Gryphon students’ success at Rock Challenge UK

Over 60 Gryphon School students took part in Rock Challenge UK this term. They finished second and with five awards to their name.  Rock Challenge is a series of performing arts events which promotes healthy life choices.   Thousands of young people take part every year in their local events.   The Gryphon performers joined those from six schools and colleges in the region for a day of rehearsals and fun before performing to a sell-out audience in the evening.

The Gryphon School’s entry was a dance-drama choreographed, co-ordinated and run by five students Nina Trist, Lucy Bennett, Chloe Burton, Georgie O’Neil and Megan O’Neil.   These students worked together as a team to decide theme, costume, set and choreography and then taught all sections to the other students involved.

The Rock Challenge team performed ‘Epidemic’ at Southampton Guildhall on Monday 3 March in the heat stages of the competition.  They gave a superb and impressive performance and were rewarded with second place. The team also received five awards: the Award of Excellence for Lighting, Award of Excellence for Performance Skill, Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement, Award for Performers Choice (chosen by all the other teams taking part) and Award of Excellence for Choreography.  Mrs Jessica Beale, Head of Drama at The Gryphon School said ‘The performance was just outstanding and really showcased the amazing talents of our students. The judges commended them on their excellent choreography with a delicate and sensitive start that progressed to a very dark and powerful ending. We are enormously proud of them’.

The top 9 highest scoring schools (after first place) qualify to take part in the Southern Final of Rock Challenge UK later this year.  Gryphon School students are keeping their fingers crossed that their high score will give them the chance to compete again.


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