Pupils at Blessed Trinity College in Burnley have ‘put out’ all competition in this year’s Community Education Awards, with their fire-safety book “Hazardous Harry”.
The book has beat 700 entries to become the JEWSON Health and Safety project of the year, the work, and entrepreneurship demonstrated by the 8 students wowed the judges.
The 8 year 10 students began the project after a fire alarm triggered in the school.
The students realised that if they couldn’t remember the fire protocol then younger children couldn’t either. Further study revealed that the available information for young children was rigid, outdated and lacking. So they decided to take matters into their own hands.
They began collecting information about how best to convey the message of fire safety by visiting primary schools and talking to primary age children. Also the group started studying existing books to get a gauge on writing style and the most effective way of conveying their message to a younger audience.
Finally before setting printing goals and targets for measuring success they consulted with the local fire service to make sure that they had the correct message.
Initially 100 copies of Hazardous Harry were printed to test the waters, which was funded by packing bags at local Tesco stores. The first 100 sold like gangbusters, having been backed by local MP Julie Cooper and the Fire Service Delivery Manager for the area.
The project, which is part of the schools ‘Young Enterprise’ scheme has run from September and will carry on until the end of July, however the students may choose to carry it on after the fact.
With the book being a roaring success after careful planning and execution by passionate students, the choice for the Community Education Awards’ judges was clear by a country mile, earning the year 8 pupils and Blessed Trinity College the 2017 Community Education Awards ‘JEWSON Health & Safety Award’.