Mackie challenge rocks the Aberdeen Conference Centre

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“What an absolutely incredible day at Aberdeen. The standard was SO high and the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing” were the words of the organisers of this year’s Rock Challenge - the all singing, all dancing, event at which Stonehaven’s Mackie Academy scooped second place on Saturday night.

A team from the Academy were competing against seven other schools from across Aberdeen City and Shire at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) last weekend in the North East Rock Challenge heats.

Not only did they come second place overall, they also won the special awards for Student Leadership, concept originality, entertainment, and last, but more certanly not least, hair and choreography.

They will now go forward with the team from Fraserburgh Academy, who won first place, to compete at the Scottish finals in Dundee in early June.


The Rock Challenge, run in conjunction with Grampian Police, is a unique and exciting opportunity for young people to take part in a dance, drama and design spectacular where they are the stars.

Young people all across the UK, and around the world, compete in different events staged in some of the UK’s top venues.

It gives young people the opportunity to achieve a natural high without the need for drugs and/or alcohol. It’s proven to increase self esteem, confidence and teamwork skills in young people and dramatically improves student/teacher relationships in a culmination of an outstanding nights entertainment.

Overall third place on Saturday evening was taken by Westhill Academy, and the other schools competing - Bucksburn, Hazlehead, Kemnay, Peterhead and Turriff Academies - all went home with a variety of awards.

A spokesperson from Mackie Academy said: “The awards – and the placing – were well deserved as the team’s performance was excellent.”

Mackie fans took to Twitter to express their excitement and pride at the Mackie performance.


One fan wrote: “Mackie are always great at rock challenge. Well done xxx” while another said: “Rock challenge was so goooood! Mackie were ace!”.

Another Tweet said: “The Mackie costumes/hair and make up for rock challenge looks incredible! So wish I was there :( Good luck guys!! #teammackie” and another said: “Good luck to everyone in Mackie rock challenge tomorrow! I know from across the world you’ll do amazing and make us proud! #teammackie”.

One of the performers taking part said: “So happy after last night, so proud!!!” and another wrote “Our year grouped together and created this OURSELVES, well done. It’s fair to say second place feels like a win. #whosafftodundee”!

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster described the performances as “totally amazing”.

The next stage will take place on Friday, June 14, at Caird Hall in Dundee.