Pupils to get clued up on safety tools

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More than 600 Nel­son-Tas­man pri­mary school pupils are set to learn skills to keep them safe when Clued Up Kids gets un­der way this month.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful pi­lot in 2016 in­volv­ing about 460 year 5 and 6 chil­dren, a week-long event is planned at Rich­mond Show­grounds this year to put about 640 chil­dren from seven schools through the Clued Up Kids multi-agency pro­gramme that in­cludes many prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The agen­cies in­volved in­clude ACC, po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand, Civil De­fence, the Tas­man dis­trict and Nel­son city coun­cils, and New Zealand Red Cross. Ro­tary and the Rich­mond Lions clubs are set to pro­vide vol­un­teers.

Clued Up Kids co-or­di­na­tor Jo Per­rett said pre and post-event sur­veys in 2016 re­vealed a big in­crease in the chil­dren’s knowl­edge of the safe ac­tion to take in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘We’re tar­get­ing an age group that are en­ter­ing a time of greater in­de­pen­dence and who are in­creas­ingly likely to en­counter sit­u­a­tions where they may not be able to rely on an adult be­ing present to tell them what to do,’’ Per­rett said.

‘‘Clued Up Kids aims to give them the tools to keep them­selves safe.’’

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‘‘We're tar­get­ing an age group that are en­ter­ing a time of greater in­de­pen­dence.’’

Jo Per­rett

hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a ‘‘shaky house’’ for prac­tis­ing what to do in an earth­quake, a smoky fire sim­u­la­tion teach­ing chil­dren how to re­act dur­ing a house fire, as well as demon­stra­tions on wa­ter safety, in­ter­act­ing with dogs, road safety and first aid.

Schools sched­uled to take part this year were St Paul’s, Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ori o Tuia Te Ma¯ tangi, Stoke, Ma­pua, Hen­ley, Birch­wood and Nay­land Pri­mary.

ACC in­jury pre­ven­tion con­sul­ta­tion Mark Pre­ston-Thomas said the event em­u­lated a suc­cess­ful pro­gramme that had been run­ning in Marl­bor­ough for more than a decade.

‘‘In the first five years of Marl­bor­ough’s pro­gramme, we no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant drop in the num­ber of ACC claims for in­juries for young peo­ple aged 10 to 18,’’ Pre­ston-Thomas said.

‘‘It’s early days for the Rich­mond event but we would hope to see a re­duc­tion over time in in­juries here as well.’’

Clued Up Kids is due to run from October 30 to Novem­ber 3.

BRADEN FASTIER/STUFF

Wil­liam Bus­bridge, 9, Lily Jes­sop, 10 and Brit­tney Turner, 11, of Wake­field School, call for help dur­ing a wa­ter safety ses­sion of Clued Up Kids in 2016.

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