Students across Warwickshire are continuing to receive emergency life support training thanks to Heart Shield, a Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service programme delivered in partnership with Public Health Warwickshire and volunteers from Jaguar Landrover’s Business Protection Department.
The main aim of the programme is to help ensure secondary school students are trained in vital skills such as Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). On Tuesday 16th October 2018, national ‘Restart a Heart Day’, 218 students from The Coleshill School attended the training.
The Year 8 students (aged 12-13) took part in the hour long sessions which started with a DVD showing a cardiac arrest scenario and the benefits of bystander CPR. The students undertook practical CPR training, learning how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use a defibrillator.
In a bid to reduce the risk of having a heart attack later in life, students were given key healthy heart messages, including tips on healthy eating and physical activity to help influence their families and friends about reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease. Talking about the programme, Heart Sheild , Niky Moultire Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service said: “As a service we are committed to helping keep our communities safe, and working with young people to learn these life-saving skills is so important. CPR in particular is a very useful skill to learn and can be used by almost anyone, anywhere. The more people we can get involved in this fantastic programme, the more lives we can help to save.”
Mr Temple-Purcell, Head of Year 10 commented “The Coleshill School strives to be at the heart of its community, we are proud that our students contribute to the community in which we live. The ability to save a life is surely a lesson we should all learn.”
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WW1, students from The Coleshill School have made a Weeping Poppy’ display at the war memorial at Coleshill Parish Church.
Working with Simon Toon from Coleshill Remembers WW1, students made 140 ceramic poppies, representing one for each fallen serviceman from Coleshill in WW1.
Simon Toon said “The ceramic poppies have been completed thanks to the very hard work of the Art Department at The Coleshill School and the students and sponsorship by Aldi stores”.
Georgie Pudge, Art Technician commented “This has been a fantastic community project. The students have enjoyed taking part and the whole community can enjoy the weeping poppy display whilst remembering the fallen heroes from Coleshill in WW1.”
In March 2018, as part of her GCSE PE course, Kimberly, Year 11 student at The Coleshill School, attended a school trip to West Bromwich Albion Football Club. The trip was intended to give students information about how they can continue to study physical education or sport at university. During the trip Kimberly took part in a workshop to design a sports kit for Mungo Sport, a new sportswear company started through funding from the Princes Trust.
Kim won overall against other students who took part in the workshop and the prize was for Mungo Sport to create her design.
On Tuesday 9th October 2018, Mungo Sport came to The Coleshill School to talk to the students about how they started up their business and also to present Kimberly with her winning design made up into a sports kit.
Mrs Trude-Smith, PE Teacher commented “Kim’s a fantastic student who deserves this reward. She plays so much sport outside of school she is an inspiration and it’s really great for her to be able to actually see her design made up as a one-off customized kit”.