Geelong Students Learn Vital Life Skills Through Virtual Experience

A new safety education program which teaches children about emergency services in their community was recently undertaken by students at Geelong Grammar School’s Bostock House Campus.

One hundred prep to year four students took part in the Virtual Excursions program, which introduced children to representatives from Life Saving Victoria, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Country Fire Authority.

The session was delivered from Life Saving Victoria’s headquarters to the classroom via video conferencing and covered essential disaster resilience education. Having access to and using this technology is particularly important in regional and rural communities.

During the session students had the opportunity to ask questions, encouraging positive relationships between children and emergency services.

Life Saving Victoria also recently presented its Sink or Swim program to the school’s prep to year two students, which teaches students about water safety.

The one-hour interactive program gave students practical skills on how to stay safe in the water at the beach, rivers, lakes, pools and in the home.

Life Saving Victoria Education Program Delivery Manager Melissa Laird said the programs are important platforms to deliver vital water safety education.

“The option for this to be delivered face-to-face or via video conferencing provides schools with the flexibility to further enhance their water safety program,’’ Ms Laird said.

“In addition to this, having a paramedic, police officer, firefighter and lifesaver present for the Virtual Excursion demonstrates inter-agency collaboration and provides schools access to multiple emergency agencies at the one time.’’

The new Virtual Excursions program is offered free to schools up to four times per year, while the Sink or Swim program was delivered to 122 schools across the state over the past 12 months.

For further information contact Life Saving Victoria Education Department on 03 9676 6900.



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