Students have fingers on the pulse with CPR training
First year students at Gorey Community School came together to learn more about the practise of CPR, before finishing up their studies for the summer holidays.
'As part of our school's wellness programme, students and their teachers learned about revival. It was a great achievement for them all to have done it,' said Deputy Principal of Gorey Community School, Stella Kehoe.
Staff at Gorey Community School, Ms Arlette Brady, who is an SNA and teacher Caroline Kennedy were on hand to help students as they are both fully trained in CPR and facilitated the learning.
'Our school is very fortunate to have two trained facilitators on site, and now every first year student has received training,' said Stella.
Next on the agenda for Gorey Community School is to roll out the Irish Heart Foundation's CPR for Schools programme, which aims to include the whole student and staff body.
The programme itself teaches students to perform hands-only CPR, operate an AED machine and know exactly what to do in an incident of choking.
Leading the way, these first years are now fully equipped to act in an emergency situation, whether at home or in school or at any time of emergency.
At a teachers' workshop, the Irish Heart Foundation's team uses a train the trainer approach which equips teachers with the skills to teach CPR to their students and other staff which gives schools ownership and flexibility to run CPR training at their own convenience.
This is due to be rolled out after the summer holidays, where teachers will take a leading role.
The CPR 4 Schools is a programme for post primary schools supported by Bank of Ireland, and is free to all participating schools.