The winning school
Pupils at John Wallis Academy in Kingsnorth have been presented with a cheque for £200 following their successful completion of this year’s Safety in Action event.
Last month almost 1,500 year 6 pupils from 36 out of the 39 primary schools across the borough took part in the latest Safety in Action event (17th-28th June).
The event aims to empower children with knowledge of, and skills to respond to, some of the hidden dangers and pressures they may encounter when they leave primary school to join secondary school.
All schools were scored for their behaviour, interaction with the presenters and their attitude on the day, with the pupils of John Wallis Academy receiving the highest score. Along with the cheque, students also received a ‘Safety in Action’ branded water bottle.
Held at Ashford Fire Station, workshops included; Fire Safety; Anti-Social Behaviour, Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol, Road Safety, School Attendance, Rail Safety, Internet Safety, Personal Choices and Responsibilities/Mental Health, First Aid and Water Safety. These topics were chosen based on feedback from children who attended previous events together with guidance from partners to identify current topical problems.
The programme was funded and delivered by members of Kent Police, KCC Community Wardens, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, British Transport Police, KCC Road Safety Team, KCC Early Help Team, Ashford College and Ashford Borough Council amongst others.
Cllr Jo Gideon, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Wellbeing said: “Transitioning from primary school to secondary school can be both exciting and overwhelming. The activities throughout this fortnight enable our young people to feel better empowered when coming across new challenges, giving them the wisdom and skills to make their own, informed decisions.
“I would like to thank all the pupils involved for their exemplary behaviour and wish them well in their exciting entry to secondary school later this year.”