Pupils in a number of north-east schools are eagerly preparing for this year’s Rock Challenge and J Rock performance competitions.
Heats will take place over the next few days before the shows later this year at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Six Aberdeenshire secondary schools are on the list to perform, while Peterhead Academy have automatically qualified for the Northern Premier Final after tremendous success in 2018 when the school finished fourth in the national final and collected eight awards of excellence.
Five primary schools are taking part for the first time this year, as well as returning teams who are hoping to achieve some repeated success.
Clerkhill School won ten awards of excellence in their heat in coming first last year – and their pupils are aiming to emulate these again to qualify for the first Scottish Junior Final in Dundee.
Longside Primary School will also be hoping to match their previous success where they placed second in heats and secured twelve excellence awards, including the Spirit of J Rock award that is voted by other teams for the friendliest and most supportive school.
Councillor Gillian Owen, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s education and children’s services committee, said: “Good luck to all of our pupils and colleagues who are supporting them in this week’s final of the Rock Challenge and J Rock.
“The preparation involved in taking part in this competition is extensive and I’d like to recognise the significant commitment made by participants as well as recognising the extremely high standard of entries. Well done, folks.”
Event manager, Charlotte Payne, said: “I look forward to seeing the wide range of performances that the schools bring to our events every year.
“It’s always fantastic to see the hard work put in by all the schools.”