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Safety training for children

Would you know how to react if your friend collapsed from too much drink or if a fire broke out in you living room? Those are just some of the scenarios children have been taught how to deal with at a safety event in the Scottish Borders.

Primary seven pupils from the region have also been learning about water safety, farm safety and ahead of the re-introduction of the Borders Railway, rail safety.

Jenny Longden reports.


Safety scenarios for Border pupils

Children in the Scottish Borders have been learning important safety messages during life-like scenarios.

The Crucial Crew event has been teaching more than a thousand children about fire, rail and water safety among other key messages. It's hoped that by acting out dangerous situations, children will remember the best way to respond.

Border pupils learn important safety messages

Pupils from across the Scottish Borders have been learning how to cope in emergency situations.

1,200 pupils have taken part in Crucial Crew 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the three-week long learning event is designed to help them cope with dangerous situations, remain safe, learn social responsibility, work as a team and understand the roles of the emergency services and other agencies.

This is achieved by setting up a number of scenarios or sets. The children are faced with potential hazards, in strictly controlled circumstances, and are required to respond as they would in ‘real-life’

At the conclusion of each ten minute set, the agency staff provide a short de-brief explaining the relevant dangers and appropriate ways of dealing with them.

Next stage for Newton Rigg College

Newton Rigg College now has four times more students than it had three years ago, and boasts that "agriculture's time has come again".

The latest stage in a three million pound development of the site was officially opened today.

Hannah McNulty was there, to find out why more students are taking up land-based studies there.

'Agriculture on the up' for students at Newton Rigg

300% increase in the number of students at Newton Rigg College Credit: ITV Border

A newly refurbished learning centre at Newton Rigg College near Penrith has been officially opened.

It's part of a £3 million investment in the campus, which was taken over by the Askham Bryan College three years ago. It's had a 300% increase in the number of students attending the college since then. Course leaders say worldwide demand for food means land-based courses are more popular than ever.


Student hits the right note with New York school

A girl from the South of Scotland is swapping Moffat for New York to persue her dreams of performing on broadway.

Lauren McWhan has been accepted into the New York Film Academy.

Watch a clip of Lauren performing below:

She starts next September and is understandably excited.

"Deep down I really wanted to but I didn't know. There were a few other girls there that were older than me, so I thought it might not be my chance this year. I was so happy and delighted that I got in."

– Lauren McWhan

Scottish Borders teenagers release child rights handbook

A team from Scottish Borders Youth Voice have created a handbook to teach their peers about children's rights.

It took the ten teenagers 18 months to produce the Child Rights Ambassador Handbook, which encourages others to be leaders in their school and community, and pass their knowledge on to their friends.

Funding was provided by Scottish Borders Council, and the Truth About Youth fund.

“It was great to help run our first training session after all our hard work. I am excited about getting the project set up in schools all over the Borders so that other young people can gain the skills and confidence that I have through the child rights group.”

– Gemma Watson, Scottish Borders Youth Voice
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