Slideshow: Angus schools at Rock Challenge

Angus schools achieved great success at the Be Your Best Rock Challenge® and J Rock events held in Dundee’s Caird Hall last week.

Forfar Academy took the first place senior award on the second day of the contest, for their performance which told the story of Moses.

Forfar Academy pupils during the Rock Challenge event

Forfar Academy pupils during the Rock Challenge event

Arbroath Academy were awarded the second place senior award on the first day of the event, performing on the same evening as Montrose Academy.

Arbroath’s performance, ‘Wild things,’ was colourful and energetic from start to finish.

Using vibrant and bold costumes to create larger than life characters Arbroath Academy created a truly mesmerising performance that was performed with wholehearted conviction.

Montrose took to the stage with their moving piece ‘Phytophthora’ which was based on the true events of the potato famine. An impressive set design, which moved throughout, set a strong visual backdrop for this harrowing performance which showcased strong drama skills and excellent use of stage.

Head of Schools and Learning from Angus Council, Pauline Stephen, attended the event on Tuesday and awarded first place. She said: “The performances are always amazing and so professional, and tonight was no exception. We saw some absolutely wonderful talent on display. It just shows how good our young people are across the whole of Scotland.”

The events attracted large audiences and were supported by PQA, Angus Council, Police Scotland and Choices for Life.

Angus Councils Strategic Director of People, Margo Williamson, who presented first senior place at Wednesday’s event, described it as “Full of energy, full of verve, and wonderful to see so many people from across Angus, Dundee and Perth.”

The performances on Wednesday evening also included those taking part in the J Rock competition, with Strathmore Primary School placing first with their performance, which was titled ‘Out of The Darkness and Into The Light’. Pupils also picked up a number of other awards during the event.

Arbroath High School also performed on Wednesday, showcasing their piece titled ‘Quarantine’. However, due to their previous event success, Arbroath High are one of the UK’s 12 Northern Premier Division schools, which means that they were not eligible to place at the event, nor were they eligible for many of the special awards.

They have automatically qualified through to the Rock Challenge Northern Premier Final taking place at Grimsby Auditorium in July. Councillor Lynne Devine praised Forfar pupils for their efforts, commenting: “What a night for Forfar. I was absolutely delighted that I was not only there but also handing out some of the prizes.

“The standard of all the Angus school productions was really high and, while Inverbrothock and Warddykes didn’t win, they put on excellent performances. Forfar academy students were professional in their approach with the costumes, set, makeup and the dance of such a high standard. A night to be proud, Forfar!”

The complete list of awards from Tuesday, March 15 were:

First Place - Kinross High School.

Second Place - Arbroath Academy.

Third Place - St John’s RC High School.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Choreography - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Performance Skill - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Stage Use - The Mary Erskine School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Concept - The Mary Erskine School; Kinross High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Drama - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Soundtrack - St John’s RC High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

Buchan Embroidery Award of Excellence for Costuming Character - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement - St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Arbroath Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Entertainment - The Mary Erskine School; St John’s RC High School; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Montrose Academy; Arbroath Academy.

T-Mec Award of Excellence for Lighting - Montrose Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award of Excellence for Stage Crew - Montrose Academy.

Visions Unlimited Award of Excellence for Video Performance - Montrose Academy.

Angus Council Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge - The Mary Erskine School.

Choice for Life Award for Performers’ Choice - Kinross High School.

Rock Challenge Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness - Arbroath Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership - Montrose Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for School Community Support - Arbroath Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Healthy Lifestyle - Arbroath Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement - Arbroath Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Positive Inclusion - Kinross High School.

The complete list of awards for Wednesday, March 16 were:

First Place Senior - Forfar Academy.

First Place Junior - Strathmore Primary School.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Choreography - Strathmore Primary School, Forfar Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Performance Skill - Strathmore Primary School, Perth High School, Forfar Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Stage Use - Strathmore Primary School, Morgan Academy, Forfar Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Concept - Warddykes Primary School, Forfar Academy.

Pauline Quirke Academy Award of Excellence for Drama - Inverbrothock Primary School, Forfar Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Soundtrack - Inverbrothock Primary School, Warddykes Primary School, Morgan Academy, Forfar Academy.

Choices for Life Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function - Warddykes Primary School, Perth High School, Forfar Academy.

Buchan Embroidery Award of Excellence for Costuming Character - Strathmore Primary School, Perth High School, Forfar Academy.

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement - Strathmore Primary School, Perth High School, Morgan Academy, Forfar Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Entertainment - Inverbrothock Primary School, Warddykes Primary School, Strathmore Primary School, Perth High School, Morgan Academy, Forfar Academy.

Angus Council Award of Excellence for Lighting - Forfar Academy, Warddykes Primary School, Strathmore Primary School, Perth High School.

Be Your Best Foundation Award of Excellence for Stage Crew - Strathmore Primary School, Forfar Academy.

Visions Unlimited Award of Excellence for Video Performance - Strathmore Primary School, Forfar Academy.

Angus Council Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge - Arbroath High School.

Choice for Life Award for Performers’ Choice - Inverbrothock Primary School.

Arbroath High Premier Awards of Excellence - Performance Skill, Stage Use, Set Design and Function, Stage Crew, Drama, Visual Enhancement, Entertainment, Lighting, Video Performance.

Rock Challenge Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness- Arbroath High School.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership - Forfar Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for School Community Support - Wardykes Primary School/ Forfar Academy.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Healthy Lifestyle - Strathmore Primary School/Forfar Academy.

Rock Challenge Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement - Perth High School.

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Positive Inclusion - Inverbrothock Primary School/Arbroath High School.