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.