Arbroath High School had a strong reputation to uphold at the Be Your Best Foundation Global Rock Challenge final in Caird Hall, Dundee, on Thursday and they did not fail.
Winning the annual competition with the piece ‘What’s the Time Sawney Bean?’, an eight minute gruesome performance taking the audience on a journey through death, cannibalism and revenge.
The global event is run all around the world with the aim of providing school pupils with the opportunity to experience the natural, adrenaline fuelled high from performing in a professional venue.
The competition has an overall message of drug awareness and healthy lifestyle but it also managed to help in building creativity, independence and self esteem in young people who participate.
Arbroath High School’s 2012 ‘The Wolf’ won the inaugural final and placed second in 2013 with ‘Doomed’ so there was a lot at stake during this years third annual Scottish final.
Nonetheless, the competition was likely to be extremely tough and the team were excited to see what the other schools had come up with. The other schools attending were from all over Scotland with teams from Highlands, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross all represented.
Taking part in Rock Challenge takes a lot of time and effort from staff and pupils with everything from costumes to set and dancing created as a team effort.
Forfar Academy narrowly missed out on the top spot, coming second, with Fraserburgh Academy in third.
The Arbroath High School team now move on to preparing for next year and hope to add significantly to their number.
University and further employment is claiming a number of senior pupils who will be sadly missed and new pupils who are coming to the high school in August are asked to keep an eye out in the bulletin for details.
A huge number of people were involved in helping to make this such a huge success, but the team would like to express particular thanks to Buchan Embroidery in Peterhead for their continued sponsorship.
Thanks also to Angus Council, the school’s janitors and cleaning staff for their endless patience, the teachers involved and all the family and friends who came along to cheer the pupils on the night.