Hundreds more pupils made a song and dance out of things last night as they took part in a major schools competition in St George’s Hall.

The historic venue was last night hosting the second and final part of the Rock Challenge, a contest that sees schools across the country write, design and perform their own dance numbers.

Tong High School won through to the Northern Open Final in June last night. There were also performances by schools from Leeds, Wakefield and Derbyshire as well as Appleton Academy and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, who themed their routine around Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice in Wonderland.

Southfield School and Thornton Grammar School took part in the first leg of the event on Tuesday win by Mexborough.

The event is organised and run by the Be Your Best Foundation, and was set up to help young people realise that activities like singing and dancing can provide a better high than any drug. Students aged between 11 and 18 form groups that choose their music, design costumes and props and choreograph it all.