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Southfield World Class at Rock Challenge

Rock Challenge is an event that has become a staple of our school calendar.  Since we first entered around 18 years ago, there have only been a couple of years when we've not taken part.  On Friday 9th March we set off to Magna in Sheffield to show the best of Southfield and compete against mainstream schools at the regional round of this national dance  performance competition.

This year's piece was called "THIS IS US: CONFIDENT, RESILIENT, INDEPENDENT."  inspired by the core values which are such an important part of what it means to attend Southfield School.  

The students took on a very difficult theme and were proud to be part of a diverse competition. Their honesty and commitment resulted in an inspirational 8 minute piece.  The students featured in the voice-overs and had solo parts clearly stating their pride.  The lead up to the event was not ideal, with precious rehearsal time lost through snow days.  The team was also missing a few members, who were in Germany on the school exchange.  But, to coin an old phrase, "the show must go on!" 

The students excelled in their performance and behaviour to take 4th place on the day in a really strong field, narrowly missing out on progression to the next round.  We didn't come home empty handed however, taking five awards on the day including the coveted "Spirit of Rock Challenge" award for the second year in a row!  This means a lot to us as it is voted for by the other competitors on the day, many of whom came to the Southfield dressing room to meet the students, congratulate them and tell them how "proud, hearwarming and beautiful" their performance was.    

Sections of the performance were based on various physical and learning disabilities and how their needs make our young people feel.   This covered emotions such as anger, stress, crisis and frustration about communication or making themselves understood, but also the want for a 'normal' life fulfilling potential and lived to best of their ability. 

The students' costumes had scramble letters on the front (jumbled through parts to express dyslexia and dyspraxia) and coming together at different points to spell the following: ADHD, VI, SEN, AUTISM and finally WORLD CLASS.  

Congratulations to all the students who took part and to the staff and parents who supported them throughout the process.  

The event was covered by the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, which you can read here.  

Find out more about Rock Challenge UK on their website here.