Primary and secondary schools around Southland are preparing for the 2014 Southland Stage Challenge and J Rock event.
Stage Challenge is a high-energy dance, drama and music extravaganza that aims to motivate and inspire students to lead positive lives by giving them a natural high without the use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol.
Limehills School has selected "It Starts Here" as its theme for this year, with 50 students, more than a quarter of the school, involved in the performing arts event.
Teacher Lenka Simpson said students gained so much from the event.
"They gain confidence performing on stage, learn about choreography and dance, and even get involved in costume and set design.
"The performance is very much driven by the students - this is their event and their chance to perform."
While the event involved a huge commitment of time outside the classroom, students gained positive experiences from J Rock, she said.
MoreFM production engineer Chris Newbold said he had enjoyed working with the Limehills students.
"I love teaching young people and introducing them to the magic of broadcasting."
Last year, schools including Limehills and Hillside Primary, Central Southland College, Southland Girls' High and James Hargest junior and senior schools took part in the event.
The performing arts event tours New Zealand from May to July.
- The Southland Times
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