Burgess Hill school impress in competition final

St Paul's Catholic College perform at the Southern Rock Challenge Finals SUS-150629-131150001
St Paul's Catholic College perform at the Southern Rock Challenge Finals SUS-150629-131150001

In the first of the 2015 Southern Rock Challenge® Finals presented by Ansvar Insurance St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill competed against 11 Schools, Sixth Forms and Colleges from across Hampshire, Bedfordshire and Dorset in an incredible evening of entertainment.

St Paul’s Catholic College automatically qualified through to the Final after winning Day One of the Crawley Rock Challenge® events at the beginning of March with their piece ‘What the Eyes Can’t See.’

On Friday June 19, St Paul’s Catholic College’s highly mature and hard hitting piece consisted of varied group work and some emotive and artistic duets which included technically challenging lifts that impressed the audience.

This piece explored the sensitive subject of domestic violence in a touching and honest portrayal of the emotional effects of such relationships. With an impressive crescendo of action building to a climax of high energy when performers seamlessly burst from behind the scenery in order to perform extremely impactful choreography suddenly dropping in pace to a spine-tingling finale demonstrating the heart wrenching reality of many violent relationships. This performance was a beautiful representation of a tear-jerking topic that so often goes unnoticed until it is too late, which was complemented by an atmospheric and tasteful soundtrack.

The Southern Rock Challenge® Open Final A, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted a large audience and was supported by: Ansvar Insurance, ACRO, Janome, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Sussex Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, HC3S and Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

Past President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Former Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Sir Hugh Orde attended this evening and commented; “Simply brilliant. I’ve not been to Rock Challenge before but the talent, the commitment, and the professionalism was simply awe-inspiring and these young people have done themselves proud.”

Report and picture contributed by Sophia Campbell, Rock Challenge® .