Cavendish wins Sussex Rock Challenge 2015

Cavendish School
Cavendish School
  • School gains several performing arts awards
  • ‘I’m so proud of our students and their hard work’
  • Theme of good princesses versus evil witches

Cavendish School dance students swept the board at the Sussex Rock Challenge.

They received overall first place and Awards for Excellence in soundtrack, lighting, drama, concept, choreography and seven other awards.

The performing arts event, which promotes healthy life choices, is held across the country with schools and colleges attending regional competitions. Nine teams participated at the event in Crawley.

The school’s piece, entitled Once Upon a Time, was directed and choreographed by teacher Laura Kinman and performed and supported by students across the school from years 7 to 11, including nine stage crew.

Once Upon a Time won 12 individual awards including the Sussex Police Award of Excellence for Choreography, the Rock Challenge Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness, the Sussex Police Award of Excellence for Entertainment and the Tega Events Award of Excellence for Lighting.

It also won overall first place and the school will now compete in the regional finals at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.

Laura Kinman said, “I am so proud of our students and the hard work they have put into this.

“Their professionalism throughout the whole day was outstanding. Our students were simply amazing and a real credit to the school.”

Cavendish School’s acting head teacher Ian Swingler said, “Well done to all the students and of course to Laura and her team of staff who provided exceptional leadership, teaching and support. As a result, 40 students have experienced the great thrill of winning and have learnt that hard work, and lots of extra effort beyond the classroom really pays off.

“The theme of Once Upon a Time was created by staff and students shows us a dream of good princesses versus evil witches, representing the innocence of childhood against the eagerness of wanting to grow up to quickly.

“Let children fantasise in the magical world of make believe, enjoy your childhood. There is plenty of time to grow up.”

The piece was sponsored by donations from parents and fundraising events run by the dance students. Other awards scooped by the school include the Sussex Police Award of Excellence for Choreography, Splash FM, Bright FM, Sovereign FM and Arrow FM Award of Excellence for Soundtrack and West Sussex County Council’s Think Family Award of Excellence for Concept.