Peterhead Academy take Pole position

WINNING ROUTINE: Peterhead Academy's rountie was inspired by Shakleton's expitition of the South Pole in 1908.
WINNING ROUTINE: Peterhead Academy's rountie was inspired by Shakleton's expitition of the South Pole in 1908.

PETERHEAD Academy pupils are celebrating after becoming the first Scottish winners of the coveted Rock Challenge.

The team this year won with their highest points tally ever at the weekend, with a routine based on Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole which beat all eight schools in the North final.

Rock Challenge gets primary and secondary school children to design an eight-minute routine based round a theme or concept and compete against other schools.

Physics teacher Emma Marshall, who has organised the team since 2008, said: “The kids are still as high as kites, they are screaming and crying. I can’t believe it, it’s totally unreal! We received 181 points out of a possible 210 points, which far surpassed our previous high score of 155 1/2.

“Not many parents managed the trip to Grimsby, but when the buses came back to the school all the parents were in their cars honking their horns. It was a great welcome and the kids loved it. I would like to just thank the community.

“One group in particular though are the ex-pupils who I don’t think get enough recognition as without them we wouldn’t be able to be in the position we are in now. I would, of course, like to thank this year’s pupils they are away with the fairies right now. They pulled it out the bag when they needed too. I’ve been trying to get them to understand that they have done it not just for the school but the whole of Scotland. We are the first Scottish winners and its such a great achievement.

“I would also like to make a appeal to the Peterhead community. Every three years Rock Challenge does a nationwide competition and this year is one of those years. It will be held in Milton Kenyes on July 22. We never thought we would be able to go and firstly said no. But now we have won the North Rock Challenge how could we not compete in the national competition? So we need help from the community to buy more supplies.”