Rock Challenge UK is a series of performing arts events which promotes healthy lifestyle choices. In the UK Rock Challenge is coordinated by the Be Your Best Foundation. Their aim is to encourage young people to lead healthy lifestyles and to be their best without the need for tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
The Be Your Best Foundation promotes the education of young people in the value of discipline, hard work, and good citizenship, the reduction of drug misuse and the promotion of positive leisure time activities.
In Highland, Rock Challenge is supported and sponsored by Northern Constabulary (now Police Scotland).
Rock Challenge was introduced to the UK in 2009 after many years of success in Australia. Charleston Academy first took part in 2011, and again in Session 2013-14. In school Rock Challenge is led by Mrs Fiona Stuart, Principal Teacher of Music, Mr Scott Nairn in the Music Department, Mr Rob Seymour, Principal Teacher of Technical, and Mrs Kay Storey in our English Department. Visit our Performing Arts Section in Wider Curriculum for more information.
The dedication and effort from staff and pupils saw Charleston Academy’s team win in seven of the categories and also gain overall first place in 2011. In 2014 we came second, winning in five of the top categories. Our News Blog has details of our Rock Challenge 2014 performance, including a video recorded live at the Scottish Final in Perth.
Charleston Academy Rock Challenge Scottish Finalists 2014
In 2014 our Rock Challenge ensemble came second the in the North of Scotland heats and proceeded to the national finals in Dundee on 12th June. Arbroath Academy won in 2014 and Charleston Academy won Certificates of Excellence for Lighting Design and for Soundtrack. The video below shows highlights from each of the ten Scottish Finalists.
Charleston Academy Rock Challenge Winners 2011
The dedication and effort from staff and pupils saw Charleston Academy’s team win in seven of the categories and also gain overall first place in 2011.
- Overall Winners 2011
- Be Your Best Foundation Award: Best Stage Crew
- Northern Constabulary: Best Choreography
- Tega Award: Best Lighting Design
- Northern Constabulary Award: Best Set Design
- Visions Unlimited: Best Video Performance
- Blue Light Partnership: Best Costume Design
- Blue Light Partnership: Performers’ Choice Award