REGISTRATION opens on Tuesday for Rock Challenge 2019.

It’s described as one of the UK’s most exciting and popular educational performing arts events.

Many schools across Sussex take part.

Rock Challenge events, organised by charity The Be Your Best Foundation, aim to inspire, engage and motivate young people to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices.

Each show provides the opportunity for young people to experience an adrenaline-based high through performing live on a professional stage rather than using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Schools rehearse and support one another during the day before performing in a spectacular evening show.

There are two local events for senior teams, which will take place on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26.

The event for junior and primary schools/academies is on Wednesday, February 27.

All these events will take place at The Hawth, Crawley.

Teams of students will perform a five to eight minute dance, drama and design piece they have prepared over the course of many months with teachers, parents and members of their wider community.

Set to a theme of their choice, each school’s performance is completely original and can vary from tackling a political or social message to retelling a true event or can be based on an entirely imaginative concept.

Rock Challenge can help increase the understanding of social issues, key PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) topics, historical events, scientific events or literature should a school choose to research a theme in one of these areas.

Last year 24 Sussex schools were involved.

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