ROTARY & WARNING ZONE HELP TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

Woodcote Primary School Year 6 pupils with Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Judy Grimsell accept Rotary’s cheque from Ashby’s President Phil Dyer, right, accompanied by Rotarian Mike Wicks

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Ashby Rotary Club presented a cheque for £500 to Woodcote Primary School on Friday 27 April 2018 to enable their Year 6 children to attend Warning Zone in Leicester.

Warning Zone is a unique, interactive learning experience that teaches life-skills to young people. Eight set-piece scenarios run alongside the e-Safety Zone.

The original safety zones cover fire risk in the home, building sites and electricity, alcohol and anti-social behaviour, personal safety, water risks, arson, road safety, and risk around railways.

The e-Safety Zone is set up as a retro fairground, and children learn about online grooming, internet phishing, cyber-bullying, the risks of sharing images, and how to protect personal information.

A new ‘Life or a Knife’ Zone has been created by Leicestershire Police and the region’s police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach. This initiative is an interactive knife wall that offers students the chance to act out difficult or dangerous situations that involve anti-social behaviour and carrying a knife.

Children who enter the zone are faced with a knife prop and given the option to either ‘make the smart move’ or take the blade and face the consequences.

Before Warning Zone launched the project, it consulted 30 teachers for their thoughts, with everyone saying it was a vital subject to be delivered, especially with year 6 pupils soon making the transition from primary school to senior school.

Leicestershire PCC Lord Willy Bach, who funded the project, said: ‘If we are to tackle serious violence effectively, it’s vital that we start early to make young people aware that carrying a knife or weapon of any sort is a bad idea.’

Woodcote School Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Judy Ramsell thanked the Rotary Club for its generosity. She said ‘This donation will provide invaluable experience for our Year 6 pupils’.

Woodcote School is the latest in the long list of primary schools in the Ashby area that have benefited from the Warning Zone experience with money from the Ashby Rotary Club’s charity account. However, thanks are due particularly to Ashby people whose generous donations constitute the bulk of that account.