Aberdeenshire's schools rock!

Schools from across Aberdeenshire showcased their musical talents as this year’s Rock Challenge competition got underway.

Fraserburgh Academy won this round with their performance entitled Corruption Contained about trapped Chilean miners contending with fallen debris, carbon poisoning and suffocating heat. Shocked by the revelation that the owners of the mines had anticipated this tragedy, international attention turns to Chile as the quest to rescue becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.

Mackie Academy finished runners-up. Their performance was called Every Man for Himself and was set in 1912. It follows a young family looking for a better life, tied down by the chains of social class as they set sail for a better future. Just like today, limitations of their status followed them on board as first class meant first priority. For the lower class, it truly was and is ‘every man for himself.’

Kemnay Academy took third place. Behind Closed Doors shows how many people are living oblivious to the fact our clothes tell a horrifying story. Hanging in your wardrobe is the suffering of innocent Thai children, subject to exploitation grounded purely on Western greed. Children are robbed from their families, of their childhood and are forced into a pitiful existence, working tirelessly where nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

Peterhead Academy was awarded the showcase for their performance Thoughtcrime. Big Brother’s ever watchful eyes have censored the past, forced society’s submission and unified through hate towards Goldstein; leader of the resistance. Winston is a thoughtcriminal using a relic, kept with societies outcasts, to record treasonous thoughts of love and free will. Who can he trust, his lover or colleague? Will his thoughts remain free or surrender to Big Brother?

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair said: “Well done to all six Aberdeenshire schools who all put on a fantastic show. I would congratulate Fraserburgh, Mackie and Kemnay Academies on winning their awards and Peterhead Academy on winning the showcase category. I would like to wish those schools who are advancing in the competition the very best of luck. Thank you too to all those pupils, teachers, staff and parents who have set aside a great deal of time and effort in preparing for the Rock Challenge.”

The Rock Challenge took place at The BHGE Arena in The AECC in Aberdeen on Saturday, March 30.