Pupils Start 999 Citizenship Week In Scilly

police station 4Year 9 pupils from the Five Islands School are starting their 999 Week today.

Organiser PCSO Shirley Graham says it’s the seventh year the Citizenship Programme has been run and she feels it gets better every time.

That’s because they tweak the programme based on feedback from the previous year’s students.

21 pupils are taking part this year and Shirley says they’ll cover some hard-hitting topics, including domestic abuse. That can bring out mixed emotions in the youngsters, she says.

PC Tracey Fuller comes over from Penzance to help deliver the ‘YZUP’ part of the week, giving the youngsters an insight into the issues associated with alcohol and drugs.

He says they’re often surprised to learn about the effects that antisocial behaviour can have on the community.

The week will be spent away from the Carn Gwaval school base, at the cadet hut on the Garrison and culminates in a special challenge with prizes at the end of the week.

And Tracey says the approach used in Scilly is unique, because they’re working with such a small group. He says similar programmes in places like Helston can mean classes of up to 250 pupils at a time.

Even after a week, he says he’s always amazed at how much they develop as young individuals.

For Shirley, this year will be a bit unusual – her eldest son Ethan is on the course and she says she’s not sure who will be more embarrassed.

Pupils will travel to the mainland in November for the second half of the programme.