Po­lice, school to keep pupils safer

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Whaka­maru School is mak­ing sure its stu­dents know how to pro­tect them­selves.

The school is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Keep­ing Our­selves Safe pro­gramme which will be taught in con­junc­tion with po­lice edu- cation of­fi­cer Mary Ho­dren.

Prin­ci­pal Jill McArthur said the pro­gramme com­prised five mod­ules which could run right through to High School.

‘‘The pro­grammes we teach run­ning from ju­nior classes through to se­niors (in that or­der) are All about Me, Know­ing What to do, and Get­ting Help,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ Teach­ers take some of the lessons and some are taught by the po­lice ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, who is more knowl­edge­able in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

‘ ‘ Keep­ing our­selves safe has been de­signed to pro­vide chil­dren with the skills to cope in sit­u­a­tions which might in­volve abuse,’’ she said.

The pro­gramme aims: to de­velop and strengthen skills chil­dren need to keep them­selves safe; to sup­port and en­cour­age abused chil­dren to get help from car­ing adults and to make par­ents and teach­ers more aware of the need to keep chil­dren from be­ing abused by adults or older chil­dren.

‘ ‘ The pro­gramme of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for the chil­drento de­velop skills and knowl­edge around keep­ing them­selves and oth­ers around them safe.’’

A book­let is also sent home to par­ents.

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