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19 February 2011

MSP Supports Local Schools In Global Rock Challenge Bid

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson will be cheering on four local secondary schools - Peterhead, Mintlaw, Fraserburgh and Banff Academies - on Monday evening when they compete at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre in the North-east heats of the 2011 Global Rock Challenge.

Mr Stevenson is a strong supporter of the Global Rock Challenge and even picked up his own – unexpected – award at the 2003 event for his help in securing funding to allow the event to continue.

Looking forward to Monday night’s event, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted to be able to attend the Aberdeen heat once again this year given my long association with the Global Rock Challenge and I was even more pleased that more and more secondary schools are signing up and taking part.

“In addition, Peterhead Academy is a “Premier School” in the Global Rock Challenge competition. This means they will be once again travelling to Grimsby to compete in the Northern Premier Finals of the dance/drama competition in June, representing not only the school, but the local area and Scotland.

“Peterhead Academy has perhaps one of the longest and strongest associations with the Global Rock Challenge and this is entirely down to the commitment of the staff there and the motivation of the pupils to be the best they can be. I wish them luck in June.”

The Global Rock Challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. The challenge is also to be the best that they can without the use of nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, and there are severe penalties for anyone who fails that challenge on any event day and for their team too.

Feedback / research indicates that the concept works, with young people clamouring to return year after year to take part, with improved relationships with teachers at school, with a reduction - or even cessation - of substance abuse by team members and with a lower incidence of substance abuse generally within participating schools.

Attendance rates are also boosted, as are staying-on rates into sixth year.

The Rock Challenge® communicates health and social education messages in a positive and supportive environment.

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