Academy team are Pride of Buchan

Councillors Stuart Pratt, Anne Allan and Fiona McRae presented the Rock Challenge team with their award
Councillors Stuart Pratt, Anne Allan and Fiona McRae presented the Rock Challenge team with their award

Peterhead Academy’s Rock Challenge team were presented with a Pride of Buchan award last week.

Councillors of the Buchan Area Committee decided to award the pupils with the acclaim following their recent success at the regional competition.

Chair of the Buchan Area Committee, councillor Stuart Pratt, went along to the academy on Tuesday, September 15 with vice chair, councillor Anne Allan, and Peterhead North and Rattray councillor Fiona McRae to present the award.

Peterhead Academy head teacher Shona Sellers said she was delighted that the pupils’ hard work had been awarded.

She said: “Everyone at the school is incredibly proud of their success and not just this year but over the last 14 years that the school has been involved with Rock Challenge.

“We would like to say a big thanks to the community for their support.”

She added: “This success just shows what happens when everyone joins together.”

Councillor Stuart Pratt explained to the group what the Pride of Buchan Award is and why they were selected to receive it.

Speaking after the presentation, he said: “I am extremely proud of them, especially when you consider that there are around 100 youngsters involved and the logistics with moving all the costumes and set pieces around.

“It is an amazing achievement and shows what can be done when everyone works hard together.

“Coming third overall in the UK is fantastic for Peterhead when you consider that they were up against full-time drama schools.”

Cllr Pratt added: “There are lots of hard working pupils here and although they have been awarded for coming third, I look forward to coming back and presenting them with another Pride of Buchan when they come first overall.”

The Rock Challenge grows in popularity year after year and attracts hundreds of entrants from schools and colleges across the UK.

Teams create choreography for a five to eight minute dance-drama performance as well as designing and making their own sets and costumes.

Pupils are also asked to select the music for their pieces.

The aim behind Rock Challenge is to communicate health and social education messages in a positive way.