Safety first for sec­ondary pupils

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Pupils from Ash­ford Oaks Pri­mary School have been pre­sented with a cheque for their good work at a safety work­shop event.

Al­most 1,400 Year 6 pupils from pri­mary schools across the bor­ough took part in the Safety In Ac­tion event which aims to ed­u­cate chil­dren on the hid­den dan­gers and pres­sures they may en­counter when they leave pri­mary school to join sec­ondary school.

Held at the Rare Breeds Cen­tre in Wood­church, work­shops in­cluded the dan­gers of drugs and al­co­hol, in­ter­net safety and men­tal health.

Work­shop lead­ers scored each school group at­tend­ing the event for their be­hav­iour, at­ti­tude and in­ter­ac­tion, and the school with the high­est mark was Ash­ford Oaks, which re­ceived £100.

The pro­gramme was funded and de­liv­ered by agen­cies in­clud­ing Kent Po­lice, KCC Com­mu­nity War­dens, Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Bri­tish Transport Po­lice and Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Cllr Brad Brad­ford, the bor­ough coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for high­ways, well­be­ing and safety, said: “En­ter­ing this stage of their lives can been tough as these chil­dren tran­si­tion into adult­hood. The ac­tiv­i­ties through­out this fort­night en­able them to feel bet­ter em­pow­ered when com­ing across new chal­lenges, giv­ing them the wis­dom and skills to make their own, in­formed de­ci­sions.”

Cllr Brad Brad­ford, back cen­tre, with chil­dren from Ash­ford Oaks and their cheque

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