Academy pupils pass on vital first aid skills

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PETERHEAD Academy pupils Laura Chalk and Claire Burnett have been sharing their First Aid knowledge to other pupils in an attempt to increase First Aid awarness at the school.

Laura and Claire, both fifth year pupils, joined the British Red Cross during the summer in 2010 when they both agreed that the life skills learned would be hugely beneficial.

After a 4-day training course both Laura and Claire were trained to a level which would allow them to pass on their knowledge to other fifth year pupils, who are then assessed by Andrew Ireland, a member of the Red Cross.

The Save a life course delivered by Laura and Claire was well received by 18 other fifth year pupils, many of whom have already received their certificate of completion.

Claire who hopes to be a nurse said the skills will benefit her in her future aspirations.

“The course has provided both myself and Laura with leadership experience and has widened our communication skills as well as improving our knowledge on First Aid,” she said.

Guidance teacher Stan Cordiner hopes the pupils can expand the First Aid knowledge throughout the school.

He added: “The skills that both Laura and Claire have acquired are very beneficial and both of the pupils are planning to return for their final sixth year which means they could possibly expand the number of pupils doing the Save a Life course in the academy.”