Schools awarded first aid comp winners by musical actress
Abbey School from Devon and
Grainville School from Jersey were presented with
the title of junior and senior National Schools' First Aid
champions by WICKED actress Nikki Davis-Jones, in
the finals of the St John Ambulance competition.
The battle between school first aid teams
was held at the Natural History Museum in London
on 29 June. Eleven junior and ten senior teams competed in each
category to claim victory but Abbey School and Grainville School
teams outshone the other pupils with their
knowledge and teamwork.
The five-strong teams, who learnt first aid
at school through St John Ambulance resources, had already beaten
local rivals in a regional round by showing their ability to remain
confident when applying first aid and
communicating effectively within a team. They
challenged other junior and senior schools by putting to use each
team members' initiative and taking the lead in scenarios such as
how to handle a dog bite, dislocations and an amputation.
The pupils from Abbey School said: 'It was
such a nerve wracking competition but we had an
amazing time. We're so excited to have won.
Everyone should learn first aid; it's a skill for
life. Too many lives are lost because people don't know
what they can do to help.'
Sylvia Greinig, Principal, Abbey School said:
'I'm extremely proud of our pupils today and
delighted that the school has been able to facilitate the teaching
of such a vital life skill. Unfortunately the teacher who should be
here today, Fleur Greinig, was unable to make it but we thank her
hugely for her hard work and
Teaching the difference
Prizes were given by Nikki
Davis-Jones who plays Elphaba in the hit west-end
musical WICKED. The show is committed to educating pupils
in first aid and has launched a new resource for teachers -
teachthedifference..org.uk with St John
Ambulance. Davis-Jones presented Abbey School and Grainville School
with their awards of £1750 prize money to be spent
on equipment for their school and team winners
also received individual prizes.
Davis-Jones said: 'First aid is one of those
skills that you never know when you're going to need. In
reality, accidents and injuries can't be treated with a bit of
magic so it's important to be armed with knowledge
that can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. It
was an eye-opener to see how capable and confident these young
individuals were and their ability to stay calm and under control
in such dramatic scenarios.'
All participants learnt their first aid skills
with St John Ambulance, using resources such as
teachthedifference.org.uk, which gives teachers everything they
need to teach basic first aid skills so they can be the difference
between a life lost and a life saved.