Maryport youngsters show they can rise to the Rock Challenge

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Maryport Junior School pupils were victorious at day two of the Junior Rock Challenge.

Six schools from across West Cumbria took part in the event, at the Sands Centre in Carlisle, which encourages youngsters to be the best they can without drink or drugs.

Each school writes, choreographs and designs a dance piece, which they perform for judges.

Taking part alongside Maryport Junior School during the second day were Cockermouth's All Saints Primary School, Broughton primary, Moresby primary, Egremont's Orgill primary, and St Herbert's primary in Keswick.

The winning performance from Maryport was based on the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition, showing how people can celebrate those who have passed away and cherish them forever.

It also won the performers' choice award, plus awards for cultural and educational achievement and parental involvement.

Second place went to Moresby, which also won the Spirit of Rock Challenge award. Pupils performed Hooked on Fate, Trust and Pixie Dust, based on Peter Pan.

Third was All Saints primary, which performed a piece about the 2015 floods in West Cumbria, thanking the everyday superheroes who helped rebuild communities. The school also won the achievement in drug awareness award.

Once Upon A Sin was Orgill primary's entry, about the seven deadly sins. It won the award for school community support.

Broughton primary performed Wonderful World of Oz, which netted pupils awards for healthy lifestyle and positive inclusion.

St Herbert's primary pupils looked at the seasons in its piece Timelapse, which picked up awards in categories including lighting and stage crew.

Other awards were handed out, including choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design, costume, visual enhancement, entertainment and video performance.

Also performing were pupils from Egremont's West Lakes Academy, Whitehaven's St Benedict's School and Whitehaven Academy, showcasing their 2017 performances.

Due to their previous success, they have automatically qualified for the Northern Premier Final in July.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:06PM
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