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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Talented Academy rock stars are all ready to roll

WEST Lakes Academy’s Rock Challenge team has raised over £800 towards competing in this year’s competition.

By Mark White

The Egremont school raised the funds after the students organised a community event.

Vanessa Ray, principal at West Lakes Academy, said: “I am thrilled that so many local people attended the event to support our students and help raise a phenomenal amount to go towards the students competing in this year’s Rock Challenge competition.

“Extra-curricular activities are extremely important to a student’s learning experience and strong support from the local community helps to make opportunities such as Rock Challenge possible.

“The arts is one of the academy’s specialisms and it is pleasing to see that the local community support our belief that children should be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom and be encouraged to develop any artistic talents.”

The cost demands for the competition set sixth form student Jess Mower into action organising the fundraising evening, along with the team.

Over 90 people attended the event held at Egremont’s Conservative Club which raised funds through a prize bingo, raffle and tombola.

Jess said: “I am really pleased that so many members of the community decided to attend the evening and support us.”

Rock Challenge is a performing arts competition for secondary schools in which students must create and perform a dance and drama production.

Students must work on set design, soundtrack, lighting and sound, choreography, hair and make-up, costume and the concept behind the performance.

The Academy team, who placed fourth in last year’s northern finals, are busy working on a new performance based on The Firework Maker’s Daughter, a short story written by Philip Pullman.

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