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MOTIV celebrates The 100% Challenge with Saturday Morning Rocks at Hard Rock Manchester

Friday, June 18th, 2010

On Saturday 19th June over 300 secondary school pupils from 27 schools across Greater Manchester will come together to celebrate completing The MOTIV 100% Challenge for school attendance at Hard Rock Manchester for an exclusive, invite-only concert by DAISY DARES YOU.

Supported by Manchester City Council and Oldham Council and produced by award winning social enterprise MOTIV The 100% Challenge was issued to every primary and secondary school across Manchester to encourage greater school attendance across Manchester.

MOTIV Director Rose Marley commented ‘Daisy Dares You is an ideal choice of artist for this great celebration of achievement as she is a shining example of hard work resulting in reward. Attending pupils will get to find out more about the entertainment industry on the day though – they can’t all be rockstars but they can all have a successful career if they put the effort in!”

Saturday Morning Rocks will be headlined by Sony Records artist DAISY DARES YOU. Daisy, who is 16 years old and was signed to Sony last year and has already enjoyed huge chart success with Number One Enemy , featuring a guest appearance by Chipmunk. Daisy describes her music as “delirious funky produce”. “I really do feel ready for this,” she says. “This is the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

Not a lot of people my age get a chance like this to perform and release their own records.” Daisy’s aspirations for herself remain at 100%  “I’m not aiming too high at this point. But a global smash hit would be nice.” She comments.

The 100% Challenge has been running in over two hundred schools across Greater Manchester in Spring and Summer Terms. Pupils have been rewarded with exclusively designed badges at each half term and if they completed a whole term with full attendance or significantly improved attendance they receive a special reward tailored to their year group and their school.

Councillor Jack Hulme, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said:  “Oldham Council is anticipating some positive  results at the end of this school year. We have been working hard as an authority and with MOTIV for the past couple of years and we can really start to see that relationship bear fruit”

The MOTIV 100% Challenge is delivered by MOTIV on behalf of Oldham Council and Manchester City Council as part of a range of measures to poor tackle poor school attendance and low aspiration across the city. Early results from Manchester indicate a significant improvement in school attendance over the whole year with a 19% increase in full attendance across Spring Term.

Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member Children’s Services, Manchester City Council, said:

“This is going to be a fantastic event for the young people who attend. They thoroughly deserve this exciting reward for their good attendance in school and for demonstrating through this that they value their education and understand the importance of attending school every day they should.”

Rose Marley said: “A child’s future can be mapped out by their attendance record so it’s important that we communicate in a way that is appealing. It’s not just about reward though, through events such as this, we demonstrate just what can be achieved through hard work, teaching pupils valuable skills and raising aspirations in the process.”

The attending schools from Manchester and Oldham are:

Oldham Schools:
Blue Coat C.E.
Breeze Hill
Crompton House
Our Lady’s R.C.
North Chadderton
South Chadderton
St. Augustine of Canterbury R.C.

Manchester Schools:
Manchester Creative Media Academy for Boys
Manchester Creative Media Academy for Girls
Plant Hill Arts College
Wright Robinson Specialist College
St Peter’s RC High School
St Paul’s Catholic High School
Parrs Wood High School
Our Lady’s RC High School
Newall Green High School
Manchester Health Academy
Manchester Enterprise Academy
Manchester Academy
Levenshulme High School
Burnage Media Arts College
Abraham Moss High School
Cedar Mount
Chorlton High


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