The Results are in from the 2015 Be Your Best J Rock™ in Inverness

Last night six local schools from across the Highlands competed in the 2015 Be Your Best J Rock™

Bridgend Primary School, Alness were awarded first place with their performance ‘All For The Love of a Selkie!’


Winning entry photo
A striking backdrop set the scene which opened to reveal the highly talented performers of Bridgend Primary School who captivated the audience with their high energy throughout. Crowd pleasing traditional Scottish costumes, dancing and bagpipes punctuated their piece to truly enhance the mythical story of the ‘Selkie’s Skin’. In their first year of entry this piece was a true testament to the hard-work, dedication and commitment of every young person in the team.

In addition to receiving an array of Awards of Excellence for their Production, Design and Performance elements, Bridgend Primary School were also awarded an outstanding five of the six Written Awards in tonight’s show. These Written Awards celebrate aspects of the J Rock™ that are not seen onstage but take place in the months leading up to the event in the school and community.

In second place were Smithton Primary School who performed ‘Living Together: Nature and Urbanisation!’ Whilst tackling a mature and relevant issue, from start to finish Smithton’s piece consistently sustained momentum and was performed with an incredible youthful exuberance.

Third place was presented to Pennyland Primary School for their piece ‘Mirror, mirror...’ Visually striking makeup clearly portrayed the well-known Snow White and the Seven Dwarf characters whilst their strong drama skills further conveyed their theme to the audience.

The event, held at Eden Court, attracted a large audience and was supported by Safer Highland.  Throughout the day Safer Highland partners provided fun and informative workshops with healthy lifestyle messages which were enjoyed by every young participant entered into the event.

Children’s Champion for Highland Council, Cllr Linda Munro commented after this evening’s J Rock™: “Tonight has been absolutely fantastic and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. You appreciate the work that everybody has put in, whilst there is also a bigger message than just the nights entertainment and here is how it goes; This is the future and the message in the Highlands is our children will be all they can be and this is one significant part of it so we will keep investing, keep bringing them along and keep growing. Britain’s got talent and the Highlands have got the best of it.”

From Police Scotland and chairperson of Safer Highland, Chief Superintendent Julian Innes commented on the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership’s support of the 2015 Safer Highlands Be Your Best Rock Challenge® and J Rock™: “What we did as a partnership is understand the benefits for young people in the Highlands getting involved in a different sort of activity within the classroom to learn about drugs and alcohol and what was really impressive was the effort of every school who took part tonight. Hopefully next year we will keep the same format as we did tonight, with the primary and secondary schools being on different nights, there was certainly the enthusiasm there from the primary schools so it will be good to see it. What really impresses me is the dedication of the young people and if it prevents them being involved with drugs and alcohol then it’s an excellent event and certainly worthwhile. Well done to everybody not just the winners tonight!”

Please find below the complete list of awards and placings from tonight’s J Rock™ show:

1st Place - Bridgend Primary School

2nd Place - Smithton Primary School

3rd Place - Pennyland Primary School

Highlands Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Choreography - Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School,

Highland Council Award of Excellence for Performance Skill - Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School,

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Stage Use - Bridgend Primary School,

Highland Council Award of Excellence for Concept - Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School,

NHS Highland Award of Excellence for Drama - Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Scottish Court Service Award of Excellence for Soundtrack - Lochardil Primary School, Cauldeen Primary School, Kingussie Primary School, Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School,

NHS Highland Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function - Kingussie Primary School, Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Highlands Alcohol and Drugs Partnership  Award of Excellence for Costuming Character - Kingussie Primary School, Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement - Kingussie Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School,

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Award of Excellence for Entertainment - Lochardil Primary School, Cauldeen Primary School, , Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Safer Highland Award of Excellence for Lighting - Cauldeen Primary School, Smithton Primary School, Bridgend Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Scottish Court Service Award of Excellence for Stage Crew - Lochardil Primary School, Cauldeen Primary School, Kingussie Primary School, Smithton Primary School, Pennyland Primary School

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Award of Excellence for Video Performance - Lochardil Primary School,

Rock Challenge® Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness - Bridgend Primary School

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership - Lochardil Primary School

Rock Challenge® Award for School Community Support - Bridgend Primary School

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Healthy Lifestyle - Bridgend Primary School

Rock Challenge® Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement - Bridgend Primary School

Be Your Best Foundation Award for Positive Inclusion - Bridgend Primary School



28 Apr 2015
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