Island primary schools to receive Safety in Action awards By Ivo Le Maistre Smith on Friday 13 November 2015 Island primary schools to receive Safety in Action awards Image

Year five pupils at St John’s Primary School will receive double honours at this year’s Child Accident Prevention Jersey (CAPJ) Safety in Action Awards.

CAPJ is a child safety group facilitated by the charity Family Nursing & Home Care. Its mascot, Safety Sam, will present the students with the awards for Highest Scoring School and the Best Improving School; the first time St John’s Primary School has won either award. It will also be the first time that a school has won both trophies in the same year.

In July nearly 1000 year five students from all 31 primary schools in the Island attended a series of interactive safety workshops at the 18th annual Safety in Action event held at Highlands College.

Martin Preisig, co-ordinator for Safety in Action, commented: ‘The students who visited Highlands College in July found the workshops to be very interesting, informative, interactive and above all, fun. The role of Child Accident Prevention is not about wrapping children in cotton wool, it is about encouraging children to play, explore and be able to assess risk safely. The workshops delivered by members of our partner organisations provide a vital learning experience for young people to help them make their own decisions about staying safe.’

Students completed quizzes accessed from the CAP website (www.cap.je) and answered questions to evaluate their level of safety knowledge. The students found the first aid and fire safety questions the hardest, struggling to identify what to do if they find someone who may be unconscious and how to get out of a smoke-filled building safely.

The tests were completed again after the workshops, to see what they had learned. This year play safety and fire safety saw the greatest improvements in children’s knowledge, followed by road safety, kitchen safety and first aid. Water safety showed the least improvement as it showed the highest knowledge base in the pre-event quiz.

‘Retesting the students in September refreshes the key messages delivered during Safety in Action and enables us to reward those students who have increased their knowledge base. This in turn helps the co-ordinators and workshop leaders to plan and adapt the event for the following year. Presenting these awards is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the students and the schools that have excelled,’ added Mr Preisig.

Trudie De La Haye, head teacher at St John’s Primary School, was delighted with her year five pupils, adding: ‘Keeping safe in every environment, being literate about e-safety and aware of danger, forms a large part of St John’s School’s PSHE Curriculum. We are thrilled that our on going work with pupils and the excellent Safety in Action training, has resulted in St John’s Primary School being the Highest Scoring School and the Best Improving School for 2015 in the Safety in Action Quiz. We will display the trophies awards with pride.’

249 certificates and 63 prizes are to be presented to high achieving students from all the schools who attended, recognising their great success in learning important life-saving messages. Individual shields are also to be presented to those schools that improved their overall scores in the six workshops and also for the first time to the top scoring schools.