Fraserburgh Academy has triumphed at the Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Competition ‘Rock Challenge’.
The event took place at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Saturday, February 19, as young people from schools across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City showcased a range of stunning performing arts routines.
The night proved to be a success story for many local schools, and saw pupils from Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Kemnay, Stonehaven, Turriff and Westhill triumphant in a number of categories.
Fraserburgh Academy was awarded overall first place in the competition, which aims to show pupils what can be achieved without the use of nicotine, alcohol and other drugs and helps them develop skills in leadership, organisation and creativity. Westhill and Kemnay Academy followed close behind with overall second and third place, while the rest of the schools took home a host of accolades between them.
An array of impressive costumes, hair, make-up, lighting schemes and stage sets made up the backdrop to a series of performances linked to the theme of positive life choices for young people, all of which pupils had planned and organised themselves.
Broch Academy acting head teacher, Pauline Buchan said: “I am very proud and delighted that the dedication and commitment of our pupils, staff and parents has resulted in winning the Global Rock Challenge this year. This is a wonderful achievement for Fraserburgh Academy.
“The individuals involved in the organisation, direction, performance, costumes, make-up, hair, scenery, music, lighting, filming, photography and back stage crew are all a credit to the Academy and to the community of Fraserburgh.
“This is a celebration of the talents and skills of our young people and the team of staff and parents who supported them and I wish them continued success for the Scottish Finals in Dundee in June 2012.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Richard Stroud, said: “Events such as Rock Challenge help to bring out the best in our young people, who have demonstrated once again, that they are full of great ideas and talent.”
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Committee vice-chair, Councillor Isobel Davidson, added: “It is great for youngsters to have a platform such as Rock Challenge in which to show off all their skills, and which is so good at encouraging team work and creativity.”
The national event, organised by the Be Your Best Foundation in partnership with Grampian Police, has received regular support from Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.
More information on Rock Challenge can be found at www.rockchallenge.co.uk