Tony Phillips Head Teacher Sennen Primary School
Sennen School continues to be ‘the first school in the land’ as it’s pupils are the first to receive Basic Life Support Training following the receipt of a public access defibrillator. This vital piece of life-saving equipment is now fitted and fully operational, for easy access, on the front wall of the school.
Children have been taken through the steps required to recognise the need to assist safely, the procedures to follow to call an ambulance, how to place a patient in the recovery position and how to administer CPR Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. The training was delivered by members of the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) who also assisted with the provision of the community defibrillator, with further sponsorship from Land’s End Hotel.
The RRMC training team, led by Mr Leon Hosking, has also provided training in the use of the defibrillator for all school staff to ensure that the whole school community can deliver the necessary support to safeguard and support life should the need arise.
Mr Tony Phillips, headteacher, stated “ It is very important to us that we can not only offer the community access to the defibrillator, but also that we can play our part in preserving life by ensuring both pupils and staff know how to respond in an emergency. We are very grateful to RRMC and Land’s End Hotel for their generous support in enabling this.” The children responded well to the training sessions and were keen to learn more about how their bodies work. Mr Hosking commented that the children showed a very mature and responsible approach to the training with “a real care and commitment to help others, working well in their small teams and groups.”
Children’s comments included ….. feel free to place and use as necessary in the text ….
“It’s a really helpful charity and it’s a useful skill to have if somebody has an accident at home or out and about” ( Loveday )
“It was real, real good! We learned how to check for danger, how to call 999 and how to check for a clear airway. We also had to do physical things like putting people in a recovery position, and how to do CPR on dummies.” (Alex)
“They did it in an interesting way. They said it, then they showed us and then we did it.” ( Izzy )
“If we got stuck they helped us. “(Daisy )
Mr Phillips continued, “We are delighted to be a pioneer primary school in delivering this training to children, and hope that other schools will also seek out training. Such training is an important part of our Personal, Social and Health Education programme for children, within which we aim to promote a strong and positive community ethos and to develop confident pupils who willingly accept personal responsibility.”
Thank you again to RRMC.