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Safety first as pupils design construction site posters

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When people walk past a busy construction site right in the heart of King’s Lynn, they will be able to see winning safety posters designed by youngsters from a local school.

Chalcroft Construction is currently carrying out work to build a new H&M store and four other retail units on the former Beales site in Vancouver Quarter.

This site is part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, meaning that Chalcroft and its people care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value the workforce.

As part of the scheme, Chalcroft Project Manager Tony Coombes and Hilary Mayes, from the company’s marketing team, visited Eastgate Academy in Littleport Terrace, the nearest school to the Vancouver Quarter site.

As well as giving a presentation on ‘Staying Safe and Working Together’ to the school assembly, Tony and Hilary launched a safety poster design competition, with six finalists from each key stage, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. 

Those finalists recently visited the Vancouver Quarter site, when one overall winner from each key stage was revealed. Their designs have now been installed at the site.

Tony said: “All the designs were fantastic and it’s great to see that the children clearly listened to the health and safety advice we had given them in their assembly. It was hard to pick the overall winners but the ones we did choose really deliver the message about safety.”

Hilary added: “When we went into the school, we spoke about why building sites are dangerous and that while they may look exciting, they really aren’t places to play.

“We discussed some of the dangers and then spoke about how construction workers and visitors to site stay safe, such as wearing Personal Protective Equipment and taking notice of warning signs.”

Hilary added: “We enlisted the help of Ivor Goodsite, the mascot of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and I think the children loved him - particularly when they helped Ivor dress their PE teacher, Mr Callaby, in safety clothing (pictured below right).”

The overall winning posters were created by Akif Kaya (EYFS); Daisy Collier-McCabe (Lower KS2) and Indi Edwards (Upper KS2). Runners up were: Ruby Day, Amelia Dreiskina, Angel Hayden, Nina He and Damian Sudnickis (EYFS); Aiden Bellars, Callum Blake, Arina Borscevska, Lucy Lyall and Darija Milevskaja (Lower KS2); and Amelia Hunt, Ellie Jones, Nikola Makowska, Vanessa Pham, Emilijus Sopa, (Upper KS2).

Eastgate Assistant Principal and Head of Lower KS2, Jackie Rutter commented, "Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the construction trade and the importance of health and safety on site. We are grateful to Chalcroft for this opportunity."

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