Police, school to keep pupils safer
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.