Pupils bookmark staying safe

The winners of a bookmark competition aiming to teach children and young people in the city about staying safe will be presented with their prizes tomorrow (Thursday March 18) at Fenton Manor Sports Centre.

The competition, which was open to all schools in the city, challenged pupils to create a bookmark covering the theme of staying safe; one of the five Every Child Matters outcomes.

The aim was to ensure that all children and young people of school age in Stoke-on-Trent were aware of what ‘staying safe’ meant and where they could go to get further information and advice. Pupils from each of the schools that took part were given a discussion on staying safe, the Safeguarding Children Board and their website prior to entering.

Entries were split up into three age groups of five to seven, seven to 11 and 11 to 16 year olds. The winners for each category are:

* Five to seven year olds: Ella-J Dale of St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
* Seven to 11 year olds: Amy Evans of Grange Primary School
* 11 to 16 year olds: Aaron Harvey of Trentham High School.

Councillor Ian Mitchell, cabinet member for children and young people said:

“It’s vital that all children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent feel safe and know who to contact when they need help and this project has given us the perfect platform to pass on this information.

“We had a fantastic response to the competition with so many entries really capturing the stay safe message we are trying to promote. I would like to send my congratulations to all of the winners and to everyone who took part.”

The winning bookmarks will be produced and given to all pupils in Stoke-on-Trent. Children and young people will receive the winning design for the age group they fall in.

Prizes and certificates will be presented by Ged Rowney, Director for Children and Young Peoples at Fenton Manor Sports Centre between 11.30 am and 11.45 am.

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I was Abbey Hulton born and bred, now live in Meir Hay. I'm married to Nita, we have 2 kids Tom 19 & Amy 17. I'm the Managing Director of a local aluminium stockist. I'm also a radio presenter and presented sport on radio for a number of years, more recently for Focal Radio. It was on Focal that I got the chance to present a programme of my favourite music genre which is Soul & Smooth Jazz. The programme was really popular and attracted overseas listeners online. Look out for our new venture www.6towns.co.uk - Community Radio for the good folk of the 6 Towns! I was the original creator of the blog Pits'n'Pots which gained some credibility when Mike Rawlins joined the site and has now blossomed into this site. I love sport particularly Golf & Tennis. I packed up playing football some years ago when I started picking up lot's of fines for bookings from late tackles! I play golf at Leek Golf Club and Tennis at Draycott Sports Centre.

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