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Students put their hearts into first aid
YOUNGSTERS at Kingsdown School learned how to save lives in a programme inspired by a teacher who had a heart attack in class.
Assistant headteacher Ruth Green worked with science teacher Michael Wilson, who suffered a heart attack in front of his class in 2008, to put together a day focused around health to help youngsters prepare for emergency situations.
Year 10s spent the day learning about CPR, the recovery position, choking and the Heimlich manoeuvre, bleeding, dealing with heart attacks and the importance of healthy eating as part of their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
Student Leanne Henderson, 14, thought the best bit of the day was learning how to make 999 calls.
She said: “It’s good to know what you need to say because I didn’t know that before.”
Kirsty Harris, also 14, said that the day had been fun and it was useful to know what to do in an emergency.
She said: “We can hopefully help other people now.”
The rest of the school carried out a day revolving around PSHE.
The event was put together with the help of the British Heart Foundation, who donated 20 dolls to the school which children will be able to use to practice CPR for the next seven years.
Assistant headteacher Ruth said: “We are the first school in Swindon to offer something like this. We were approached by the British Heart Foundation who donated the dolls and have sent through leaflets we can give the children.”
Michael Wilson, who retired at the end of the last school year, was PSHE co-ordinator at the school and helped put together the programme which teaches students lifesaving skills.
In 2008 he collapsed while teaching a maths lesson and the school first aider saved his life.
Since that day the school has received its own defibrillator and the programme has been introduced to teach students what to do when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.