St Peter's comes second in J Rock

St Peter's comes second in J Rock

UPDATE: CAMPBELLTOWN'S St Peters Anglican Primary School has tied for second place in the 2012 J Rock Competitive Division for their performance of The Prodigal, one of Jesus's most well-known parables.

Dapto Public School took out first place with their performance ‘A Piece of Straw,’ an adaption of a Japanese folk story, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night (Tuesday).

Second place was awarded to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School with their performance ‘The Power of One’ and St Peter’s.

THEY impressed a global audience in last year's J Rock, now St Peters Anglican Primary School is gearing up to see if they can continue their winning streak in this year's competition.

The team took to the stage to perform their story, The Prodigal, in the primary school division of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night.

The Campbelltown school's performance of The Hiding Place: The Story of Corrie Ten Boom won last year's first ever J Rock.

They went on to win first place in the people's choice awards and fourth overall in the in the 2012 Global Rock Challenge Championships.

The school's J Rock co-ordinator Nadia McLeod said they had set the bar even higher with this year's performance.

"We're feeling the pressure but we're not going in with such high expectations because we really want the kids to just enjoy it," she said.

"It's based on the story of the prodigal son in the book of Luke in the Bible, but our lead is a girl so we've named it The Prodigal."

In the Bible story, a rebellious and guilt-ridden son returns home to his father after he squandered his inheritance.

Rather than getting mad, the father forgives him and welcomes him back with open arms.

"We wanted to demonstrate God's unconditional love and that Jesus loves us and wants to forgive us," Ms McLeod said.

"We really want people to respond to the story and it's a good opportunity to showcase it to everyone."

Ms McLeod said the performance was the result of a huge team effort by teachers, staff, students and parents.

"The kids do such a great job.

"We've been practising for eight months during lunch times and after school so it's been very full-on.

"I think the children are really excited to tell the story now."

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