Pupils learn to be streetwise and keep safe

Road Safety SUS-151020-132619001
Road Safety SUS-151020-132619001

Ark William Parker Academy students learned about safety issues in a lively engaging way when they attended a performance and workshop called “Streetwise”

On Tuesday October 13 a team, from Performance in Education, was invited to the school in order to remind Year 7 students of their need to be “Streetwise” and safe.

A spokesperson for the Academy said: “For most students it is probably a long time since they learnt the ‘Green Cross Code’ and arriving at secondary school is often the first time they put this into practice on their own.

“Ark William Parker Academy believes it is priority to ensure the safety and well-being of students and the message given will ensure they are safe when walking to and from school.”

The performance was set around three friends, with a fourth unseen, on a school trip.

The group of friends were carrying out various surveys including shopping and traffic. The performance asked students to consider the impact of using mobile phones and listening to music on headphones as they walked around busy area.

The performance finished with a shocking cliff hanger which left the students with plenty to think about.

Afterwards the actors reinforced key messages about the student’s safety and how they can ensure they are safe.

The students were asked to come up with slogans to remind them of how they should stay safe when walking to and from school such as “Take the subway to Subway” or “Hold the call”.

A spokesperson for Performance in Education said: “As young people start to use the roads independently, “Streetwise”, gives them the opportunity to explore risk, responsibility and consequences as a pedestrian.

“This enables them to make informed decisions, manage their personal safety and understand how their behaviour affects those around them.”

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