Cheviot Area School juniors rock to the top

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Cheviot rocks . . . Cheviot Area School pupils brought home several awards from J Rock, the junior version of Stage Challenge held at the Horncastle arena in Christchurch. The show was planned and choreographed by two senior students Shannon Fitzgibbon (in white) and Willow Forbes. PHOTO PETER CRAWFORD.

By AMANDA BOWES

Area School rocks and after months of uncertainty the small Hurunui town of Cheviot has something to smile about.

Students taking part in this years J Rock – the junior version of Stage Challenge at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, recently, did their town proud by bringing home several awards.

To receive an award, the score for a particular category has to be nine out of 10.

Competing against other schools in New Zealand’s largest and longest running youth performing arts event, Cheviot Area School showed how an area school, in a small rural district can hold their own against their city cousins.

The school brought home the following awards:

Award of Excellence for Performance Skills.

Upstart Magazine Award of Excellence for Drama.

5+ a day Award of Excellence for Costuming Character.

The Edge Award of Excellence for Soundtrack.

Two senior students, Willow Forbes and Shannon Fitzgibbon, planned, organised, choreographed and took care of the process from start to finish with the help of teacher Di Dixon.

The student’s show – “What’s Waiting on the other Side?” was a seven minute performance addressing the strong influence technology has on young people and the challenges they face when trying to break away and become part of the real world.

Bella Davis and Makayla Eades were the lead dancers and both were outstanding alongside a cast of 66 dancers aged from five to fourteen.

Willow Forbes says, it was great to work with students throughout the school.

“Seeing the students performing on the night I felt quite overwhelmed with emotion and pride. I was just thinking ‘whoa, we are actually doing this’.

“After all the time and effort everyone put in, they were on the stage giving it their all.”

Shannon Fitzgibbon says it was an amazing experience to be a part of.

“It made me so proud of my school when we were on stage to see all the students aged five to 14 years, that had put in so much time learning the choreography, all come together.”

As well as the category awards, Cheviot came away with the Spirit of J Rock Award.

This is voted by teachers and students on the day, for a school that has demonstrated qualities of team work, encouragement and commitments to all schools through their involvement on the day.

For Cheviot Area School it was a case of “the little town that could”.

It may have been rocked by mother nature but the students have shown that they too rock.