Rock Eisteddfod is a national competition that combines dance, drama, music and stage production to tell a story or depict a concept or theme. For over 20 years, students from Randwick Boys' and Randwick Girls' High Schools have worked together to enter both Premier Division (with an 8-minute item) and Raw Division (with a 6-minute item). The Eisteddfod rules state that students are drug and alcohol free, and the process builds strong leadership, teambuilding and skills in the creative arts.
The Randwick Rock Eisteddfod team, which consists of performers, props crew, parents, teachers and the community, has had astounding success in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, with items such as ‘Othello – the Moor of Venice', ‘To Kill a Mockingbird', ‘Tank Girl', and ‘The House of Berlei' gaining places and victories. Most recently, the item ‘The Long Walk Home', based on the story of the rabbit-proof fence, received 2nd place in the 2011 Raw Division, equal 1st in the National TV Competition, and 3rd place in the first ever Global Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.
The Randwick Rock Eisteddfod team consists of performers and props crews from both the schools. The show would also be impossible without the constant help and support from the families and friends of the participants.
Another mention must also go to the co-ordinators of the two schools, Miss M Ford (from Randwick Boys') and Miss K Fagan (from Randwick Girls') and the incomparable Alysia Hodges, the creative director and choreographer.