High school is no big drama

Senior pupils from Larbert High School taking different interactive approaches to P7 pupils starting high school soon
Senior pupils from Larbert High School taking different interactive approaches to P7 pupils starting high school soon

Starting secondary school can be daunting for a teenager, leaving behind friends and making new ones, trying your best to ‘fit in’.

With this in mind, a group of high school students from Larbert High School’s Theatre in Education group devised a play for Primary 7 audiences about the move to secondary school and took their production on a tour of schools.

The Theatre in Education group is run by Larbert High School’s drama department and is a class made up of fifth and sixth year pupils as part of Larbert’s ‘Wider Achievement Opportunities’ programme.

Pupils were set a project brief to devise and deliver a piece of theatre to the P7 classes within the school’s cluster primaries.

The class spent time researching TIE pieces, their target audience and finding a topic they felt would be meaningful to the P7 audience about moving to high school. The topic chosen was friendship and being yourself.

The play the Theatre in Education group tells the story of one group of pupils starting high school, trying to fit in and forming new friendships.

It is a lively and entertaining piece with some comedy moments from TJ, the sports jock and Nelson, captain of the chess club, which had the audiences in fits of laughter.

After each play the class led a workshop which helped the pupils explore the themes in the play, discuss their thoughts about starting high school and produce their own piece of drama about all the exciting opportunities secondary school would offer.

Larbert High pupil Iain Jalland (16), a TIE group leader, said: “The workshops helped us all work together and it was a good experience having such a range of ages working together.”

Fellow TIE leader Lisa McKendrick (17) said: “It was a truly amazing experience to be part of something special and hopefully helps boost the confidence of primary seven pupils about to take the step up to high school.”