Cape Cornwall School pupils march on in firefighting ceremony
PUPILS from Cape Cornwall School showed off their firefighting techniques and marched in an official parade today.
The student group, aged between 13 and 17, took part in a ceremony at Penzance Community Fire Station to mark the end of a confidence-building programme.
In front of family and friends students showed skills in hose running, marching, using breathing apparatus and problem solving.
Called the Phoenix Project, which runs across the county, it looks to develop life skills, improve self esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication. It is run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
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Dave Pilling, project manager, said Cape Cornwall’s children showed real commitment.
“These young people from Cape Cornwall School have shown great enthusiasm,” he said.
“The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students have worked extremely hard.”
Mrs Short, part of the pastoral team at the school, said everyone involved had a good time.
“They have had a had a fantastic week and have really risen to the new activities and challenges,” she said.
She was also keen to add it could not have gone ahead without the generous sponsorship of West Cornwall Youth Trust and St Just Town Council.
Following the event, which succeeds a five-day course for youngsters who might not be fulfilling their potential or have been finding some aspects of education difficult, pupils are awarded a special certificate to commend their efforts.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said the project has been successful in helping young people flourish.
“It’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people,” he said.