Isle of Wight students steal the show at Rock Challenge

By Matthew McKew

Friday, April 25, 2014


Isle of Wight students steal the show at Rock Challenge

Christ the King students perform their Medusa inspired dance.

STUDENTS from an Isle of Wight school stunned judges with their performance of Medusa during Wednesday night's Rock Challenge open final.

Christ the King College pupils, between 11 and 18 years old, took part in the adaptation of the Greek legend, which saw the school triumph over nine other entries from across the south region.

Schools from across the Isle of Wight have been taking part and the competition is due to end this weekend.

Teacher Peter Gale said: "It's the taking part and being part of a team that are important. The competition is a bi-product. The really important thing is that the children improve their confidence, learn new performance skills and mix with students from other year groups."

For more on the Rock Challenge, which concludes in Portsmouth this weekend, please see next week’s Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, May 2.

AWARDS: Christ the King College — Performance skill, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment; Medina College — Lighting, soundtrack; Ryde Academy — Awards of Excellence, stage use, concept, drama, costuming character, entertainment, lighting, achievement in drug awareness.


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by J Whatson

27th April 2014, at 12:17:47

Christ the King were also awarded the lighting award; the rules changed this year so that multiple teams can receive the same award.

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by Dave Holloway

26th April 2014, at 15:50:37

If you have never experienced the Rock Challenge, it really does revitalise your respect for school students - I was there on Wednesday night and was proud to be from the IOW - I think Medina were also awarded certificates for concept and video - Long may it continue.

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by Debbie Hollebon

26th April 2014, at 09:49:08

We're going to end up spending £40 million on a school building and yet free swimming for school children in the school holidays has just been cut and this will be followed by the music service. Some children's living conditions are also changing unless their parents can afford the "bedroom tax". So a £40 million building with children who can't swim or play instruments and have to do their homework in a cramped bedroom shared with older or younger siblings. PS Very well done to all the children and adults involved in the rock challenge.

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by Mike Crowe

25th April 2014, at 17:35:31

Music service set to be axed

By Emily Pearce

Friday, April 25, 2014

THE Isle of Wight Music Service, a lifeline for young musicians over more than three decades, looks set to be axed this summer.

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