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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Pupils from a Clackmannanshire school stepped inside the rainforest after winning an all-expenses paid trip.

Amazonia, Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest, invited pupils from across the country to draw their favourite rainforest animal with the winning pupil securing a trip for their entire class, plus £500 for their school and paid transport.

Kaitlyn Singleton’s drawing of a frog was chosen by staff at Amazonia as the winning entry among hundreds submitted.

Kaitlyn and her fellow pupils in primary 7 at Craigbank Primary School visited the visitor attraction to claim the prize. The class enjoyed an educational talk from Amazonia’s team regarding some of the amazing animals found within the rainforest.

Pupils also had the chance to get up close to the exotic creatures during an animal handling session.

Sam Haworth, education officer at Amazonia, said: “Kaitlyn’s colourful drawing really stood out and was a firm favourite with staff.

“We’d like to thank everyone who entered our competition, we received so many fabulous designs and it was fantastic to see what rainforest animals pupils in Scotland love the most.

“We were delighted to welcome the primary 7 pupils from Craigbank Primary School to our rainforest.”

The team at Amazonia revamped its education programme this year in line with the Curriculum for Excellence, which comprises a range of topics for different levels from Early Years all the way to S4-6.

They welcome thousands of pupils every year through its education program. Children are able to learn more about the exotic animals found within the rainforest and the habitats in which they live.  Dedicated topics include the rainforest, minibeasts, and lifecycles.

Pupils also have the chance to get close to a variety of creatures includes snakes, tarantulas, monkeys, butterflies and exotic breeds of ducks – helping to bring the topic to life.

Siobhan Haldane, headteacher at Craigbank Primary School, added: “Amazonia’s competition offered a fantastic prize and was a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about the rainforest.”

Amazonia is open 10am-6pm, seven days a week and is situated within M&D’s Theme Park. Further information can be found by visiting www.discoveramazonia.co.uk.