Pupils to get clued up on safety tools
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.’’
‘‘We're targeting an age group that are entering a time of greater independence.’’
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.
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.