Glory for national schools' competition winners
Lantern Lane Primary
School and Drayton Manor High
School were crowned junior and senior National Schools'
First Aid champions by WICKED actress Sarah
Earnshaw in the finals of the St John Ambulance
Teamwork wins the day
The contest, held at the Natural History Museum in London on 23
June, saw 11 teams compete in each category to be champions but
none could match the knowledge and teamwork of the
Nottinghamshire and London pupils.
The five-strong teams, who learnt first aid
at school, had already seen off local rivals in a regional round by
showing their ability to stay calm and in control, while
working as a team. They challenged other junior and senior
schools by confidently taking the lead in scenarios such as how to
handle a dog bite, dislocations and an amputation.
Winners praise first aid
Jazzmin Arundell from Drayton Manor High
School, said: 'We're ecstatic and surprised to have won this award.
It's such a good thing to learn first aid and we get to
apply what we’ve learnt during events like sports day and help
others. And if we hadn't learnt first aid we wouldn’t have
been able to enter a competition like this.'
You have to know what you're doing and be confident that your first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved
Glinda from west-end musical WICKED
Zafar Khwaja, a teacher at Drayton Manor
High School, said: 'The school has done fantastically well to win.
First aid is such an important life skill that all
students should learn before they leave school.'
WICKED actress presents awards
Prizes were given by Sarah
Earnshaw who plays good witch Glinda in the hit
west-end musical WICKED. She presented Lantern Lane
Primary School and Drayton Manor High School with their awards of
£1750 prize money to be spent on equipment for their school and
team winners also received individual prizes.
She said: 'First aid is so important.
You can't just wave a magic wand and make everything
better. You have to know what you’re doing and be
confident that your first aid knowledge can be the difference
between a life lost and a life saved. It's inspiring to see so many
young people learning such an important skill and be so calm and in
All participants learnt their first
aid skills through the Young first aider course, St John
Ambulance's interactive training pack which is easy for teachers or
youth clubs to use. For more information please call 08700
10 49 50 or visit our schools
St John Ambulance have formed a
partnership with WICKED and will be producing a resource for
teachers so more young people can learn first aid.