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2009 Stevenage Day 2
2009 HEART BE YOUR BEST ROCK CHALLENGE® DAY TWO
Stevenage Leisure Centre - Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

BARNWELL BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE SCHOOL, Stevenage, Hertfordshire: the Heart Award for Best Soundtrack, the Award for School Community Support , the Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement, and overall THIRD PLACE

BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL, Slough, Berkshire: the Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge, the Herts in Trust Award for Best Set Design, and overall FIFTH PLACE

KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire: the Visions Unlimited Award for Best Video Performance, the Hertfordshire Police Award for Best Drama Skills, the Herts in Trust Award for Best Choreography, the Stevenage Borough Council Award for Best Staging, the Youth Connexions Hertfordshire Performers' Choice Award, the Award for Student Leadership, the Druglink Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness, the Award for Media Management, and overall FIRST PLACE

MARK RUTHERFORD UPPER SCHOOL, Bedford, Bedfordshire: the Tega Award for Best Lighting Design

THE NEW RICKSTONES ACADEMY, Witham, Essex: the Druglink Award for Best Hair Design

NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, St Albans, Hertfordshire: the Ansvar Insurance Award for Concept Interpretation

PARMITER'S SCHOOL, Nr. Watford, Hertfordshire (NEW SCHOOL): the Be Your Best Foundation Award for Best Stage Crew, the Hertfordshire Crucial Crew Award for Best Costume Design, the Award for Healthy Lifestyle, and overall FOURTH PLACE

SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (NEW SCHOOL): the St Albans City and District Council Award for Best Concept Originality, the Youth Connexions Hertfordshire Award for Best Performance Skill

TRING SCHOOL, Tring, Hertfordshire: the Hertfordshire Police Award for Best Make-Up Design, and overall SECOND PLACE

VANDYKE UPPER SCHOOL, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire: the Youth Connexions Hertfordshire Award for Most Entertaining Performance

LAURENCE HAINES SCHOOL, Watford, Hertfordshire (showcasing Junior Rock Challenge® team):
ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire (showcasing Junior Rock Challenge® team):


THEMES

BARNWELL BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE COLLEGE, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
"Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll ...? (Warning: Stardom can seriously damage your health"

    What does our fascination with the stars reveal about who we want to be, what constitutes success and what it might mean to live the good life? A brief history of "Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll" suggests that the biggest drug might be stardom itself. How can we celebrate talent and inspiration without glamorising the unnatural high ?
Theme not submitted at time of printing

BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL, Slough, Berkshire
"Simunye: We Are One"

    What happens to someone when their culture is stripped away through violence and fighting? This is what our piece explores as we follow Tandi, a young child in Africa, who is parted from her Father and her town when they are attacked and overcome. Will the identity of this once peaceful village ever be reclaimed or will the settlers enforce their laws on everyone?

KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire
"Who Cares?!"

    The official figure of young carers in the UK is 175,000 but this doesn?t take into consideration those looking after someone with a drug/alcohol dependency or mental illness. Often seen as ?copers?, they learn practical and caring skills at an early age. However, they are ordinary young people with the same emotional needs as others their age.

MARK RUTHERFORD UPPER SCHOOL, Bedford, Bedfordshire
"So do ants"

    In today?s work/school driven lifestyle we are very much like ants. We leave early, come home late, working ?for the greater good of the community?. So do ants. What happens if we don?t conform to society?s expectations? This piece explores how people accept the rules put in place by society, but what happens if you try to break them?

NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, St Albans, Hertfordshire
"Labels are for Clothes"

    Every week the media report about anti social teenage behaviour, how teenagers are less clever than they were fifty years ago and sadly, how a knife crime culture is sweeping over our towns and cities. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the side to us that we don't see.

PARMITER'S SCHOOL, Nr. Watford, Hertfordshire
"What Screen Eyes You Have!"

    We have created a modern rendition of the much loved classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood to highlight the dangers of the internet. In cyberspace people may not be who they claim to be, consequently not all meetings end happily ever after.

SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
"Love Poem"

    Our piece is based on the poem by Banksy. We?ll explore love, jealousy and paranoia caused by modern technology.
    Beyond watching eyes
    With sweet and tender kisses
    Our souls reached out to each other
    In breathless wonder
    And when I awoke
    From vast and smiling peace
    I found you bathed in morning light
    Quietly studying
    All the messages on my phone

THE NEW RICKSTONES ACADEMY, Witham, Essex
"Reality Fights"

    What are the causes and effects of a young person choosing to carry a weapon? Our piece takes the life of one boy on a semi narrative exploration of two parallel lives taken from today's culture and the 1960s, resulting in a surreal and subversive dreamscape where the line between reality and fantasy is well and truly blurred.

TRING SCHOOL, Tring, Hertfordshire
"Under Pressure"

    Our production is based on the many pressures that students face today. We try and show the three main pressures: exams, body image, and social pressure. Rather than in just a mental capacity our pressure comes alive into a physical force. Our students take us through the journey of a school day, and the pressures they feel.

VANDYKE UPPER SCHOOL, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
"Fair world- Fair price? "

    Is money the root of all evil? The boss needs the worker and the worker needs the boss - the struggle is timeless - alone neither will survive. Do we all look into our own conscience when we shop, work, lend and borrow - we need the world to work together to make it succeed.A fair price for a fair world?

ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire
"Pandora's Box"

    Our theme is based on the story, 'Pandora's Box'. To represent the horrible disasters coming out of the box, we thought about the things that worried us most. We chose: pollution, bullying, poverty, street crime, greed and war. Then, through the despair blossoms 'Hope' to help mend evils and bring happiness. We end with a celebration!

LAURANCE HAINES PRIMARY SCHOOL, Watford, Hertfordshire (Showcasing Junior Team)
"Balanced"

    Our piece explores the choices available to young people around food. It looks at junk versus healthy options, and concludes that balance is best !