National Schools competition winners 2013
Students from Sheldon School in Chippenham and Lantern Lane in
East Leake were the deserved winners of the St John Ambulance
National Schools’ First Aid Competition at Drayton Manor in
Tamworth, Staffordshire, on Wednesday 26 June.
The competition final was supported by 20 cadets and SJA
volunteers and paid staff from all over the country. The
competition saw both junior and senior teams of pupils battle it
out by showcasing their team work, communication and first aid
skills in challenging emergency scenarios with ‘live’ casualties.
Some of the dramatic situations included how to treat an amputated
thumb, severe bleeding, and chest pains.
Eleven qualifying rounds took place before the final at Drayton
Manor. Both teams made it through to the final by competing in
local heats against competitors from other schools earlier in the
year. All of the schools that entered the contest learned first aid
using our Young first aider resource.
The schools competition is growing, with the highest number of
entries ever – over 250 teams entered from all over the country,
BFO, Jersey and Guernsey. Jo Buchan, Education Officer, said: ‘The
competition goes to show that first aid is easy and engaging for
young people to learn. What’s really valuable is that all of the
pupils who have taken part know how to save lives.
‘We want more schools and teachers to give their students the
opportunity to empower themselves with these essential life skills
and our resources are the perfect way for them to get started.’
Tyley Deedigan, a student from Sheldon School, said: 'It's
really important to learn first aid as if there is ever an
emergency you are there to help. We learnt to work as a team and
are really pleased to win.'
Our free online schools resource, Teach the difference,
gives teachers the ability to teach up to 28 first aid skills with
complete lesson plans and videos, including how to treat choking
and chest pains. It also meets a range of National Curriculum
requirements, for example first aid for PE, and science.