Young performers ready to wow their audience at 23rd Rock Challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:45 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 12 January 2018

Schools have been performing in the Rock Challenge event for 23 years. Picture: Rock Challenge organisers

Schools have been performing in the Rock Challenge event for 23 years. Picture: Rock Challenge organisers


Students at a Chislehurst school are eagerly anticipating this year’s Rock Challenge event – an annual show which invites schools to take to the stage for an evening of entertainment.

Schools have been performing in the Rock Challenge event for 23 years. Picture: Rock Challenge organisersSchools have been performing in the Rock Challenge event for 23 years. Picture: Rock Challenge organisers

This will be the second year running that Coopers School has participated in the event, which is entering its 23rd year.

Teams of around 20 to 135 students will have up to eight minutes to perform their chosen theme to an audience made up of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals.

Dance teacher Yasmin Stephen said: “Last year was the first time the school had taken part in the Rock Challenge for many years. The students became inspired by other schools, and they are excited about taking part again.”

For Coopers School, the opportunity also brings in a chance for further fundraising: “the school does a lot to raise funds because the budget for dance is quite low.”

Involving more than 330 schools across the country, this year’s UK Rock Challenge and J Rock tour is expected to reach 20,000 young people between the ages of seven and 18.

The challenge also aims to motivate young people to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging an adrenaline-based high gained through performing, rather than through alcohol, smoking or drugs.

Ms Stephen added: “It’s important for those issues to be tackled and for positive messages to be sent to the students.

“About 30 children from the school will be involved this year and we are expecting to see some great talent.”

The event will take place on January 29, at The Hawth, Crawley, where 24 schools will be taking part.

Each year a variety of different themes are on offer, from the tackling of current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces.

Every aspect of the performances are devised, designed and created by the students.

Supervising event manager, Sophia Campbell, said: “Every school puts so much effort into their Rock Challenge performance, the dedication from students and staff alike is fantastic to see! For many, Rock Challenge is the highlight of the school year; I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”


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