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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Today’s lesson is how to stay safe and happy

HOW to keep happy and safe has been the aim of workshops for children at Hensingham Primary School.

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Safety first: Bridget Fenton of the NSPCC was at Hensingham Primary School along with Copeland MP Jamie Reed for a talk about staying safe

By Sarah Robinson

Volunteers from the NSPCC spoke to Year 5 and 6 pupils in an assembly and workshops.

They advised youngsters what to do if they are worried or scared and explained to them about every child’s right to be happy and safe.

Year 6 pupil Luke Holliday said: “Childline would be a good contact for a child who was upset and they could help make them feel happy and safe again.” And James McMinn, also from Year 6, said: “The workshop was fun and educational at the same time.”

Nick Fish, headteacher, said: “I think it gives the children the knowledge that if anything happens to them and they are worried about it they can phone Childline. There are people who can help other than teachers and parents.

“It is important not to underestimate the intelligence and maturity of Year 5 and 6 pupils.

“The topics they have been learning about and discussing with the volunteers from the NSPCC, including emotional and physical abuse and bullying, are very challenging.

“However, the children responded impressively and showed how grown-up, caring and sensible they are.”

Copeland MP Jamie Reed also attended the workshops to see what the children were learning.

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