Kidsafe Safety in Schools Week
2016 Schools to choose a week that suits their schedules!
QUEENSLAND SCHOOL SAFETY - As Safe As Possible!
Preventable accidents are the number one killer of Australian children. The second most prevalent area for accidents after the home, is the school.
Safety in Schools Week has been developed by Kidsafe Queensland to encourage and help children, particularly in primary school years, to identify and think about potential hazards wherever they are, and to know what to do about them. While child safety is primarily the responsibility of adults, this week recognizes that children have the capacity to identify hazards in their environment themselves once they are made aware of safety issues. The aim is to help them learn how to have fun while being aware of, and avoiding, potential hazards and the consequences of risky behaviours.
Kidsafe provides a range of online resources for teachers to adapt for the week’s activities. There is a theme for each day.
All schools are encouraged to participate. Join hundreds of other Prep, Primary and Middle schools in Queensland to celebrate safety in your school and get your students thinking about safety with a variety of fun activities!
All they need is a Safety Inspector hat, a clipboard, pencil and the Kidsafe resources!
Participating schools can download a:
- Safety participation certificate from Kidsafe Queensland,
- a student safety participation certificate from Kidsafe.
A Safety in Schools Week program has been successfully running in hundreds of schools in WA for the past 16 years.
Kidsafe Qld wants Queensland schools and Queensland Students to be 'As Safe As Possible' (asap)!
Monday- Home and Farm Safety Day
Home safety checklist
Farm safety checklist
Home water safety checklist
Fix it list
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - lounge
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - bathroom
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - bedroom
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - backyard
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - laundry
Spot the hazard (and colour in) - kitchen
Spot the hazard teachers guide
Tuesday - Road Safety Day
Design a road safety poster
Road safety checklist
Helmet and bike discussion
Wednesday - Water Safety Day
Design a safety mascot
School water safety checklist
Thursday - School Safety Day
Classroom safety checklist
School grounds checklist
Treasure safety hunt
Find 9 (inside and out)
Friday - Create a safety game - a board game
Encourage the kids to develop a board game based on what they have learned throughout the week. They can create their own token and use dice or make a spinning wheel or,
Play the Triple Zero Kids' Challenge. (You can skip postcode. There are several games to play) Download the handy teacher's guide.
Comic strip evaluation tool
SISW Certificate for students
Other recommended resources
Oh No Mo! These children's books are recommended for younger children and teach them how to calmly handle a range of a range of different scenarios.
At the alarm catch cry of "Oh No Mo!" Mo and his three best friends use the advice they have learnt from the Smarty Safety Drills. The books are accompanied by FREE teachers notes, full of activities for children and safety drills. They may be purchased through the Kidsafe shop or directly from Oh No Mo!
Is an interactive CD/DVD with topics on bullying, sun and road safety, stranger danger dialling triple zero etc. The game can be purchased from Kdisafe or directly from Beezsafe.
Safety Island. Log onto Kidsafe WA's Safety Island for fun activities for children in Kindergarten to Year 7 that can be done at school or at home.
Get Involved in Safety in Schools Week!
Here is a sample of the week of planned activities:
Home and Farm Safety Day
Monday -send info home Friday prior
On the Friday prior send home the home or farm safety checklist and Spot the hazard sheets.
Colouring competition (provided). Students are provided with a Kidsafe home safety form (or farm safety checklist for rural areas) to take home and see if they can make their homes safer by identifying hazards. Home safety is discussed in the classroom and from the hazards identified, students come up with ideas to hazard proof their homes which is mediated by the teacher.
Road Safety Day
Road safety poster competition. Discuss road safety, walk around the adjoining school roads and driveways, look at hazards, dangers, zebra crossings, traffic light crossings, visibility, bike safety etc. Consider contacting your local Adopt a Cop to walk around the school roads and talk about crossing and helmets etc.
Water Safety Day
Safety mascot competition. Statewide competition to design the new Kidsafe Qld Safety Mascot. If your school has a pool, go to the pool and from the checklist provided, check on all pool safety - CPR chart, chemicals, slippery floors, fencing, edging, stands, rescue equipment, etc
School Safety Day
Find nine competition. Discuss school safety. Walk around the classroom, ovals, playgrounds, tennis courts, tuckshop, verandahs, etc and find nine hazards which are a risk or a potential risk for the students. This becomes a pseudo Safety Audit for the school to act on information provided by the students. Students become Safety Inspectors. Alternatively use the Find nine treasure hunt sheet and get your students to locate where safety equipment is located in the school.
Encourage the kids to develop a board game based on what they have learned throughout the week. They can create their own token and use dice or make a spinning wheel.
Child safety computer game Triple Zero Kids' Challenge. Click on the link to play. There are 10 games to play and a handy teacher's guide.
Kooky socks is a gold coin donation to Kidsafe Qld.
Consider inviting a St John first aider to come along and talk to the kids about first aid and give a little demo. Call Kidsafe for your closest St John contact.