Flood warning play for local school kids

Children from primaries five to seven at Andover Primary School attended the school play presented by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Children from primaries five to seven at Andover Primary School attended the school play presented by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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A school play tour launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) visited Brechin last week to raise awareness of flooding among pupils, and highlight the need for preparation.

The specially written play is a key part of SEPA’s Floodline campaign to raise awareness among schoolchildren of how and why flooding occurs, how it can affect communities, and how to prepare.

As Scotland braces itself for winter, children from Andover Primary School enjoyed a half hour production entitled High & Dry II: ‘This time it’s personal’, which links in to the curriculum for excellence.

Following the lives of friends, Sophie and Jack, the characters brought to life the realities of flooding, the need for flood preparation, as well as teaching the children valuable lessons about dealing with a flood situation.

Over the past six years, SEPA has used drama to engage younger audiences with the issue of flooding and this year the tour will call in at many primary schools across Scotland. The play is split into four chapters and has an array of weird and wonderful characters, each playing a role in exploring the science behind flooding and allowing serious messages to be delivered in a fun and engaging way.