Safety message for city pupils
STAYING safe was the message hammered home to primary school pupils at a special event at Peterborough High School.
So far, more than 2,000 pupils at 47 primary schools in Peterborough have participated in the project since the start of the year and, this time, it was youngsters in the City West area.
Key messages included road, rail, water and fire safety, plus first aid, drugs and home safety.
Rather than a dry lecture, the children took part in the “Safety Challenge”, based in a drama set, complete with actors.
Pupils made their way around the set, which contained various scenarios. They had to make decisions on how to act in an emergency situation, as well as learn vital safety messages.
Clair George, Peterborough City Council road safety officer, said: “Safety Challenge is a highly interactive and effective way to teach children about important safety messages and how to act in emergency situations.
“After taking part in the challenge students and teachers undertake various follow up work in the classroom to reinforce these important messages.”
The pupils who take part in Safety Challenge also receive literature and resources to take home.
The Safety Challenge, in connection with Peterborough High School is long-standing. The school’s director of creative arts, Tina Doyle also manages the Doyl’y Arts troupe which provides actors for the scheme.
Several former Peterborough High pupils have acted in previous Safety Challenges before going onto professional acting roles or further study. They include singer Di Nash and Skins TV star Luke Pasqualino.
TAKING PART: Primary school pupils at the Safety Challenge at Peterborough High School, with scheme presenters (back) from Doyl’y Arts troupe, run by high school creative director Tina Doyle.