Students' rock-solid show scoops award
THEY rocked it!
Pupils at Grimsby's Oasis Academy Wintringham have received a special award for their performance in the Rock Challenge.
More than 60 of the school's students of all ages worked together to achieve the National Award For Cultural And Educational Achievement.
The Humberside Police Rock Challenge is made up of a series of performing arts events which aims to promote healthy life choices in young people and was held at Grimsby Auditorium earlier this year.
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The students performed a story about a young girl being trafficked in South Africa and forced into work at a circus, in eight minutes of music and dance to explain their story.
Teacher Louise Burnett, who helped design the sets for the show, said: "We are very proud of the students. Everyone who wanted to be involved, could be – regardless of their age, size or ability there was a place for everyone.
"The Rock Challenge is to promote a healthy lifestyle, which means everyone who takes part must not drink, smoke or take drugs.
"If you are found to be doing anything like that you are out and not allowed to perform.
"However, everyone is too busy and having too much fun to be drinking or taking drugs.
"Oasis has set ideals on drug use and social inclusion which link directly to our involvement in the Rock Challenge."
The student performance on the story of child trafficking was used to coincide with the Oasis charity Stop The Traffik, a global organisation that aims to prevent the illicit trade of people in South Africa and to offer protection to victims.
Principal Jane Bowman said: "This is a really good award.
"It shows our commitment to education and culture.
"It's fantastic to be awarded for this, which is an integral part of our ethos.
"The pupils chose to perform about a child in South Africa which encompasses the work of our charity Stop The Traffik."
Schools are being reminded to sign up for the Lifestyle Rock Challenge 2013.
Entries are now being taken for the shows, which culminate with regional finals at Grimsby Auditorium.
Schools can submit a team of performers to create an eight-minute dance on a theme of their choice.
Call 01482 220702 for details.