Safety mes­sage for city pupils

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.

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