explores some of those ideas in our performance 'Out there'

    SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Metamorphosis"

      We all know the story of the ugly duckling. But this simple tale can also be seen in our own everyday lives. Metamorphosis can occur in many walks of life: within nature and humankind. Just like the ugly duckling, we can all feel different, left out and alone. Travel with us on our journey and watch the metamorphosis unfold.

    WAVERLEY ABBEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Amelia's Amazing Adventures"

      We present Amelia Earhart's inspirational story. On visiting a local flying fair in the 1920's, Amelia quickly caught the flying bug. Whilst her father wasn't always supportive of her ambitions, Amelia's mother encouraged her to follow her dreams. Witnessing her world record solo Atlantic flight and her sad Pacific Ocean disappearance, we celebrate her legendary resilience and bravery.

    WOODCOT PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Children's Nightmares of the Past, Present and Future"

      Our theme is about nightmares experienced by children focusing on the past, present and future. Firstly, nightmares during the war, with the worry of being evacuated. Secondly, nightmares from children playing unsuitable video games. Finally the future and how technology may just take over! Our performance ends with the reassurance of a ‘dream catcher’ taking the nightmares away.

    THE BAY CE PRIMARY
    "Fight for Freedom"

      All over the world, throughout history, the greater powers have tried to invade and conquer. Villages at peace, communities living a free and traditional way of life are forced out, imprisoned, killed. Do they have a choice? What can they do to preserve their peaceful existence? Must they fight for peace? Does it make sense to fight for freedom?
    2014 BE YOUR BEST PORTSMOUTH J ROCK™ DAY TWO
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Saturday, April 26th, 2014
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    BEDENHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "The More Things Change the More They Stay The Same"

      Despite huge advances in technology, science, and human rights, it seems we haven’t learnt from past events. There are still massive problems from war, illness, and the way we treat our children to name a few. Let’s hope we can eventually change things for the better, end unnecessary suffering and that things do eventually change.

    MEDINA HOUSE SCHOOL
    "Our Rainbow Week"

      At our school we have red day, orange day, yellow day, green day and blue day. We want to take you on a journey through our rainbow week ending with a star of the week celebration and also want to share with you some of the ways we communicate.

    MERTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Quenched"

      Article 24 of the UN Convention on the rights of a child states that every child has the right to safe drinking water and that rich countries should help the poorer countries achieve this. So why in 2014 are there still children who do not have this right met?

    PORTSDOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Hindu creation - 3 is the magic number!"

      The creation story, of how the world began, has been retold in many different ways. The Big Bang, Adam and Eve, and the Divine Plan are just a few of many. The Hindu Creation story is one of three colourful gods, mythical creatures and memorable events. In the beginning there was only nothingness....and then....the creation began!

    RIDERS JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "The Children of the Sun"

      The Aztec Sun God was a fierce God. Every night he did battle with the moon and stars using the Serpent of Fire, the sun's rays, to protect his homeland, now known as Mexico. As the battles of day and night continued, the tribes celebrated his victories over darkness with each new sunrise. The children of the sun remained victorious.

    ROWNER JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Commemorating World War One"

      Children play warfare games on their Xbox every day, causing nightmares and increased violence in play. They are unaware of the effects WW1 had on Britain. The Great War has long played a significant role in Britain’s historical memory. We want to commemorate its 100th anniversary in order to help people understand how the war changed the face of Britain.

    RUSTINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Maui Tames the Sun"

      Our performance is based on a traditional story from New Zealand, Maui Tames the Sun. Long ago, when the world was new, people complained that the days were too short and the sun moved too quickly across the sky. Maui had had enough and he set off to tame the sun with his magic jaw bone.

    ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Pompeii - Have we been here before?"

      The people of Pompeii were unprepared for the eruption of Vesuvius. Thousands died, then the city remained untouched for nearly 2,000 years. Skeletons were frozen right where they'd fallen. Experts believe Vesuvius will erupt again. But the question is, haven't we been here before?

    STENBURY FEDERATION
    "The Rainbow Bird"

      In the outback long ago, life is bland,
      +The crocs rule over the fire throughout this land!
      Croc is selfish, croc is mean,
      To share with all is not his scene!
      But Bird is watching, kangaroo too,
      Watching, planning to make her move.
      Can Bird outwit the snappy croc
      and bring warmth and happiness to all at Ayers Rock?

    WICOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Frozen by Fire"

      The Gods are angry. We fear for our lives. Clutching the letter, Pliny the Elder set sail on a rescue mission as thousands of Roman citizens prayed to their gods to be merciful. It was a race for life as the distant rumblings from a smoking mountain sent out its deadly portent. A firestorm was on its way.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST J ROCK™ SOUTHERN FINAL
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

    BOTLEY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "A Chinese Cinderella"

      A true story based on Adeline, a young Chinese girl whose mother died giving birth to her and therefore her family think she is bad luck and reject her. At school, Adeline is bullied but continues to work hard to fulfil her dream of moving to London to study. Now her dad is sick, but will he grant her wish?

    CALMORE JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Learning Comes Alive!"

      Three unruly children think learning is boring guiding ash and lava with a thirst for death and destruction. Vesuvius showed no mercy, leaving Pompeii frozen in time.

    HIGHFIELD CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "On the wings of a butterfly"

      A tale of the Amazon rainforest, Chimidyue's imagination and creativity be powerful enough to conquer the greedy Emperor and his men?

    ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Pompeii - Have we been here before?"

      The people of Pompeii were unprepared for the eruption of Vesuvius. Thousands died, then the city remained untouched for nearly 2,000 years. Skeletons were frozen right where they'd fallen. Experts believe Vesuvius will erupt again. But the question is, haven't we been here before?

    ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "From Greed to Greatness"

      Our tale is set in Ancient Greece. A greedy king called Midas rules over his people. When choosing a wish given to him by the Gods, he makes a terrible mistake which leads him to make changes to his life of self indulgence and begin to notice what actually matters; not material things like gold, but love, kindness and friendship.

    SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL
    "Metamorphosis"

      We all know the story of the ugly duckling. But this simple tale can also be seen in our own everyday lives. Metamorphosis can occur in many walks of life: within nature and humankind. Just like the ugly duckling, we can all feel different, left out and alone. Travel with us on our journey and watch the metamorphosis unfold.

    WELLOW SCHOOL
    "A Question of Pride"

      In our superficial world, humans take pride in appearance embracing a passion for fashion. Have we forgotten to take pride in things that matter? A world without magnificent wild animals would be a travesty, yet today poaching is still rife. Ivory has a greater price than gold and fur is still ripped from animals to decorate vain shoulders.

    WICOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Frozen by Fire"

      The Gods are angry. We fear for our lives. Clutching the letter, Pliny the Elder set sail on a rescue mission as thousands of Roman citizens prayed to their gods to be merciful. It was a race for life as the distant rumblings from a smoking mountain sent out its deadly portent. A firestorm was on its way.

    WOODCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
    "Wonderland"

      Wes no such thing as broken Britain, we We need a hero to fight our cause, a people person to defy the laws. Someone to help, someone who cares; not asking for anything new, Robin Hood.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST ROCK CHALLENGE® SOUTHERN OPEN FINAL A
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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    AYLESBURY HIGH SCHOOL
    "The American Dream"

      Ireland, 1922; we wait with eager anticipation to board the ship that will take us to a life of hope and prosperity in New York. The crossing takes its toll after many days, but a torch lights our way to a city Buzzing with energy. Will the streets be paved with gold? Or must we help build the American Dream?

    BRIGHTON HILL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "I Accuse......."

      Earlier today we found Mr Black,
      The latest victim of someone's payback.
      Was it Plum? Was it Peacock? We simply don't know,
      But all will be revealed after this game of 'Cluedo.'
      Each character you meet could play a key part,
      So let's rewind time and go back to the start.

    CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
    "Rob Them Blind"

      ‘We’ve had it with politicians, rich kids never listen, there’s no such thing as broken Britain, we’re just broke in Britain; what needs fixing is the system.’ We need a hero to fight our cause, a people person to defy the laws. Someone to help, someone who cares; not asking for anything new, Robin Hood...where are you?

    HORNDEAN TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
    "The Circle Of Life"

      Here is the story of two everyday people who fall in love. Their journey highlights the emotional roller coaster we all ride with the dizzying highs and tearful lows. How often do we reflect on our own lives, our experiences, our story? Sit back and take this chance to contemplate your circle of life.

    NESCOT COLLEGE
    "Sayonara Mizuki"

      After seeing the murder of her father, Mizuki seeks revenge. Set in Japan drawing on anime and martial arts films we take you in to our black and white world which challenges the importance of respect, discipline, honour and sacrifice.

    PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
    "The Village"

      Made to be afraid of the colour red,
      For the beasts and the creatures that lie ahead.
      A village isolated from the rest of the world,
      Secrets are discovered by one young girl.
      Lost in the woods, scared and alone,
      Maybe the creatures lie closer to home?

    PARLIAMENT HILL SCHOOL
    "Take it Buy the Horns"

      Deep within the African planes, a monstrosity occurs every day. Since 1960, the number of black rhinos in the savannah has decreased by thousands. These majestic, powerful creatures are being slaughtered ruthlessly purely for medicine research and recreational uses. Refusing to turn a blind eye to this atrocity; we created this dance in memory.

    PORTSMOUTH COLLEGE
    "Delirium"

      Coward, monster, vicious brute
      Friend to thief and prostitute.
      Heartless, Godless, hell's delight
      Crude by day and lewd by night
      Conscience dulled by demon rum
      Liquor, thy name's Delirium
      The year is 1920 and America is about to introduce a national ban on alcohol but will prohibition bring about social reform or will crime and corruption prevail?

    ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
    "1000 Paper Cranes"

      "Peace Crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." Japanese legend claims folding 1000 origami cranes, will grant 1 wish. Sadako Sasaki, folded 644 before leukaemia, caused by America’s nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945, took her life. Her inspirational quest is remembered in the city’s Peace Park today.

    THE HENRY CORT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "Fogg's Final Fix"

      We invite you to step back in time and journey with us around the world with adventurer Phileas Fogg. Meet his trusty valet, Passepartout and watch as he not only battles to save the life of Aouda, but escape the clutches of Inspector Fix. He WILL make it in 80 days, but what will he discover on his way?

    WOODLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    "The Purrfect pair"

      Tonight we present to you our interpretation of the contemporary novel "A street cat named Bob” delivered in the style of a silent movie. The story focuses on the relationship between a homeless man and a stray cat living on the streets of London. Fate brings them together and an adventure ensues with heart-warming results.

    YATELEY SCHOOL
    "Xmas in a box"

      When you think of Christmas, what pictures spring to mind? Santa’s little helpers in the North Pole? People frantically rushing around busy shops? Children getting overly excited? ‘Xmas in a box’ unravels the commercial side of the festive season and exposes the harsh reality that for some Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year.
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    2014 BE YOUR BEST ROCK CHALLENGE® SOUTHERN PREMIER FINAL
    Portsmouth Guildhall - Saturday, June 21st, 2014

    THE ANGMERING SCHOOL
    "The Mariner’s Tale"

      An ancient mariner stops a bridal party, to tell his eternal tale following a dreadful storm the mariner shoots down the albatross that guided them to safety, cursing the ill-fated ship. Forced to wear the albatross to break the curse, the captain is threatened by ‘thousands of slimy things’, a ‘phantom ship’ and a battle between life and death.

    BRIGHTON AND HOVE HIGH SCHOOL
    "Banksy’s game of finders keepers"

      Last November street artist Banksy organised a treasure hunt of his Iconic art via twitter it was a case of finders keepers, authorities tried to stop this to no avail. His campaign raised people’s awareness to the fact that we are surrounded by art every day. It doesn’t have to be framed or hung in a gallery to be valued.

    CARISBROOKE COLLEGE
    "SILLY LITTLE DARES"

      A gasp, a shock, a whisper, faint
      A woman free from mortal taint
      A shock of red, blood as her sin,
      Streaks across the ivory skin.
      Of virgin blood unripened bud,
      Her demons, they are tasting blood
      As seasons change, they're growing thin
      they need to let a fresh one in.

    CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE
    "Learning to love the power"

      Living in the dark north, beautiful Medusa and her sisters are entranced by the sun. They beg Athena for permission to journey south to the sunlight. Jealous of Medusa’s beauty Athena turns her into a Gorgon with snakes instead of hair. Her glance turns people to stone, initially distraught she learns to love the power she has been cursed with.

    HAMBLE COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE
    "In-text-icatedly Driven"

      In tarloday’s society when young people start to drive there are more distractions than ever with mobile phones dominating their lives. On 10th November, 2009, Alex Brown was driving to school, alone, and lost her life due to texting and driving. Our piece shows the impact texting and driving can have – is that text you’re sending...to die for?

    HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL
    "1912"

      1912 society saw division between the classes. The world-famous Titanic segregated the Upper Class passengers from those of the Lower Class. In the disastrous sinking of this colossal ship, who will survive? Did the calls for 'Women and Children' reflect reality, or was the evacuation even more selective? Who will escape this horror?

    MAYFIELD SCHOOL
    "The Imagination is a Dangerous Place"

      Lewis Carroll created a journey in the imagination using the innocent Alice as a pawn in a twisted world of fantasy, fuelled by temptation; greed, vanity, gluttony, and enhanced by the use of mind-bending drugs. Things are not what they seem and making the right decision can prove difficult with the persuasive influences that young people encounter in life.

    PERINS SCHOOL
    "Monopolisation"

      Place: Old Kent Road. Jack’s lottery numbers win the jackpot. Greed enters, forcing Penny to snatch winning ticket turning her back on Jack. Characters are catapulted into the ruthless game ‘Monopoly’. Jack pursues Penny always a step behind. He loses the game, his girl, finds himself back at the start? Is life in Park Lane all that Penny anticipated?

    PURBROOK PARK SCHOOL
    "I Am The Lorax, I Speak For The Trees"

      Our piece brings to life Dr Seuss’ book ‘The Lorax’. The Onceler, a greedy business man discovers a beautiful land full of Barb-a-loot Bears, Swanity-Swans and Truffula Trees. Chopping down a tree he discovers he can make profit by knitting thneeds from them. Will the Lorax, caretaker of the forest be able to stop him from destroying the land for ever?
    RICHARD TAUNTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
    "EVERY LIFE LOST"

      By the time tonight's Rock Challenge has ended, approximately 200 children will have died from Malaria. It affects around half the world’s population yet is an easily preventable disease. What does it take to realise that this heart-breaking infection can affect us all. Every Life Lost is Needless.
    THE PETERSFIELD SCHOOL
    "We Will Always Remember"

      1914: father and son, never imagining what is about to unfold. “Lord Kitchener wants you”. Fathers and sons enlist. Mothers and children say sad farewells. The war, the casualties. 1918: the green fields and hills speckled with the red of poppies covered by the white crosses of death.
    TWYNHAM SCHOOL
    "A hard road to a new beginning"

      An allegorical piece about the dangers of disease epidemics and the effect on our world society. Showing our resilience as a species when we have hope and community on our side.