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Southern Water joins Crawley’s Junior Citizen to help teach young people life skills

Southern Water volunteers were delighted to be part of a two-week event that teaches young pupils about safety and valuable life skills.

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Justine Lewis teaching pupils.

The Crawley Junior Citizen, in its 29th year, finished on Friday and was held at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.

Nearly 1,500 Year 6 children from local schools attended the event and Southern Water’s ten-minute scenario emphasised why we need to save water and how everyone can do their bit at home. We also talked about our Unflushables campaign, which highlights the importance of not putting the wrong items down our sinks and loos.

Anwar Hossain talking to school children.

The event was organised by Crawley Borough Council and included presentations on electrical safety, air quality, consequences of crime, personal safety, fire safety, reducing waste wand the environment, to encourage responsible citizenship. 

Water Efficiency Assistant at Southern Water, Justine Lewis, said:

“All the Southern Water volunteers enjoy talking at this event as the children really want to learn and the event has a very positive vibe. Although each session is short, the schools are also given information packs from Southern Water to help with reducing water usage and related school curricula projects.

“This year, I noticed that the children are more informed about the reasons for reducing water usage and about not flushing wipes, which is great.”

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Junior Citizen is an amazing event because it teaches children practical skills that can help them to stay safe as well as showing them how to be a responsible person respecting the local environment of our town.

“I hope this event will continue for many more years teaching our local children useful skills in an interactive fun based way.”

For more details about the event, visit here: http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/PR_10543

For more information on our Unflushables campaign, please see: https://www.southernwater.co.uk/the-unflushables

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West Sussex refuses to support Crawley schools decision of NOT fining parents for keeping children absent

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September seems to creeping ever closer and with it comes the supposed return to school for children across the town.

But with the news that parents ‘must’ send their children back to school come the start of the new school year, also came the news that one head in paticular had gone on record to say he would not fine any parent who kept their child at home.

Head of St Wilfrid’s Michael Ferry was interviewed on breakfast television where he stated that he would not fine a parent. This then led to a whole debate about who was right and what the right decision should be.

Now West Sussex County Council has added to this furore by refusing to support a decision to not fine a parent made by any head teacher or school in Crawley.

In a statement a West Sussex County Council Spokesperson said:

“We welcome the plan for all children to return to the classroom in September after, what has been for many, a lengthy absence.

“We recognise that some children may be anxious about returning to school and will work closely with our schools to help them prepare children and build the confidence of parents  and carers in the plans for a safe and managed return.

“We will continue to work with schools to engage with and support parents and carers in getting their children back into school before considering issuing penalties for poor attendance. Issuing fines for non-attendance is always a last resort.”

The lack of apparent support from the county council shows an ever growing divide on decisions being made around the ongoing problems with the coronavirus.

Responding to the comments from West Sussex, Michael Ferry said:

“The guidance allows head teachers as far as they can to make local decisions to meet the needs of their school communities.  If one of those decisions happens to be that we are not going to fine people for something that isn’t their fault then I would expect the local authority to support the headteachers in doing so.

If only 10% turn up when we reopen then I would say I have failed because I have not got across the message about what measures we are taking to protect our students.”

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