The Primary 6 pupils of Craigdhu Primary in East Dunbartonshire are ending the school term on a high by graduating as Junior Wardens, having successfully completed the Council's four week programme.
Forty-five young people took part in workshops and hands-on activities organised by the Council's Community Safety Team and delivered by Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue, the Mugdock Rangers and the Council's Waste Services Team.
They learned about the dangers of antisocial behaviour and how to be responsible citizens, respecting their communities and the countryside around them.
Police Scotland talked about a day in the life of a Police Officer and pupils learned vital life-saving skills through an accredited CPR session. They also discussed the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the need to respect the natural environment around them.
Councillor Susan Murray, Vice-Convener of the Council’s Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets Committee, met pupils, heard all about their involvement in the programme and presented them with their certificates.
She said, “Whenever I speak to pupils about the Junior Warden programmer they are so enthusiastic and are genuinely invested in it. It is designed to make them understand that their generation has a very important role to play in what happens in their communities and how their natural environment is treated.
"They understand that they have choices to make both about their own wellbeing and safety and about the world around them. They know that graffiti, litter and other antisocial behaviour such as smoking and drinking are damaging to everyone in the community and that there are positive choices they can make to avoid risk-taking.
"I'd like to thank our partner agencies for their valuable contributions as it enables us to show the young people how we all work together for the greater good."
Class Teacher of P6 at Craigdhu Primary, Jane Cowan added, “The children have been thoroughly engaged in the whole programme. As well as taking on board the principles presented to them, they have participated with much enthusiasm in the active learning opportunities available.
"They have enjoyed using their toolkits and are pleased to keep them, along with the journal, which will be a lasting reminder of an excellent learning experience."
Throughout their sessions pupils kept notebooks detailing what they learned with prizes for the best kept records. Kara and Finlay were the winners, each receiving gift vouchers