Broch Academy wins Aberdeen head of Rock Challenge battle

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Fraserburgh Academy’s Rock Challenge team have won the Aberdeen heat of the competition which was held at the AECC last Friday.

A total of 10 teams took part in the prestigious competition with Peterhead Academy also showcasing their performance as a Premier School.

Rock Challenge organisers said the contest was of the highest standard ever, with the competition aiming to encourage young people to lead healthy lifestyles and to be their best without the need for tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Fraserburgh Academy were delighted to be awarded first place for the fourth year in a row with their dramatic performance of “Sweet Delusion”.

The performance was entirely student-led by a group of ten S6 pupils who have been heavily involved in Rock Challenge throughout their school years.

Rock Challenge has given the pupils the opportunity to develop key skills in leadership and team working whilst enhancing their confidence.

Commenting, Head Teacher David Clark said: “I am delighted with the talent of our pupils.

“This success has been brought about through the culmination of hard work of the young people, the staff involved and members of the community who have supported this performance.”

Fraserburgh councillor Charles Buchan commented: “I would like to pay tribute to the huge scale of the Academy pupils’ achievement.

“For the fourth year running the sheer brilliance of the production has swept all before it.

“The special effects, the choreography, the exquisite costumes, the fantastic music, all take your breath away. It stands comparison with many a West End production, and must make it a very serious contender for the National Event.

“No small part of the success is due to the efforts of the staff, and parents, who have laboured so effectively behind the scenes, helping to make the costumes, helping with the direction, lighting and music and the technology.

“And above all, to the cast, who came from all classes in the school, who have rehearsed night after night in the school hall for months, with such talent that they achieved first place in a very competitive event.

“Very well done, and good luck for the future.”

Fraserburgh Academy would like to thank everyone in the community who helped them achieve this success - in particular Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society for their help in creating their set as well as the Costume Team who meet regularly in school to create costumes using recycled items to fit with the chosen theme.

Fraserburgh Academy received 12 awards in total, including: Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement, and for Concept; Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership Award of Excellence for Soundtrack, and of Excellence for Entertainment; Iain Alley Memorial Award of Excellence for Stage Crew; NHS Grampian Award of Excellence for Drama, and for Video Performance; Buchan Embroidery Award of Excellence for Costuming Character; Aberdeen City Council Award of Excellence for Performance Skill, and Award of Excellence for Stage Use; and Aberdeenshire Council Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function, and of Excellence for Choreography.

The cast and stage crew of 84 young people, accompanied by their supporters, will travel to Dundee to take part in the Rock Challenge Scottish Final in the Caird Hall on June 12.