Having settled in to school life, I thought it was time to try to become more involved in the non-academic side of the school. Ramsey Academy has a great spirit with teachers, staff and students being involved in a wide range of different activities. I knew it was definitely something I wanted to be a part of. It was at this time that I read about a campaign set up by the British Heart Foundation, to try to get young people trained with lifesaving skills such as CPR. I knew this was it, this is what I wanted to bring to Ramsey.
I had read of a story earlier in the year, in which a local primary school teacher had collapsed at school. Fortunately, there were brave teachers at the school that were trained in CPR and they managed to keep going until an ambulance arrive. It is most probable that without that treatment, she may not be here today. You are never too young to learn this invaluable skill, and you never know when you might be able to help save someone’s life. In some cases, CPR can double the chances of survival from cardiac arrest.
I want to be able to give students, staff, parents and people of the community the skills, ability and confidence to step in and help. As part of Restart a Heart day in October, The British Heart Foundation advertised the opportunity for schools to apply for a grant to get free CPR training kits and resources. Having previously owned a first aid training business and having been part of the emergency services, seeing first-hand the difference having these life-saving skills can make, I knew this was a chance not to be missed. With the support of the Headteacher, Mr James, I applied for a grant and fortunately it was accepted. We now have 35 brand new CPR kits ready to train students of Ramsey, giving them the opportunity to become potential life-savers in the community of Halstead, and beyond.
I am really excited about starting the training in the New Year and getting to know more students and staff. It feels great to be able to contribute to the wider life and ethos of the school, and it’s clear that it is a big part of becoming a teacher, after all Standard 8 is dedicated to it.