Forfar Academy pupils are all set for this year’s Rock Challenge

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The Rock Challenge is an annual event which sees thousands of schools up and down the country compete with their own unique dance performances.

The performances are created from pupils’ ideas and are designed, choreographed, built and funded by pupils from S2 to S6.

Rock Challenge promotes a healthy lifestyle and condemns the consumption of alcohol and drug use by giving the young people of the community an activity that helps build confidence, promotes team work and leadership.

There is a wide range of teams that pupils can get involved in such as choreography, set design, costume, hair and make-up, lighting, sound and fund-raising.

All of these are crucial to the final performance. This year, pupil involvement at Forfar Academy has soared to over 90 pupils.

Some of the pupils have had their say about taking part in the challenge.

Kori Stewart (S3) from the choreography team, said: “My teamwork skills have improved and my input is always welcome when putting together choreography.”

Kern Todd (S2) from the fund-raising team added: “Rock Challenge is great fun and being part of the fund-raising team has helped me become more organised and independent.”

Eilidh Collins (S6), Lethnot house captain, also praised the challenge.

She said: “It is great because it inspires pupils to learn new skills in all aspects of performance and creates a real sense of teamwork. It gives pupils something to be truly proud of.”

To raise money this year the pupils have so far held a quiz night and a Christmas shopping event.

The first stage of the competition takes place in March at the Webster’s Theatre in Arbroath so look out for more updates on how the Rock Challenge group are getting on in future editions of the Dispatch.