The Bevendean children were surprised this week to see three officers from the local police station at the school gates. They had arrived, hot off duty, to volunteer their time and speak to the children as part of their Staying Safe topic.
The Bevendean children gathered on the playground in anticipation of the sight of a real-life police car. All of the children had the opportunity to climb inside and explore the squad car, which included trying out the special switch for the all-important blue and red flashing lights! They were shown the equipment that the police use every day as part of their jobs and the unique elements of a police car. Back in the classroom the team held a question-and-answer session for the children, reminding them of the importance of the role of the police and the vital support they give to the community.
Surrey Police are endeavouring to strengthen the relationships between young people and their local police officers. Engaging with them and educating them about crime, how they operate and how the children can do their part for their community, is at the forefront of their mission.
The children were also eager to learn about the Surrey Police Dog School. Bevendean is home to two therapy dogs, Bella and Bertie and the children cherish the time they spend with them at the Paddock, our Forest School area. The pupils were intrigued to learn that the Surrey Police team of highly qualified instructors and kennel staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of police and security dog training. The police officers made a great impression on the children, who spent the following day drawing pictures for them to thank them for their visit.
Ruth Samson, Head at Danes Hill Pre-Prep School said,
Most learning at Bevendean is thematic and topic based which helps the children to make meaning in the real world. The police officers visit brought the childrens staying safe topic to life and we are incredibly grateful to our local police officers for taking the time to visit the Danes Hill children and for all the support they give to our local community.