National success for Toon pupils

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Peterhead Academy achieved a third place win at the National Final of this year’s Rock Challenge held on Monday, July 6.

Blue Toon pupils competed against eight schools from Angus, Cumbria, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Nottinghamshire, West Sussex and West Yorkshire in a spectacular evening of youth creativity, talent and imagination.

Only the third of its kind, the Rock Challenge National Final radiated proficiency as 800 young people took to the Milton Keynes Theatre stage and overwhelmed the audience with their innovative and inspirational performances.

Peterhead’s theme 3015; Project Biofortification was an original story set in the future which allowed the team to really unleash their creativity.

Pupils mesmerised the audience transporting them into 3015 from the moment their piece began.

The variety and attention to detail in every costume was exemplary and bold makeup and hair further embellished their innovative designs.

Spectacular lighting also worked with the pupil’s compelling soundtrack and made their piece stand out.

Despite the wide array of impressive elements, Peterhead Academy’s drama skills were not lost and really helped to convey their story.

Speaking to the Buchanie, teacher Lynne Greig said: “We placed above the Southern Premier champions and were the only Northern school to place and on top of this we were given the awards of Excellence for Stage crew, Visual Enhancement, Entertainment, Stage Use, Costume & Character, and Set Design & Function.

“As a teacher this makes me extremely proud of the kids in the team and this amazing achievement. They were also so dedicated that they gave up the first few days of their school holidays to spend many hours on a bus to travel to the other end of the country which they did not have to do.

“The teams we were competing against were the best we have ever seen and the crew of Rock Challenge said on several occasions the caliber of the performances were outstanding.”

The pupils are now on their well deserved summer break and will head back to school next month to start preparing their performance for the 2016 Tour, which will see them perform in Aberdeen and the Premier Finals in Grimsby.