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Local MP Witnesses Fraserburgh Academy Rock Challenge Success

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has congratulated Fraserburgh Academy for gaining first place in the North-east heats of the 2012 Global Rock Challenge.

The event was held on Saturday night at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre and the local MP was there to witness the Broch’s success.

Commenting on the event, Eilidh said:

“I was delighted to be able to attend the Aberdeen heat this year and I was even more pleased that Fraserburgh Academy emerged triumphant at the end of the night and brought first place home to Banff & Buchan.

“The performance by the Fraserburgh pupils was truly spectacular, highly professional and deserving of their first place, in addition to the other awards they picked up on the night for drama skills, video performance and performing skills.

“In addition, Peterhead Academy is a 'Premier School' in the Global Rock Challenge competition. This means they will be once again travelling to Grimsby to compete in the Northern Premier Finals of the dance/drama competition in June, representing not only the school, but the local area and Scotland.”

The Global Rock Challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. The challenge is also to be the best that they can without the use of nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, and there are severe penalties for anyone who fails that challenge on any event day and for their team too.

Feedback / research indicates that the concept works, with young people clamouring to return year after year to take part, with improved relationships with teachers at school, with a reduction - or even cessation - of substance abuse by team members and with a lower incidence of substance abuse generally within participating schools.

Attendance rates are also boosted, as are staying-on rates into sixth year.

The Rock Challenge® communicates health and social education messages in a positive and supportive environment.

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