SEAFORD: Children enjoy personal safety activity day

Pupils put their skills to the test during Safety in Action week.
Pupils put their skills to the test during Safety in Action week.

SEAFORD schoolchildren were among those who tested their skills in realistic hazardous and emergency situations at ‘Safety In Action’.

The event, at Newhaven Fort, was aimed at giving Year 6 children basic skills and knowledge to help keep them safe.

The week, organised jointly by Lewes District Council’s Environmental Health Department and Sussex Police, aimed to educate children how to deal with different safety and emergency scenarios in relation to fires, accidents, electricity, dogs, strangers, water safety, roads and food safety.

The event taught them personal safety and the correct responses should they be faced with a similar, real-life situation.

The children rotate around 10 different action stations, run by the emergency services, the local authority, power and transport companies. Each team was given a score based on what they learned from the scenario and their teamwork.

The chair from Lewes District Council Eileen Russell, as well as police officers and members of Seaford Rotary Club, went along to the winning school, St Pancras RC in Lewes, to give the children their awards. Each child received a commemorative flashlight labelled Safety in Action. Trophies and a cash prize of £175 donated by Seaford Rotary Club were also given for the school to use for the good of the pupils.

In addition each child that took part in the event received a certificate and a goody bag of safety aids and extra information. Newick CP School had the top-scoring team, and was also be presented with a trophy.