“Stay on the right and hold on tight” - Year six pupils learn key safety tips

Junior Citizens Fortnight
Published: Friday, 30 June 2017

More than 1,700 Year Six pupils from across 29 schools in Havering were taught travel and social safety tips, during this year’s Junior Citizens Fortnight, run by Havering Council and the MET Police.

School kids learnt about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, knife crime and much more.

Safety advice about travelling on busses and trains was also given to local schoolkids – When on an escalator “Stay on the right and hold on tight!”

The Fire Brigade also carried out a variety of scenarios to teach Year Six pupils what to do in the event of a fire. Groups of children were fascinated by the shocking figures they were taught about littering from Havering Council’s Environment Team as well as cycle safety facts.

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Councillor Linda Van den Hende, Mayor of Havering, said:
“The Junior Citizens project educates young people at the right time as most of these children are travelling alone for the first time and need to know the safest way to do this. It is also when pupils face a greater exposure to drugs and alcohol, and our children must know how to remain safe at all times.

Detective Superintendent Jane Scotchbrook said:
“This event is a good opportunity for primary school children who are transitioning to secondary school to learn the best way to conduct themselves in and out of school. The partnership approach to this event means that the schoolkids can learn more skills and tips that they can have for life, and helps to improve safety in the borough.

The Junior Citizens Fortnight will continue to run until Friday 7 July. The final winning team will be awarded with certificates and win a lunch with the Mayor, at the Town Hall to celebrate all their efforts during the project.