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Safety in Action 2016

DURING the half term week, Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May, the annual Safety in Action programme for Primary Schools in the Lewes District Council area was held at Newhaven Fort in which 804 children in year 6 from 24 schools took part.
Seaford Rotary Club has supported this event for many years by sponsoring the prizes for the winning school and the winning team. Support for various essential tasks throughout the week was provided by club members Keith Blackburn, Geoff Lowles, John Owen, Peter Posgate, Graham Phillips, Keith Carlisle, Paul Vaesen, and Tony Henley.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service oversaw the overall organisation of the event for the first time having taken over from Sussex Police.
The programme covered Public Transport, Fire, Railways, Electrical, Water, First Aid, Alcohol, Cycle, Road, and Personal Safety.
Each school entered two or more teams in the competition. Each team was required to provide answers on ten different aspects of safety. At each stand, the teams were given marks for their ability to learn from the information provided and to respond to a variety of questions with a maximum of 20 points available in each category.
On Wednesday 8th June President Peter Fenwick visited the winning school and team to congratulate them on their success and to present them with their prizes.
The best school overall was Barcombe Primary school who were presented with a cheque for £250 and the Rotary Club shield. The two teams from the school scored an average 189 points out of the maximum 200 available.
The winning team was from South Malling Primary School, Lewes. The school received a cheque for £150. Their score of 194 points was the highest ever recorded throughout the many years Safety in Action has been running. They lost the odd points on cycle safety and first aid - but still received high points in these categories.
All the children (and their teachers) confirmed the continuing value of this event in putting over to them so many important aspects of safety in such a short timescale, and confirmed that they enjoyed taking part in the competition.

posted: Wednesday, 8 June 2016

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