Show a big splash with kids

The Observer - - NEWS - Caro­line Tung Caro­line.Tung@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

PRI­MARY school stu­dents learnt ways to help save Glad­stone’s Big 6 in a hi­lar­i­ous show yes­ter­day.

Glad­stone West State School kids en­joyed a taste of live com­edy in The Aqua

League while learn­ing about dif­fer­ent ways to save wa­ter.

The show fol­lowed char­ac­ters The WaterCooler, fish­er­man Barry Mundy and Thun­der­storm as they learnt to stop su­per vil­lain, The Drought, from wast­ing wa­ter and pol­lut­ing the city.

Per­former Nick James from The National Theatre for Chil­dren, said it was im­por­tant for chil­dren to un­der­stand the science be­hind sav­ing wa­ter.

“Given we are in beau­ti­ful Glad­stone, it’s such a pri­or­ity for the amaz­ing plants and an­i­mals that call this area their home,” he said.

“The kids ac­tu­ally learn along with the char­ac­ter, so they can learn how the dif­fer­ent ways to save wa­ter around the house like turn­ing the wa­ter off while they brush their teeth or re­port­ing leaky taps.”

The Glad­stone Big 6 looks at all the dif­fer­ent an­i­mals such as shore­birds, tur­tles and fish that rely heav­ily on the qual­ity of wa­ter.

Glad­stone West State School head of cur­ricu­lum Leanne Pearce said she hoped the pro­gram would help stu­dents be­come more wa­ter wise through sim­ple acts like turn­ing off the taps.

“It’s a part of a lot of their units that’s to do with con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion for the fu­ture, their science and ge­og­ra­phy units as well,” Ms Pearce said.

The per­for­mance is part of con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams sup­ported through the Glad­stone Port Au­thor­ity’s Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gram.

National Theatre for Chil­dren man­ag­ing di­rec­tor To­bias Benn said live theatre was a great medium for ed­u­ca­tion.

“The story moves quickly to keep kids ex­cited, and it’s the ex­cite­ment that makes them ready to ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

❝ Given we are in beau­ti­ful Glad­stone, it’s such a pri­or­ity for the amaz­ing plants and an­i­mals that call this area their home.

— Nick James, NTC

PHOTO: CARO­LINE TUNG

FUNNY: Per­form­ers Chelsea Zeller and Nick James from The National Theatre for Chil­dren teach stu­dents about wa­ter con­ser­va­tion at Glad­stone West State School.

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