Three pupils from St Johns Church of England Primary School in Sandbach have been named Junior Safety Officers (JSO) of the Year 2015. Highly Commended awards have also gone to pupils from Mossley Primary School in Congleton.
Jessica, Olivia and Esme from St Johns Church of England Primary School are this year’s winners, with Chiara and Frazer from Mossley Primary School receiving Highly Commended awards.
The awards recognise their hard work in promoting road, community, personal and fire safety messages both within their schools and to the wider community throughout the past year.
Linda Elliott received the JSO shield, while Jessica, Olivia and Esme were each awarded a personalised certificate and prizes, which were presented to them by Jenny Ford Community Engagement Manager from Cheshire Constabulary and Francis Edgerton from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Chiara and Frazer were presented with Highly Commended certificates and prizes for their outstanding hard work at separate events organised within their schools.
Jenny Ford said:
"All primary schools within the Eastern Area are invited to nominate Year 6 students to take part in the Junior Safety Officers Scheme.
"This is not only with the intention of spreading safety messages within their schools, but out to parents and their local communities. “We would like to congratulate all the winners on their success and show our appreciation for all their hard work throughout the year."
Head teacher Rob Whittle said:
"We are delighted that our pupils have been awarded Junior Safety Officer of the Year award. All three children have given their all to promote road, personal, community and fire safety and they are a credit to our school, thoroughly deserving the award.
"We will of course display the shield in a prominent place in the school over the next school year as a reminder of the children’s achievement."
The JSO scheme incorporates various safety messages from Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who work in partnership to promote road, community, personal and fire safety to primary school children through elected Year 6 pupils. These elected pupils are given the title of Junior Safety Officer (JSO) and are responsible for setting an example of good safety to the other pupils. Every year, two pupils are elected, and will carry out roles such as reading out safety messages in assemblies, and organising awareness raising competitions.
Each JSO has kept a detailed diary of how they raised awareness of road, personal and community safety in their individual schools over the past 12 months as a record of their work and achievement.