Kids from the Dungannon area are buzzing after a ‘Bee Safe’ event when they learned about staying safe everywhere from at home to on-line.
More than 600 primary six and seven pupils attended the Bee Safe community safety initiative over 4 days, when they took part in a series of interactive scenarios to highlight how to avoid danger when out and about, to help prevent accidents at home, to be aware of the need to be careful on farms, on roads, on buses and when using the internet.
Organised by the PSNI with support from the Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), the event brought together a range of agencies to raise awareness of safety issues and help prepare the children for the transition from primary to secondary school, including the PSNI, the Fire Service, Northern Ireland Electricity, Translink and the Health and Safety Executive
Sue Wright, PSNI Schools Education Officer, said:
“I have been organising Bee Safe for the past 6 years and it has been invaluable in teaching pupils how to react in dangerous situations and make a contribution to crime prevention. Pupils avoid becoming the victims of crime, understand the role of emergency services and develop good relationships with various authorities. The long term benefits of Bee Safe are far reaching and the children carry the lessons learned with them as they progress to secondary level education and beyond.”
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council’s Development Committee said:
“Bee Safe is an imaginative and interactive way of promoting community safety and teaches children how to safely and effectively deal with everyday accidents and dangerous situations. Children are encouraged to think for themselves rather than simply being taught about managing risk in a classroom and I’m pleased that the PCSP has again supported a project with such a far-reaching impact.”
Participating pupils came from Edendork PS; Donaghmore PS; Dungannon PS; Newmills; St Marys, Lisbuoy; Killyman PS; St Patrick’s, Donaghmore; Windmill Integrated PS; St Brigid’s, Brocagh; Howard Primary; Roan St Patrick’s, Eglish; Moy Regional; St John’s Moy; Bush PS; and Aughamullan PS.
Anyone who would like further information should contact Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership on 03000 132 132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: Pictured with children from St John’s Primary School, Moy, who attended the ‘Bee Safe’ event are: Back Row L to R – Rachele Walker (NI Electricity), Constable Marty Allen (PSNI), Constable Trevor Kirke (PSNI), Robin Walker and Margaret Ferguson (Breakthru), Deirdre Goan (Health and Safety Executive NI), Kevin Wallace (Translink), Mark McQuaid (NI Fire and Rescue Service), Constable Sue Wright (PSNI). Front Row Centre – Sue O’Neill (Translink).