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Primary pupils spend time at secondary

posted 20 Jul 2018, 02:33 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 20 Jul 2018, 02:34 ]
The big move to secondary school is being eased for Enfield youngsters thanks to a month-long project at
Nightingale Academy.
More than 2,500 Year 6 pupils from local primary schools took part in the Junior Citizen Project hosted by
the school in partnership with the emergency services.

The Met Police, Enfield Road Safety Team, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and London
Ambulance Service educated the youngsters on how to keep safe and aware of dangers around them, in
their communities and online.
Primary school pupils have been learning about keeping safe in various scenarios, including lessons on house
fires, internet safety, knife crime and using public transport. Year 7 to 9 students from Nightingale also gave
presentations on life in secondary school.
Zakariya Hussein, Year 7, said: “I have been showing pupils around as a guide, but also talking about what it
is like at secondary school. I told them there is nothing to be scared of and told them about the
opportunities there are to join lots of clubs. I hope it helps them to realise they may be nervous on the first
day, but they will make new friends and by doing the right things they will get places.”
PC Doris Ashitey, from the Met Police, explained to pupils about the dangers and consequences of abusing
the internet and carrying weapons. She said: “They couldn’t believe these things really happen or that they
could go to prison for simply carrying a weapon and not necessarily using it.”

For Claire Brennan, Year 6 teacher at St Mary’s School, the project comes at the right time for pupils. She
said: “At the age they are, when they are about to transfer to secondary school, it is good to highlight to
them the importance of being responsible for their actions and keeping themselves safe. It is not to scare
them, but to make them aware.
“Coming into Nightingale to do it makes them realise it is real and is happening.”
Organiser Nicola Hunt, operational lead at Nightingale, said: “The idea of this project is to help Year 6 to
prepare for the transition into secondary school when they generally start to have a little more freedom. It is
about getting them to think about travelling on their own and how to stay safe in various scenarios.”