Star turns

28th November 1997 at 00:00
School: Auchterarder High, Perthshire

Number of pupils: 657 (aged four-18)

Age of children involved: S3S4 (14-15)

Headteacher: David Knipe

What was the best arts company event to visit your school in the past year? The Operation Foxtrot Theatre Company.

How did you hear about them? Mailshot. They send us a circular each year.

How long did they spend with you?

A whole afternoon. They were with us from 12.30pm until 3.45pm.

What did they do?

They put on a production called The Gift. There were six actors - three male and three female - and their production was especially written for schools. Largely set in the future, it was a play about Aids victims being quarantined on an island. One character was a doctor. The moral dilemma the pupils had to face was whether Aids patients should be quarantined.

Did you do any preparation work beforehand?

Yes - the company's work dovetailed beautifully with the personal and social development work that we had been doing beforehand.

Did you do any follow-up work? Yes, this is an ongoing topic.

How much did it cost?

It cost the school nothing.

Who paid?

Perth and Kinross.

What was so good about them? They spoke in a language the children could understand; the kind of language they are going to hear out on the streets. They came on a Friday afternoon and really woke the kids up and made them think.

How relevant was it to the curriculum?

In terms of personal and social development, totally.

Contact Maggie Morgan, tel: 01382 666276

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