Waveney schoolchildren learn crucial life lessons

Crucial Crew 2016

Crucial Crew 2016 - Credit: Archant

More than a 1,000 schoolchildren have learnt valuable life lessons in how to stay safe in real-life situations.

Crucial Crew 2016

Crucial Crew 2016 - Credit: Archant

Pupils from 35 schools across Waveney took part in the Crucial Crew training – a national safety initiative aimed at year-six students.

Held between November 15 and 25 at Lowestoft Community Church, Crucial Crew enabled children to experience real-life situations through theatre-based scenarios.

The safety topics included how to deal with fire, road safety tips, electrical safety, first aid and social media safety advice.

It is organised by Crime Prevention Panels, Waveney District Council employees, Lowestoft Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs as well as volunteers from other support associations.' Organiser and Rotarian Brian Hunter explained: 'All in all,if every child goes away remembering a couple of things from Crucial Crew then they have won and they will be a lot safer in our community.'

Crucial Crew 2016

Crucial Crew 2016 - Credit: Archant


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The annual event has been held in the Waveney area for more than 15 years.

This year's Crucial Crew saw pupils aged between 10 and 11 engage in a variety of role-play scenarios, such as how to react if trapped in a room when a fire has broken out, and concluded with question and answer sessions where children demonstrated what they had learnt.

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Jo Newton, teaching assistant at Barnby and North Cove Primary School, said: 'They have all taken in the information very well and have given some deep thought to the scenarios they have faced today- it has definitely been a success.

'They particularly enjoyed the realism of the fire safety scenario, where they spoke about hazards in the home and were put in scenarios in the set display.'

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