Police Praise Youngsters On This Year’s 999 Week Course

PCSO Shirley Graham (right) and PC Faye Webb

PCSO Shirley Graham (right) and PC Faye Webb

This year’s 999 week for students from the Five Islands School has been the best ever. That’s according to PCSO Shirley Graham, who helped coordinate many of the activities.

It’s the sixth year that the weeklong course has been run as part of the Citizenship component of the National Curriculum.

And Scilly’s unusual hands-on approach, with training being delivered by the different emergency services on the islands, has won plaudits from Ofsted, who described it as “learning at its best” and “powerfully real for the young people involved.”

Shirley says this year’s group of 19 Year 9 pupils, unusually 14 girls and 5 boys, were an “absolute credit to the school.”

She says they took in every little bit of the course and threw themselves into all the activities.

That included searching for people in a smoke-filled room and in the bushes around the lifeboat station using a thermal imaging camera with the fire crew, and learning CPR techniques with Tony Smith from the Ambulance Service.

The youngsters also had to search for a missing elderly person (this year played by Maggie Perkovic) by going around shops and businesses in Hugh Town.

Shirley says the Police deliver sessions on domestic abuse, drug and alcohol addiction and matters relating to the law, such as how the Crown Prosecution Service works.

She said she wanted to thank this year’s group for their hard work and is looking forward to the second half of the course, delivered on the mainland, this autumn.

And Shirley says she can’t see any reason why the programme won’t continue next year.

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