Colquhoun Park Primary pupils help the nation get ready for winter

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PUPILS from Colquhoun Park Primary School in Bearsden have won a national art competition to create a new calendar as part of the Scottish Government‘s Ready for Winter? campaign.

The children’s winning design was chosen from over 700 entries and 26 schools across Scotland for a place in the ‘Get ready for the year ahead’ calendar, which aims to encourage everyone across the country to think ahead and be better prepared for all kinds of emergencies.

It was the pupils’ picture of people preparing for severe weather that impressed the judges and it now represents May 2013 in the calendar, which has been put together by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, British Red Cross and Scottish Water.

They are among a total of 20 pupils from other schools across the country whose eye-catching designs make-up the 14-month calendar.

Each picture helps to communicate the importance of preparing for emergencies at home, in the community and in the car, and the simple steps we can all take to do so.

In the last three years, parts of Scotland have been badly affected by different forms of severe weather – from the damaging storms of early 2012 to the snow and freezing temperatures of the previous two winters, which were among the worst in decades.

Ready for Winter? campaign provides everyone with information and advice on how to prepare and cope with all kinds of severe weather including snow, ice, flooding and high-winds.

The Colquhoun Park pupils were presented with their original picture framed and a copy of the ‘Get ready for the year ahead’ calendar and the school also received £100 of gift vouchers for art materials along with a copy of the calendar.

The judging panel was highly impressed by the talent demonstrated across all entries and age groups, as well as the colourful interpretations and understanding of the key messages the calendar aims to promote on an all-year-round basis. People can pick up a free copy of the calendar at the Ready for Winter? national road shows, which are currently visiting all local authority areas across the country, offering practical information and guidance on preparing for all kinds of severe weather. The free calendar is also available at British Red Cross shops across Scotland, while stocks last.

For more information on the Ready for Winter? campaign visit www.readyscotland.org