Students tied up for safety lessons

Students Emma Read, Cooper Lewis, Jessica Patterson, Angus Harvey, Thomas Loughton and Phoebe Nangle with Tom Shuker, of First Aid Focus. Picture: Bruce Hunt d407245
Students Emma Read, Cooper Lewis, Jessica Patterson, Angus Harvey, Thomas Loughton and Phoebe Nangle with Tom Shuker, of First Aid Focus. Picture: Bruce Hunt d407245

They were getting hands-on learning about Safety Houses and basic first aid training as part of Safety House Week.

St John Ambulance staff visited the school to give a few tips on fist aid and increasing safety awareness.

Parkerville Safety House co-ordinator Julie Matthews said the program was adapted for each age group.

‘The kindergarten to Year 2 program introduces the idea of first aid to help give children confidence and ability to help in an emergency,’ she said. ‘They will learn to look for danger, stay safe, check for response, how to call for an ambulance and how to recognise a paramedic.

‘The years 3 to 7 (students) learnt more principles and techniques of first aid, how to deal with an unconscious casualty, recovery position, demonstration and practice, how to manage external bleeding, and how to treat a burn.’

A theatre troupe also visited the school to perform a fun and informative play on safety houses and stranger danger.

Parkerville Primary is looking for more people to join their Safety House Program and invite interested people to leave their details for Ms Matthews at Parkerville Primary School, 16 Parker Road, Parkerville, or call 9295 4268.