Isle of Wight students get ready to J Rock

By Jon Moreno

Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

Isle of Wight students get ready to J Rock

Lanesend Primary School students will be among those representing the Isle of Wight at J Rock. Picture by Nick Scott.

YOUNG students from the Isle of Wight will be in action at dance competition J Rock this week.

Run again by the Be Your Best Foundation, J Rock got under way this week with its first heat at the O2 Guildhall, Southampton.

There will be four Isle of Wight schools taking part in the coming days — up against teams from Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex.

Lanesend Primary School, Cowes, and Haylands Primary, Ryde, will be competing tonight (Thursday), while Gurnard, making their début in J Rock, and Newchurch, appear tomorrow (Friday).

J Rock events aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices.

During the week, more than 1,000 students will be taking the stage in teams as small as ten up to as many as 135 — depicting current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces through the medium of dance.

This year is the fifth Lanesend Primary School will be involved in the event. They have modelled their routine on the much-loved story of Where The Wild Things Are.

The school received national recognition with nominations for two national awards last year for their piece about The Selfish Giant.

"Every year, we’re amazed by the amount of time and effort schools put into creating their J Rock performances.

"Schools learn the importance of team work and perseverance, as many hours or hard work pay off in spectacular performances.

"This experience is the highlight of so many young people’s school careers and creates lasting memories for years to come," said senior event manager, Samantha Eastwood.

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