ADD ONE MORE TO THE LIST FOR LONDON !!!!!!!!!!
WHOOO HOOOO !! Gettin off work so London here i come !!
Sooo xcited ! I'm flyin down tuesday mornin n then home again tuesday nite so will be pushed for time ... gonna be at the scoop for 11.30am n have to leave at like 4.05pm so i make my flight home !!!
Aaaaah i'm sooo xcited !! A week to go !!
Everyone thinks i'm crazy flyin to spend just 8 hours in london but that's wot rock challenge does to u !!
Can't wait to see everyone, n the skls performin, and FLAVA !! Whooo hooo !
(Hopefully the record gets broken too !!!! Aaaaaahhhh !!!)
Stuart (Peterheed - Scotland)
Good luck to all the teams competing in the New Zealand Stage Challenge at Whangarei, especially to Whangarei Boys' High School (you will do great) and to Dargaville High ... Good Luck !
Congrats to the Burwood PCYC (Police &Community Youth Club) in New South Wales, Australia, on getting news of their first-ever entry into the online pages of the "INNER-WEST WEEKLY" !
Well Done, Kings Langley School, for getting news about their bid for specialist arts status (and linking it with their Rock Challenge Team) reported in the online edition of the "WATFORD OBSERVER" newspaper !
The UK Rock Challenge world record attempt is spreading across the internet !
It's on "London is Free !", "Visit London", "Visit London - Big Dance World Record Attempts", "My South Bank" and "London Dance" (and I don't think these include the one Mitch got us !
Dave (UKRC Stage Manager / BYBF General Manager)
Hey Guys ! Check it - the July 8th day is on the "do-it.org" website too !
Mitch (UKRC Production Assistant)
HELP !!! I REALLY WANT TO GO TO LONDON !!!!!!! BUT... i'm supposed to have a course with my work that day... tryin to see if sum1 else can go on the course instead ?! If that works n i can get off wrk then i am gonna come !!
Is any1 else from up this way (aberdeen area) planning on goin down ?! And if ANY1 at all goin to be stayin in london the nite b4 ? (Because i wud have to go down on the monday but i don't want to be a loner !! Hahaha !)
Well, look forward to hearin bk from any1 ... n hopefully my boss lets me off ... fingers crossed !!
Woop ! London Soon And I'm So Excited, And Also For A BEST SET DESIGN IN THE COUNTRY! Blew My Socks Off! Well Done Guys !!
John, I Was The Girl Who Played Annie At 'Walk Through The West End', And Was In The Foyer At School When You Were Talking To Mollie About London. Glad You Enjoyed The Show !
Woop ! Hehe ... SO EXCITED ! I LOVE ROCKA !
Well Done To Everyone, Again! x
Janeii x (Hornsea ! Woop !)
A FUTURE WORLD RECORD ... but not quite ...
UK Rock Challenge now know of enough teams / team members coming to The Scoop (across the river from the Tower of London) on July 8th to ALMOST make the attempt on the world record for the biggest-ever dance class at 1pm a winner but we're not up to the magic 2,000 people yet ... not quite ... aarrgggghhh !
ZOIE HAS ALSO JUST PHONED ME TO CONFIRM THAT DANCE GROUP "FLAVA" (SEEN ON THE TV SHOW "BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT") WILL BE AT THE BIG WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT ALL DAY ON JULY 8TH ! (WATCH A BRIEF CLIP HERE :)
JUST 250 MORE PEOPLE saying they're coming would make everyone much more relaxed about the whole thing :)
If you're at a school where you know some people are coming BUT they haven't yet told anyone at UK Rocka HQ that they're coming, get them to get in touch (either firstname.lastname@example.org or me on the usual email@example.com) and let us know how many (and where from ... don't want to run the risk of double-counting the future prospects :)
If you're an ex-Rock Challenger and you're coming to take part in the record attempt but you haven't yet told anyone at UK Rocka HQ, then PLEASE get in touch - same details as above :)
If you're a Rock Challenge family member and you're coming to take part in the record attempt but you haven't yet told anyone at UK Rocka HQ, then PLEASE get in touch - same details as above :)
A map of the area can be found here
The Scoop is an open-air performance space JUST to the left of the big red blob on the map (City Hall).
On Google Earth it's at 51 30 18 N 0 04 45.45 W
London Bridge Underground station (Northern and Jubilee lines) is the nearest.
Don't forget ... teams (both north and south) will be there doing their routines from 11 till 4 as well as taking part in the world record attempt at 1pm so DO tell anyone thinking of coming along to join us to PLEASE let us know - details as before ! (Yes, this IS a numbers game ! :)
Hopefully BBC London and CBBC Newsround will also be there to record the attempt ... it seems likely that they will ...
ONLY 250 MORE - WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN DO THIS !
See you there ? Hope so !
Hey John - it's holly from Hornsea School !!!! I was performing in the 'Walk Through The West End' show tonight and was just wondering what you thought of our performance ? I saw you in the audience, i'm sure, and i just want to say thank-you for coming to watch and supporting us !!
We are all looking forward to london on july 8 sooooo much although it's a shame some dancers cannot be there due to holiays. Bless Mrs Bristowe and Mrs Hylton for having put up with us all and for all the hard work they have done. We are all so grateful !
EXTREMELY looking forward to LONDON !! WE'RE GOING TO LONDON. . TO BUY A HEAT MAGAZINE !! HAHA
I'm delighted that Wendy and I knew about your show in advance, Holly, and were able to make it over to see it tonight !
We thought you guys were BRILLIANT - you should all be so proud !
Have a great last two nights - we enjoyed it soo much that yes, we'd come and see you again but we're in Derbyshire tomorrow and know you're a sellout for Friday.
See you at The Scoop !
John (editing :)
Very sad news about Iain Alley. An unsung hero making some amazing sets. R.I.P.
Vanessa Geib (Firpark)
Woo ... Well Done, Winni ! Can't believe it ... "Most Entertaining" out of the whole country :D
Well done to all the rock 08 Dancers And Crew. Also big thanks to year 11 students - dancers and for doing hair and makeup.
And A BIG BIG thanks to Wilko, Mkenzii and Clarke :D
Wooo ! We Made Bransholme Proud ! x
Love - hollie (Winifred Holtby) xx
Those of you who have been involved in Aberdeen events and Northern Finals over the past few years will have seen the work of Iain Alley, who led the set design and building team for Peterhead Academy.
A deserved Rock Challenge Award Winner for his work, Iain tragically lost his life in a road accident on 22nd June 2008.
All of us from Peterhead will remember his gentleness, patience and grace, as well as his practical skills in turning simple materials into mountain ranges, fairytale castles and all manner of props and devices.
We extend our love and support to Susan and the family at this sad time.
Iain Small (Set and Stage Crew, Peterhead)
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2008 National Awards !
We hope that all the nominated teams take great pride in receiving that nomination - which is a great achievement in itself - even if you didn't then go on to win the National Award in that category.
You can read all the nominations and the names of the eventual winners by clicking on this link
In addition I'd like to take this opportunity to announce the winners of another couple of our initiatives:
Over 100 photos were submitted to us for consideration, which is fantastic news and really promising for the future !
Our 2008 National Short Film Competition overall winner was Bitterne Park School from Southampton in Hampshire for their video following through from the creation of their piece right up till their final performance, utilising live footage set in a comic-book style page background in a slick, excellently edited and produced piece. This was not only Bitterne Park's first time entering the Short Film Competition, but also their first year entering Rock Challenge so congratulations on their success.
- This year we also ran
the first ever Rock Challenge Photograph Competition, won by Pete Bartlett of Toynbee School, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire. The judges loved the action shot and thought it encapsulated the 'Spirit of Rock Challenge' fantastically well, so a huge congratulations to him for winning the competition in this, its first year.
So that's it in terms of the 2008 competitions - congratulations once again to all the schools who took part this year regardless of any awards won ! We think 2008 was an outstanding year and we can't wait to see what 2009 brings !
Tim (UK Event Manager)
FOURTEEN DAYS TO GO !!!
ROUGHLY 1,500 ROCK CHALLENGE TEAM MEMBERS FROM ABOUT 20 SCHOOLS / COLLEGES AROUND THE UK HAVE SO FAR ALREADY CONFIRMED THAT THEY INTEND TO BE AT THE SCOOP ON LONDON'S SOUTH BANK (OPPOSITE THE TOWER OF LONDON) ON JULY 8TH TO TRY AND BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE BIGGEST DANCE CLASS EVER !
Some 30 more schools / colleges have indicated that they wish to be involved, but organiser Zoie Golding (UK Rock Challenge Producer) is sending out THIS SHOUT FOR 700 MORE TO SAY THEY'LL COME !
There's only 14 DAYS LEFT till the big day on Tuesday July 8th so come on ... SAY YOU'LL BE THERE TOO !
The BBC London and CBBC Newsround teams have indicated that they are planning on being there to do some filming of the record attempt, it looks as if this will be the first time since 1998 and 2000 that any teams from both the north and the south have been in the same space together, and if it all goes as planned you will have taken part in something that will both break a world record and will also do a great job in publicising the existence of UK Rock Challenge to all those people and places that have still never heard of it :)
We'll see you there !
ps THIS LINK for the original A4 pdf file of info.
Good luck to everyone who's nominated for national awards. Can't wait until the winners are announced tomorrow. Fingers crossed...
Miss M (Peterhead)
Well done to LONGCROFT SCHOOL ! They won the premier finals at grimsby with medusa, it was absolutely fantastic and they really did deserve it - the dancing was incredible !
Well done to the MLC School in Burwood, New South Wales, Australia for getting an item plus a photo about their upcoming piece (the mysterious disappearance of three children from the beach in Adelaide in 1966) into the online version of their local paper the "INNER-WEST WEEKLY"
John (editing while hay-fever sneezing)
Rest in Peace, dancer Cyd Charisse, who has died in Los Angeles aged 87.
If you're on broadband and you'd like to see some decent film clips of her in action, then CLICK ON THIS LINK.
Gud luck, buttershaw ! FIVE national premier award nominations !!!! Whoop, whooop!!!!
Good Luck with the video competition, Lacey !!!
Royds Rock Challenge Team
I am delighted to announce the NOMINATIONS for the NATIONAL AWARDS in each category.
Please note that the National Awards are judged by a different panel of judges from those at the live events, and are judged not only on the live performances but also the performances as seen on the mixed-angle DVDs.
THE WINNERS in each category listed, along with the winners of the national winners for Student Leadership, Achievement in Drug Awareness, Media Management, Healthy Lifestyle, School Community Support and the winner of the Rock Challenge® Photography Competition WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA THE WEBSITE AND EMAIL ON MONDAY, JUNE 23RD.
Congratulations to all the teams nominated for National Awards, and Good Luck !
Tim (UK Event Manager)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2008 NATIONAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS LIST !
Congratulations to Mr David Catherwood (a school governor at Ashfield Girls' School) who has won the Department for Children, Schools and Families Award for Governor of the Year in Northern Ireland ! Part of the Mountpottinger Methodist Church blog about him says "David supports the school’s Global Rock Challenge, an anti-drug, healthy living project which focuses on dance" among all the other good things he also does for the school :)
Well done to the Stainburn School and Science College Rock Challenge Team, who got no less than THREE favourable comments in the school's OfSTED Inspection Report in April this year !
"A significant proportion of students regularly enjoy the broad range of extra-curricular activities on offer. Those who take part in the annual Rock Challenge contest are justifiably proud of their achievements." ('Overall effectiveness of the school' section)
"Students enjoy taking part in a good range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities, including sports, music, art and drama. They speak fervently of their participation in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, and in the Rock Challenge." ('Sixth-Form curriculum and other activities' section)
"You told us that you enjoy school and appreciate the varied opportunities you can take part in out of lesson time, especially the Rock Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme." ('Letter to students' section)
Well done to the Ravens Wood Rock Challenge Team, who get a mention in today's online Education section of "THE GUARDIAN" newspaper !
Woo! Brynmawr School are up for 4 national awards and the Short Film competition! Woo! =]
From everyone at Brynmawr - Good Luck for the National Awards !
Thanks to Vanessa Geib for finding this next item for us ! It comes from the list of Motions and Amendments laid before the Scottish Parliament, and reads as follows:-
"S3M-1925 John Wilson: Firpark School: That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Firpark special educational needs school in Motherwell for its success at the recent Carlisle Rock Challenge heat on Friday 2 May 2008, where the school took third place overall and also won the Cumbria Healthy Schools Award for the Best Set Design and the Staging and the Be Your Best Foundation Award for Media Management and further notes the tremendous effort, dedication and commitment of the pupils and staff at the school in staging an energetic, fun and polished performance."
Good to see Rock Challenge getting a mention in the Scottish Parliament once again, this time courtesy of John Wilson (SNP), Member of Parliament for Central Scotand !
Hey Rocka Crew !!!
I had soooooo much fun on Friday with you all and i can't wait to volunteer again next year ! BIG, BIG Thank-you to Tim for letting me come along and help, and a BIG BIG thank you to Mitch for putting up with me for the whole day !!! (And next time i see ya i will bring ya some candy floss !!! :)
Guys, i love you all and you have totally showed me a great career opportunity! C'Yaz Soon
Love ya all - Connor (St Aidan's County High School) XXXXXXXXX
Well, the very last event of the 2008 Tour fast approaches (the Carlisle Junior Event on Friday the 13th ... hmmm, who chose THAT date ?? :) but in the meanwhile I thought that you MIGHT like to hear that Global Rock have adopted a new video-player system for their website and it's really rather nice ...
You can already see some of the improved quality of playback on the Australian pages ... pop over and have a look at (for example) Parkdale Secondary College's performance of "Boudica - Queen of the Iceni" at http://www.rockchallenge.com.au/videos/grc_player_parkdale.php or (another example and only go here if you don't mind Robin Hood being somewhere other than in Sherwood Forest ;-) then watch Harristown State High School's performance of "Wanted - Robin Hood" at http://www.rockchallenge.com.au/videos/grc_player_harristown.php
Can't wait to see some UK teams' videos up on the UK pages ! I don't yet know when that will happen but hopefully it isn't going to be too long now ...
John (editing :)
Zoie and the Crew will be at the Scoop (an open-air performance space next door to City Hall, London, across the river from the Tower of London) on July 8th ... so too will several UK Rock Challenge teams. Why ?
Well, there's a day of activities running from 11am to 4pm but at 1pm Zoie and the Crew are going to try and break the world record for the biggest-ever dance class !
For further details, CLICK HERE.
See YOU there too ?! :)
Wowee ... the UKRC world record attempt on the biggest dance class ever (taking place at The Scoop on July 8) has made it onto the online pages of "LONDON IS FREE" !
Wowee ... the UKRC world record attempt on the biggest dance class ever (taking place at The Scoop on July 8) has made it onto the online pages of "LONDON IS FREE" !
Hiya ! Suzie-Pip here from Ashfield Girls'
Thank-you for my first year of Rock Challenge ... it's been an amazing experience.
A special shout-out to Miss Shaw, Miss Savage, Chelsea and Vicki for taking such great care of me. Uze are lovely and amazing people. Miss you guys - haven't seen you about in a while i've just been swivelling about the place.
Had a great stay in the hotel when we were away (so good i didn't want to leave :) but thanks to my whole team for making me feel welcome.
Love ... Suzie-Pip (Ashfield Girls') xxxx
Convent is the best
I'm glad we won ... thank-you ... it made my day.
Good to see that Peterhead Academy's Rock Challenge team gain a news item in the online version of THE PRESS AND JOURNAL" newspaper ! Meanwhile, there's a page of assorted Rock Challenge stories to be found in the online version of the "THE NEWS" in Portsmouth.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to bring forward the deadline for entries into the 2008 Rock Challenge Photography Competition.
Originally the date was June 30th, but this has now changed to Thursday, June 12th so that they can be judged in time to reveal the winner alongside the announcement of the winners of the 2008 National Awards.
If you or any or your students or staff were planning to enter this competition then please ensure you or they send through the entries as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org or Wessex House, Upper Market Street , Eastleigh, Hampshire , SO50 9FD
Also, just a quick reminder that (hopefully) next Friday, June 13th, we will be announcing the nominations for the 2008 National Open and Premier awards. The nominations and eventual winners are decided by judges different to those at the heats and are judged not only based on the live performances at the heats and finals, but done also based on the performances as seen on DVD. The nominations are announced via email and on the website so make sure you keep an eye out and see if your school gets a nomination.
All the best - Tim (Event Manager - UK Rock Challenge ®)
Well done to the UK's Northern Prem champions, Longcoft School, who get a news item in the online version of the "BEVERLEY GUARDIAN" newspaper :)
OK ... first of all i'll start with a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to RPCC for their 6th place at the Southern Premier Finals ! What an achievement for your first year as a Premier team! After seeing all of the hard work that the whole team put in over the past 8 months it was well deserved, especially as the standard was so high.
I also want to say "Thank-you with a Hug" to everyone involved in the very embarrassing (but GOOD embarrassing !)presentation of my '10 year' Award during the day at the Premier final. I had absolutely no idea that was going to happen but when i look at it i always smile.
It's hard to believe that in my first Rock Challenge in 1997 i was a year 10 performer. Our performance was on a very low budget, we had no scenery and our costumes were just white t-shirts, black trousers and trainers !!! One more performance for me in 1998 and then i began helping out the schools both i and my husband worked in with choreography, hair and make-up, set and costume.
It has been amazing to see the change from 1997 to 2008. It brings so many people together and though the aims are the same, the atmosphere and the feeling of electricity both when rehearsing through the year and at the actual event has grown hugely. One example this year was when all of the students piled out onto the steps outside the Portsmouth Guildhall while others danced in a group on the precinct. Everyone was cheering each other on and talking to each other having a great time.
One thing i am sure of is that i always want to be involved in Rock Challenge and i always encourage as many people as possible to be involved in some way, no matter how small a part they play. I love it and i'm sure they will too !
Mrs Ballard (Regents Park Community College)
Anybody know who won the short film comp ?
You're not the only one asking ... HOWEVER, it DID just dawn on me 2nite that the 2008 Tour isn't over yet, is it ! (There's the Carlisle Junior event still to come and presumably someone there could be planning on entering.)
So ... guess we'll all have to wait a bit longer !
John on the laptop in darkening Derbyshire
I am so proud of Driffield school. They had to wait until last and didn't get on stage until nearly 11 pm yet still gave a fantastic performance - well done everyone !
Can anyone tell me where they are placed and if they are still a premier team, as I can't wait for next year !
A proud parent
I would suggest asking Mr J Watson at the school, proud parent :)
John, editing on the laptop in sunny Derbyshire ... and getting the first tingles of hay-fever :(
I'm sooo happy ! Well done to all in Peterhead!!! (Premiere - o yeah :) and Torry, Shelley and all the rest in opens - you were all amazin !!!
The northern premieres were also amazin (i volunteered) and you guys were all awesome (especially Longcroft)
A big shout-out to Ashfield (thanks for the lollipops :) and also the guy from Thornton (i think ??) who gave me a sweat band before they went on stage ... i still have it ! :)
Well done to all those participating in rocka this year ... it was amazin. Can't wait for next year !!!
Thank-you to the crew for making it happen !!! :)
Love - Alison (peterhead !!) xxxxx
I think everyone did really well at the northern opens and i think we did well too ... it was our first time in the top 3 at our event AND we got 4TH at the finals !!!! PLACED ! I can't believe we GOT a place ! Well done, everyone
I especially liked Torry's piece, and it was really upsetting when dat gurl died
Well done to all the schools on the 30th of may at the grimsby auditorium northern open finals. Had a fantastic evening and am so proud to be a part of south holderness as we won that night.
Can't wait for next year ... but such a LONG wait till next year !
Can't wait for the prem finals - and hopefully will do well !!!!!!
Holly (South Holderness Technology College)
Well Done Longcroft for winning the NORTHERN PREMIER FINAL !
Unfortunately my school got relegated but i'm sure they will be back next year doing their best in the open heats.
Well Done to all the other schools who were in the NORTHERN PREMIER FINAL, and THANKS TO ALL ROCKA CREW AND THE MHS TEACHERS !
Tom (Matthew Humberstone)
Well done to the Mackay State High School team in Australia, who got their recent win reported in the online version of the "Daily Mercury" newspaper. Meanwhile, the all-boys brand-new team from St. Mary's College in Queensland get a "looking forward to the first-ever entry" report in the online version of the "Toowoomba Chronicle" newspaper :)
This is mainly for teachers / directors / props / make-up / technicians.
In the April online issue of the magazine "Stage Directions" there was an article headed "Custom-making realistic prop drinks" in which the writer describes using something - among other things - called slush powder. You'll need to keep it in a fridge in between shows (but it looks like it might be a fun thing to try in an end-of-term Food lesson :))
You can read the article here:- http://tinyurl.com/68w8yd
In the May issue of "Stage Directions" there are two articles that someone might find handy to know about for a future school production or future Rock Challenge performance. The first is on page 42 and describes ways in which to help make your makeup supplies last longer ("to the bottom of the pack" is the line here) and also make them safer, healthier and more economical to use. On page 52, meanwhile, is an article describing a neat solution to a director's request to make a Bible "glow" up into the face of the actor in the epilogue in a production of "Joseph".
The May issue's articles won't be on their website until the end of June - and even then, there's no guarantee that either of these articles will be chosen. If you're a Drama and / or Rock Challenge teacher or you work in theatre, then the best way to make sure that you never miss an issue of the magazine is to subscribe, in which case you get a monthly email allowing you to download the latest full pdf version. It's free, it's often useful, and you can sign up through this link:- http://tinyurl.com/56cr4e
John (editing in the sun :)
Hey !! RC08 was great !!
Well done to Peterhead for gettin to the premiers !
Southfield Technology College were amazin !
Everyone from Torry should be proud of what they've achieved!! We had such a good time - it was a hoot!
Cat and Kirsty (Torry) xxx
The torch song from buttershaw is 'Technologic' by Daft Punk. (It's the jester song that's "E for Electro!")
Love - rachael and sarah (thornton)
Hey Stuart ...
I think the song you're talking about isn't 'E for Electro', but 'Technologic' by Daft Punk.
All the best - Tim (UK Event Manager)
Well done to hornsea - we was so gd.
Longcroft was reali gd - well done.
I am so happy. Mrs Hylton n Luke n every1 who helped the team, well done n thank-you
I can't wait till next year
Love yew all - katieee, max n faye v xxxxx
Heyhey ! It's Vicki, Chelsea, Suzie-Pip, Miss Savage and Miss Shaw from Ashfield Girls' !
A very big well done to all the schools performing at the Premier finals, Such a high standard this year - everyone was amazing. Had a brilliant day.
Well, another year's over. Can't wait to get started into next year s !!
Oh ... and hello to my good friend Stuart from Peterhead :-) You rock, ahhaa !
Had a fantastic year - thanks for everything.
Big well done to our team - everyone did so well and we are so proud of uze all !!
Vicki, Miss Savage, Miss Shaw, Suzie-Pip and Chelsea (Ashfield Girls')
Woohoo! Well done everyone!
The open finals were amazing. I loved St Aidan's !!! Hairspray was amazing and i seriously wanted to jump on stage and join in !! Just loved it a tad too much :) But well done everyone ... it was amazing.
I still can't believe we came second ! I was crying when i heard it. Well done - everyone was amazing !!
Now the premiers. OMG!
I was just staring the whole time! Only one word can explain the prem show: extraordinarily-amazingly-brilliantly-majik!!! Seriously, you guys just made me wanna jump up (specially the circus. Loved it !!!!)
Anyhoo, see you all next year ;)
Love - Miranda (Peterhead Academy!!) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Can any1 tell me the name of the song buttershaw used when they had the ppl doin the dance with the torches that went "TECHNOLOGY.... TECH TECH TECHNOLOGY" ?
Already been asked (by "hsj" ?) and answered by Sarah from Thornton and someone anonymous, Stuart ! It's apparently "E for Electro" by Johnny Crockett :)
Congratulations to Matthew Humberstone for getting a report on their Northern Final performance (and video highlights too) in the web edition of the "GRIMSBY TELEGRAPH" newspaper !
John - editing in rainy Yorkshire
Well, although the 2008 Rock Challenge tour isn't completely over (what with the first Carlisle Junior event happening on Friday 13th) I just thought I'd write a quick 'end of tour' message nonetheless.
Massive congratulations to all of the schools who took part this year and the young people, staff, parents and communities who helped to make the 2008 events so fantastic. The bar is being raised every year in terms of the standard of performance and the atmosphere of enthusiasm, dedication and excitement that we see at the events, and it's down to all the people involved.
Particular congratulations to all of our finalist schools and of course to Petersfield, Bullers Wood, Ravens Wood, South Holderness and Longcroft for winning their respective finals and Barton, All Saints', Solent, and Foulds and Christchurch for winning their Junior Rock Challenge events, but everyone did outstandingly this year so all schools everywhere should be proud of their achievements.
On a personal note I'd just like to say that this has been my tenth year being involved with Rock Challenge so thank you very much to everyone who helped to make my tenth year so brilliant (and to everyone who was there on Portsmouth Day Four who helped me celebrate getting my ten year frame - a very embarrassing experience, but nice as well so thank-you :). I was a performer back in Rock Challenge 1998 and have seen the event grow and grow on all sides - can't wait to see what the next ten years bring.
Good luck to all those who have done exams or have exams left to do and I hope that everyone has a brilliant summer, whether it be holidaying, relaxing, working ... or coming up with ideas for what is sure to be another spectacular year next year. Roll on 2009 !
All the best - Tim (UK Event Manager)
We love you hornsea we do... We love you hornsea we do.. We love you hornsea we do.. Ohh Hornsea we love you - oi oi oi !!!
I had such an amazing day on saturday !
I have to say you could feel the effort everyone was putting it, and we were amazing !!
Well done To Longcroft !!!
But well done to us too !! All the hard work paid off and we certainly gave a performance of a lifetime on saturday night!
Well done all the other schools too - you did ace !
Thank-you ever so much for Mrs Hylton who has struggled on but still made rock challenge the best and still had a smile on her face! She is the rock !!
Thanks also to Luke and the stage crew for having the set lifted up to perfection and for all their sleepless nights (!!) and Dianne for her hard work desinging the set - you are all just amazing !!
Lots of love - Becky (Hornsea) xxxxxxxxx
ps Luke - it's ok ... hope it was a nice ice lolly ! :)
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 :)
What a brilliant day i had on saturday !
Well done to all the schools who competed in the prem final.
Well done to longcroft !
Specially well done to hornsea. After all that hard work everyone put in, it paid off. A massive thank-you to mrs hylton, luke (and stage crew) cathy webb, all the makeup and hair ladies, and everyone else who made them 8 minutes fantastic !
Yet again, well done and thank-you. I feel well privileged to take part in such an amazing event and with a brilliant team :)
Emily (Hornsea) xx
Hi all !
A huge well done to everyone at Hornsea !! I was lucky enough to see you perform at the showcase event and you really were incredible. It was definitely a well-deserved 2nd place and 6 awards at the final. What an achievement once again. You should all be so proud of youselves, especially Mrs Hylton who works so hard and puts so many hours in year after year. It's much appreciated !!
Well done once again to the stage crew for your award (the set really was amazing!) and to everyone else involved behind the scenes, including the hair and make-up team, the teachers that come along to help out on the day, and of course to Mrs Webb for the brilliant costumes.
Congratulations to Longcroft on your 1st place too. Your piece was amazing at the showcase and I imagine it was even better at the final !
Sally Simpson (Ex Hornsea Rocka)
Wow!! What a day saturday was.
Firstly congratulations to Longcroft on coming first !
Massive congratulations to Hornsea - you were all awesome ! All the hard work and effort that everyone put in paid off.
Well done to Mrs Hylton, without whom the piece would not have been what it was.
Huge thanks to my crew too (and hurray, no injuries this time - Will !!). You all did me proud on the day and helped us achieve that stage crew award.
Lastly, a big thanks to all those who helped me construct the set on all those long, long days and eventful nights !!! It was all worth it in the end.
Luke (very proud hornsea stage manager)
PS thanks for the ice lolly, becky :))
Hey guys! Well, that's it for another year !
Friday night's open was amazing - the standard of performances was so high !! Well done to everyone !
Torry- you guys were amazing ... had me in tears again. SUCH a powerful performnce - you lot should be well proud!!
PETERHEAD !!!! WOOOO !! Premier next year ! Can't wait - so excited !!!!! You guys were fantastic - that 8 minutes you were on stage was some of the proudest of my life ... you simply rocked !!
Big shout to Stacey: you did so well performing with that injury ! I was prayin the whole time that you would manage and u did - a true professional ... you should be very proud !
Despite all the things that went wrong throughout the day, we still managed to pull through ! (John - if it wasn't for your hugs i don't think i would have coped till the end of the night ! Can't wait to see you in Aberdeen again.)
Won't be long now - will come round so quick !! Can't wait !!
Mhairi (peterhead academy ex pupil/adult help)
See you in Aberdeen, Mhairi ! Will be great !
Well, what can I say ??!!! Congratulations, Longcroft ! I think that might have to be the proudest moment in 7 years !!!! You have all worked so hard and I am on cloud 9. I am so lucky and privileged to work with such talented, hardworking students.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Longcroft team. This has to be the most amazing experience and I am so grateful to you all - we are a TEAM and I can't imagine any production without you.
Thank-you also to the most amazing support from parents ! Without your time and energy running your children to and from rehearsals we wouldn't have been able to produce such a piece.
Well done to all the other schools - what an amazing day ! It still amazes me how friendly, warm and supporting you all are of each other. That is such a positive memory I take away with me every year when it's all over.
Congratulations to Hornsea and Buttershaw - two amazing pieces.
Looking forward to next year already !!! The last question I was asked before I got into my car in the early hours was "What are we doing next year ?" Aaaaggghhhhhhhh :)
Miss McIntyre (Longcroft School) x
Hey hey everybody !!!
Well, we didn't get placed but we all worked so hard and in my eyes we rocked !
Big thank-you for the millionth time to bendy wendy and j rae who have put up with us from the start, and big big big thank-you to Mr and Mrs Murphy for making it possible for the nicest kids to get to grimsby !! Big hello to Matilda (our littlest nicest kid in town - so cute !!!) and big shout-out to everybody from winnie, torry, and peterhead ... thank-you, guys, for being so nice !!!
Well, that's it from me from this year's rock challenge but i'll b back next year. We'll be a different school, we may have new dancers, but i'm tellng you now that there ain't no stoppin the nicest kids from making an incredible comeback !!!!!!!!
Love ya all - Connor (overly enthusiastic St Aidan's County High School dancer in the middle :) XXXXXXX
Well, wasn't it just a FANTASTIC weekend in Grimsby this weekend ?! That ten-hour drive home was a long journey yet again, but totally worth it.
Want ti say huge congrats to the rocka team for (almost) finishing another fantastic year on the tour. I'm sure '09 will be even bigger and better. ONLY 8 MONTHS TILL ABERDEEN! (Big shout-out to John who was fabulous as usual. See you in Aberdeen ?) (Ed: Ohhhh yes ! See you there :)
I want to Congratulate Longcroft and Hornsea for outstanding performances Saturday night. While so different they were both out of this world (and I'm gonna be talking about that waterfall for weeks.)
Friday was sensational too. Massive congrats to Southy. Well done, guys, you were awesome. And Torry too. Thanks for the support you gave us all day. It really was a special experience being at finals with you guys and I really was gutted not to have you coming to premiers with us. I hear you were fantastic and I can't wait to see the DVD.
But Peterhead, what can I say ! Well done, guys. We had a lot of tough situations to deal with over the 48 hours, from injury and breakdowns to flight delays and set malfunctioning but you took it all in your stride and I've never been prouder than that 8 minutes you put in onstage. Outstanding performance and second place! I'm so happy for you all.
Hugest Congrats have to go to Emma Marshall, of course, who took to liaison teacher like a fish to water. You did such an amazing job and you should be so proud of what you've achieved.
It's been hard work but well worth it. Too many others to mention just now but the committee, the parent helpers, teacher helpers, teachers' parents' helpers (lol) and ex pupils all completely invaluable. You know who you all are. Thanks for everything you did.
Let's go to premiers and knock their socks off!
FINALLY.... 14 HOURS AFTER LEAVIN THE ST JAMES HOTEL I HAVE JUST STEPPED INTO MY HOUSE AT 11.30pm Sunday!!!! 2 trains n 3 buses later, i'm home!! But wasn't it just worth it ??!!!!!! ROCK CHALLENGE MAKES IT ALL WORTH WHILE !!!
THE NORTHERN FINALS WERE AMAZIN !!! SUCH A GOOD WEEKEND !!! Loved every minute of it... my 7th yr at the finals n they just get better n better !! The standard was soooo high yet again. The whole weekend was great tho, and not just the performances - everything!! The banter - all us vollies had soo much fun. Wish we cud see each other more. Big hello to tanya n caitlin ... hotel was sooo fun !!!
Thankz to the rocka crew for makin the 2008 tour amazin ! Every yr gets better n better - uze do an amazin ... job well done !!!
Aaaahhhha ... can't wait for nxt yr... 2009!!! Aaahhh - NATIONALS !!! Wooo hooo!!! I just love rock challenge!! Can't keep me away !!!
The whole crew - uze r fantastic!! (N john n wendy - good seein uze again.) N nick and vanessa!! (Nick - remember ... no cuttin ur hair after xmas till aberdeen n i'll give u a funky cut for the 2009 tour !! Deal !! N vanessa - u know my hairdressin skills r always there when u need :P :)
Dave, Zoie, Tim, Mitch, Dan, Olly, Ruddy... everyone - uze r the best !! U make so many young pplz lives that bit better thru wot u do at rock challenge n u shud be sooo proud!! I'm still buzzin !!!
All ths skls at both northern finals days - u shud be soooo proud. Uze all were amazin ! Doesn't matter wot awards or placins u got or didn't get ... uze were alll really really good n achieved sooo much, n the atmosphere at both days was soooo good - the rock challenge spirit was defo there. (Helllo to any1 i spoke to durin the 2 days - i was the one with the very blond very spikey hair from peterhead at the open finals n then the volunteer without a rocka tshirt at the prems (but i DID have a tshirt that said DRUG FREE on it... very appropriate !!)
Hi to the "usuallys"...
ashfield, uze were ur usuall amazin ! U just amaze me every yr.... wow !! The energy uze have n uze just have always got summin a bit differnt... n well done to that girl that didn't get her dress on for the finale... u r a true star not lettin ur team down n goin out n dancin that finale n keepin that smile on ur face... well done - that's real guts for u... in rock challenge things dont always go to plan n u got to be ready to just go with it and u did!!! Whoo hoo also to vicky - big hi to u... loved ur dentist bit !! Very funny watchin u !!
Hornsea skl... uze r another team that just always amaze me... n karen, ur just such a lovely person ... always enjoy a wee chat with u!! Ur set... WOW ! Every yr there is something, but this yr... makin ur set build up n come to life as the performance is goin on... only hornsea... only hornsea !!!! Wow!!! Well done on 2nd !!!
Torry Academy... uze did scotland proud... that performance was amazin... not a dry eye in the audience, i think... wot an impact it made... well done on all ur awards n i was sure uze had won it... can't believe it !!
Matty Humbo... another great team... mrs cook - well done... n remember wot i said when u was leavin... don't be put down... uze can come back from this and come back bigger n better nxt yr!! Cya in grimsby again :D
To all the teams who placed top 5 both days... well done ! Was such a high standard n i wouldn't have liked to have been judgin ... must have been such a hard job.. every one of uze shud be proud !!! Wow !!!
Last but not least......
PETERHEED in the opens........... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!! WE DID IT AGAIN.... 2nd PLACE !!!!!!!!! Oh yeah !!!!!!! I'm sooooooo soo so proud of uze all... uze did so well. Uze went out onto that stage n performed it like the best ever... wen uze finished i was like "well they have done all they can n that's all we ask"... uze were just amazin...!!! After all the setbacks durin the day... everything just went soooo right on the night n uze did look amazin It just stood out - everything about it was just like wow !!!
Everyone that helped in any way (too many to name): uze shud all be proud too cuz so many ppl were behind that performance... i just knew there was summin special about it!! Aahhhh, i still can't believe it... n to come sooooooooooooooo close to that 1st place... so so so so close!!! Well done, guys - u workd so hard for it n really deserve it!!! 5 awards tooo
I'm still in shock... after placin 2nd at our heat as well... we didn't expect any place but oh, didn't we just nail it... performance of a life time!! Wow wow wow!! Can't get over it !!!!! Soooooooooooo proud !!
PETERHEEED BACK IN THE PREMS!!!!! OH YEAH!!!! Grimsby here we come again in 2009 !!!
(Sorry for the long message but i'm stil just soooooo buzzin from the weekend :)
STUART (PETERHEED... N PROUD)
Hi guys ! Well, what can i say ?
Last night was amazing !
Well done to all the schools, but especially Hornsea :) The energy felt on that stage yesterday was immense ! 2nd place and 6 awards :)
It's my 6th and last year in the rock challenge competition and i would just like to thank everyone for making it such a big and memorable part of my life - the rocka crew, the organisers and most of all for our school. Mrs Hylton - without you none of this would be possible. Thank-you so much. Words cannot explain the feeling of being up there performing, and that i am going to miss.
It was really nice to see all the other schools' performances. You were all amazing - it was all such a high standard !
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 !!!
Well done to everyone who competed last night in Grimsby ! I thought the standard was absolutely amazing!!
Well done to Hornsea on 2nd place and 6 awards - you were fantastic - and thanks to Mrs Hylton for giving Laura the opportunity to stay in the team with her knee injury - we really appreciated your understanding.
The whole team deserve huuuugggggge congratulations, from the dancers and choreographers to the backstage crews.
Keep up the hard work !
Joanne B (parent, Hornsea School) xx
OMGGG. Had the most amazing day yesterday!
Well done longcroft :) but especially well done to hornsea. Second place and with 6 awards too - what an achievement! Every1 gave it their all and it was amazing!
Well done every1 else ! The standard was so high this year.
I know there are a million people to thank but a big big thank you to mrs hylton. Hornsea would not be where they are today without ure consistent hard work ... u are our rock in rock challenge!
Love - bekki.k (hornsea) :D:D:D xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Woooo! Well done Southy! I still can't believe we won the open! I'm still buzzing now, it was the best feeling in the world!
Well done to all the other schools - you were all really good! Loved all the Scots being so patriotic - bless! Great atmosphere!
See some of you in the PREMIER LEAGUE next year!
OMG 2ND PLACE HORNSEA THAT IZ ACEE! I'm speechless for once and for evryone that knows me THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE !!!
BUTTERSHAW, I WANT TO BE IN YOUR DANCE SOOOOOOO BAD !! HAHA. Yours was awesome. I love your leading guy - he makes me smile and he's soo talented . . you all are. Well done - you did fab!
Longcroft. . what can i say apart from a HUUUGE WELL DONE! U wer magnificent! (I loved how all the lads looked quite revealing in their costumes too haha! )
Hornsea had a fab day. Our 2 rehearsals went better than planned and i am soo proud of evryone in the team for believing in themselves.
BRING ON NEXT YEAR !!!! Will be my 5th year and i'm soo excited! Mrs Hylton - you did a fab job this year - and luke, i've heard people say the set was 'extraodinary'. We deserved that best SET DESIGN and STAGE CREW and MAKEUP!
Well done to all the teams in the whole world really, and more good luck for this year!
The man in the blue waistcoat at the auditorium and who won the air guitar comp is SOOOOOOOOO fit! HAHA !
I'll love and leave ya - holz (Hornsea) xxx
Wow ! The premier finals yesterday were amazing !! Well done to everyone, especially longcroft winning first place.
I am so proud of every member from the Driff team. After being demoted to the open and then coming back up to the premier we have really tried so hard this year. Everyone gave 110% and that's what matters - our performance on the night was the best we have ever done it and i'm so proud of you all.
As a 6th-form committee we worked incredibly hard this year, but we aren't going to be downhearted because we are still in the premier and we performed our best.
The teachers have been amazing, and the stage crew - even though you've had no adult guidance the set design, the building and the painting was brilliant. Mrs Ventress - once again our costumes were perfect. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.
Even though it was my final year of rock challenge, i'll be there next year to support Driffield, who i know will still have team spirit all the way.
Laura (Driffield) xxxxx
Wow!!!! What a performance !
Last night was amazing and the whole team gave me and kaye the best send off we could have wished for.
A massive well done for all the other teams, especially longcroft - i bet you're so proud !
Although this was my final rock challenge, i hope Hornsea's spirit will keep up for years to come. You're all amazing. Well done !!
Lottie (Hornsea choreographer)
That Buttershaw song was "E for Electro" by Johnny Crockett.
Hi guys at hornsea. Well done ! 2nd place was fab n those 6 awards as well - wot a shock !!
It's all thanks to stage crew, choreographers, all the hair and make-up people, and especially Mrs H - thanks sooooo much, it was FAB !!!!
Luv - laura xx (woo go hornsea!!) xx
Well Done To All The Schools Tht Competed On Friday Night At Grimsby :)
Torry .. u guys were amazing. Can't beleive u didn't get placed!
Well Done Peterhead .. We Came 2nd =D
Bring on the premiers next year !
Wow, what a day yesterday was!
Well Done to everyone who competed last night. The pieces were fantastic and the standard was so high.
I'm an ex-Hornsea team member, but came yesterday to help out generally and was so happy to see the Rocka spirit still going strong. You should all be proud - the show was amazing!
Shout-out to Hornsea: you were FANTASTIC ! Well done to Mrs Hylton and the team for second place - it was well deserved and you should be proud :)
OMG! Can't believe Buttershaw came 3rd in their first-ever Premier Final! Whoooop!! Congratulations guys, i personally know it was well deserved !!! Watching it from the audience in the evening, you guys looked ELECTRIC !!!
I just can't believe it ... from Winning the Northern Open finals last year to getting placed in the Premier Final - and not just any place but in the top 3 AND with 2 amazing schools (Hornsea and Longcroft) - i'm over the moon !!!!
Well done to everyone else yesterday - it was such a gr8 day - and thank you for the Performers' Choice award!!! Meant a lot to our school!
But of course i have to say a massive well done to Kay (Choreographer) and her team of teachers, who have yet again taken buttershaw to another level!!
See you all in London on the 8th July, where Buttershaw will be Electric again and that soundtrack will be pumped out loud, as they are performing this year's entry with Hornsea! Whoooop!!!!
James D (Buttershaw)
Congrats to Peterhead and Torry for both doing so well at the Northern Open finals, especially peterhead for getting 2nd - well done! Youze were both amazing at Aberdeen and i'm sure you did scotland proud down in grimsby!
Emma (Ellon Academy)
Heyy Everyone ..
Well Done last nite, especially to longcroft and hornsea. U did soo well ... we were up against it.
I am so gutted we are out of the premiers leage ... but we did our best ..
Good luck for the near future ..
Love - katie (matthew humberstone) xx
OMG!!!!! Well done Longcroft!!!!!! I'm so happy for you all. I've seen the pics of the showcase and thought you were amazing, and i always knew you could do it one day!!
Miss you all loads ... wish i could have been there to see you :(
Laura (Vandyke) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Nice one, dudes. That was awesome
It was totally rock on in grimsby last night! It woz so great that I am gonna join in my school next year !!!!!
Last night at Grimsby was AMAZING
Well done, Longcroft !
2nd for us !! Oh My Gosh! :)
Big hugs to all the Irish girls ! Both me and Kita think you're ACE :) Lol. "all together now!" =D
I love rocka :) Met some great people, had a laugh, made some new friends and danced my heart out. (Ohh.. and sleeping it aaaaaaaaaaall off today :)
Hylton ... ahhh, there's not enough "thank-yous" I can write down without.. you know.. killing my fingers from typing :P
All the Hornsea dancers, crew, hair and make-up, costume, and EVERYONE involved - it was amazing to be a part of the team for the 3RD YEAR :D
Well, I'll end this little essay with "Good luck to all the other teams competing in the near future" and "Oh Hornsea we love you OI OI OI!!!"
OMG WOT A GR8 DAY!!!!
Well done 2 everyone who was involved in yesterday's prem event! It was sooo gr8!
Well done to Longcroft - i thought u were brill!
A HUGE well done to Thornton! We placed !!!!! A massive thanku 2 all the teachers who helped out on the nite. U were all brilliant and it paid off in the end!
Buttershaw and Ashfield - u guys r so ace! Made so many new friends, so hello to Antonia, Kim, Becca and Jenni, Robyn,Vvicki, n (from thornton) Megan, Joe, Selma, and Holly!
Also TANYA!!! U r so mental! Ur bril, and those eyes looked gr8! U n sarah were so funny wen posing!
I'm gonna miss performing now! :( Oh well ... it's been a fab last yr so thanx 2 everyone who made it possible.
COME ON THORTON !!
Love - Rachael (Thornton's drunken sailor)
ps John and Wendy - it was gr8 2 see u agen!
Awww thanks, Rachael. Sorry you're now finished with Rocka but WHAT a day to end on, eh ?!
A hhhhhuuuuuggggggggggggggggee well done to everyone from the buttershaw rocka team!!! Achieving 3rd place in the PREMIER final in only our first year there!! Such an amazing achievement - great work, peeps.
Also well done to hornsea and longcroft - well deserved awards and places - and also especially to ashfield girls: i really loved your performance! So quirky and fun to watch!
Hopefully see you all next year !!!
A fantastic well done to Hornsea school at gaining 2nd place!! I am an ex-rocka, had the best time of my life doing the shows for 6 years, and i am so happy that Hornsea school are carrying on and achieving places in the final as well as six awards last night!
I know how much work everyone in the team puts in (especially Mrs Hylton) so just wanted to pass on my congratulations for the whole of Hornsea School - once again you have made Hornsea very proud!!!! Well Done, guys !!!
Kirsty Harrison (ex Hornsea)
Hey to hjs
I think the song ur looking for is "E for Electro" by Johnny Crockett (was trying to find it myself!)
Love - SARAH (thornton)
PS John - am gonna leave an epic of an essay on here soon but atm gta try change myself back to an ordinary colour as i am still stained orange! :P
Hey guys :)
Oh My Gosh ... last night's premier final was AAAAMAZING!!!! Had such a good night (although paying for it today ... soo tired.)
Congrats to Longcroft School for 1st place (you guys were amazing - i loved it) and congrats to Hornsea School on 2nd place (your performance was amazing too :)
But a massive congratulations to my school - Buttershaw. I'm soooo proud of all of you guys... 3rd place in our first premier final wooop! We rocked! E for Electro :)
GO GO SOUTHY !!!!!!!!!!!! HA AS IF WE WON THE OPEN, I STILL CARNT BELIVE IT!
Well done to everyone there. Sorry, torry - you deserved better but that's just da way it goes
Well done to everyone from spotlight to backstage - ROCK CHALLENGE IS ACE!
Oooooohhhhhhhhh my goodness ...WOOPWOOP
Eleanor B (Southy)
Heyy Heyy !
Last night was AMAZING! SECOND PLACE! HORNSEA YOU ROCK!
I had an awesome time and so did everyone else, I'm sure...
The set was brilliant, and the awards for the set and crew were well deserved! Costumes, hair and make-up were also really good, I loved what everyone was wearing! I think that we deserved 2nd place - we all worked so hard as a team, and everyone put all their effort into the performance.
Thank-you so much to everyone in the team: dancers, choreographers, crew, Mrs Hylton, Diane, Cathy and all the ladies who did the hair and make-up.
Congrats to all the other teams who won their places in Rocka, and well done to Longcroft for taking the title too !
It really was a special night, and I can't wait for next year's! (Hint Hint, Mrs H!)
WE LOVE YOU HORNSEA!
OMG ! friday was soo amazing. Well done to all schools ! Torry didn't get a place but everyone from school had a rally good time! Well Done to peterhead ! You's were ace ! ;) Stacey (Torry) x x x x
Hey !Buttershaw - what music did you use when some of your team were popping their heads in and out of those little doors ? It looked so cool and propa loved the track ! If anyone from buttershaw or wereva knows, could they message back please.
Well done everyone!!
I would just like to say well done to every school taking part last night - it was absolutely wonderful to watch. How on earth the judges can decide the winners is beyond me. You were all fantastic.
Never mind "Britains got Talent" - I watched the best talent in Britain at Grimsby last night!
A Longcroft parent
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