Last Thursday (6 May) some P1 parents attended a workshop about the personal safety programme called “Keeping Me Safe” which the school uses as part of its Health Education Programme. Not everyone could attend , so I thought it would be useful to share some of the key messages with you. Parents who have already worked through the programme with older children may also find it useful as a reminder.
The programme aims to give our children the foundation skills in a safe learning environment. The aim is not to frighten them but to teach them how to recognise dangerous situations, make safe decisions, and that it is OK to say NO in situations, so that our children can cope with everyday situations and with change. The school wants all pupils to be successful learners – for life!
The programme uses familiar situations and stories, drama, and art to convey the messages. It uses simple, child friendly language. For example phrases like “someone you don’t know” instead of “stranger”. Children will work through a series of 8 lessons with worksheets. Some worksheets will come home, as well as books to help you discuss the issues with your children. Parents please note that these books are not to be read in the normal way – please read the warning on the inside of each book’s cover.
The 3 key messages are: SAY NO, DON’T GO, and ALWAYS TELL.
This programme presents all parents with the opportunity to work in partnership with the school to increase our childrens’ knowledge about personal safety and help them develop personal safety skills. These are important life skills and parents have an important role to play in reinforcing what they learn through this programme.
Not all parents could attend this workshop, so the school have made the materials available at the school entrance for parents to look at. If you were not able to attend, you are encouraged to do so. If any parent has any questions about the programme please speak with Mrs McCall.
Carol Snow, Chair of the Parent Council