Children in Fochabers take to the stage to learn about safety

Image caption: Actors from Talkmor Theatre with Aiden and Sophie from Milne's Primary School.

Children from Milne’s Primary School, Fochabers took part in a drama workshop to learn how to be safe and more resilient during bad weather and emergency situations.

The interactive theatre piece, developed by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) in partnership with Talkmor Theatre, was delivered to children at Milne’s Primary School, Fochabers on Thursday 23 March, demonstrating how families can prepare for an emergency and keep themselves and others safe.

SSEN and Talkmor Theatre delivered the workshop to pupils from primary six where they learned about community resilience, understanding how communities and individuals can come together to prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies. The workshop was followed by a performance by actors from Talkmor Theatre and the primary six class to the rest of the school, parents and teachers in the afternoon.

The primary six pupils also welcomed a visit from SSEN earlier in the week when Shona Horn, Customer Relationship Manager and Christopher Thomson-Bialy, Plant Maintenance Team Manager delivered a presentation on electrical safety.

Neil Wilson, Head of Region for North Caledonia at SSEN said: “It was great to see the children take part and get involved in the drama workshop. It was identified as a fun and engaging way for them to learn about the importance of safety and we hope it will encourage them to be extra safe and to learn good behaviours. 

“By engaging with our local children, and their parents, we can help our communities take actions that will make a real difference should emergency situations occur.”

Mrs. Mailer, teacher of the primary six class at Milne’s Primary School added: “The primary six pupils were delighted to take part in this production. They found it to be a fun learning experience as it complimented their topic on energy and they were proud of sharing it with the parents and other visitors. The pupils were surprised to learn that the skills of problem solving, team work, planning and being resilient were used in the job of an engineer and a customer relationship manager. As one pupil stated, he could now see the purpose of learning these skills in school.

“The pupils embraced the opportunity to act out the characters of Dr. Megawatt and the Resilience Rangers before the actual performance.  It helped them to understand what to do in an emergency and how to keep safe. Throughout this wonderful experience there was a lot of purposeful learning and laughter.”

The outcomes of the workshop and performance will link directly to the Curriculum for Excellence. Following the event children are able to demonstrate how to keep themselves and others safe; how to respond in a range of emergency situations; how to protect themselves and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible; and who to contact in an emergency.

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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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