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May 30th

HEYA!!!!!
Wooooot..... i can't believe it!.... saturday and on go COWES HIGH!!!! Wooot!!!!
I'm soooooo hyped up ALREADY!! lol
A huge good luck to all the schools, and i hope you have loads of fun!!! :))

Anyway i must go, or i will be here talking for hours! lmao..x
Love - lucia xxxx
We'll see u all on Sat, Lucia - can't wait ! John (OAP Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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Hello to everyone who took part in the Grimsby Northern Open Final. Everyone was amazing and deserved to be be there
Well done Withernsea!!!!!! We Rule!!!!!!!!!! Next year all we have to do is beat South Holderness and we're back at the finals!!!!!!!
So pleased we got through to the final 'cause loved making new friends
Buttershaw was fantastic and deserved to win, as did everyone else!
Go Withernsea - can't wait for next year!!!!!!!!!

Alice (withernsea high) xxxxxx

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A big well done to Hornsea for winning at Grimsby !
Not long now, Archie, before we fly off to Auzzie...So much to do out there as well as our performance. Let's keep fundraising and we'll be there in no time xxxx

Love - Jodie (60's Girl) :D xx

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A big hello to everyone I met at Grimsby! HELLO!!! (Sarah - I still think tinfoil would look good !!!)
Well Done to everyone in the finals ! You were all really FAB!!!
Thornton -
we are the only ones that can master the big cheese!!!!
Anyway, better get back to revision...woow!!!
Naomi (Thorntonian)

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Hello !
I was at the premier finals on saturday night and i got to say it was absolutely the best. Each school has sooo much talent and they all should be very proud of themselves!
Hornsea - well done for coming first ! U did truly deserve it ... everything was perfect!
St.Louises - well done for coming second ! Choreography was superb - a pat on the back to you!
Longcroft was sooo good too ! Well done to you !
And also to Ashfield Girls' for coming 4th ! Wow - i was shocked and entertained the whole way through ... an amazing performance, esp the finale - it was breathtaking!
To all the other schools - you were also amazing!! Each school deserved to come firstbr>Good luck for next year, everyone
(and hopefully i'll get tickets to come back and watch agen (fingers crossed))

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Hey!!
I have missed so much of the tour this year because i have been so busy flying my way around the UK sharing my dancing skills with children of all ages.
This year has been Amazing and it's going to get better as i am heading back to The Big Apple (New York) on Monday!!!

My year kicked off to a great start with Rocka in Febuary and ever since i have been dancing my way through the months. I'm down in Basingstoke just now and was hoping to pop though to Portsmouth tommorrow to catch a sneeky peek at some of the finalists and to say hi to everyone but unforunately i won't be able to make it as i am flying back to Lovely Aberdeen to see my family and friend before disappearing to America for Six months
SO - as Rocka 2007 Draws to a close - i want to say Well Done to every single person involved - You Are All Amazing. An even bigger Well Done to all the new participants this year ! I hope u enjoyed your first year as much as i did and you continue to perform in years to come.
Good Luck in the finals and take care, everybody !

Darn it - won't see you at Portsmouth after all then, Lesley-Ann ? Ah well - was good to see you at Aberdeen. Stay safe. John (Editor)
Lesley-Ann Begg

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May 29th (10 messages)

Hornsea :D
How good was saturday ?!
What an amazing feeling and i think it really showed how close our team is. You're all amazing :)
Well done to all the other schools
Thanks for everything everyone did for us this year!

We love you hornsea
Charlotte b :) x

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Just like to add my congratulations to Karen Hylton and Hornsea. I've been watching Rocka since it started in Humberside and have always loved your pieces.
Congratulations also go to Buttershaw and Model - two great teams from a memorable 2004 Open Final night for me so I was really pleased to see you do so well in 2007
. (Missed the last two years finals but did get to 3 heats this year :))))
Vanessa Geib

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Heya ! It's Aaron from Hornsea. Hope everyone's OK ?!! :)
Massive well done to the team - Mrs Hylton was so pleased - and me, Kaye, Sophie and Lottie are so proud of you all :P
Well done to all da schools that were there at the Prem final - you were fantastic !
BIG thanks to Rock Challenge for saturday ~ i loved it :D ... WHAT an ace night !
WOHOOO!!! WE WON ! GO HORNSEA!!
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Would like to give a huge thanks to Mrs Hylton for everything. Luke ~ (and our fantastic stage crew) ~ Weyee Geo 'n' Rachel. Also Mrs Webb and Sally plus everyone else involved on the night helping with hair and makeup. Finally I will say thanks, Mum (Dianne :))
Now (of course) a BIG THANK~YOU to every one of you in the team ! All the rehearsals seem worth it now, don't they? :D
Can't wait to see the video of Saturday but I think that everyone was amazing :)
5, 6, 7, 8...... awwwww :( ... that was the last time we're going to be able to count the ending haha.
Hope you all enjoyed it - i sure did. (Weyee - i am still buzzin wen i see the pics :)
Well Done Everyone - you were ace!!!!!!!
I can't get those songs out of my head: "I like the way you move .........." ... "We're having a party ............" ... "Together for ever ........" ...
Aaaahhh .... sad that it's all over now tho.....i just wanna do it all again :))
Love - Aaron (Hornsea Choreographer) xxxxxx
GO HORNSEA

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Hi everyone !
A huge "Congratulations !" to all of the rock challenge crew and dancers ! It was a fantastic final on saturday night
Luke and the hornsea crew were fantastic people and that set will look magnificent in its new home ! Well done on gaining first place - it was a pleasure to meet you
The weekend was excellent and we are so proud of our team who danced their hearts out all day and gained such a high ranking ... we were WELL chuffed !! We will be back next year to do it all again and look forward to seeing you all there

From the st louises teachers and crew

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Hey guys! Smithy here from Hornsea!
I wasn't invloved this year though I have been for a number of years. I woke up on Sunday morning with a message on my phone sayin "Hornsea are Northern Premier Champions!". What a way to start the day! it brought an instant smile to my face :)
I wish i'd been there to relish the moment!! The Rocka Buzz lives on, and i'm so happy for you all!!
Luke -
hopefully me and swanny will pop in soon to congratulate you properly!
To the rest of the team, A HUGE WELL DONE to you all!
Mrs. Hylton! Enjoy your holiday. Hornsea School would never be the same without you!
Hope to see you all soon!

Rich (ex stage crew, "Luke Conlon's Barmy Army!")

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Wow - Rock Challenge was soooo awesome on saturday nite!
C'mon Thornton - you know we rocked the sox of tht audience! (Tho shame we didn't get placed - tht wud hav bin gr8!)
Well done to Hornsea - though i never saw you performance, i heard good things bout it so congratulations
It was an awesome nite ... my 3rd year doin the event and that has to have bin the best one even though me, hainsy n lil andy wa ill :( but it wa stil gr8! :)
Cnt w8 for next year ... it wil be my last year doing it so i am lukin forward to it
C'mon THORNTON - there is still hope!

Emma (thornton) xxx

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A MESSAGE FOR THE FAB GRIMSBY VOLUNTEERS !

Hi John !
What a numty I am - l left my (new!!!) Merrell trainers in the crew-room on Saturday night. Must have been the stress of judging !
Is there any way we can contact the volunteers from the weekend to see if anyone was kind enough to pick them up when they left?

LOST:
  • Merrell trainers in a blue shoe bag
  • Owner - one dotty judge / photographer
  • Will pay postage to be reunited with them
I have contacted the Auditorium and fortunately they said the cleaners have not touched the dressing rooms yet as the next show doesn't go in until Friday ... fingers crossed !
Best wishes - Vanessa

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Heya !
Just fancied puttin a msg up 2 say wow, i think it's fab how supportive every1 is this year at rocka!!!! Despite not being placed, i surprisingly couldn't b happier!!! I've made soooooooo many frends this yr - more than in any previous yrs - n at d end of the day thts wot rock challenge is alllllll abowt. Yes, beein placed would have bin nice, but makin all these new m8s is so much betta!!
Thanx agen 2 every1 who contributed 2 our performance. We all did ourselves proud and i am so happy 2 b part of such a totally ace team!!!!!
Well dun once agen 2 all da uva skools who competed, n well dun buttershaw!!
Hi 2 all the random people i met volunteerin on bradford day 2 ! Ur all fab nutters n totally deserved dat win !
C u in da prems!!!!

Bye 4 now - Sarah (thornton)

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Rock challenge was amazing ! It was my first year and i loved it !!
Well done to everyone at grimsby on saturday night.. and come on HORNSEA!!
Sooooooooo happy we won ... i still can't stop smiling about it =)
Huge thanks to Mrs Hylton.. Mrs Webb.. Diane.. Lottie, Aaron, Sophie and Kaye.. all the stage crew.. and everyone who helped with all the hair and make up

Lots of love - Sarah a.. HORNSEA! ...x

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Woooooooooow. everybody in the team ! Thank-you sooo much for all your effort - it was absolutely amazing. All that hard work... look where it got us.. i'm sooo proud of you all
Thank-you to luke and will especially for building the set.. u are both amazing. and mrs hylton for bringing this success together
I can't believe we have won. Thank-you everybody...,. u did us all proud

Love - lottie (choreographer) and Biddy (becky b) xxxxxx

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May 28th (17 messages)

Hey everyone from Hornsea school! A HUGE WELL DONE for winning the final on Saturday night!! It brought a smile to my face when I found out - all your hard work has finally paid off :)
Congratulations, Mrs Hylton, for your team's success - you really deserve it!

Love - Rachael Rooks (Ex Rock Challenger and Choreographer) Longcroft were brilliant on saturday night! I'm not a supporter of their school but OMG i was sooooo impressed! They always seem to be fantastic and sooo amazing!
Well done to hornsea school who won - you were very gud! - but longcroft, i will be coming to see you next year. I'm sure you will once again amaze the audience with your amazing choreography and the unique ideas u bring to rock challenge!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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Hey!!! Have finally recovered from grimsby!!!
Thanks to everyone for making it such a wonderful day!
Nice to see you, john. I was the girl from thornton who was dancing round in bat wings all day!!!
I would like to say the biggest thank-you to mrs cowley and danika. I have had the best time over the past four years, and would like to thank you for giving me the chance to be stage manager this year
Thank-you to everyone from thornton for giving me so many laughs. Ashley:
for being there for me when i was being attacked by the flats! Kyle: for knocking some sense into me ... literally!! Margaret: for making me the most amazing costume i have EVER seen. Ange: thank you for keeping my spirits up when i was feeling low at grimsby. Have an amazing time in Australia!
Hopefully i'll be back next year to volunteer as this was my last year
Well done to hornsea for winning. Your performance was brilliant
Well done to all the the other schools as well. It was a fantastic competition and the standard was excellent
Westfield Primary: it was an amazing performance, and you looked brilliant!

I would also like to say thank-you to the rock challenge crew for making it an amazing day (and especially the guy who helped me with the set when i got hit on the head! :) Rock Challenge has helped me make so many new friends, and i would like to thank everyone involved
See you all later :)

Sarah (TGS stage manager 2007)
It was great to see you too, Sarah ! Make sure you keep in touch, make sure you're on the newsy-emails list, and hopefully we'll see you as a volunteer in 2008 ! John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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Hello all!
Well, well ... Rock Challenge 07 has finally drawn to an end in the North. How quickly time flies when you're having fun!
Saturday night was a HUGE success, and as a first-time member of the audience rather than being on stage with Baysgarth, I felt that it was definitely an eye opener! (But I was still immensely eager to get up on Grimbo's big stage and perform!)
Congratulations to Hornsea ! I certainly expected a WEALTH of messages of the website, and boy they have come in in millions! Your performance was superb and after so many years... Mrs Hylton and your team must be sooooooo proud. Well done! I partcularly loved your opening scene; it was so well executed
Ashfield Girls' was definitely an eye-opener with a magnificent set and costume bak!
St Louise's choreography and atmospheric lighting was top quality, and congratulations to Longcroft too for their weird and wonderful performance!
SO proud of (our) John P for 1st place success in the video comp; the master of all things technical and behnd the scenes ! The video looked cracking!

Looking foward to next year ... who knows the theme??!!! As always, it should be a rocking year though!
John (Ed) and beautiful Wendy; 'twas great to see you guys sooooooooo young at heart and loving it. Expect plenty of messages before next season in the North.
Well Done to all.... has been a great year so far ...and all the very best to the schools competing at Portsmouth soon!
We look forward to next year. Thank-you, Mrs Valentine and Mr Scruton - you are the very best! :)
Catch y'all around sometime...
Cap'n Jack

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!! Hornsea, you did us majorly proud!!!!
The Prem final was so wonderful. The whole day was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it!
The atmosphere in the sports hall when the awards were being given was so intense and when Hornsea was anounced it was totally electric!!! I think it was one of the best feelings in the world and I was so so proud of you all. You worked harder than you have ever worked and everything was just SUPERB!
This was the first year I have been involved in Rock Challenge and I know now after this experience I will be there with you all next year - all the way :-)
Thank you for giving me the most amazing experience and I know the buzz of all of this will stay with the school until next year.
WELL DONE HORNSEA- YOU WERE WICKED!!!!!

Jemma (Miss Wood)
ps I know Mrs Hylton is on holiday but I know she was totally overwhelmed with it all and so extremely proud of you - YOU WERE ALL FANTASTIC!

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Well done to everyone at the open Northerns on Friday. The standard was incredible!
I especially loved Ellon's set, plus a huge well done to Southfield for the Hair award - loved it all! The costumes were amazing and the set was brilliant
And (of course) to all the Cockermouth rockers - we did really well, and we're STILL WINNERS!
Roll on next year!

Nomes

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Well done to Ashfield Girls'. Your whole piece was unbelievable!! Finale superb - best i've ever seen!! - and costumes and stage was amazing. Well done, girls

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Hi all !
Now that i've caught up a bit on my sleep after returning home yesterday from Grimsby, I just want to say a huge thank-you and well done to all the schools who took part in the two days at the Northern finals
Congratulations to everyone involved with Buttershaw and Hornsea schools on winning :D
Belfast Model and Thornton - your performances were amazing :D
Also a massive well done to Westfield Primary for showcasing :) The high standard and professionalism of your performers and crew was brilliant to see of such young people :D
Roll on the southern finals !! :D :D :D :D

Right ... have got to go ... got a stage to rip out and rebuild in two nights :D
Ness (Rockateer)

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Wahay! Well done to Buttershaw!!!!
It's adam here, an ex-student from john smeaton high in Leeds!!
Shame i couldn't have been there to see you win!
Hopefully smeaton will return with an amazing comeback, so watch this space!!!
Adam from John Smeaton, Leeds, West Yorkshire xxxx

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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!! We won !!!!!!!!!
Well deserved, guys!!!!!
Wot an amazing day ! Everybody was ace!!!
But well done especially to Hornsea - i know you all went out there and did your best !!!
Aargh ... i can't believe it ! I'm still buzzin haha!! Can't wait til next year to do it all again!!
Love ya - darryl xxxxxxx (hornsea)
We love you Hornsea we do!
We love you Hornsea we do!
We love you Hornsea we do!
O Hornsea we love you!!!
Oi Oi Oi!!!!!!!

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Hi all !
After a sleepy journey home from grimsby, what more can i say than amazing standards from all schools
Firstly the opens. Well done to buttershaw. It was excellent and i loved it (and your set was immense :)
Well done to Belfast Model School - yours was immense too
(also your behaviour in the hotel was amazingly good - i actually managed to get to sleep where last year i couldn't at all so well done you guys :)
The premiers ... now what can i say ... where to begin ...
Well, first of all hornsea - well done to you guys. It was completely amazing. Thornton - yours was amazing as well. To say yours scared me is an understatement - so well done (lol)
Ashfield - your finale was probably the most perfect finale i have ever seen, and your puppet was sooooooo kl

I would also like to say a massive well done and cheers to westfield primary who showcased. I don't think you could have got any more tears out of anyone after that performance, and it shows the high standards of junior schools and i think a huge shout out should go to the teachers and staff who helped you and got you into it - it was just so amazing to see
Thank-you all ... the northerns were amazing

Southerns left now and then it's all over for 2007. Can't wait for 2008 so see you all again soon !
Davey (Rockateer, aka Monkey Boy)

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Hi ! Jess ere from hornsea school!!!
I can't believe we've finally won a final ! The atmosphere of the awards ceremony was so intense and so nerveracking and then we were announced as winners and it was just amazing. Hornsea really raised the roof with screams!

Also well done to all the other schools ! It was such a close competition and i don't envy the judges having to decide who won
The day of the premier final was just so amazing
, meeting all the other schools and watching their pieces - which were all really good. Then we waited and waited for our chance to perform and then went on and danced our hearts out. I was so nervous but when i got on the stage it was just so cool!
Thank-you diane
for painting the set !
Thank-you luke and mr sellers for making the set !
Thank-you mrs webb for making all the costumes !
Thank-you stage crew for getting the set on in that crucial 4 minutes !
Thank-you to the make up and hair people !
Thank-you to sophie, kaye, lottie and aaron
not just for the amazing dance work but for the support and leadership that you and others gave !
And finally, Thank You Mrs Hylton for the perseverance over so many years ! As it said on your t-shirt, we were all inspired to do something amazing. Hope you have a good holiday - you deserve it.
Well done, everyone!

We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
Oh hornsea we love you oi oi oi

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Heya guys !
Well done to everyone last night - it was brilliant!!!!!
Huge well done to hornsea - it was amazing and u realli deserved it
Big well done to my school matthew humberstone ! You did us proud once again

Was great seeing you again, john :>
Lots of love - Jade xxxxxx
Great to see you again, Jade ! Good Luck in the Miss England Finals ! John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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Argghhhhhh!!!!!! Hornsea ! OMG ... in my last year ! I was crying - shameful to admit, but it was emotional. We all soooo deserved it for all the years i've been in with all the choreographers. There's never been a lack of effort but last night was something special - the atmosphere was amazing !!
I'm coming back to watch next year so i'll be expecting lots :)
I want to take this last opportunity to say a MASSIVE thanks to diane for the set first, because all the teachers of other schools even came to congratulate her
Mrs Webb - you outdid yourself on costumes this year !
All the choreographers - you were all amazing -Aaron, Kaye, Lottie and Soph
The stage crew definitely deserve a mention for all the years of hard work and the great sets we produce
All the team members for the effort and making my last event so enjoyable, and well done too to the makeup artists
Lastly but certainly not least ... MRS HYLTON ! She's on holiday now but hopefully she'll read it when she gets back!
(Ed: don't you worry - she'll almost certainly be reading it while she's away too :) You r an amazing teacher, so organised and you are so emotionally attached to this competition. After 11 years you ARE rock challenge personified for hornsea school
Thank-you everyone for one last send-off for me: it was everything i've been working for these past years

Jade (upper sixth) Hornsea

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Hiya!
Well done to hornsea - youze were fab!
Saturday was the most amazing day ever! Thanks to all the rock challenge crew - you make it better every year :)
Thanks to everyone from ashfield ! You really made my day ! You're all amazing !:)

Hi to john and family! Such nice people! (John - if u remember sum strange man shouting "Bye john !" when you were walking to the ashfield coach, that was my dad hehe)
Well done to thornton ... we did our best once again! Let's see what the future holds!
Thanks for an amazing year!

Love - Bekky (Thornton) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Bekky ! What a great night - you are a lovely team. Say "Hi, Dad !" back for me, won't you :)) John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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Wow! Still can't believe we won!
A massive congratulations to the Hornsea Team - you were awesome! And my stagecrew - once again you did me proud (fingers crossed for the national crew award!)
A huge thank-you to everyone involved: hair, make-up, costume, painting, lighting etc ... it truly was a team effort
A big well done and thanks to Mrs Hylton for all the time and effort put into the team - enjoy your rest

Well done to all the other teams too that competed at the final - you were all exceptional. (It was a pleasure to meet the St Louise's team too and I look forward to hearing from you soon.)

Luke (Hornsea Stage Manager)

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Heya !
Just wanted 2 say thanx sooooooo much 2 every1 who put so much effort into our rock challenge this year ... Danika, Mrs Cowley, Miss Moore, Sarah ... i know how hard u worked n how much u stressed over that set !
Hiiiiiii 2 all my m8s: georgia, vicki, robyn, tasha, jordan, uva vicki, sofie, jane, chloe n any1 else iv missed who i know from ashfield!!!! Luv u all :)
Also hi 2 tom - u did gud! - n hi 2 faye from matthew humberstone too if uze remember me
(n dat's the faye who ad the hat, not the uva faye ... too confusin avin 2 of uze ther haha !!)
HI 2 all ma thornton buds - bekky, rach, natalie, naomi, becca, emma, caz, n of course andy- hope u get well soon ... so sad u cudnt b ther :(
Oh well - must b off. Rocka is dun, n history revision's arrived 2 replace it (oh the joy!)

Luv - Sarah (thornton) :D

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Wooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! I have to say i'm still so happy and buzzin from saturday!!!
How awesome it is at last to say "Hornsea - we won the Final !!!!!!"
Well done, guys
. I know everyone on that stage put everything into that performance!
Well done to all the other schools ! It was a very high standard of competition!
Mrs Hylton, it's finally ours. I am so happy for you and for us in the team!!! Thank-you to everyone involved ... backstage, the dancers and our supporters!!

Love - darryl (hornsea)
We love you Hornsea we do!
We love you Hornsea we do!
We love you Hornsea we do!
Oh Hornsea we love you!
Oi Oi Oi

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Wow ,what a fantastic final on Saturday night !!!!!!!!
Well done to all of the participants ! The standard was awesome.
Hornsea were a fantastic crew and team - we loved meeting you :)

It is an exhausting trip for the N.Ireland schools, so well done to Ashfield and particularly to St Louises for getting placed second in your second year.
The dancing was spectacular ! Looking forward to next year already !!
Thanks to everyone for an amazing weekend

ST.LOUISES SUPPORTER AND CREW MEMBER.

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May 27th (31 messages)

1st Place... Northern Open Finals.. Yes.. it was BUTTERSHAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whooooo!!
So well deserved, what an amazing piece!!! Loved every minute, and the soundtrack was so beautiful!! Especially the white girls at the end and the Angel coming down from above!! And yey, the Teddy got his head back!!!!

Laura xxx

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Heya every1!!!
Woo, we did it - 3rd place and back in2 the premier!!!!!! HORNSEA, WE'RE COMING BACK!!!! (BTW, well done on winning yesterday!!!!!)
I is well tired frm friday!!!! Then i had work yesterday!!! I thought i was going 2 die!!!!
Well done 2 every1 in driff school ! Back in the premier next year!!!! We need to do the best we can 2 stay there!!!!!
Jonathan

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WELL DONE HORNSEA ! You did it ! CONGRATULATIONS !!
You were FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT, AWESOME ... BIG UP TO YOU

It was well deserved - all your hard work and effort paid off. It's been a long time in coming but you got there in the end
Bet you're all still on a high this morning (if you're up) ! I know i am and i'm just a parent :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for next year. Well done to you all, on and off stage
From a VERY PROUD Hornsea parent
PS well done Driffield ! See you next year !

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Hi to everyone on the Hornsea Team
Brilliant news! Well done to all on the Hornsea Team. Sorry I could not be there on Saturday night, but I am glad to see you have finally got the award you deserve. A well-deserved achievement and thanks to you all, but particularly to Karen Hylton - your dedication to the students is exemplary.
Once again Hornsea is on the map and I am so proud of you all.
Caroline Elliott and the Governors


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Hey ! Vicki here from Ashfield Girls'
What can I say, I am SO very proud of our girlies! We have accomplised soo much this year and i am just so proud to be able to say i am a part of the Ashfield Girls' Rocka team!
Big thanks to all the Parents and friends
who helped and came to support us!
Massive thanks to Joan who made ALL of our hundreds of beautiful sparkly costumes! Big thanks to all the staff and people who helped! Stage crew and make up/ hair teams! You rock! Did an absolutely amazing job!
Well.. Mrs Watson?
Another Year over and once again you put on a great piece! You are a complete Legend and are just amazing and ultimate banter - thank you so much for everything!
Performers from Ashfield, You just blew every1 away, we looked great :D

And a big shout out to Stuart who i got to see again.. and new buddies :P Sophie, Laura and Mike from Thornton - u guys rock! And Laura ..DON'T teach me bad habits.. ahaha POW!
Well, can't believe it is another year over! Can't wait though! BRING ON 2008!
Well done to Hornsea ! Youze did an awesome job! And the rest of the schools who took part in that day! A really high standard of dance and every1 loooked fabulous!
Thank-you to all involved with rock challenge - from our school, the rock challenge staff, and the other skools 4 making it an amazing day!

Vicki (Russian man with puppet and Uncle Sam :D) xx

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
I CAN'T BELIEVE WE FINALLY DID IT!!!!!!

Well done HORNSEA ! Everyone was soooo amazing!! I had such a fantastic time!!
Well done to all of the other schools who were competing, everyone was great !
Well done to Driff for coming third on Friday !!!! We were there with our whistles and our "Laura" banner haha!!!
Thank-you so much to everyone involved in the team and also to the rock challenge team themselves
. (And John - you are a LEGEND!!)
WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA, WE DO!
WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA, WE DO!
WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA, WE DO!
OOOOOOOOOH HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU!!!
OI! OI! OI!
Lots of love - CHAZ (hornsea) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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JUST GOT HOME IN SCOTLAND TONIGHT FROM 2 AMAZIN DAYS AT GRIMSBY............ and all i can say is "WWWOOOOOOOWWWW!!!!"
I had such a great time, i don't know where to begin!!
Well, the opens finals were great on friday: from 1st thing in the mornin the skls were in and the buzz was there. It was really busy - 12 skls!! The atmosphere was amazin!! And then then show at night.... the standard was really high and everyone did soooo well ... it was just sooo goood!!
Well done to BUTTERSHAW, GIRLS' MODEL and DRIFF for their top 3 places - very well deserved ! You were fantastic !!
(Model - i loved the underwater scene ... it was visually stunning !!)
Well done to the 2 scottish skls ELLON n KEITH ! Uze did us proud, the standard was just sooo high ! N well done to kyle from ellon for the lightin award - whoo hooo
Then the PREMS.... woah!!! How good was everyone ? The standard was just out of this world!! Everyone was amazin, n didn't know who was gonna get it - it was just sooo amazin!!!
Ashfield - i loved it !
Cudn't have got any brighter of a performance - think i needed my sunglasses to look at ! That set was stunnin, and the costumes ... everything was sooo bright ... n how do uz manage those costume changes ? Well done (n thankz for the BATTON - i'll treasure it!!)
Longcroft n st louise - well done for 3rd n 2nd - very visual performances n very good dancin ... well done!! !
Then ... HORNSEA !! Whooo hooo ! FINALLY UZE GOT THAT 1ST PLACE UZ DESERVE !
We love u, hornsea we do!!! Oh hornsea, we love u!!! After soo many yrs of 2nds n 3rds ! I knew uze cud do it !
Well done mrs hylton!!! U sooo deserve it after all these yrs!!
I always love ur performances - they're just such a high standard n i told u one day u'd get it
It was great - ur set was lovely (not as big as usual but wow it made an impact :) n the dancin ... everything was jst soo good!! How do u top it off nxt yr tho?!? Look 4ward to seein wotever it is anyway (n havin a nice yap with u again - ur such a nice person!!)
Well done to all the other skls in the prems too ! Everyone was amazin - it was just soo good!!!
Wot a great time al us volunteers had ! The 2 days were pretty crazy - wall climbin, foto posin, bunny-hoppin over pillars in car parks!! Oh, it was just 2 days of rocka craziness and i love it ! Can't wait for nxt yr!!
Not long till aberdeen 2008 ... countdown goin up straight after southerns, john? Was great seein u n wendy again... 3 times this tour!! Think that's a record!!
Rocka crew - uze were great as usual .... so much fun!!!!
PETERHEED...
get ready to work harder than ever b4 ! We got to come back bigger n better than ever nxt yr cuz it wasn't the same bein down there in grimsby without my team, so let's get started on rock 2008!!!
Stuart (peterheed/ volunteer)
GREAT to see you all again, Stuart ! (And hope Kimberley's exams are going OK.) John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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I can't believe it!!! We've been so close so many times, 2nd three times, 3rd twice and finally 1ST!!!!!!! We did it, as paul says, and of course Mrs Hylton ... from the 2002 Rock Challenge... PERSERVERANCE REALLY DOES PAY!!!!
Mrs Hylton was the one person that made my school life so enjoyable by continuing to do Rock Challenge. And if there was one person to learn something off, Mrs Hlyton is the lady!!! Thank you for everything!!
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Congratulations Hornsea ! What a fabulous night last night - everyone can be so proud!
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here - the privilege of hearing and saying HORNSEA ARE THE 2007 NORTHERN PREMIER CHAMPIONS !
Mrs Hylton, you most definitely deserved this, and I am so glad i was there to join in the triumph, and celebrate the occasion and the old saying "Perseverance Pays" !!

Paul

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Well done hornsea ! You have finally done it !!
Sad
not to be at grimsby to b involved in an amazing day (bt av australia 2 look 4ward to)
Am glad a school close to home gt it ! Well done !!
Archie team member (2006 premier performance)

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Hello John and Hello everybody!
I'd just like to say a big well done to my School (Driffield) for achieving third place and regaining our premier status ! Everybody gave it their all!
Also well done to all the other schools at the open final, because in the 7 years i have been involved in rockers it was the highest standard i've ever seen
This year was my last year and i feel a little sad and upset but i'd like to thank all the rock challenge crew and especially dave, zoie and tim for making every year so immense. I have loved RC so much!
Well done, Driff

Love - Stacey

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ooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggggggg ... WE WON !
I cannot believe it. All those months of hard work have finally paid off
Absolutely fantastic night ! All the schools were amazing and i bet the judges had a really hard decision 2 make

A big thnks 2 every1 involved in the hornsea team. U all know who u are but a big big thanku 2 hylton, the choreographers, luke and mrs webb ... could not have done it without u guys and ure crew ( luke )
Well done, miss ! U deserved this
wowowowowow ... still in shock, and cried all the way home and could not stop smiling!!!!!!!!
Well done every1 in the hornsea teammmm whooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !
Well done 2 all the other skwls - u were amazing !

Love - beki.k. from the champions that are HORNSEAAAA **********************************
We love u hornsea we do - we love u hornsea we do - we love u hornsea we do - ooooooooo hornsea we love u oioioi
Bekki xxxxxxx

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Wow! Wot an amazing nite!
Wel dun 2 all of the skools who performed last nite ! U were all gr8!
Well dun 2 the winners hornsea - u deserved it!
Ashfield - u were so gr8, ur just so brill ! It wudn't b rocka without u lot!

Huge hello 2 the millions of m8s there - robyn, vicki, n the rest of u .... i can't remember ur names but i sat with u 4 the results so u know who u r! (There's so many of u!)
Thornton
, we were fantastic! It's such a shame we didn't place again becos we sooo deserved it!
Every1's worked so hard 2 make it the greatest yr ever (n let me just say it was!!!) Heya 2 all my thorton m8s - bekky, sarah, natalie, naomi, becca, emma ... the list is endless!
Hello 2 john n wendy ! It's gr8 2 c u again n the picnics r gr8 every yr!
Hello as well 2 the mad tanya! U r sooo crazy, but that's wot makes u so gr8!
Well, best b goin now. Thank u 2 all the skools n all the crew who made it the gr8est yr eva!
Luv - rachael (thornton)
Hello, Rachael ! Phew ... it was just dry enough for a picnic again (couldn't have done that on Friday :)) John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)

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What can I say?? WELL DONE HORNSEA! It's so thoroughly deserved to finally have all your efforts recognised !
On behalf of every Hornsea-Rocka past and present I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK-YOU to Karen Hylton, without whom Rock Challenge and the spirit of so many young people in the Hornsea area would not be the same. Rock Challenge isn't just another after school activity to keep kids of the streets - for a few months a year it really IS a way of life. I learnt so much from being part of the Hornsea team (from watching the older students lead us to having the privilege of being a choreographer myself two years ago and coming back now that I have left the school, to see how important it still is to so many people.)

I'll forever regret not being to attend the final on Saturday evening to share that amazing moment with you all but I'm sure the screams were still loud enough without me!
Congratulations to everyone involved! Don't let the celebrations end and keep on smiling... Hornsea finally did it!!
Molly (ex-Hornsea Rocka)

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Heyaa!
Thanks for such an awesome night yesterday!!!!
It was really good for me (being my second year!!) and I made new friends with girls from Ashfield (Who are awesome :>)
Ashfield - Well Done! You guys are really awesome :)
(BTW you will be added on MSN!!!)
Hornsea - Well done and Congrats! You guys were absolutely fantastic! :)
Thornton - Of course!!! All of you guys were absolutely fab!!
All the big CHEESE! (Fatty Smelly Cheese 2 be exact!) All were awesome dancers and stagecrew!!
Thanks for picking us for Performers' Choice :)
Danika -
A massive thanks for Danika, who created this fab work!! It was absolutely amazing this year!!! Thanks for such a good time :) xx
Natalie O. (Thorntoner!) :-) :P

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Wowwwwweeeee !!!!
What an amazing weekend

First it started on friday - Driffield got overall third place out of twelve, and we are back in the premier!!!!
I am so proud of everyone in our team - so much effort has been put in by everyone and we have done ourselves proud
Thanks to all the teachers from our school and to the 6th-form committee, who have been SO committed
Thanks to our stage crew (the majority of whom were new this year) and to every single person who helped with make-up and hair, and to everyone in our team
All the schools should be so proud because every performance was amazing
On saturday i went to watch the premier final, which was incredible. Every single piece was outstanding !
Hornsea did AMAZING!!!! We were cheering you on on the front row and well done, Hornsea - you deserved first place :D
I can't wait for next year ... my last year :( but one Driffield will never forget, i'm sure!

Love - Laura (driff co-host) xx

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Well done Hornsea! You were fab and so deserved to win. I felt so proud of you all and loved being part of the team again (Ed reckons he was your lucky mascot!!)
Got loads of pics of the celebrations and the tears!!! Will show them to you when we are back in school
Love - Sally (Make-up Artist to the Stars of Hornsea School!!!!!)

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Woo - go hornc !
I cnt believe we won last nite - it was absolutely amzin n i still cnt belive it
Thanku 2 mrs hylton, our choreographers, stage crew, mrs webb n all da ppl dat did our make-up ... u made it happen. Well dun!!!

Everybody involved in rock challenge was absolutely brilliant - thanku everybody
The atmosphere was gr8 !

I cnt believe we won - well dun everybody
Lv yaz ... emily.s. (hornsea)

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OMG ! The Northern Final at Grimsby was so amazing!
I am from Hornsea so I am soooo happy at the moment because we won after 10 years of battling through!
I have so many thank-yous to make! Mrs Hylton
of course - you really deserved that award after all your dedication to Rock Challenge. I am really happy for you!
Diane - the Set was really beautiful and congrats for the Set Design award!
Mrs Webb - I loved the costumes you made for everybody and so a really big thanks to you
Thanks to all the Set Crew and a huge round of applause to Kay, Aaron, Lottie and Sophie for choreographing such an amazing dance!
Also thank-you guys for putting me through!
Thanks to everyone who sorted out the hair, make-up, lighting and thank-you to everyone I may have missed!
Big congrats to the cast who danced THEIR SOCKS OFF!!!!!!!!! The finale was amazing.
Thanks to Daniel
who really gave the team spirit an extra boost (you were an awesome Emperor!)
All the schools who competed were really nice and supportive. Really well done to all the schools - I loved all of your pieces. Thanks, everyone, and congrats!!!!
Alistair

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AFTER TEN YEARS WE FINALLY DID IT !!!!!
Well done to everyone yesterday ! What a day it was ! It must have been a hard decision because all the schools' performances were brilliant!
Mrs Hylton
, you have waited for this title for many years and all your hard work and dedication to Hornsea Rock Challenge has certainly paid off and I'm so pleased it was possible for me to be there to share the experience with you. You are definitely one of a kind and I'm so proud that I was part of it for 6 years and that you gave me the opportunity to lead the team in the choreography with Sammy, Kaye and Sophie
Well done once again.... IT WAS AMAZING!!
OH HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU OY OY OY!!

Callum (Ex-Student and Choreographer)

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Heeeeeeeeeeeey !!!
Just wanted 2 say thanx 4 such an awesome final!!! It was so incredibly fantastic day
Ashfield - ur all such lovely people ! Luv u all n hi 2 da lot of u whose msn addys i ended up wid - u shall b added!!!
Hi 2 robyn n vicki, my teary-eyed friends hehe ! Will av 2 send u sum of da picis once they'v bin developed!!!
Well dun 2 Hornsea - u def deserved 2 win n u shud b so proud !
Wot can i say, u thornton lot ! Gud 2 win performers' choice n we did ourselves proud!!!!

Bye 4 now ... gt 2 go get sumat 2 eat
(Hiiii john, wendy n ur granddaughter ! Gud 2 c uze all ... gr8 picnicin times!! :)
Luv - sarah (proud thorntoner)
ps way 2 go, westfield primary ! U blew me away!!! Luv ya!
x x x x :D
Hello, fellow picnicker ! GREAT to see you all again ! John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper : :)

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I have just managed to feel normal again after a fantastic day yesterday!
WELL DONE HORNSEA! You were fab, along with all the other amazing schools
But my favourite were you guys, THORNTON. You made me so so so proud last night. Your performance was stunning and it was a pleasure to work with you all
The standard last night was out of this world - probably the strongest final i have ever seen - and in my 10 years i've seen a few!!!
I want to thank all the pupils, teachers and parents from all the schools for their great comments to our kids, and thank you for nominating us for Performers' Choice. It is an important award for Thornton and it means a lot to us all!!!!!
Thank you to all the Rock Challenge guys for yet another great tour!
THORNTON
- I THINK YOU ARE AMAZING AND I'M VERY SORRY FOR YOU ALL BUT YOU KNOW WE ROCK AND NOBODY HAS THE CHEESE WE DO HA! HA! HA!
See you all again on 8th June if you can make it for our rock challenge party!!
Love you all - Danika x x x x x

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Hey to everyone at Hornsea! Just a quick message to say a massive congratulations for winning the Northern Premier Grand Final! All the years of hard work have finally paid off
I wish i could have been there, but I'm sure you were all absolutely fantastic
A special well done to Karen Hylton. This must mean the world to you, and you really REALLY have deserved this for a long time
Congratulations to all of the other teams who performed last night :-)

Love - Sally Simpson (Ex Hornsea Rocka!) xxx

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WOOOO! HORNSEA HORNSEA HORNSEA!!!! WOO WOO WOO!
LAST NIGHT WAS IMMENSE!
I'm sooo happy we won ! I was ecstatic!
Apart from hyperventilating! Haha ! (I was just crying and screaming and hugging then went into complete shock mode once the reality hit me! :)
I finally calmed down a bit then saw the trophy n just burst into tears again! I'm ok now but i was just so overwhelmed!
Well done stage crew! U mite not have got the stage crew award but we couldn't have won 1st place without all ur hard work! Thanku!!!!
Thanks to mrs hylton for all your dedication n 4 believing in us - you were our inspiration! Have a great holiday! x

Thanku 2 dianne n luke n mr sellers - congrats on the set design award - n thanks d 4 helpin me calm down wen we got the results :)
Thanks 2 mrs webb 4 the great costumes - i bet they looked ace onstage!
Thanku 2 sally n karen n every1 hu helped with makeup! (Oooh ... congrats on that award too ! Hehe - it's all so exciting !
Thanks, kristen, 4 comin up here especially 2 do the lighting 4 us! :D
WELL DONE EVERYBODY!!!! EVERY1 WORKED SO HARD N WE DESERVED IT!
ps my mum posted the well-done message hehe! I'm still buzzin ... it's not quite sunk in yet
I just can't wait 4 the party! I wish i had been on the coach on the way home cos the atmosphere must hav bin awesome!x x x lots of luuuuuuuuurve - lizzie! :D :D :D :D :D :D
LIZZIE (HORNSEA SCHOOL! WOO WOO WOO!)

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CONGRATULATIONS HORNSEA!
FINALLY, you've won! You thouroughly deserved it last night ... you have an exceptional standard every year and your standards have been recognised at last. Well done !

On another positive note (not often I have two in one day!) [in as big a font as possible, please, John haha]
BAYSGARTH WON THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION !Yayness !
Currently the framed gold CD is sitting on my wall beside me. I'm glad Baysgarth managed to come complete overall winner of everything for something (if that makes sense :))
Thanks to the judges who chose it. I've not seen any other school's entries, and I haven't a clue how many entered (John, do you know ?) (Ed: Cap'n Jack, I know NOTHING ... ever :))
Hopefully there can be even more short film entries next year! Well done to all of you too
And I'll ask again ... CAN WE HAVE OUR SCORE SHEETS, PLEEEEEEEEEASE! We are all dying to know what we did well and what we didn't do so well ! :)
Anyways m'off. Goodbye. Au revoir. Auf Weidersen. Choa. and all that jazz
John (Baysgarth School)

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OH my days ...we won
You can't explain how happy our team was last night at the northern premier final, although I bet the judges had a hard time choosing because all the performances were so amazing

Well done St. Louises, Longcroft and Ashfield Girls' for making it in the top 4!!!

We love you, Hornsea, we do!
Thank you Mrs.Hylton for helping us be our best!
Right ... I'm going to be smiling for weeks and weeks now

LOVE YOU ALL, HORNSEA!
Megan C. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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HIYA ALL U ROCKAS!!!!!!!
CAN'T BELIEVE WE WON LAST NITE!!!!!!!!! IT WOZ SO AMAZIN!!!!!!!!! IT'S MY 1ST ROCK CHALLENGE AND WE WON!!!
WELL DONE 2 ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT WER TAKIN PART!!!!!!!!! (WESTFIELD KIDS WER SO CUTE, BLESS EM)

HOPE TASHA HAD A FAB B/DAY - I CAN'T BELIEVE WE WON ON UR B/DAY!!!!!!!!!!
LUV U ALL LOADS!!!!!!!!!
xxIzzy from Hornseaxx

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Yo yo buttershaw rockers!!!!!!!! I am so proud of the lot of you !
Some people said we could not do it ... said our performance was too "shallow" (whatever that means!!!!) but you were all so fantastic - timing immaculate, lifts perfect and choreography technically sound (as the judges said !)
Enjoy the moment!
Dancers for the main section were amazing (as was everybody)
Cannot wait for the premier next year.
Aimee-
you were well good! Don't forget the haribos next time!
Kay- well done for all the fantastic work ! You deserve this (as does your mum!!!)
BUTTERSHAW RULE!!!
Richard D

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To the Hornsea school team, CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it soooooo much
I know how hard you've worked and it's finally your time to celebrate
Words cannot express how much I wish I could have been with you all tonight, I know you'll have all Rocked to the the max and danced your legs off
Well done to everyone who competed
Oh Hornsea, we love you Oi Oi Oi!
All my love - Sammy(Ex-Hornsea rocker/choreographer) xxxxx

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OMG !!!! What a night! All the schools were fantastic (well done, everyone!) but HORNSEA ... wow!!!!!
Well doneeeeeee! I can't believe we won!!!!! It was amazing!!!!!

We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
Ohhh hornsea we love you oi oi oi

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Phew - have just got the messages up even tho not had time 2 make them look "prettier" :)
HUGE "Well Done" to every team and to every team-member (and "Hi !" to all the ones who stopped by to chat) who has been at the northern finals. Every single one of you SO deserved to have been there ... Wendy and I want you all to know that they have been two AWESOME days !
John (Editor / stage sweeper-upper :)


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WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
FINALLY! HORNSEA SCHOOL ARE THE WINNERS OF THE PREMIERE FINAL!
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
WELL DONE TO ABSOUTELY EVERYONE- ITS BEEN AMAZING AND I CANT BELIVE IT! WE DID IT!
EVERYONE WAS JUST ECSTATIC WHEN WE WON!
THE WHOLE OF HORNSEA WAS A SCREAMING CRYING SMILING LAUGHING MESS!
IT WAS AWESOME!
SOPHIE N
[WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, OHHH HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU! OIOIOI]
P.S MRS HYLTON- YOU REALLY WERE OUR INSPIRATION TODAY!
WELL DONE, YOU TOTALLY DESERVE THAT TROPHY!
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO ACE! (have a great holiday you deserve it!!!!!)
HHHHHHHOOOOOOOORRRRRRNNNNSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAA
SOPH X

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May 26th

HORNSEA HORNSEA HORNSEA CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE ROCK CHALLENGE FINAL. XXXXXXX
Brilliant work and congratulations to everyone. Well done you all deserve no less for all the hard work and dedication you put in.
Love from a rock challenge parent. xxxxx

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well done withernsea high school last night in the northern final !
it was a good day and night and we still got an award
Better luck next year - we willl win one year ...
gp

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Hi im just wondering do you know what the song is called that cockermouth did in their dance and you do every rock challenge?
Also ive just returned today from the northern open finals! They were soo good !
Please, for next year hold them somewere more north than grimsby so its easier for scottish schools to get there cuz the 9 hour bus journeys were very annoying ?!
Emma (Ellon Academy)

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heyaaa!!!
a massive well done to evry1 who performed in the open finals yesterday in grimsby!!!
hey 2 evry1 i spoke to specially the school that stood next to us during the presentations! (withernsea i think???) i hope all ur paint came off!!!
i dint get to see all of the reheersals yesterday, but the ones i did see wer fab!!
WELL DONE haycliffe!!! you wer fab!! i know it was a long dayy bu u guys did sooo well!!! 5 special awards!!! (n a massive conragts to the staff who had such a tiring day!!! :)
GOOD LUCK to all the premier schools today!!! i'm sure u will all have an aaace day!! n enjoy tonight!!!!
Als i can say now is bring on next year!!! (dunno wot i will b doing but i will hopefully be ther!!!!)
Love - Emma (Hanson/Haycliffe!) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Well Driffield. We've done it again!! Bring on the Premier Division once more :)
We deserved it last night. Third Place and we are on a roll!
Whether we came First Second or Third WE WON!
Laura did a FANTASTIC job hosting our school. She did us proud. You love her don't you John? (Ed: how could I not ? :))
I personally felt on a low when only recieving one award (make-up) which made me think, we've not got placed. But it all turned around and we couldn't be happier!
Had an awesome day yesterday, whether or not it did mean losing my voice!
Special thanks to all the sixth formers who spend so much of their time arranging and perfecting our performance. And obviously to the teachers too - we couldn't do it without your support.
I can't wait to see the DVD. Fingers crossed it looks as good as I hope.
Good Luck to Hornsea tonight, you have your fellow friends from Driff supporting you tonight, inc. a select few in the sudience :)
All the best to all the schools last night ! Every single performance was amazing - the toughest contest yet.
Can't believe we've done so well. I am immensly proud to be part of our school, even if it does mean back-combed hair!
You guys are top notch. Love you - Lizzie (VDA/MAKEUP HELP ETC) (:

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OH MY Dayysssss!!!!!!!!!!!.. We WON!!!!!!!!! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
Congratulations, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, you guys looked absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!! The spiders web at the beginning sent chills down my spine, and snakes, u did what i asked of you... FIERCE!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe we have won!!!!!.. 4 years at a final and never been placed, then we won! hahahahaha! Shocked, completely!!!!
Huge well done to Belfast Model, especially the girl in the finale on the front row, who i kept making laugh during the rehearsal!! hehe.. well deserved 2nd place!!
Huge well done to Driffield school on 3rd place and to the rest of the schools too!! It was absolutely a stunning evening, with outstanding performances!!
Buttershaw are now PREMIER! Aargh, can u believe it?! hahaha! Good luck Kay and the team!! :-)
Thank you to all of the rock challenge team for such an amazing day and to all the schools for being so friendly!
Until next year, keep rocking and we'll see all the premier schools for our first ever year as a PREMIER FINALIST!!!!
James (Buttershaw)

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Heya
I'm from Ellon Academy and i just want to give a big shout out to everyone from ellon academy. Everyone did really well and even after having to suffer a 9 hour bus journey we still managed to make it amazing!
Well done to all the winners :D
Emma =]

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Hello all!
Congratulations to all those involved in the Northern Open Final last night... I am sure you all had an excellent time!
I suspect that the old can of worms will be opened up that some schools did not receive any rewards yesterday but I can empathise, guys - pick yourselves back up next year (like we did!) and you'll realise that the determination to succeed again is phenomenal!
Particular congratulations to Driffield who are "premier" again! Well Done you lot!
Well... we're off to the Northern Premier Final tonight - on behalf of Rocka HQ - because our RC video has placed in the top five! We are looking foward to seeing some superb performances... you all deserve to be there!
Particular good luck to Hornsea, Matthew Humberstone and Longcroft... schools from the "Humber" region near us!
All the best to every team competing this evening ! We'll be there sporting our Baysgarth "The Air That I Breathe" shirts!
Wishing all fun and best wishes...see you all tonight!
Cap'n Jack (Baysgarth Rocka 07)

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Hi John ! How fab are you getting those results up so quickly!! Even those of us who are up at 6.30am to feed hungry (and very chicken pox-ed) babies can find out the results over the web!!
Well done to Cockermouth and Southfield Schools. Hope you have had a good time - we were thinking of you all yesterday. I'm sure you made Cumbria very proud.
Quick reminder to the Bennies and Haven crew about the back pack in Morrisons on the 9th June! And "Cargo" rehearsals for thos involved every night after school when we get back! (Not much to do then!!)
Hello to Wendy too- hope you are both well? No more plasters or bruises I hope John? (Ed: Amazingly, no ... well, not really :))
Take care,
Nichola

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Wel, it all finished earlier "tonight" (ie it's only a quarter to one in the morning of May 27th :) but yet another day of smashing teams and even more lovely people ... it's been two GREAT days at the Northern Finals. Once again, the results are up on the Tour Calendar page and - once again - I'm abandoning any idea of trying to even think about downloading and editing the messages (and I'm dreading the thought of how many will be spam to get rid of first ... been away from the "Messages" page for two whole days so I'll make a guess at around 1,200 spam emails :((
John (your tired but very happy Editor (and Wendy isn't wearing the blonde wig any more, by the way :))


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May 25th

ROCK CHALLENGE SOUTHERN FINALS IN A WEEK TOMORROW!!!
WOW!
I'm really looking forward to it.
The competition seems really high so good luck to all of the schools!
We are legends, Miltoncross <3 ILY ALL <3Tami xxxxxxx

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hiyyaa
i'd just lyk 2 sayy ...
GOOOD LUKK 2 evyone in da final, and well done for geting there !
Luvv - jess xx (royds)

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Not Long Now!
It's 6 Days until the Southern Open Finals, can't wait!
It was so much fun last year ! Should be even better this year (it's my last!)
This will be the last time we will see Ruddy too - oh no!
Good Luck everyone ! Rocka Rocks !!
Jane (*Filsham Valley*)

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Hey
Best of luk 2 Haycliffe n Buttershaw 2nite!! Hope u do totally ace!!!
OMG how close is it? One more sleeeeeeep ... ahhhhhhhhhhhhh well gud haha!!!
Gutted i ad 2 miss doin rocka rehearsal 2day - english lit exam (grrr am so fed up of poetry n cold mountain n all dat stuff) but now only gt 2moz 2 luk 4ward 2 n finally get 2 meet Tom, n all ma ashfield buds - yeeeeeeeeeeeey
Luv - Sarah (thornton) x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x :)
PS - yey, we're goin on da coach 2moz - woopee !!
GOOOOOOOOO THORNTON

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WOOOOOOOO go longcroft!!!
Even tho our last rehearsal was on tuesday we're gna pull it out of the bag! we're gona do all we can and we know dat's our best!! gud luck every1 on d longcroft team and gud luck to all the other schools competin!!! it's gna b a great day!
luv - tassia xXxXx

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54 days 4 hours and 54 minutes till we pack up and leave for aussi! wooooo!!
a huge goood luck for andrew marvel who are in grimsby today. woooo - am rootin 4 ya!! xx
rach (archie)

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Hey Matthew, !
yah lukin gud today
well, the matthew crew look gud every day

wat's up wat's up
woop woop!!
ALL DA MATTHEW HUMBERSTONE SCHOOL CREW

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Hi, Guys !
Friday's Northern Grand Open Final finished at midnight ...
The results (brief ones :) are up on the Tour Calendar page but I'm not even going to try and do messages now cos 'tis half past one on Saturday morning and I've got to get up in four and a half hours to get to the Prem Final by 8am ... please forgive me :(
The Open Final was STUNNING, by the way, and we were privileged to have seen twelve absolutely brilliant performances.
And sooo to bed ... zzzzzzzz ...
John (Editor)


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May 24th (11 messages)

Well, HORNSEA, what another amazing year it has been this year. Tonight's rehearsal was absolutely brilliant ... everything is set and looking great for saturday. The team spirit tonight was brilliant and just watching everyone so excited when i'm stood on my pagoda was amazing
I can't wait for this weekend - it's going to be brill. Tomorrow night me and chaz are going to take ourselves across the lovely humber bridge to support the east riding schools at the open event (especially driffield and our friend LAURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) We saw and supported driff at the "brid at hull" event and you were awesome so we're coming again to cheer you on ! (We really can't wait - it's going to be great !)
Also a massive good luck to fern, emma and jude who i also know - hopefully i shall see you in the interval

Then on saturday it's time for us to perform up on that stage ... it's going to be one hectic but brilliant weekend !
The team has been brilliant at hornsea this year. You have really made hornsea's piece what it is today. but it was truly our brilliant MRS HYLTON that has got us where we are today in rock challenge and we're going to make you so proud of us on saturday night for HORNSEA 2007 !!!!!!

I just want to remind all hornsea students what we talked about in room 10 while the stagecrew were practising, and you guys truly understood and listened to what we had to say. Let's just go out on saturday with a massive bang, with all our efforts and smiles and stretches and supporters. We shall make this year remarkable and our MRS H proud of us all
Lastly a massive good luck to all schools performing in the finals this year, and a safe drive to all the schools travelling from far away (like you scottish and irish lot!!! :)

John, I reckon this year is going to be another mad one. I hope to see you and wendy again and hope you have a good weekend
Once again a big good luck to driffield school for tomorrow (GO laura !!!!!) and HORNSEA - well, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!
All the best - danny w
We love you hornsea, we do
We love you hornsea, we do
We love you hornsea, we dooooooooo
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU!!!! OI OI OI
Good to see you again, Danny ! John (Editor)

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Hornsea :)
The atmosphere tonight was amazing ! Danny's speach really did get everyone ready for saturday
:)
You lot are amazing and i know we'll give it our all on the night just like we do in rehearsal !
Good luck to all the other schools ! Have fun :)

We love you hornsea we do - we love you hornsea we do - we love you hornsea we do, oooohhhhhhhhhhh ....
HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU ;)
Charlotte b x

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!!! FINAL ON SATURDAY !!!
Good luck to all the teams competing but ...
COME ON HORNSEA!!!!!!
Everything is just ace this year - costumes set lighting - we've got the works!

Well done to daniel! That was just ace - it got everyone in the "right type of mood" lol!
I can't wait!
See you all there!

Sophie N
[we love you HORNSEA we do!]

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Hey everybody !
I've been sat at the computer for hours trying to work out how to send a message (tehe :) and i've just worked it out.
I just want to wish everyone best of luck and sure it will be amazing
But most of all I'd like to thank everyone on the Hornsea team for being so wonderful. I've never done rock challenge before and I'm classed as "one of the older ones" (but really I'm not, I'm just like some of the new younger ones : ) so the experience was a mystery to me to. Over the months I have seen the piece grow and grow and it's now on the tip of blossoming. I just know that on the rock challenge night it will finally bloom
Thank-you for being such a magnificent team and making everyone and myself a part of something magical. I just can't wait for the night now!!! I get imagining now tehe all the fairies dancing around in our tummies
I would also like to say GET WELL SOON, Mrs Hylton, and thank you for everything !

Much love - Jessica S (Hornsea School) X*x

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Hey everyone !
Can't wait til saturday ... sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited ! Woooooo !!
Good luck to alll the other schools ! Can't wait to c everyone else's performances !
Should be such a great day!!
COME ON HORNSEA !

Lots of love n kisses - han and heva xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Hornsea)

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We love you ashfield we do
We love u ashfield we do
Oooooooooooooooooo ashfield we love u!!!!!

<3

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Ahh!
Just finished the very last hornsea rehearsal before the finals on saturday, and one word to describe tonight? ..... IMMENSE!<br>The atmosphere was amazing cause it's finally sunk in how close we are to the event :)
Everyone is so excited and i can't wait! I'm sure hornsea won't fail to impress :D
Good luck to everyone taking part on saturday night :)
It's gonna be an ace day!
And hornsea? Show em what we got :D


"HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU OI OI OI!"
Laura :) xxx (HORNSEA)

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HORNSEA!!! GOOD LUCK tomo....I know it's our year ... just bring that amazing Hornsea team spirit !
Mrs Hylton -
I bet you've done a brilliant job once again :)
Good luck, have a blast (and i'm gutted i'm not in it....still)
Kat Martin (oldie Hornsea rocker) xxxxx

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Hi !
Just finished hornsea's final rehearsal before the northern premier final! I was amazed at the atmosphere - there was such a great team spirit!
I can't wait until saturday ! Good luck to everyone!

Jess h
Hornsea we love you oi oi oi!

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Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh !!! I'm just finishin packin to leave for grimsby!!! Whhheeyyy heeeyyy!!!!!! I can't wait ... it's gonna be soooooo good!!
Can't believe that it's been another yr since the finals!!! Time just flies by ...

This mornin i got a card n drawings sent thru the post from the FIRPARK lot!! Thankz SOOO much - it was really nice of uze !! I'll put the drawings up on my wall!!
Uze were great fun and i'll deff be bk nxt yr to help uze out again!! (And the only way is up so i'm expecting bigger and better nxt yr!! :)
Good luck to everyone takin part in the open and prem finals over the nxt few days ! I'm sooooo excited ... can't believe it's come roun sooo quick!!!
Aaaaa ... good luck, everyone and enjoy urselvs!!!
Whooo hooo!! Everyone go for it and rock like never b4!!!
Aaaaaaahhhh ...

Stuart (peterheed / volunteer)

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Good Luck to all the schools performing at The Northen Premier Final on Saturday!!
The best of luck goes to all the hornsea team!! You will be Fab as usual !
Thanks to Mrs Hylton for allowing me this extra year in this event - i have most enjoyed it!
COME ON HORNSEA ! SHOW THE NORTH WHAT YOU HAVE GOT - YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Paul

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May 23rd (13 messages)

Good luck to Pat (PT drama) and the pupils from St Machar who are presenting a piece on Rock Challenge at the Scottish National Pupil Support Conference at Strathclyde University tomorrow. Staff and pupils from Firpark (who are presenting a piece on bullying) will be watching, so sock it to them!
Vanessa Geib

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Hey fellow rockas!!
OMG, can't believe it's the finals on friday!!! Come on Buttershaw!!!! Whooo !!
I'll be there, with my paint brush!! Snakes.. i'm ready for you ... ur going to look amazing, i promise that!!!!

As an ex-performer (2003), to sit there and watch you guys in rehearsal just blew me away! Every year, your entries are stronger and stronger! You have such an amazing, dedicated team and that showed at Bradford! From set design to choreography, you all deserve to be there, as much as everyone else! Just DO IT!!!!
Huge Good luck to Thornton Grammar, Danika ! I'll be thinking of you on Saturday!!!
(And don't worry about your wrist - like i said, at least it isn't your Dracula!!! :)
See you all on Friday!
James (Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College)

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Hiiii!!!!
Goooood luck to everyone from HORNSEA SCHOOL!! U will all be as amazing as ever :)
Also good luck to all the other schools for saturday night!!

"Oh hornsea we love you"
Gooood luck!!
Love - lizzie c

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Going to the Finals ? Don't forget to take something to write with and something to write on ... you'll meet new people, maybe make new friends ... hard to keep in touch afterwards if you didn't make a note :)
John (Editor)


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OMG....OMG....OMG.....1 DAY TO GO!!!! ARRGH!!!!
Good luck 2 all the schools in the northern open final ! May the best school win!!!!

Jonathan

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Hey All !!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! ITS ONLI 9 DAYS NOW !! Can't Wait !!:)
Good luck to everyone performing on the 2nd in the guildhall, portsmouth!!
All of us at miltoncross have been working very hard every day !!
Good luck every1 !! Hope you all get what you deserve !!!

Daniel W (MILTONCROSS- PREMIER PERFORMANCE)

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Hey everyone !
Good Luck to Ellon Academy and Keith Grammar for Friday !
It's a shame St Machar could not manage to go down to the finals
Top tip - just enjoy urself and the experience. U will meet loads of new people n also get ideas 4 next year's theme
Good luck to everyone in the finals

Claire

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Good luck to Ashfield Girls' for Saturday Night :D

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Wooooooooooo! Rock challenge finals are finally here... Can't wait till friday!! It's gonna rock!
Good luck to all the schools performing!!
A special good luck to my school... BUTTERSHAW! U guys r amazing!
Finally... everybody doing their GCSEs.. a MASSIVE good luck!
Cya on friday

Rachel xxx

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Hi ... Jess here from hornsea!
I can't believe that the premier final is on saturday ! It's not quite sunk in yet!!!!!
Good luck to everyone performing from all the schools - it's going to be such an amazing day !

Jess
Hornsea we love you! Oi oi oi!

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Congratulations and Good Luck to Jade - she's a finalist in the 2007 Miss England competition !
Jade is an ex-member of Matthew Humberstone's Rock Challenge teams
John (Editor)


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Let's go, Westfield, let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two days 2 go ! Hope you are all excited (I can't sleep :)
It's going to be awesome !
Hope you're all up 4 big rides on friday :)
Don't forget your teddies - remember, prize 4 cutest teddy !!

Love yaz alll xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Good luck to everyone for friday ! (I'm so excited! :)
Jude x x x (Driffield)

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Hey there! Vicki M From Ashfield Girls' !
Well, certainly not long to go until Saturday night finals ! I can't get over how excited i actually am this year - it's Brilliant!
Good luck to all the schools competing in our finals, and the best of luck to Girls' Model who are on the Friday night !!!
To Ashfield -
Well, what can i say, girlies ! Uze make me so proud and bring a bit of a tear to the eye..:) But really i am so proud to be a part of Ashfield's Rocka Team!
Big thanks to Big W ( WATSON!) and to Joan and all the other parents and staff helping with Rocka - you lot are Total Legends!
To "Watty Jr"
- Dnt worry you can cope with us on the bus ... HOURS of pleasant musical talent:D
Hope everyone is doing well ?! Can't wait to see STUART (my dearest scottish buddy haha :) and John... all i'm saying is you better find me! Haha :))
Take it easy and i'll see you all soon!
Vicki xx
(Ed: see you Saturday, Vicki ! And now ... at just before 1am Wednesday ... this OAP is off to bed ! G'night, folks
zzzzzz
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OK, so it's now less than 2 days to Grimsby now. No more exams 'till the 6th. Am I excited? YEAH!
Go Cockermouth ! We've all worked so hard this year - let's just give 'em all we've got. *POW*

Nomes x

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May 22nd (6 messages)

Hi to the bennies and haven team. Hope the exams are going well for all concerned !
Well done to those who turned up for the bag-pack on Saturday and to the ever amazing stagecrew- can you REALLY be silent for one whole day? We're very proud of you all!
On behalf of the team, I just wanted to wish both Cockermouth and Southfield Schools the very best of luck in the Northern Open Finals ! I'm sure you will do very well ... 1st and 2nd places maybe???? Fly the flag high for Cumbria and we hope you have a fantastic time. Wish we were there with you!

Nichola, Fiona and all the bennies and haven crew!!!

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Hey guys - it's sophie from HORNSEA
I love RC so much ! Can't wait till saturday ! It is such a good and exciting day
. I love you all - just make me proud
Good luck to every school that is performing and i hope you all have a fantastic day !
Woooh - i love you all - mwah !
Sophie - sorry if i am ever mean, guys ! (Hehe - i love you really :)
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx XxXxXxXxXxXxX xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
SOPHIE!!!!!!!

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Argh! Can't wait for friday!!!!
Soooo excited, but nervous ! :))
Good luck to all the teams !
And GOOOO Driff!!!

Nat

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HEYA
Gud luck 2 all those doin exams ! Woohoo - it's such a fun time (snore)
Naomi - ur a nutter. Tinfoil? Mite b a wee bit hot tho, dnt ya think? I rekon ur delirious from all tht so-called revision!! Haha hope all goes well 4 u n c u saturday
Yeeeeeeeey ... only gt lt exams 2 worry abowt 4 now (the joys of Cold Mountain lol) (Just ad 1 english exam so can afford sum time off 2leave a msg woohoo !)
Luv - Sarah (thornton)

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WELL DONE BEN AND JAMIE!!!!!! Producers of one of the selected video entries!!!
It made me laugh so so much - well done!!!!
Not long now, THORNTON !
That rehearsal on Friday rocked and i didn't think it was possible but that ending looks a million times better!
REALLY quite annoyed that i won't be able to throw myself in 100% with helping you all get ready but at least it's ME with the broken wrist and not a performer!!! (Hmmmm, but i did see James with a skateboard in his hand today - just a little scary!!!!)
A massive good luck to you all. This year has shown me how capable you all are and what a fantastic (and quite amusing) team you can be!!!! Thanks guys - it has been a lot of FUN!!!!
Good Luck to all the open schools on Friday ! I have heard it's going to be an amazing evening!
And best of luck to all the schools performing on Saturday ! I have no doubts that it will be a truly spectacular event!!!!!!!!!!
GOOD LUCK THORNTON - YOU ALL ROCK BIG CHEESE!!!!!!!

Love - Danika x x x x x
ps do you have a bacon sandwich??? LOL!!!!!!!!!

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Good Luck Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College!!! You guys looked stunning!!!!! Yet again!!
I cannot wait to see the pink spiders again!!!
Laura xx

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May 21st

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Baysgarth's short film has been selected as part of the top 5! WOOHOO! I'm so happy....
Well, I would be if I didn't have English Literature to revise - I hate Heaney, Clarke, Pre-1914 :p
Thanks must go to Nicola and Hannah for concept, Mr. Marshall for letting me steal his computer all the time to do the work, and ME for doing the leg work! And I get to see the final now! YAY!
Anyway, off to wallow in poems and Steinbeck :(
John (Proud Director of our Short Film!)

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Hello people - not long to Grimsby!!!
Got English Lit exam tomorrow! Aaarrrrggghhh!!!!
Just thinking ... for next year on finals day we could have a eurovision theme and we could all dress up in tinfoil!!!!! :)
Hiya to everyone at Thornton - you rock!!!!
Naomi (Thorntonian)

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Milly from hornsea here :)
Good luck for saturday, everyone :)
Put loads of effort in and everything

Hoping for the best ...
Love ya all :D xxx

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Hey there, Royds Rockas !
Hopefully by now the MSN telegraph will have been working overtime and you will now know that Lacey's fab short film is in the final 4 for the whole UK. Lacey, you are an absolute star and I'm so proud of you - with the pressure of Year 11 on top of this, you have produced an amazing film that totally captures our school's Rocka experience ! Fingers crossed :)
This is long overdue, but I want to tell you all how proud you all made me, not only throughout the day but especially on the night. Your performance at Bradford was fantastic - you told our story and you MADE A DIFFERENCE ... THANK YOU !
To see you all work together as a team like you did, from the hair and makeup (first time I've never had to do any) to the Best Stage Crew, and not forgetting the wonderful lighting team led by Tom or Lacey. And finally the performers - you are all wonderful students and I hope that you had as much fun as I did!!
Thank-you also to the Mr West who kept me sane on those long nights of set making and for making it :o)
My other thank-you goes to Tong School who encouraged our students and were so friendly. Also to Airedale for their friendly support
Danika and her crew that came down on the night to lend their support, thank-you ! It makes such a difference to have it. I want to wish Thornton all the very best for Saturday
Finally to my ex-students from Hanson: it was so lovely to see you (can't believe you go off to uni this year) and really made me smile - I miss you guys

So I will finish this by saying well done Royds on a fantastic performance ! It's been a pleasure to watch you grow as a team and I'm proud to be your Liaison Teacher.
Love ya all

Miss S xx

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Hey everyone !
Just to underline what Tim said really. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the tour this year. The standards just carry on going up and up with each passing year - it always amazes me!
Looking forward to what should be an amazing set of finals, both north and south!
All the best to everyone competing in the finals!

Simon (Volunteer)

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May 20th

Hello agen !
OMG ... cannot believe how close rc is - less den a week ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !
Gonna totally rule!
(But sucks tht i av 3 stupid hours of english lit exams day b4 :(
Not fun (n general 2moz ... oh the joy ...)
Wel, best kinda get bak 2 revision ... snore
Luv - Sarah (thornton)
PS hi 2 bekz, rach, naomi, becca, natalie, tom, robyn, vicki n every thorntoner out ther :)

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May 19th

Hey all - me again!
Tim- just read your message. How sweet of u and your batman nostalgia ... i have that about good ole cinders :D
Can't wait til the finals ! (C evry1 again :) Stay happy, people
2007 has been an immense rock challenge year, with schools getting bigger and better yet again (a bit like our set hehhehehe)
To anyone performing on may 31st - feel free to say hello to the sandown crazy people ! We will be cheering u all on - guaranteed (u won't miss us :P)
The global rock community spirit has been ace this year so let's rock the finals - 60s and 70s style!

Luv - sam (sandown student leader :D)

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May 18th (5 messages)

Firpark students and staff would like to wish the best of luck to everybody who is in the finals ! :)
We still have one last performance of "A Highland Fling" to do (in front of lots of other schools and invited guests) and then it's on to a bigger theme and a bigger team for next year (everybody at Firpark wants to be in it!) and and we are also going to do a "Rocka Presentation" as we have been nominated for a Community Award - we'll keep you posted as to what happens !
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EEEKKKKKK !!!! A week today !!!!!!
COME ONNN, DRIFFIELDDDDDD !
Good luck to everyone in the open final
Me, Nat and Jamie are coming to watch the premier final, especially to cheer on DANIEL AND CHAZ FROM HORNSEA!!!!!!!!!
Good luck to Alison from Longcroft as well :D :D :D

Love - Laura xxxx

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Hey xx !
Rocka was ace this year ! Well done to everyone that took part :)
Our school is thinking about entering rock challenge in germany ... if your school has been, could you tell us what it was like please ? (Thank you xx)
A big thanks to all the rock chalenge crew for making the day as enjoyable as it was xxxxxxxxx
Good luck to all the schools in the finals - well done !
Hopefully we'll see you all next year at bradford on our day !

Thank-you and well done xxxx

Lovee - jess (royds) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hello all ! I'm going to be writing a message on here every day now coz i just can't wait !
Got some1 else from r.c here with me !!!:)
Bye, all
Daniel and laura !!! (miltoncross)

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OK, i'm feeling slightly better now after the set has gone!! Shed a few tears n all that but i can't believe that we r never going to see it again on this continent! How scary is that??
It really hit home just how close the trip is actually getting when those container doors slammed shut!!
Can't believe how rough the guy was with it... n he thought we were totally mental when we waved our set off. Don't suppose he realises that we will go mad if he wrecks it lol!!!!
Can't wait to get to Aus now....the mad thing is that we have sent the set off but we still haven't got enough money to send ourselves off yet
(and any help/suggestions would be much appreciated in that department....hint hint haha :)
Lv - haylz xxx (archie stage crew)

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May 17th (7 messages)

Hello all - Tim here.

Just a quick message as I haven't had the chance to come on here for a long time and write anything! (I used to be on here 24/7 putting on posts! :)

Firstly, a massive "Congratulations !" to all the schools who have taken part in the 2007 events ! The standard has definitely been raised once again AND there have been some absolutely stunning atmospheres at the events - it really sends chills down your spine when you get days like that (it's what Rock Challenge is all about.)

Good luck to all those schools that have made it through to the finals; I can't wait to see all the teams and performances again over the next couple of weeks. Couple of weeks ...sob ... then it's all over once again ... how sad :(

All those who didn't make it through this year - can't wait to see you all again in 2008 !

Lastly, on a personal note, today brought back great memories as it's been exactly five years since I won the final with my old school in 2002 ! (Many of you out there won't be aware that all but a couple of people on the Rock Challenge crew started off as performers way back when!) But anyway, from the moment I was involved in RC as a performer back in 1998 I was hooked and every step on the way - performer, team leader, volunteer, Production Assistant and Event Manager - has been filled with fantastic moments and memories. I've got so much from the initiative that I'm so chuffed now that I get to help give that experience to thousands of young people every year. I'm going to dig out my video, photos, letters, memorabilia and have a nice trip down memory lane, methinks !

Anyways, a massive hello to everyone out there who's been affected by Rock Challenge in any way! If you're even debating taking up the opportunity to take part next year, don't hesitate - it really is an unforgettable eight minutes that will change your life.

Keep rockin'!

Tim (Event Manager)

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Hey-ho !
Gud 2 c i av sum gud m8s and at least 2 of them care to mention my craziness!! (I'm not really all that bad, just an ickle energetic thats all!! Truly ;)
Howdy 2 all of my buds yet agen (lol - as i always do) n woopeeeeeeee - finished ma essays - no more left xcept exam prep snore, but oh wel, that's life ! If i wasn't doin a-levels i wudn't b doin rocka !! :))
Bye 4 now!
Luv - Sarah (thornton) :D

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Just gotten home after a long slog at school today. Any one else taking OCR RE Full Course (Christian Moral Issues/Christian Perspectives paper) ? WHAT a joke that paper was! Only had one of the harder topics as the compulsory question! DAMN you, OCR! And I'll be damned if I know what Christians think about fertility treatment as BBC Bitesize doesn't mention it - EVER!
Oh well ... always resits if I fail!
Hopefully the short film from Baysgarth has arrived at HQ today or yesterday. Hope we win! (Amy left a note in the envelope begging! Haha!) It is already getting positive feedback from the featured schools so hopefully that's a good sign ! (And thank-you, Mrs Hylton of Hornsea, for the reply! FANTASTIC COMMENTS!)
Anywho, off to revise for Citizenship... NOT! The words "sense" and "common" spring to mind! Haha :)
John P (Baysgarth)

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YEYYY !! Next Friday !!! I can't believe it's gone so fast!
I had a really great time at the showcase at Grimsby back on march 30th - all the schools performing were fantastic and the atmosphere was so amazing.
We had a rehearsal last night and I think it's only just hit me that in 8 days we'll be there again - YES, I'm in the right type of mood.
I can't wait to be back on the stage. This will be my 4th year as part of the Hornsea team and so the 8th time performing for rock challenge, and I am definitely not fed up with it!
Good luck to everyone involved in rocka this year ! I'm sure nobody will fail to impress me!

Megs (Hornsea school) xxx

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Hiya all!!!!
Aargh .... can't believe a week on sat we will be in grimsby :D!!!!
Good luck to everyone who's doin exams at the mo ! Hope they are going ok!
Also good luck to all the schools in the finals ! Hope you have a really fun day!! Can't wait to see all your performances!!!
Come on, hornsea - rehearsals are going realli well so let's just go and have fun!!!

Love - Darryl (Hornsea)

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I just want to wish everyone good luck in the finals! Just go out there and enjoy yourselves !
Come on ashfield, st louise's and girls' model!! Make belfast proud!
Good Luck !

Olivia

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Driff's set gets a re-run in a fashion show (a news report from the online version of the "Driffield Times" :)
John (Editor)


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Wooooo!!! Not long now till the southern premier finals - can't wait !!! Gonna be soo funnn !!!
Got rehearsals tonight - hopefully have some fun :)

Daniel (miltoncross-premier school)

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May 26th

Heeeeeeeeeeeey !!!
Just wanted 2 say thanx 4 such an awesome final!!! It was so incredibly fantastic day
Ashfield - ur all such lovely people ! Luv u all n hi 2 da lot of u whose msn addys i ended up wid - u shall b added!!!
Hi 2 robyn n vicki, my teary-eyed friends hehe ! Will av 2 send u sum of da picis once they'v bin developed!!!
Well dun 2 Hornsea - u def deserved 2 win n u shud b so proud !
Wot can i say, u thornton lot ! Gud 2 win performers' choice n we did ourselves proud!!!!

Bye 4 now ... gt 2 go get sumat 2 eat
(Hiiii 2 john, wendy n ur granddaughter ! Gud 2 c uze all ... gr8 picnicin times!! :)
Luv - sarah (proud thorntoner)
ps way 2 go, westfield primary ! U blew me away!!! Luv ya!
x x x x :D

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I have just managed to feel normal again after a fantastic day yesterday!
WELL DONE HORNSEA! You were fab, along with all the other amazing schools
But my favourite were you guys, THORNTON. You made me so so so proud last night. Your performance was stunning and it was a pleasure to work with you all
The standard last night was out of this world - probably the strongest final i have ever seen - and in my 10 years i've seen a few!!!
I want to thank all the pupils, teachers and parents from all the schools for their great comments to our kids, and thank you for nominating us for Performers' Choice. It is an important award for Thornton and it means a lot to us all!!!!!
Thank you to all the Rock Challenge guys for yet another great tour!
THORNTON
- I THINK YOU ARE AMAZING AND I'M VERY SORRY FOR YOU ALL BUT YOU KNOW WE ROCK AND NOBODY HAS THE CHEESE WE DO HA! HA! HA!
See you all again on 8th June if you can make it for our rock challenge party!!
Love you all - Danika x x x x x

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Hey to everyone at Hornsea! Just a quick message to say a massive congratulations for winning the Northern Premier Grand Final! All the years of hard work have finally paid off
I wish i could have been there, but I'm sure you were all absolutely fantastic
A special well done to Karen Hylton. This must mean the world to you, and you really REALLY have deserved this for a long time
Congratulations to all of the other teams who performed last night :-)

Love - Sally Simpson (Ex Hornsea Rocka!) xxx

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WOOOO! HORNSEA HORNSEA HORNSEA!!!! WOO WOO WOO!
LAST NIGHT WAS IMMENSE!
I'm sooo happy we won ! I was ecstatic!
Apart from hyperventilating! Haha ! (I was just crying and screaming and hugging then went into complete shock mode once the reality hit me! :)
I finally calmed down a bit then saw the trophy n just burst into tears again! I'm ok now but i was just so overwhelmed!
Well done stage crew! U mite not have got the stage crew award but we couldn't have won 1st place without all ur hard work! Thanku!!!!
Thanks to mrs hylton for all your dedication n 4 believing in us - you were our inspiration! Have a great holiday! x

Thanku 2 dianne n luke n mr sellers - congrats on the set design award - n thanks d 4 helpin me calm down wen we got the results :)
Thanks 2 mrs webb 4 the great costumes - i bet they looked ace onstage!
Thanku 2 sally n karen n every1 hu helped with makeup! (Oooh ... congrats on that award too ! Hehe - it's all so exciting !
Thanks, kristen, 4 comin up here especially 2 do the lighting 4 us! :D
WELL DONE EVERYBODY!!!! EVERY1 WORKED SO HARD N WE DESERVED IT!
ps my mum posted the well-done message hehe! I'm still buzzin ... it's not quite sunk in yet
I just can't wait 4 the party! I wish i had been on the coach on the way home cos the atmosphere must hav bin awesome!x x x lots of luuuuuuuuurve - lizzie! :D :D :D :D :D :D
LIZZIE (HORNSEA SCHOOL! WOO WOO WOO!)

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CONGRATULATIONS HORNSEA!
FINALLY, you've won! You thouroughly deserved it last night ... you have an exceptional standard every year and your standards have been recognised at last. Well done !

On another positive note (not often I have two in one day!) [in as big a font as possible, please, John haha]
BAYSGARTH WON THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION !Yayness !
Currently the framed gold CD is sitting on my wall beside me. I'm glad Baysgarth managed to come complete overall winner of everything for something (if that makes sense :))
Thanks to the judges who chose it. I've not seen any other school's entries, and I haven't a clue how many entered (John, do you know ?) (Ed: Cap'n Jack, I know NOTHING ... ever :))
Hopefully there can be even more short film entries next year! Well done to all of you too
And I'll ask again ... CAN WE HAVE OUR SCORE SHEETS, PLEEEEEEEEEASE! We are all dying to know what we did well and what we didn't do so well ! :)
Anyways m'off. Goodbye. Au revoir. Auf Weidersen. Choa. and all that jazz
John (Baysgarth School)

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OH my days ...we won
You can't explain how happy our team was last night at the northern premier final, although I bet the judges had a hard time choosing because all the performances were so amazing

Well done St. Louises, Longcroft and Ashfield Girls' for making it in the top 4!!!

We love you, Hornsea, we do!
Thank you Mrs.Hylton for helping us be our best!
Right ... I'm going to be smiling for weeks and weeks now

LOVE YOU ALL, HORNSEA!
Megan C. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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HIYA ALL U ROCKAS!!!!!!!
CAN'T BELIEVE WE WON LAST NITE!!!!!!!!! IT WOZ SO AMAZIN!!!!!!!!! IT'S MY 1ST ROCK CHALLENGE AND WE WON!!!
WELL DONE 2 ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT WER TAKIN PART!!!!!!!!! (WESTFIELD KIDS WER SO CUTE, BLESS EM)

HOPE TASHA HAD A FAB B/DAY - I CAN'T BELIEVE WE WON ON UR B/DAY!!!!!!!!!!
LUV U ALL LOADS!!!!!!!!!
xxIzzy from Hornseaxx

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Yo yo buttershaw rockers!!!!!!!! I am so proud of the lot of you !
Some people said we could not do it ... said our performance was too "shallow" (whatever that means!!!!) but you were all so fantastic - timing immaculate, lifts perfect and choreography technically sound (as the judges said !)
Enjoy the moment!
Dancers for the main section were amazing (as was everybody)
Cannot wait for the premier next year.
Aimee-
you were well good! Don't forget the haribos next time!
Kay- well done for all the fantastic work ! You deserve this (as does your mum!!!)
BUTTERSHAW RULE!!!
Richard D

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To the Hornsea school team, CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it soooooo much
I know how hard you've worked and it's finally your time to celebrate
Words cannot express how much I wish I could have been with you all tonight, I know you'll have all Rocked to the the max and danced your legs off
Well done to everyone who competed
Oh Hornsea, we love you Oi Oi Oi!
All my love - Sammy(Ex-Hornsea rocker/choreographer) xxxxx

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OMG !!!! What a night! All the schools were fantastic (well done, everyone!) but HORNSEA ... wow!!!!!
Well doneeeeeee! I can't believe we won!!!!! It was amazing!!!!!

We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
We love you hornsea we do
Ohhh hornsea we love you oi oi oi

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Phew - have just got the messages up even tho not had time 2 make them look "prettier" :)
HUGE "Well Done" to every team and to every team-member (and "Hi !" to all the ones who stopped by to chat) who has been at the northern finals. Every single one of you SO deserved to have been there ... Wendy and I want you all to know that they have been two AWESOME days !
John (Editor)


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WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
FINALLY! HORNSEA SCHOOL ARE THE WINNERS OF THE PREMIERE FINAL!
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
WELL DONE TO ABSOUTELY EVERYONE- ITS BEEN AMAZING AND I CANT BELIVE IT! WE DID IT!
EVERYONE WAS JUST ECSTATIC WHEN WE WON!
THE WHOLE OF HORNSEA WAS A SCREAMING CRYING SMILING LAUGHING MESS!
IT WAS AWESOME!
SOPHIE N
[WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA WE DO, OHHH HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU! OIOIOI]
P.S MRS HYLTON- YOU REALLY WERE OUR INSPIRATION TODAY!
WELL DONE, YOU TOTALLY DESERVE THAT TROPHY!
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO ACE! (have a great holiday you deserve it!!!!!)
HHHHHHHOOOOOOOORRRRRRNNNNSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAA
SOPH X

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May 26th

HORNSEA HORNSEA HORNSEA CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE ROCK CHALLENGE FINAL. XXXXXXX
Brilliant work and congratulations to everyone. Well done you all deserve no less for all the hard work and dedication you put in.
Love from a rock challenge parent. xxxxx

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well done withernsea high school last night in the northern final !
it was a good day and night and we still got an award
Better luck next year - we willl win one year ...
gp

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Hi im just wondering do you know what the song is called that cockermouth did in their dance and you do every rock challenge?
Also ive just returned today from the northern open finals! They were soo good !
Please, for next year hold them somewere more north than grimsby so its easier for scottish schools to get there cuz the 9 hour bus journeys were very annoying ?!
Emma (Ellon Academy)

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heyaaa!!!
a massive well done to evry1 who performed in the open finals yesterday in grimsby!!!
hey 2 evry1 i spoke to specially the school that stood next to us during the presentations! (withernsea i think???) i hope all ur paint came off!!!
i dint get to see all of the reheersals yesterday, but the ones i did see wer fab!!
WELL DONE haycliffe!!! you wer fab!! i know it was a long dayy bu u guys did sooo well!!! 5 special awards!!! (n a massive conragts to the staff who had such a tiring day!!! :)
GOOD LUCK to all the premier schools today!!! i'm sure u will all have an aaace day!! n enjoy tonight!!!!
Als i can say now is bring on next year!!! (dunno wot i will b doing but i will hopefully be ther!!!!)
Love - Emma (Hanson/Haycliffe!) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Well Driffield. We've done it again!! Bring on the Premier Division once more :)
We deserved it last night. Third Place and we are on a roll!
Whether we came First Second or Third WE WON!
Laura did a FANTASTIC job hosting our school. She did us proud. You love her don't you John? (Ed: how could I not ? :))
I personally felt on a low when only recieving one award (make-up) which made me think, we've not got placed. But it all turned around and we couldn't be happier!
Had an awesome day yesterday, whether or not it did mean losing my voice!
Special thanks to all the sixth formers who spend so much of their time arranging and perfecting our performance. And obviously to the teachers too - we couldn't do it without your support.
I can't wait to see the DVD. Fingers crossed it looks as good as I hope.
Good Luck to Hornsea tonight, you have your fellow friends from Driff supporting you tonight, inc. a select few in the sudience :)
All the best to all the schools last night ! Every single performance was amazing - the toughest contest yet.
Can't believe we've done so well. I am immensly proud to be part of our school, even if it does mean back-combed hair!
You guys are top notch. Love you - Lizzie (VDA/MAKEUP HELP ETC) (:

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OH MY Dayysssss!!!!!!!!!!!.. We WON!!!!!!!!! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
Congratulations, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, you guys looked absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!! The spiders web at the beginning sent chills down my spine, and snakes, u did what i asked of you... FIERCE!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe we have won!!!!!.. 4 years at a final and never been placed, then we won! hahahahaha! Shocked, completely!!!!
Huge well done to Belfast Model, especially the girl in the finale on the front row, who i kept making laugh during the rehearsal!! hehe.. well deserved 2nd place!!
Huge well done to Driffield school on 3rd place and to the rest of the schools too!! It was absolutely a stunning evening, with outstanding performances!!
Buttershaw are now PREMIER! Aargh, can u believe it?! hahaha! Good luck Kay and the team!! :-)
Thank you to all of the rock challenge team for such an amazing day and to all the schools for being so friendly!
Until next year, keep rocking and we'll see all the premier schools for our first ever year as a PREMIER FINALIST!!!!
James (Buttershaw)

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Heya
I'm from Ellon Academy and i just want to give a big shout out to everyone from ellon academy. Everyone did really well and even after having to suffer a 9 hour bus journey we still managed to make it amazing!
Well done to all the winners :D
Emma =]

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Hello all!
Congratulations to all those involved in the Northern Open Final last night... I am sure you all had an excellent time!
I suspect that the old can of worms will be opened up that some schools did not receive any rewards yesterday but I can empathise, guys - pick yourselves back up next year (like we did!) and you'll realise that the determination to succeed again is phenomenal!
Particular congratulations to Driffield who are "premier" again! Well Done you lot!
Well... we're off to the Northern Premier Final tonight - on behalf of Rocka HQ - because our RC video has placed in the top five! We are looking foward to seeing some superb performances... you all deserve to be there!
Particular good luck to Hornsea, Matthew Humberstone and Longcroft... schools from the "Humber" region near us!
All the best to every team competing this evening ! We'll be there sporting our Baysgarth "The Air That I Breathe" shirts!
Wishing all fun and best wishes...see you all tonight!
Cap'n Jack (Baysgarth Rocka 07)

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Hi John ! How fab are you getting those results up so quickly!! Even those of us who are up at 6.30am to feed hungry (and very chicken pox-ed) babies can find out the results over the web!!
Well done to Cockermouth and Southfield Schools. Hope you have had a good time - we were thinking of you all yesterday. I'm sure you made Cumbria very proud.
Quick reminder to the Bennies and Haven crew about the back pack in Morrisons on the 9th June! And "Cargo" rehearsals for thos involved every night after school when we get back! (Not much to do then!!)
Hello to Wendy too- hope you are both well? No more plasters or bruises I hope John? (Ed: Amazingly, no ... well, not really :))
Take care,
Nichola

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Wel, it all finished earlier "tonight" (ie it's only a quarter to one in the morning of May 27th :) but yet another day of smashing teams and even more lovely people ... it's been two GREAT days at the Northern Finals. Once again, the results are up on the Tour Calendar page and - once again - I'm abandoning any idea of trying to even think about downloading and editing the messages (and I'm dreading the thought of how many will be spam to get rid of first ... been away from the "Messages" page for two whole days so I'll make a guess at around 1,200 spam emails :((
John (your tired but very happy Editor (and Wendy isn't wearing the blonde wig any more, by the way :))


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May 25th

ROCK CHALLENGE SOUTHERN FINALS IN A WEEK TOMORROW!!!
WOW!
I'm really looking forward to it.
The competition seems really high so good luck to all of the schools!
We are legends, Miltoncross <3 ILY ALL <3Tami xxxxxxx

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hiyyaa
i'd just lyk 2 sayy ...
GOOOD LUKK 2 evyone in da final, and well done for geting there !
Luvv - jess xx (royds)

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Not Long Now!
It's 6 Days until the Southern Open Finals, can't wait!
It was so much fun last year ! Should be even better this year (it's my last!)
This will be the last time we will see Ruddy too - oh no!
Good Luck everyone ! Rocka Rocks !!
Jane (*Filsham Valley*)

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Hey
Best of luk 2 Haycliffe n Buttershaw 2nite!! Hope u do totally ace!!!
OMG how close is it? One more sleeeeeeep ... ahhhhhhhhhhhhh well gud haha!!!
Gutted i ad 2 miss doin rocka rehearsal 2day - english lit exam (grrr am so fed up of poetry n cold mountain n all dat stuff) but now only gt 2moz 2 luk 4ward 2 n finally get 2 meet Tom, n all ma ashfield buds - yeeeeeeeeeeeey
Luv - Sarah (thornton) x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x :)
PS - yey, we're goin on da coach 2moz - woopee !!
GOOOOOOOOO THORNTON

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WOOOOOOOO go longcroft!!!
Even tho our last rehearsal was on tuesday we're gna pull it out of the bag! we're gona do all we can and we know dat's our best!! gud luck every1 on d longcroft team and gud luck to all the other schools competin!!! it's gna b a great day!
luv - tassia xXxXx

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54 days 4 hours and 54 minutes till we pack up and leave for aussi! wooooo!!
a huge goood luck for andrew marvel who are in grimsby today. woooo - am rootin 4 ya!! xx
rach (archie)

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Hey Matthew, !
yah lukin gud today
well, the matthew crew look gud every day

wat's up wat's up
woop woop!!
ALL DA MATTHEW HUMBERSTONE SCHOOL CREW

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Hi, Guys !
Friday's Northern Grand Open Final finished at midnight ...
The results (brief ones :) are up on the Tour Calendar page but I'm not even going to try and do messages now cos 'tis half past one on Saturday morning and I've got to get up in four and a half hours to get to the Prem Final by 8am ... please forgive me :(
The Open Final was STUNNING, by the way, and we were privileged to have seen twelve absolutely brilliant performances.
And sooo to bed ... zzzzzzzz ...
John (Editor)


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May 24th (11 messages)

Well, HORNSEA, what another amazing year it has been this year. Tonight's rehearsal was absolutely brilliant ... everything is set and looking great for saturday. The team spirit tonight was brilliant and just watching everyone so excited when i'm stood on my pagoda was amazing
I can't wait for this weekend - it's going to be brill. Tomorrow night me and chaz are going to take ourselves across the lovely humber bridge to support the east riding schools at the open event (especially driffield and our friend LAURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) We saw and supported driff at the "brid at hull" event and you were awesome so we're coming again to cheer you on ! (We really can't wait - it's going to be great !)
Also a massive good luck to fern, emma and jude who i also know - hopefully i shall see you in the interval

Then on saturday it's time for us to perform up on that stage ... it's going to be one hectic but brilliant weekend !
The team has been brilliant at hornsea this year. You have really made hornsea's piece what it is today. but it was truly our brilliant MRS HYLTON that has got us where we are today in rock challenge and we're going to make you so proud of us on saturday night for HORNSEA 2007 !!!!!!

I just want to remind all hornsea students what we talked about in room 10 while the stagecrew were practising, and you guys truly understood and listened to what we had to say. Let's just go out on saturday with a massive bang, with all our efforts and smiles and stretches and supporters. We shall make this year remarkable and our MRS H proud of us all
Lastly a massive good luck to all schools performing in the finals this year, and a safe drive to all the schools travelling from far away (like you scottish and irish lot!!! :)

John, I reckon this year is going to be another mad one. I hope to see you and wendy again and hope you have a good weekend
Once again a big good luck to driffield school for tomorrow (GO laura !!!!!) and HORNSEA - well, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!
All the best - danny w
We love you hornsea, we do
We love you hornsea, we do
We love you hornsea, we dooooooooo
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU!!!! OI OI OI

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Hornsea :)
The atmosphere tonight was amazing ! Danny's speach really did get everyone ready for saturday
:)
You lot are amazing and i know we'll give it our all on the night just like we do in rehearsal !
Good luck to all the other schools ! Have fun :)

We love you hornsea we do - we love you hornsea we do - we love you hornsea we do, oooohhhhhhhhhhh ....
HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU ;)
Charlotte b x

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!!! FINAL ON SATURDAY !!!
Good luck to all the teams competing but ...
COME ON HORNSEA!!!!!!
Everything is just ace this year - costumes set lighting - we've got the works!

Well done to daniel! That was just ace - it got everyone in the "right type of mood" lol!
I can't wait!
See you all there!

Sophie N
[we love you HORNSEA we do!]

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Hey everybody !
I've been sat at the computer for hours trying to work out how to send a message (tehe :) and i've just worked it out.
I just want to wish everyone best of luck and sure it will be amazing
But most of all I'd like to thank everyone on the Hornsea team for being so wonderful. I've never done rock challenge before and I'm classed as "one of the older ones" (but really I'm not, I'm just like some of the new younger ones : ) so the experience was a mystery to me to. Over the months I have seen the piece grow and grow and it's now on the tip of blossoming. I just know that on the rock challenge night it will finally bloom
Thank-you for being such a magnificent team and making everyone and myself a part of something magical. I just can't wait for the night now!!! I get imagining now tehe all the fairies dancing around in our tummies
I would also like to say GET WELL SOON, Mrs Hylton, and thank you for everything !

Much love - Jessica S (Hornsea School) X*x

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Hey everyone !
Can't wait til saturday ... sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited ! Woooooo !!
Good luck to alll the other schools ! Can't wait to c everyone else's performances !
Should be such a great day!!
COME ON HORNSEA !

Lots of love n kisses - han and heva xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Hornsea)

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We love you ashfield we do
We love u ashfield we do
Oooooooooooooooooo ashfield we love u!!!!!

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Ahh!
Just finished the very last hornsea rehearsal before the finals on saturday, and one word to describe tonight? ..... IMMENSE!<br>The atmosphere was amazing cause it's finally sunk in how close we are to the event :)
Everyone is so excited and i can't wait! I'm sure hornsea won't fail to impress :D
Good luck to everyone taking part on saturday night :)
It's gonna be an ace day!
And hornsea? Show em what we got :D


"HORNSEA WE LOVE YOU OI OI OI!"
Laura :) xxx (HORNSEA)

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HORNSEA!!! GOOD LUCK tomo....I know it's our year ... just bring that amazing Hornsea team spirit !
Mrs Hylton -
I bet you've done a brilliant job once again :)
Good luck, have a blast (and i'm gutted i'm not in it....still)
Kat Martin (oldie Hornsea rocker) xxxxx

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Hi !
Just finished hornsea's final rehearsal before the northern premier final! I was amazed at the atmosphere - there was such a great team spirit!
I can't wait until saturday ! Good luck to everyone!

Jess h
Hornsea we love you oi oi oi!

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Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh !!! I'm just finishin packin to leave for grimsby!!! Whhheeyyy heeeyyy!!!!!! I can't wait ... it's gonna be soooooo good!!
Can't believe that it's been another yr since the finals!!! Time just flies by ...

This mornin i got a card n drawings sent thru the post from the FIRPARK lot!! Thankz SOOO much - it was really nice of uze !! I'll put the drawings up on my wall!!
Uze were great fun and i'll deff be bk nxt yr to help uze out again!! (And the only way is up so i'm expecting bigger and better nxt yr!! :)
Good luck to everyone takin part in the open and prem finals over the nxt few days ! I'm sooooo excited ... can't believe it's come roun sooo quick!!!
Aaaaa ... good luck, everyone and enjoy urselvs!!!
Whooo hooo!! Everyone go for it and rock like never b4!!!
Aaaaaaahhhh ...

Stuart (peterheed / volunteer)

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Good Luck to all the schools performing at The Northen Premier Final on Saturday!!
The best of luck goes to all the hornsea team!! You will be Fab as usual !
Thanks to Mrs Hylton for allowing me this extra year in this event - i have most enjoyed it!
COME ON HORNSEA ! SHOW THE NORTH WHAT YOU HAVE GOT - YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Paul

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May 23rd (13 messages)

Good luck to Pat (PT drama) and the pupils from St Machar who are presenting a piece on Rock Challenge at the Scottish National Pupil Support Conference at Strathclyde University tomorrow. Staff and pupils from Firpark (who are presenting a piece on bullying) will be watching, so sock it to them!
Vanessa Geib

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Hey fellow rockas!!
OMG, can't believe it's the finals on friday!!! Come on Buttershaw!!!! Whooo !!
I'll be there, with my paint brush!! Snakes.. i'm ready for you ... ur going to look amazing, i promise that!!!!

As an ex-performer (2003), to sit there and watch you guys in rehearsal just blew me away! Every year, your entries are stronger and stronger! You have such an amazing, dedicated team and that showed at Bradford! From set design to choreography, you all deserve to be there, as much as everyone else! Just DO IT!!!!
Huge Good luck to Thornton Grammar, Danika ! I'll be thinking of you on Saturday!!!
(And don't worry about your wrist - like i said, at least it isn't your Dracula!!! :)
See you all on Friday!
James (Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College)

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Hiiii!!!!
Goooood luck to everyone from HORNSEA SCHOOL!! U will all be as amazing as ever :)
Also good luck to all the other schools for saturday night!!

"Oh hornsea we love you"
Gooood luck!!
Love - lizzie c

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Going to the Finals ? Don't forget to take something to write with and something to write on ... you'll meet new people, maybe make new friends ... hard to keep in touch afterwards if you didn't make a note :)
John (Editor)


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OMG....OMG....OMG.....1 DAY TO GO!!!! ARRGH!!!!
Good luck 2 all the schools in the northern open final ! May the best school win!!!!

Jonathan

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Hey All !!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! ITS ONLI 9 DAYS NOW !! Can't Wait !!:)
Good luck to everyone performing on the 2nd in the guildhall, portsmouth!!
All of us at miltoncross have been working very hard every day !!
Good luck every1 !! Hope you all get what you deserve !!!

Daniel W (MILTONCROSS- PREMIER PERFORMANCE)

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Hey everyone !
Good Luck to Ellon Academy and Keith Grammar for Friday !
It's a shame St Machar could not manage to go down to the finals
Top tip - just enjoy urself and the experience. U will meet loads of new people n also get ideas 4 next year's theme
Good luck to everyone in the finals

Claire

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Good luck to Ashfield Girls' for Saturday Night :D

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Wooooooooooo! Rock challenge finals are finally here... Can't wait till friday!! It's gonna rock!
Good luck to all the schools performing!!
A special good luck to my school... BUTTERSHAW! U guys r amazing!
Finally... everybody doing their GCSEs.. a MASSIVE good luck!
Cya on friday

Rachel xxx

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Hi ... Jess here from hornsea!
I can't believe that the premier final is on saturday ! It's not quite sunk in yet!!!!!
Good luck to everyone performing from all the schools - it's going to be such an amazing day !

Jess
Hornsea we love you! Oi oi oi!

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Congratulations and Good Luck to Jade - she's a finalist in the 2007 Miss England competition !
Jade is an ex-member of Matthew Humberstone's Rock Challenge teams
John (Editor)


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Let's go, Westfield, let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two days 2 go ! Hope you are all excited (I can't sleep :)
It's going to be awesome !
Hope you're all up 4 big rides on friday :)
Don't forget your teddies - remember, prize 4 cutest teddy !!

Love yaz alll xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Good luck to everyone for friday ! (I'm so excited! :)
Jude x x x (Driffield)

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Hey there! Vicki M From Ashfield Girls' !
Well, certainly not long to go until Saturday night finals ! I can't get over how excited i actually am this year - it's Brilliant!
Good luck to all the schools competing in our finals, and the best of luck to Girls' Model who are on the Friday night !!!
To Ashfield -
Well, what can i say, girlies ! Uze make me so proud and bring a bit of a tear to the eye..:) But really i am so proud to be a part of Ashfield's Rocka Team!
Big thanks to Big W ( WATSON!) and to Joan and all the other parents and staff helping with Rocka - you lot are Total Legends!
To "Watty Jr"
- Dnt worry you can cope with us on the bus ... HOURS of pleasant musical talent:D
Hope everyone is doing well ?! Can't wait to see STUART (my dearest scottish buddy haha :) and John... all i'm saying is you better find me! Haha :))
Take it easy and i'll see you all soon!
Vicki xx
(Ed: see you Saturday, Vicki ! And now ... at just before 1am Wednesday ... this OAP is off to bed ! G'night, folks
zzzzzz
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OK, so it's now less than 2 days to Grimsby now. No more exams 'till the 6th. Am I excited? YEAH!
Go Cockermouth ! We've all worked so hard this year - let's just give 'em all we've got. *POW*

Nomes x

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May 22nd (6 messages)

Hi to the bennies and haven team. Hope the exams are going well for all concerned !
Well done to those who turned up for the bag-pack on Saturday and to the ever amazing stagecrew- can you REALLY be silent for one whole day? We're very proud of you all!
On behalf of the team, I just wanted to wish both Cockermouth and Southfield Schools the very best of luck in the Northern Open Finals ! I'm sure you will do very well ... 1st and 2nd places maybe???? Fly the flag high for Cumbria and we hope you have a fantastic time. Wish we were there with you!

Nichola, Fiona and all the bennies and haven crew!!!

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Hey guys - it's sophie from HORNSEA
I love RC so much ! Can't wait till saturday ! It is such a good and exciting day
. I love you all - just make me proud
Good luck to every school that is performing and i hope you all have a fantastic day !
Woooh - i love you all - mwah !
Sophie - sorry if i am ever mean, guys ! (Hehe - i love you really :)
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx XxXxXxXxXxXxX xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
SOPHIE!!!!!!!

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Argh! Can't wait for friday!!!!
Soooo excited, but nervous ! :))
Good luck to all the teams !
And GOOOO Driff!!!

Nat

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HEYA
Gud luck 2 all those doin exams ! Woohoo - it's such a fun time (snore)
Naomi - ur a nutter. Tinfoil? Mite b a wee bit hot tho, dnt ya think? I rekon ur delirious from all tht so-called revision!! Haha hope all goes well 4 u n c u saturday
Yeeeeeeeey ... only gt lt exams 2 worry abowt 4 now (the joys of Cold Mountain lol) (Just ad 1 english exam so can afford sum time off 2leave a msg woohoo !)
Luv - Sarah (thornton)

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WELL DONE BEN AND JAMIE!!!!!! Producers of one of the selected video entries!!!
It made me laugh so so much - well done!!!!
Not long now, THORNTON !
That rehearsal on Friday rocked and i didn't think it was possible but that ending looks a million times better!
REALLY quite annoyed that i won't be able to throw myself in 100% with helping you all get ready but at least it's ME with the broken wrist and not a performer!!! (Hmmmm, but i did see James with a skateboard in his hand today - just a little scary!!!!)
A massive good luck to you all. This year has shown me how capable you all are and what a fantastic (and quite amusing) team you can be!!!! Thanks guys - it has been a lot of FUN!!!!
Good Luck to all the open schools on Friday ! I have heard it's going to be an amazing evening!
And best of luck to all the schools performing on Saturday ! I have no doubts that it will be a truly spectacular event!!!!!!!!!!
GOOD LUCK THORNTON - YOU ALL ROCK BIG CHEESE!!!!!!!

Love - Danika x x x x x
ps do you have a bacon sandwich??? LOL!!!!!!!!!

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Good Luck Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College!!! You guys looked stunning!!!!! Yet again!!
I cannot wait to see the pink spiders again!!!
Laura xx

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May 21st

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Baysgarth's short film has been selected as part of the top 5! WOOHOO! I'm so happy....
Well, I would be if I didn't have English Literature to revise - I hate Heaney, Clarke, Pre-1914 :p
Thanks must go to Nicola and Hannah for concept, Mr. Marshall for letting me steal his computer all the time to do the work, and ME for doing the leg work! And I get to see the final now! YAY!
Anyway, off to wallow in poems and Steinbeck :(
John (Proud Director of our Short Film!)

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Hello people - not long to Grimsby!!!
Got English Lit exam tomorrow! Aaarrrrggghhh!!!!
Just thinking ... for next year on finals day we could have a eurovision theme and we could all dress up in tinfoil!!!!! :)
Hiya to everyone at Thornton - you rock!!!!
Naomi (Thorntonian)

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Milly from hornsea here :)
Good luck for saturday, everyone :)
Put loads of effort in and everything

Hoping for the best ...
Love ya all :D xxx

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Hey there, Royds Rockas !
Hopefully by now the MSN telegraph will have been working overtime and you will now know that Lacey's fab short film is in the final 4 for the whole UK. Lacey, you are an absolute star and I'm so proud of you - with the pressure of Year 11 on top of this, you have produced an amazing film that totally captures our school's Rocka experience ! Fingers crossed :)
This is long overdue, but I want to tell you all how proud you all made me, not only throughout the day but especially on the night. Your performance at Bradford was fantastic - you told our story and you MADE A DIFFERENCE ... THANK YOU !
To see you all work together as a team like you did, from the hair and makeup (first time I've never had to do any) to the Best Stage Crew, and not forgetting the wonderful lighting team led by Tom or Lacey. And finally the performers - you are all wonderful students and I hope that you had as much fun as I did!!
Thank-you also to the Mr West who kept me sane on those long nights of set making and for making it :o)
My other thank-you goes to Tong School who encouraged our students and were so friendly. Also to Airedale for their friendly support
Danika and her crew that came down on the night to lend their support, thank-you ! It makes such a difference to have it. I want to wish Thornton all the very best for Saturday
Finally to my ex-students from Hanson: it was so lovely to see you (can't believe you go off to uni this year) and really made me smile - I miss you guys

So I will finish this by saying well done Royds on a fantastic performance ! It's been a pleasure to watch you grow as a team and I'm proud to be your Liaison Teacher.
Love ya all

Miss S xx

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Hey everyone !
Just to underline what Tim said really. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the tour this year. The standards just carry on going up and up with each passing year - it always amazes me!
Looking forward to what should be an amazing set of finals, both north and south!
All the best to everyone competing in the finals!

Simon (Volunteer)

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May 20th

Hello agen !
OMG ... cannot believe how close rc is - less den a week ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !
Gonna totally rule!
(But sucks tht i av 3 stupid hours of english lit exams day b4 :(
Not fun (n general 2moz ... oh the joy ...)
Wel, best kinda get bak 2 revision ... snore
Luv - Sarah (thornton)
PS hi 2 bekz, rach, naomi, becca, natalie, tom, robyn, vicki n every thorntoner out ther :)

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May 19th

Hey all - me again!
Tim- just read your message. How sweet of u and your batman nostalgia ... i have that about good ole cinders :D
Can't wait til the finals ! (C evry1 again :) Stay happy, people
2007 has been an immense rock challenge year, with schools getting bigger and better yet again (a bit like our set hehhehehe)
To anyone performing on may 31st - feel free to say hello to the sandown crazy people ! We will be cheering u all on - guaranteed (u won't miss us :P)
The global rock community spirit has been ace this year so let's rock the finals - 60s and 70s style!

Luv - sam (sandown student leader :D)

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May 18th (5 messages)

Firpark students and staff would like to wish the best of luck to everybody who is in the finals ! :)
We still have one last performance of "A Highland Fling" to do (in front of lots of other schools and invited guests) and then it's on to a bigger theme and a bigger team for next year (everybody at Firpark wants to be in it!) and and we are also going to do a "Rocka Presentation" as we have been nominated for a Community Award - we'll keep you posted as to what happens !
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EEEKKKKKK !!!! A week today !!!!!!
COME ONNN, DRIFFIELDDDDDD !
Good luck to everyone in the open final
Me, Nat and Jamie are coming to watch the premier final, especially to cheer on DANIEL AND CHAZ FROM HORNSEA!!!!!!!!!
Good luck to Alison from Longcroft as well :D :D :D

Love - Laura xxxx

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Hey xx !
Rocka was ace this year ! Well done to everyone that took part :)
Our school is thinking about entering rock challenge in germany ... if your school has been, could you tell us what it was like please ? (Thank you xx)
A big thanks to all the rock chalenge crew for making the day as enjoyable as it was xxxxxxxxx
Good luck to all the schools in the finals - well done !
Hopefully we'll see you all next year at bradford on our day !

Thank-you and well done xxxx

Lovee - jess (royds) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hello all ! I'm going to be writing a message on here every day now coz i just can't wait !
Got some1 else from r.c here with me !!!:)
Bye, all
Daniel and laura !!! (miltoncross)

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OK, i'm feeling slightly better now after the set has gone!! Shed a few tears n all that but i can't believe that we r never going to see it again on this continent! How scary is that??
It really hit home just how close the trip is actually getting when those container doors slammed shut!!
Can't believe how rough the guy was with it... n he thought we were totally mental when we waved our set off. Don't suppose he realises that we will go mad if he wrecks it lol!!!!
Can't wait to get to Aus now....the mad thing is that we have sent the set off but we still haven't got enough money to send ourselves off yet
(and any help/suggestions would be much appreciated in that department....hint hint haha :)
Lv - haylz xxx (archie stage crew)

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May 17th (7 messages)

Hello all - Tim here.

Just a quick message as I haven't had the chance to come on here for a long time and write anything! (I used to be on here 24/7 putting on posts! :)

Firstly, a massive "Congratulations !" to all the schools who have taken part in the 2007 events ! The standard has definitely been raised once again AND there have been some absolutely stunning atmospheres at the events - it really sends chills down your spine when you get days like that (it's what Rock Challenge is all about.)

Good luck to all those schools that have made it through to the finals; I can't wait to see all the teams and performances again over the next couple of weeks. Couple of weeks ...sob ... then it's all over once again ... how sad :(

All those who didn't make it through this year - can't wait to see you all again in 2008 !

Lastly, on a personal note, today brought back great memories as it's been exactly five years since I won the final with my old school in 2002 ! (Many of you out there won't be aware that all but a couple of people on the Rock Challenge crew started off as performers way back when!) But anyway, from the moment I was involved in RC as a performer back in 1998 I was hooked and every step on the way - performer, team leader, volunteer, Production Assistant and Event Manager - has been filled with fantastic moments and memories. I've got so much from the initiative that I'm so chuffed now that I get to help give that experience to thousands of young people every year. I'm going to dig out my video, photos, letters, memorabilia and have a nice trip down memory lane, methinks !

Anyways, a massive hello to everyone out there who's been affected by Rock Challenge in any way! If you're even debating taking up the opportunity to take part next year, don't hesitate - it really is an unforgettable eight minutes that will change your life.

Keep rockin'!

Tim (Event Manager)

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Hey-ho !
Gud 2 c i av sum gud m8s and at least 2 of them care to mention my craziness!! (I'm not really all that bad, just an ickle energetic thats all!! Truly ;)
Howdy 2 all of my buds yet agen (lol - as i always do) n woopeeeeeeee - finished ma essays - no more left xcept exam prep snore, but oh wel, that's life ! If i wasn't doin a-levels i wudn't b doin rocka !! :))
Bye 4 now!
Luv - Sarah (thornton) :D

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Just gotten home after a long slog at school today. Any one else taking OCR RE Full Course (Christian Moral Issues/Christian Perspectives paper) ? WHAT a joke that paper was! Only had one of the harder topics as the compulsory question! DAMN you, OCR! And I'll be damned if I know what Christians think about fertility treatment as BBC Bitesize doesn't mention it - EVER!
Oh well ... always resits if I fail!
Hopefully the short film from Baysgarth has arrived at HQ today or yesterday. Hope we win! (Amy left a note in the envelope begging! Haha!) It is already getting positive feedback from the featured schools so hopefully that's a good sign ! (And thank-you, Mrs Hylton of Hornsea, for the reply! FANTASTIC COMMENTS!)
Anywho, off to revise for Citizenship... NOT! The words "sense" and "common" spring to mind! Haha :)
John P (Baysgarth)

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YEYYY !! Next Friday !!! I can't believe it's gone so fast!
I had a really great time at the showcase at Grimsby back on march 30th - all the schools performing were fantastic and the atmosphere was so amazing.
We had a rehearsal last night and I think it's only just hit me that in 8 days we'll be there again - YES, I'm in the right type of mood.
I can't wait to be back on the stage. This will be my 4th year as part of the Hornsea team and so the 8th time performing for rock challenge, and I am definitely not fed up with it!
Good luck to everyone involved in rocka this year ! I'm sure nobody will fail to impress me!

Megs (Hornsea school) xxx

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Hiya all!!!!
Aargh .... can't believe a week on sat we will be in grimsby :D!!!!
Good luck to everyone who's doin exams at the mo ! Hope they are going ok!
Also good luck to all the schools in the finals ! Hope you have a really fun day!! Can't wait to see all your performances!!!
Come on, hornsea - rehearsals are going realli well so let's just go and have fun!!!

Love - Darryl (Hornsea)

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I just want to wish everyone good luck in the finals! Just go out there and enjoy yourselves !
Come on ashfield, st louise's and girls' model!! Make belfast proud!
Good Luck !

Olivia

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Driff's set gets a re-run in a fashion show (a news report from the online version of the "Driffield Times" :)
John (Editor)


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Wooooo!!! Not long now till the southern premier finals - can't wait !!! Gonna be soo funnn !!!
Got rehearsals tonight - hopefully have some fun :)

Daniel (miltoncross-premier school)

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May 16th (10 messages)

Umm....8 days to go.. it is off 2 be brill !
I have ma R.E exam tomoro!!! Argh!!! I don't know anything!!!
Good luck 2 all in Driffield School ! How are rehearsals goin whilst year 11s are on study leave ?!!!
WOO YAY!!
Jonathan

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Oreet, Cockermouth kids !
I am really gutted i'm missing Grimsby, but exams have to come first sadly
Want u guys 2 know i'll be thinkin of u loads and be there in sprit, (and Harry, i've told u everything u need 2 know ... but we all know that I am the sheriff ! Haha !)
Best of luck at grimsby, guys - and good luck to southfield too !
All the best - sam (ex cockermouther/student leader)

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Hey!!!
Bekky, i agree - yes, sarah is mad!
As bekky, sarah and naomi all say, gud luk 2 buttershaw and haycliffe! We luv u guys!!
In Eurovision, i must say i did like france! I luved the cat (it was ... bizarre! Ukraine was pretty ace, n yeah - russia weren't bad (they shud have beaten serbia without a doubt!))
Gud luk with ur exam, naomi!
Well, must be gettin back 2 the apprentice!
Luv - rachie (Thornton)

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Bye bye, "Pair O' Dice Lost" set. Bye bye!!!

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WESTFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL.........
Come on, guys ! Nt long now :)
U make us soooooo proud, u r true stars. Let's lift the roof at grimsby
Good luck in your SATs, Year 6 !!

Love yaz all so much
xXxXxXx

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Hi John ! It's Jude here
We haven't yet received our marks from the heat and i think it's cause we haven't filled out some questionaire or something?? Could you explain what we have to do, please!
Thanx - Jude x x x
ps can't wait for next friday - it's my last ever day of school and we get to go to rock challenge ! Yey!)
(Ed: question answered by email)

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Hi everyone !
Not long to grimsby now - woow!!! Go Thornton!!!!
As Sarie & Bekky said, good luck Haycliffe & Buttershaw - you rocked!!!
Russia should have totally won Eurovision - they were ace!!! (Ed: THANK-YOU, Naomi !! :)) followed closely by the Ukraine, obviously!!!
Hello to Sarie, Rachie, Bekky and Becky - you lot rock!!!
Anyways, better get back to revision ... RS exam tomorrow...

Naomi xxx
(Ed: hope the exams go well for you ... :)

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JUST WANNA SAY A MASSSIVE GOOD LUCK TO ASHFIELD =] =]
Girls, yaz r super
Am sadly not in it this year.. but honestly supportin ya 100%... yaz r true stars :)
Come on, ASHFIELD - ROCK IT =]
Good luck, girls ! Thinkin bout yaa all... not long to go now!!

Gud luck 2 all other school performin 2 :>

<3 x0xSuzie-Px0x <3

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Hey-ho
Bekky G!! How DARE u call me mad ?! I am appalled!! Haha - u make me laf tho lol :)
Yeah, am wel happy. Dun 1 of ma two essays in 4 2moz wich is a gud thing really! (I'm an eternal optimist hehe)
WOOOOOOOOOO ... so cannot w8 4 grimsby ... gonna b totally FAB hehe
I wud also like 2 echo bekky's words of GUD LUCK 2 Buttershaw n Haycliffe 4 the finals ! Uze r gonna b fab, i just know it!!!

Luv - Sarah (thornton :)

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OMG lol ! You got the "crazy" bit right on, Mrs B! And yes, York Hall stage will never be the same again without that scenery! :p
Rach (archie) :D

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May 15th (8 messages)

Archie AUSTRALIA !
COUNTDOWN TO DEPARTURE DOWN UNDER 63 days 16h 15m 21s at this very moment!!!

Check out our school's website towards the end of the week for an update on our progress.
Still a long way to go (any ideas on fundraising would still be greatly appreciated!) but we have the drive, passion and determination to succeed and we WILL get there!!
Lots of tears tomorrow morning no doubt when we watch our set bring driven away in the 20ft container on its first leg of the journey to OZ!! Archie (the school building not us the team) will never see the set again as we can't afford to bring the thing back from Oz!! York Hall stage will miss that awesome sight!!!
This is just too much to take in ... Little Archie going to OZ. Woooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Crazy Mrs B xxx

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Heyyyy!!!
11 days till grimsby .. wooo .. time is going so fast .. it will soon all be over
Good luck to everyone in prem final and a special good luck to Buttershaw and Haycliffe for the open final:D
Sarah
, you're mad! (But i love you anyway!! :)
Can't wait to See Tom From Matty Humbo And Vicki n Robyn From Ashfield! You Guys rock!
Ta Tar for now ...
Love - Bekky (Thornton) xxxxxxxxx

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Hello agen !
Am well lukin 4ward 2 grimsby - gonna totally rock hehe :)
I jst wana get these exams dun ... maybe i'll bring revision 2 grimsby... or not!!! (I cnt QUITE c me readin bout the Tudors durin the production meeting!! :))
Lukin 4ward 2 ceein evry1 frm uva skools 2 - Tom, Robyn Vicki Y - n spendin time wid all ma thornton buds! (Yeah, thts u bekz, rach, naomi, becca n ma wifey hehe)
Oh, n lukin 4ward 2 ceein u agen, John n Wendy - picnic tiiiiiime!
Bye 4now !
Shud really do sum revision ...
... snore ...
Luv - Sarah x x x x x (thornton :)
PS GOOOOOOOO THORNTON !!!!!!!!!!!!

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MX 07 ... ok, you lot, we have got to rock the place, and so make sure that all parents and friends make a lot of noise !
Let's blow the roof off the guildhall, and show that MX really rock !!

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Helloooooooo!
I'im really excited for the premier final at grimsby! Aaaaah ... only 11 days to go - oooo!!!!!!!
Good luck to all the other schools competing that day and also to the schools competing in the open final !
(Unfortunately i can't make it to come and watch but i'm sure it'll b a great show!)
C'mon hornsea - let's see some more messages!
Lv - lizzie t (HORNSEA!!!!!!!!!!)

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Hi all !
Archie's set gets shipped off 2moz 4 real this tyme. Everything is bubblewrapped nd ready 2 go ... including Matty Anderson (Poor Matty :)
The next time we'll see it is in Aussie !
Not long now! The itinerary looks ace - especially the performance!!!!!

Lv - Doz nd Emz!

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Whoo hooo - the finals are gettin close!! A week on thurs i'm leavin for grimsby!
I can't wait!! Can't believe it's been a whole year again!! Can't wait to see wot everyone has came up with this yr!!

Wot is happenin with the premier finals? Is no school gettin relegated or 4 skls goin up from the opens? (I ask cuz there's only 7 prem schools in the north now!!) (Ed: and I, of course, don't have any answers :)
Good luck to everyone in the last week n a bit of rehearsals, n i look 4ward to seein uze all!! Be really weird this yr, tho - kimberley can't make it cuz of exams so i won't have my partner in crime, but claire from phd is goin so i won't be all alone!!
Stuart (peterheed / volunteer)

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Hey y'all !
Good Luck 2 every1 at the nothern open premier finals !
I'll be there cheering on Matthew Humberstone for a special some1!, but good luck 2 every1 else and BE YOUR BEST!!! :)

Love - Nathan R (De Aston - Electricity 07) xxxxxxxxx

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May 14th (7 messages)

Heyyy :D!!
Am EXTREMELYYYY happy ! I found out 2day that we r through 2 the final after one school dropped out, as we wer 8th out of the 2nds :D
Am sooooo excited ! It's our 1st year nd we're just gonna go 4 it !
We were so upset originally when we wer told we hadn't got thru ... bt we now only have 2 weeks 2 practise! Arrr!!! :))
Good luck 2 the other schools in th southern final B :D
Watch out, portsmouth... here we come :D!!

Love - sophie (Brighton and Hove High School) xxxxxxxxx

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Northern Rock Challenge Premier Final a week on saturday ! :D
Hope everything is going well in everyone's rehearsals
Come On, Matthew Humberstone :D We can do it ! :))
Look foward to seeing everybody in the Northern Premier Final ... Good Luck!!

Tom G (Matthew Humberstone School)!!

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Hello folks! (and hi, John)
Are you all ready for the finals? We are soooo excited!
Shame i have exams before then ... arghhh!
Good luck to anyone with GCSEs, AS OR A2 exams coming up - and as much as we all love rock challenge, don't get TOO distracted!
C u all soon!
Can't wait to see the crew again, and yes - we will be the loud crazy bunch.... can't wait!

Just a suggestion for people ... our school and i do believe Ryde High have made bebo bands about their rock challenge team / performance. Seems pretty popular so thought i'd spread the idea :D
HAVE FUN!

SAM (SANDOWN)

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Hey-ho ! Just wanted 2 put a msg up ... avnt dun so in a while hehe :)
Yey - 1st general studies exam dun 2day - yey ! Only 10 more exams in total 2 do! :(
Oh well ... at least still got rocka 2 luk 4ward 2 wich is gonna b totally fab!!!!!!!! Am so lukin 4ward 2 it ... the only fun thing durin exam time!!!
Let's hope the weather is gud 4 the day so we can av a picnic agen!!!
Wid eurovision, Ukraine wer the only really memorable one 4 me, but Russia weren't bad (Ed: thank-you for that :), n France were ... urm ... "interestin", 2 say da least hehe!!
Eh, it's all political, cnt b taken seriously - 'tis just fun 2 laf at !!!!
Bye 4 now - Sarah (thornton :)

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Hi John! Superstar! :)
Cheers, Dave and Zoie! I've had an influence on the Rocka website! WAHOOO!
Anyway, thought it might be a good, supportive idea...so cheers all! (And you too, John, for doing all the legwork..! :) Fingers crossed the BBC might hear some good news soon
Hope all is well in the Rocka world!! Looking foward to hearing the results of the short film competition and the finals event days!!!
Best of luck to all still to compete and perform !

Happy Cap'n Jack (Baysgarth Spacemen 07)

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Hi John!
Thought it would be a good idea if you take a look at the BBC News site; there is an article regarding their missing BBC GAZA correspondent Alan Johnston. Over 82,000 people have signed a petition demanding his release online... could we encourage this ?
There is also a feature in which you can add a little "blog" thing, I think... a little BBC image on offer to any website runners in to show support for Alan that can be displayed subtly on the opening page or something?
Thought it might be a good idea as the UK Rock Challenge is a promoter of all things good and honest, and as citizens of the UK I feel it would be good if you could download this little image to show our support in a bid to get the man released... I feel it is important...
Cap'n Jack (Baysgarth)
Dave and Zoie have agreed to your request, Cap'n Jack ! It's all in the right-hand sidebar :)
John (Editor)


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Haha ! I shud be working right now but am too busy thinking about our set! It's getting shipped off today to australia (omg:) but we're not gonna be that far behind! We'll be reunited(lol) 1 day before the BIG performance in aussi! (8 weeks to go - yeeeey!:D) Can't wait!
Well done to all the schools who have been involved in a rocka event so far! Good luck to those still getting ready for the Grantham Junior event and all the finals !
Well, archie ... keep up the hard work with all the fundraising nd hopefully we'll get used to the new song!?

Rach (Archie :p)
(Ed: new song, Rach ? What's that all about ?? :)

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May 13th

Heyarrr! Thiis Is Heather FrOm ROyds!
I Know It's A Bit Late But Oh Well! =D ...... I'd Like To Say Well DOne To ROyds Cos We KnOw We Did Well And That's All That Matters, And I'd Also Like To Say Thank You To TOng For Beiing So SuppOrtive! =D
WatCh Outt NexT Year!!!
=P Lol
Byeeeeeh!.x
Heather_LOuiiseeee.

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Good luck to all the teams in the finals !
On behalf of the Youth Opportunities Funding Panel in Bedfordshire, I would just like to say that we have just seen pictures etc. from the vandyke performance of Rock Challenge all that time ago in february, and all we can say is WOW! We are proud of what you did, and we want to bring rock challenge to bedfordshire ... maybe in the new Grove Theatre in Dunstable ?
Vandyke, you looked amazing! Well done!


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Hey there !
I'm joining in the whole message thing about eurovision - something which i don't support as my country (Estonia) never seems to make it past the Semis :(
I do think that the UK's entry was much better than in previous years: it had the Eurovision cheese that's always liked and yet still received poop scores - good old UK!!!
Anyway, on to the real reason for my message! I keep watching the DVD of Thornton's performance and i truly believe it is our best EVER - even edging out ahead of Anthony and Cleopatra (which is hard for me to say as that was my own last performance!!)
With 8 awards of excellence we can't complain: Best set design and staging / Concept Originality / Drama kills / Hair and Make-up / Soundtrack / Lighting / Video Production / Choreography and Performers' choice
It's all absolutely fab, Thornton ! You guys rock and - fingers crossed - we do a little better than the UK come 26th May!
See you all Friday - Danika (Thornton) x x x x x x

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Hello John
While you and Rosie were supporting Russia and the Ukraine, I was supporting Greece (my family come from there). We came 15th so did well (tho I think most people may have been voting for the belly-dancers :) (Ed: BRITISH belly-dancers, as Terry Wogan might have mentioned more than once :))
The stage was amazing. Hartwall is massive and also an ice arena, tho I took more interest in watching the jets, Gerbs and theatrical flashes (Pyrotechnics) than the actual competition :) Somehow we managed to get some points with our Vengaboys spin-off ("We're going to Ibiza" lol :))
See you at the finals - Ness (Rockateer)

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John ... call me strange, but while you were supporting Russia, I was cheering on Ukraine in the Eurovision ! :)
Belarus' entry was very Rock Challenge ... moving screens and more and more dancers appearing from behind them

I thought the stage was beautiful ... a massive Arena (used as an ice arena too, just like Hull) and the sheer scale of the competition was overwhelming
Somehow we managed to score some points... not really sure how - I thought our entry was rubbish again. (Not that Eurovision scoring reflects the songs - just the politics behind different countries' relationships !)
Looking forward to the finals - see you there!
Rosie (Rockateer)
(Ed: heh heh, Rosie ... ALWAYS fascinating to see how the various countries place their votes, isn't it !
I also enjoyed Sweden's entry this year, and Hungary's too
The UK cabin-crew performance took me back through decades of Eurovision to TV from the mists of time - or beyond :))
John (Editor)


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May 12th

Shucks ... I had Russia to win Eurovision tonight !
John (Editor :)


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Hello All!
Our John at Baysgarth (not you, Ed :) - don't talk about your move to Taunton just yet, mateee ! You have a bit of time left with us at Baysgarth yet (although I am sure that we may ask for your able assistance next year!!) (With all things technical of course!)
Again, a very well done to the team at Withernsea High ! Every 2nd-placed team in the North wanted the place in the open final, but only one could get it so WELL DONE you lot! Best of Luck !
Some superb mini-pics up on the website too which is great to see....LOADS of creativity! Wahoo!
ALREADY milling ideas for 2008 in my head ... I will be in the sixth form! AAARRRGGGGHHHH!
Best of luck to everyone in the finals .... you all DESERVE to be there!

Cap'n Jack (Baysgarth Spacemen 07)

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Hi y'all ! Tom from Brynmawr here!
Well done everybody ! This year sounds like the best eva ! Gutted Brynmawr didn't come but "We Will Rock You" WAS aaaawesome!
Anyway we'll be back next year
Well done to all the teams who've put in so much effort - and keep the r/c spirit alive, guys!

Tom =)

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Hi !
I can't wait until the premier final ! I'm so excited!!!
Two weeks today it's the northern premier final!! I can't believe it's come round so quick!!!
Good luck everyone!!!
Come oh, Hornsea !!!!!!

Luv - jess h

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Well done !
We have done it ! Withernsea are going to the grimsby final !
Cannot wait to see it again ...
Well done to miss grantham and her team for getting them there.

Gillian P

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Just past 9am and the Carlisle Day 1 minipics are now on the website. Click here to go there
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May 11th (8 messages)

Only two weeks to go to the Northern Open Final and things are beginning to look a bit clearer. The final being held in the middle of the exam period - and AS exams being held on the Friday - has caused all sorts of problems but Cockermouth are on their way to Grimsby - yeehah!
Miss Havard
has done a fantastic job in organising everything from coaches and staffing to food and accommodation and I'm sure all the performers and backstage crew appreciate the work she has had to do since we were announced winners of Carlisle Day 1 !
Good luck to all the teams, but especially Cockermouth and Southfield (Cumbria rocks!!)

Janet Wilde

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OMGG!! 14 days until the premier ! We r al soo excited!!
Doin a lot of rehearsals =)
Stage crew are workin fantastic ... they r doing their best - it's amazin
Wish all the skools good luck !
** C'mon Ashfield ! LeT's RoCk iT!! Yaaayyy!! **

xxx

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Well done to Withernsea School for placing highest 2nd place school. Good Luck in the Northern Open Grand Final at Grimsby !
On the bad side - I will never again be able to compete in Rock Challenge :(

I am moving to Taunton and none of the schools in the area compete, so unless Rocka HQ want to work their magic with Richard Huish College no Rock Challenge team will ever be graced with my award-winning lighting ever again :(
Thanks to everyone in Global Rock Challenge for running the greatest event EVER!

John (Baysgarth)

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Hello again :)
8.15pm and the Bournemouth minipics are now on the website. Go here to see them
John (Editor)


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Hello folks
The Nottingham minipics are now on the website ... click here to go there
Starting work on the Bournemouth ones now ...
John (Editor)


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Hia 2 all Rockas out there, especially all the Hornsea ppl!! Luv u all!!
Grimsby 2 weeks 2moz!! AAGH!! I'm so xcited. Keep practisin hard!!
Hornsea, scream if u want sum more like AAGH!! Hornsea Hornsea watch us work ... it WER PERFECT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Luv u all - Izzy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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OMG... the final list for the northern open final is up ! Woo... looks like some tough competition!!! LOL :)
13 days to go!!! I can't wait!!

Jonathan

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Yey ! Go Southfield!!!!
Can't wait fr da 25th May!!! Rehearsing loads and working hard!
Good luck 2 all da schools (but speshly Cockermouth coz Cumbria rules!!!)
Go Southfield !

Dara, Sian, Laura, Me and Amber xxxx

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Hey all!! It's Vicki (aka Vamp), Gina (aka Mina) n James (aka the Drac himself)
Bradford was ace n we're lookin forward t grimsby!!
It's looking good, danika !
Jus cnt w8 t c the slight alterations t make it even better!!
Good luck to everyone! C u soon !
Vicki, Gina n James

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Hello, folks
All the finalists are now listed down at the bottom of the 2007 Tour Calendar, together with a link from each of the five days to their themes.
John (Editor :)


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May 10th

OMG... 14 days to do!!!
Good luck to all the schools competing in the northern open final (especially Driffield school :)
Also good luck to Ellon Academy who are doing a very similar theme to ours
WOW!! I really can't wait!! I'm in yr 11 and i am going on study leave soon so will be coming into school at lunch times to come to rehearsals!!
Again, good luck to everyone and we will see you all there!!!!!

Jonathan

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May 9th

I'm new to the finals ... as i'm volunteering down in Portsmouth, what's all this about "themes" an the "60s and 70s" ? Do i need to pull out my flares an big wigs ? (Sounds fun to me!! :)
Nat (Rocka Volunteer) x
(Ed: hello, Nat. Yup ... there are people who love to get into costume for their day at the finals ! Get thee to thy wardrobe and start searching them out :) (ps being, as you know, a GOM - Grumpy Old Man - I'm not one to dress up (I was a GYM too :) but I must confess that if I had a freebie Mark 3 Ford Cortina ... or even a Capri ! ... for the finals days, it would feel nice to arrive in it :))

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Hello again!
Can't wait for the finals ! 60s and 70s ? Hehe - wat a theme :D
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Our photos are fabola on the website, n for once a nice rocka photo of me i can buy to celebrate my final performing year of rocka :D
ps there was a really nice article about global rock in this week's isle of wight county press if anyone is interested
Righto ... must dash
Stay smiling, people !
Sam (Sandown)

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Hey !
Good Luck to all schools in the finals - especially Ellon Academy !

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OMG.... It's only 15 days to go till northern open final......ARRH !!! 'Tis off 2 be totally awsominated!!!!
Good luck to all the schools competing ! Can't wait to see what you have all come up with ... ARRH
Good luck to all of the performers in Driffiled (a.k.a Driffield) School
lol :))
Jonathan

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Hiya ppl!
OMG!!! Just over 9 weeks till the Archie Crew go to aussie!!!!!!! Ooooooooo!!
I'm so excited !
(Am supposed to be doing college work at the min so shhhhhhhh!! Haha!! :)
Am off now .. bibi xx
Love - kirsty c (archie)

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Message for Naomi / Davey from Stage Manager Dave:- "The 2007 Finals theme is the sixties and seventies"
So there y'go ... get dressing :))
John (Editor)


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May 8th

Hey guys !
I'd just like to respond to the message about schools being "mean" to each other on bradford day 2! I was there all day and evening, and from what i saw, all schools totally enjoyed themselves!!
James (Ex Buttershaw)

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OMG....i'm so excited! We have our last rehearsal this THURSDAY before our set gets shipped off to the land down under! Last minute touch-ups n MORE REPAIRS but it's worth it!!
By my reckoning only 71 DAYS until the whole team gets "shipped" to Australia ... wel, gettin flown rele, but you know what i mean!!
Soooooooo excited!!!

Hayley (archie stage crew)

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Hello...
I'm wondering if there is a theme for the 25th May at Grimsby? Like, what you have to wear... I think one year it was "hats"...
Anything this year?

Nomes x

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Hiya all
WHAT IS THE THEME GOING TO BE FOR THE FINALS?????
Davey

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Naomi and Davey - I've texted Dave to find out. Reply will be here when I get it !
John (Editor)


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Hey Everyone! Some Ashfield girls here!
The northern premier is movin closer and closer ... it is not long till we go over - aahhh!!
Everyone is workin so hard and we're all proud of each and every1. Keep up the good work cause it will all pay off
Can't wait to see all the other schools there ! Everyone be your best!

Cu sooon xxx

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Hi everyone ! It's Charlotte here from Manhood Community College!
Just like to say thanks for the comments, Mr. Martin, Lindsay, and anyone else who put one up here
I had an amazing time at rock challenge - can't believe we came third!!
Mr. Martin
, I didn't hear a rumour about you crying... but don't worry if you did, you were not alone! I just burst into tears when I heard the result being called out!
Anyways, well done everyone and well done to all the other schools - you were all a joy to watch. I'll be looking to see how Miltoncross and Mill Chase do in their finals, and to find out whether Mayfield get into the final too. Good luck!
Charlotte :-)

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Hi !
Can you pay at the door for tickets on the night of the global rock final at the guildhall on the 31st may 2007 ?
Thank you - mykki s

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Mykki - the usual answer would be to warn you that finals tend to be sellouts, then to suggest that you contact the Liaison Teacher at the school you might be supporting to see if s/he can add you to his/her list, then to urge you to keep phoning the Guildhall Box Office on 023 9282 4355 to buy over the phone, and only finally to suggest that you might try queuing up on the night in case there any tickets left or any returns
John (Editor)


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May 6th

For stagecrew:- a Quicktime video showing a normally six-weeks set-build for a show at the "Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts" in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York compressed down into 60 seconds :)
John (Editor)


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May 5th

When do we find out who was the highest-scoring second-placed team for Grimsby ?
(Ed: shortly after UK Rocka HQ tells me who it is. I don't know when they will tell me that :)


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Heyy.. well done to buttershaw for thursday ... you guys rocked! Good luck for the finals !
Danika.. me and the twins are confuddled
. Miss C said no more rehearsals till 25th., then you said next week?!?! Let us know!!
Good luck to everyone that's going to finals this year!
See you there, john! Was nice seeing you at bradford.
Thanks, RC, for letting us sell the programs again on bradford day 2! We did good!
Love - Bekky xxx (Thornton)
(Ed: hi, Bekky ! Wendy and I were chuffed to see you guys again. Roll on Grimsby ! :)

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Hey everyone =)
Not long now until the Northern Premier :D
Soo excited.. it's like 21 days.. i'm counting !!
Ashfield are on a roll here.. Practising a lot !! Everyone is lookin 4ward to the big day ! We sure are gonna rock it !! On that grimsby stage !! :]
Stage crew workin super hard and also dancers.. 1 word ..amazinn... every1 is gettin better ! I'm so proud of everyone - this year rocks !
Grimsby heree we comee !! Yeaaaaa !!
Ashfield members -
get on this website n leave some messages !!

Ashfield Gurl xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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It is now Saturday and I have just about recovered from day two in Bradford
A huge "Well done !" to everyone who took part ! Every piece looked fantastic
As for Tong, I am so proud of your efforts and you looked amazing ! Second place, and performers' choice award for the second year running. Now keep your fingers crossed that we make the final!!!!

Love - Miss Campbell

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May 4th

Just sat here in my beautiful hotel room in London, managing to get wireless (Ed: you didn't have to mention THAT ! :)) and thinking of how great Thornton performed on Wed!!
You guys made me so so so PROUD! I knew you had a good performance but you really looked amazing
Haycliffe, you were fantastic - we wish you all the best at the open final but we know you'll go and just have a fantastic time anyway!
Thornton, have a good break from rehearsals and we'll come back next week refreshed and ready to amaze again!!!!!

Have a great bank holiday weekend and see you soon
Danika (Thornton Grammar's happiest team member) x x x

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Eeeeeeep ... this is a bit late, i know :S
but...
ROCK CHALLENGE IN NOTTINGHAM WAS AMAZING!!

  • Best Set Design and Staging
  • Best Video Performance
  • Best Stage Crew
  • and overall FIRST PLACE
Oh yeah ... we rock!!!
BRING ON GRIMSBY!!! :))
Hope to see some familiar faces in grimsby! :)

Eleanor x x x x

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Hey ! This is holly (i was one of the volunteers on wednesday in bradfrd)
It was the best day ever! Had so much fun and it was such a good experience. Thank-you to the stage crew and to everyone that helped and made us feel welcome!
The performances were amazing ... well done to everyone - you were awesome!
Sending a big HELLO to tanya and phil
- it was great to meet ya!
We loved it that much that we're coming back to the finals ... see you all there ! Wahey!
Holly x

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Hey-ho !
Just wanted 2 say a big hello 2 all the buttershaw ladz who sumhow us thrnton lot ended up siting behind n sharing many many hugs wid afta d results! Ur suh nice people n wish u best of luk hehe!
Ad a totally fb nite - so very gud! Such a pity only got the finals left :( but cannot w8 4 it!!!!
Thornton r gonna rock!!!!!!!!
It wil luk fab n am so pleasd wid results from both braford days. All the skools who performed shd b so so soooo proud of themselves!
N yipeeeeeeee ... i only gt 1 essay left 2 do (woopee) so i cn send more msgs ! Woop woop woop :)
Bye 4 now ... luv frm Sarah (thornton)
PS hii 2 the buttershaw stage crew me n bekzn rachie emzy wer talkin 2 ! Big congrats!

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Heyaaa !!!
Wow - first message from me this year!!!
"What's That Coming Over The Hill ? Is It A Monster??"
NOOOO ... it's Haycliffe!!!!!
A massive WELL DONEE!! to HAYCLIFFEE!!!!!!!!
You all did sooooo welll!!!! I can't believe we're going threw to the finals!!!
Worth all the hard work, anne????
Also i wana say well done to all the schools on day 2 at bradford as well!!
I was dancing with the ITKIDS (as well as haycliffe's lights on day 1!!!) and saw both nights!!!
I was disappointed my school weren't in rocka this year but it's good to get an outsider's view as well!!
The only thing that disappointed me was the rivalry there seemed to be between the schools on day2! It seemed a bit tooo agressive! Come on, guys - friendly rivalry is ok but not being mean!
All in all, Bradford was IMMENSE!!!! (Also i loved doing FAME and FLASHDANCE on a big stage!!!)
Hey to all the rocka crew! Hope you guys had a grd time at alton towers!!! Cya at the finals!!

Love - Emma xxx (hanson/haycliffe) xxxx

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WOW!! Rock Challenge was ace yesterday!!
I'm sooo pleased we won - it felt amazing! We all worked soo hard, and i'm well pleased for everyone!
Well done to all the other schools too ! You were great!
Gotta say a huge thanks to kay and everyone else involved from buttershaw ! It couldn't have happened without you!

Final thing i've gotta say.... my crazy hair is finally gone!!!!
-xRachelx- (buttershaw high)

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Congratulations Buttershaw!!!!!! You were AWESOME!!! I'm so proud of you all!
It was an amazing day and you all worked so hard, which was reflected in such a stunning evening performance!!! 1st place, AGAIN! What's going on?!?!?! Haha!
Good Luck for the Finals!!

James (ex-buttershaw)

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Heyaa ! This is nat from royds. We did yesterday's performance (3rd may)
It wa well gd (we shud av won)
DANCIN ON TOGETHER R O Y D S !
Nxt yr watch out - we will win ! Without a doubt !!!!!!!!
Heyaa to every1 hu wa dere xx

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Wooooo ... have received the missing Portsmouth results (Days 1, 2, 3 and Junior) and have now updated the 2007 Tour Calendar with them plus filling in 4 of the gaps on the Southern Open Finals listings.
Here's hoping my typing-up was OK ...
John (Editor)


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It's 12.15am and am still up, working on our Itinerary for Australia!! (We go in 10 weeks.)
We are still struggling for over £30,000, however. We have come so far but still need help.
Massive thanks to Peterhead Academy for your kind donation. You don't know what it means to us to know we have your support. We are so grateful.
If anyone has any ideas on what help we may be able to tap into at this stage then please let us know. We welcome any responses.
We hope that everyone has enjoyed their part in this year's Tour. Good luck to everyone taking part in this year's finals.
Big Love.
ARCHBISHOP THURSTAN SCHOOL, HULL


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May 3rd

Hi guys !
Back home and on the Internet again - the Bradford Travelodge internet connection didn't work and there was no wireless access from the St George's Hall (so I've been VERY FRUSTRATED these past couple of days :))
Bradford Day 1 and 2 results, themes and opinion polls are up ... click here to go there
Messages as I catch up with them !
John (Editor)


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Hi !
This is for Claire who wanted to know about the Cinderella song from Purbrook Park's performance last Wednesday ... it's called CINDERELLA by SWEETBOX
Hope this helps
xx

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Wow!
Rock Challenge was ace yesterday at Bradford !!!

Hello to everyone who was there!!!
Naomi

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Hiyahh everyone !
'Ere to say thornton wer gonna do wel gurd it wnt well gurd on wednesday nd i jus think wer gonna do ace
Gud luck to all us thorntoners !!! xxx
C'mon thornton
x-erica-x

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Hello agen !
Just wanted 2 put yet anuva msg up 2 say yeeeeeey, thornton got in the paper, n not just a teensy ickle article but a MASSIVE 1 in da middle of 2nite's "Telegraph and Argus", with a pici o Haycliffe too
Yeeeeeeeey ... all luks incredible (just a shame they cudn't put picis in wid costume cos dat wuda bin gr8)

John - u can find more picis at their website if u just go 2 photo gallery n search "rock challenge" ... they're all ther!!! (Thanks, Sarah - and was good to see you guys again on Thursday ! :)
Gud luk 2 all da uva skools performin 2nite - i shall b ther selling stuf hehe
More essays still 2 do so bye until this evening
Luv frm Sarah (thornton)

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Alrightt !
Well done to Miltoncross for the other day.. 8/8 awards, go us!
Let's go do Miss Rhose & the team proud on the 2nd June
Darren Fahrenheit - Travelling At The Speed Of Light
Miltoncross 2007
Goodluckkk all - Lewiss =]. xx

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Just want to say i did my first day volunteering yesterday in Bradford and had a fantastic day!! I loved every minute of it and all the crew are lovely!! (And Tanya and Phil - u made me laugh! :)
All the schools were fab and it was a really great day!
I'll be back for the Portsmouth finals!! :D:D

John -had you arrived at the Travelodge when there was a powercut? Now that scared me!! (Ed: "interesting", wasn't it ! Still, it took my mind off failing - once again - to get an Internet connection via the dialup "Talia" service :))
Natalie (ex sheldon heath, now vollie! :-)

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HIYA!!!
Just to say a massive WELL DONE to Haycliffe! You were all fab and deserved to win!
Hope you really enjoy competing in the open final and we know you have the confidence and skill to win that one for sure!
Good luck to you all!

Emma and Sarah (thornton) xxxxx

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Hiya guys !
Last nyt was so gd ... omg, it was amazin
Haycliffe, u rocked - wel deserved to win!!
Can't wait till grimsby (the prem final)
Hiya to paddy frm hayclif

I've neva felt so gd about our performance before ... every1 sed it was amazin. Hope we do just as good in grimsby !
Good luck every1 else (and am goin bk to bradford tonyt to watch again)
Well done thornton - we rocked !
Lots of love - laura (performer) and sarah n emma (stage crew) xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hiiiiiiiiiii !!!
OMG wot a fantastic day ! Aahhhhh, so gud!!!!!
Haycliffe - omg u wer incredible ! Was cheering 4 u all day - u wer the best iv ever seen u ! (Big hello 2 Martin, Ryan n Tim as well - go win it at Grimsby!!!!!!!!
Thornton - wow we wer sooo fantastic ! Best performance wev eva dun ... am sooooooooo pleased! It was incredible and such a buzz!!

Hello John ! Gud 2 c u during our escape frm the dressing room, if only 4 a short while!!!!! Vote "Yes" on proposition sombrero, even tho we luk more Russian now hehe!!!
G2G now ... wrk 2 do (ahhhhh ...) b4 volunteering 2nite ... YEY ! We'll b ther selling programs so watch out!!!!!!!!
Luv - Sarah (Thornton)

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Now i know it's like 10 past 7 in the mornin after rocka nite but anyway ... !
Can i just say wot a fab nite it was!!! Everyone luked ace!
Well done Haycliffe!!!! I was rooting 4 u!

Big hello 2 martin, ryan n all r other m8s!
Big thank-u 2 Danika and Mrs C and all the other staff who made the day what it was! It rocked!
Can't wait 4 grimsby now! Watch out grimsby cos here comes Thornton!!!!
:)
Best b goin 4 my breakfast now!
Luv - rachie (thornton)
ps hello john!!
(Ed: hello you !! :))

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May 2nd

Woop Woop.. Wicked Day... Thnks everyone that made it so brill!
An amazing well done to haycliffe.. youz wer ab fab! Go show grimsby wat you've got!!! Good luck!
Well done Thornton ! We rocked it!
(Even wif the quiffs hehe:P)
Was nice to see everyone and will see you and Wendy tomorrow, john! (Selling the fab programmes!)
Anyways.. thanks for today. Well done to everyone that took part and good luck for tomorrow!! Wooo !!
Byeeee ...
Love - Bekky!! (Thornton) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(Ed: was good to see you tonight, Becky ! :)

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Hiya x
OMG !!!
Bradford is 2moro
Woo!!!
Gud lukk royds and every1 on bradford day 2 !!! It's gonna b gr8
Luvya - Jess!!!!!

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Well done to the Manhood and Chichester Colleges ! You were fantastic at Portsmouth Day 2
3rd place - 1st time ever we received a place ! (There IS a God after all)

Have watched the DVD. a million times and still not bored
Next year will be even better now that we have tasted success !
All you dancers were superb on the night - very proud
Who spread the rumour that I cried? I will find out!!!
Thanks to Naomi, Beth, Charlotte, the 2 Lindseys and Mark - it would not have happened without you
Well done to the other schools for a great show !

Keith Martin

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Can't believe westfield are showcasing final - I am soooooooooooooooooooo happy 4 them !
U deserve to do it again
We wil have an awesome weekend
Remember ur all superstars, westfield
GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT CZ U REALLY GT A LOT!!!
LOV - LAURA N MISS DUNN ND STOD XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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May 1st

Hey-ho ... me agen !
I shall most certainly b smilin 2moz like totally all day, just u c hehe!!!!!!
I am soooooooo hyper ... not gonna sleep 2nite, 2 much energy n 2 many essays !!!
Yey - vote YES on sombreros! Totally all da way hehe!
Hey Bekky n Rachie - woop woop woop - 1 more sleep ahhhhhhh so close it feels like christmas eve, but it's like rocka eve haha!! "Happy Rocka Eve" all u bradfordian day one-ers lol
So cannot w8 2 b totally insane 2moz - insanity rules!!!!!!!
Woop woop woopeeee - go thornton go thornton waaaaaaahey!!
1 more sleep 1 more sleep 1 more sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!! haaaaa!!

Bye 4 now, tho - essays 2 do, tho i sooooo don't wanna do them but hey that's life
I shall just spend my time thinkin of rocka n running through the dance in ma hed lol
Luk 4ward 2 ceein u agen, John!!!!!
Luv - Sarah (thorntoner, as if u hadn't guessed already!!!!!!)
(Ed: C u 2mrw, Sarah !)

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Heya every1!!
Wow - i am soooooo excited now 4 2moro!!!! Goin reali hyper!
I agree that sombreros wud b a very gud idea!
1 more sleep!!!!
Big hello 2 all my mexican buddies, spesh bekky, n sarah!!!
Thornton are lukin sooooo gud ! It's absolutely fantastic!! We're gonna rok 2 moro!!!
Gud luk 2 all the other skools performing!

Luv - rachie (thornton)

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Dear global rockas!
The true ethos of rock challenge truly has worked this year for Sandown High School
Firstly, many of our cast have now officially quit smoking while others have at least cut down dramatically
Secondly, many of our cast have truly proved their generosity and ethos of rock challenge on the day

For example, Disaster One - many of our tree costumes had been left on the island so our cast rallied around to run to the shops to buy similar articles to make replicas of the originals. After this, we were still one tree-top short and without hesitation one of our cast handed over her own clothes to be sabotaged to create a costume (thus leaving her with no clothes to go home in)
Disaster Two - one of our lovely girls in the hatter's dance was so modest (bless her) she forgot to tell us (the organisers) that she had epilepsy. We had originally designed to have strobe in our performance so we had 2 options .... remove her or remove the strobe. Obviously we removed strobe from the lighting and then - remarkably and to our delight, which actually brought our cast to tears (happy ones of course) - we won the best lighting award :D
Disaster Three - as many of you know for our white rabbit character, we made rabbit ears out of her own hair (no wig, no hat etc.) Well, basically after being sat in the hair and makeup chair for over 2 hours, our rabbit was rather fed up as it simply wasn't working. Cox Green came to the rescue, offering advice and friendly support. Our cast were then almost brought to tears once more as - lovely people that they are - they then congratulated us when we won the best hair award !
Disaster Four - we were running out of hair grips! But ANOTHER school came up and asked to borrow some of ours so our teachers managed to spare some which i again thought was rather lovely (bless them :) and we still managed to win the best hair award (which we are very proud of :D)
Disaster Five - one of the Beechwood money gremlim characters broke her digital camera and many of our cast took it upon themselves to help her with whatever method they could and tada - they fixed it with some tape :D
And finally, to truly sum up the community spirit of rock challenge, we had been in the venue for less than 5 minutes when all the other participating schools involved joined us in a giant conga around the auditorium!
Basically i just wanted to sum up how rock challenge brings out the best in everyone, and who needs to win when you can achieve all this through one day? It really makes you think about what rock challenge means to you. I know that to sandown we believe in the spirit and fun of the day and it definitely is all about the taking part
. (For example, we spent the whole day dressed in fancy dress - with the theme of "Bad Taste" !!!!!)
Rock Challenge has really inspired our team this year. Everyone has come away with perfect memories and many a new friend and are ecstatic to have qualified throught to the finals. We will be cheering you all on, guys! Good luck to you all :D
Thank-you to everyone that made our day possible - you know who you are :D
An extra thanx to the other schools who even made us good luck cards on the day - how sweet you all are!
Thanks again, rock challenge - it truly was an experience we will never forget!

A very proud sam (Sandown High)

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Waaayyy yey Danika ! Sombreros sound fab haha!!:P
Can't wait for tomorrow ... the countdown in hours is now on!
See you all there ... big cheese!!! :))

Luv - Bekky (Thornton) xxxxxx

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Hey there Thornton Grammar ! Don't know if you guys will see this before Bradford but have just seen the countdown clock and we haven't even got a full day left!!!!
I feel very ... hmmm, what's the word ....... proud, happy, excited and all the other words that could describe what a fantastic team we have this year!!!!
Sarah, Bekky -
maybe we'll introduce sombreros for Grimsby????!!!!! What d'you think :)
Really excited and got the teeshirts through (they are great!!!!!)
We have a quick run-through and then we are on. Can't wait to see it with lights and hair and make-up ... it will look fab!!!
Tavern guys - 100% cheese (smelly stuff at that) heads up and have fun!!!!
My Ladies - you know what i'm thinking and i know you will pull it out of the bag for me especially in those fantastic costumes!!! Thanks Margaret - they are stunning ... you should be proud!!!!
Nat -
it's all about the balance (and really sorry for ruining your pointe shoes - but they look great and sparkley!!!!)
Gina - you know you are great; just believe it and don't worry - just tell me it's not true and remember it's just a story!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, i guess i'd better close up and catch some sleep ...
John, i will see you very shortly!
Take care, and see you Bradford day one-ers soon
Danika (Thornton Grammar School!!!!!!!)
Did you ever get to sleep last night/this morning, Danika ?
John (Editor :)


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