Being safe with first aide

Our school was lucky to have the St John’s team here to teach our students about safety awareness in our home, playgrounds and classrooms. The purpose was to educate our students, so they can recognise and determine whether something is safe or not. It is intended that the students are able to think about playing safely to avoid injury. 

We circled the ones that are not safe. The fire and the toys on the steps are not safe because we can trip over them. Emma, Rm 15.

The Ohaaki and Poihipi team learned about injury prevention ‘smart’. They were taught and began to identify the dangers of simple falls at school and at home, and how injuries caused by falls can be prevented. 

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Van from Rm 15 helping our first aide instructor demonstrate safety in the classroom

If I leave my toys or nails on the floor, you could trip upon them and it would hurt. I should pick things up off the floor if I see it. Ben, Rm 15. 

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Our middle school class sorting items that can be unsafe and cause injury

The Aratiatia team learned about injury prevention ‘Ready’. Then they explored how to be ready for play by being able to identify potential hazards. The students  looked at ways to prevent falls in the classroom and the best clothing and footwear to wear in the playing environment. They also go to learned and practise how to bandage a patient if they came across a minor injury and had to treat it. 

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Izak and Riley from Room 9 learning how to put a bandage on correctly

I learned to always put your safety stuff on like helmets, knee pad, elbow pads, and wrist guards. I have to put my helmet on just in case I fall off and bang my head. And I need to remember to wear shoes. Bailey, Room 4

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Anna making sure Nathan is treated for his pretend minor injury

I learned that lots of people can die from falling. We looked at dangerous things at school, home, and both. I liked it when we split into teams, and we had to think about dangerous things at school. I thought slides in the playground can be dangerous because you can burn yourself in the summer or fall off them. Emma, Room 4. 

I learned that getting burned is really dangerous. Hot drinks can be dangerous and I need to be careful when using hot objects. Lyla A, Rm 4 

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Max and Hunter taking their roles very seriously

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Tane and Dallas working together to treat the pretend injury

The Te Mihi team focussed on injury prevention ‘responder’. They explored injuries that students can sustain at school and in the home. They learned that 70 children are hospitalised from falls every week. The most exciting part was being taught to bandage their peers correctly covering the wound and applying the appropriate pressure. Not tight, not too loose. 

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Jack Sohpie and Riley M working together on identifying hazards in the playground

I learned how to bandage properly, you had to do it not too tight or too loose, and a bandage is to put some pressure on the wound. Tori Rm 5 

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Finn carefully bandaging Riley fake wound a part of his first aid responder programme

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Learning the scary statistics that could have been prevented

I learned what things you can hurt yourself on like ropes, and metal slides. Zara Rm 5 

I learned about the RICE treatment. It means, R = rest, I = Ice, C = compress and E = elevate, and I was surprised about the statistics because I learned that there was 1 child put into the hospital from quad bike injuries each week. Ciana Rm 7.

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Room 8 students being the responder in case of a minor injury

I found it interesting that 71 children each week get put into the hospital each week from falls.  Ahnika Rm 7. 

Thank you to St John’s for visiting us and helping our students understand, identify and try and prevent injuries at home or at school. 

Keywords: First Aid, Health, RICE,  injury prevention, playing safely. 

Attributed to: Ohaaki, Poihipi, Aratiatia, and Te Mihi, and St Johns

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