Written by Karl Roberts
The whole of Year 10 learned how to save a life. The British Red Cross came to our school to teach us about first aid and how to save lives.
The training was presented by Youth Education Co-ordinator Sandra Maguire and it gave us the chance to discuss and
practise first aid techniques.
She taught us how to use a defibrillator, the recovery position and how to spot signs of medical problems such as
choking, a stroke or a heart attack.
The second half of the session was when we were split into teams of three and we were given a medical scenario to
We discussed how to treat a choking child, a head injury and a burn. We had to explain what we would do to help the
patient in each scenario and demonstrate how to care for a patient.
At the end, we were rewarded with an Everyday First Aid certificate by the British Red Cross.
I learned how to perform CPR and how to save someone’s life. Sometimes people find it uncomfortable to help a person who is in need, but, after doing this course, it has helped me think about how much I would and could do to help somebody, if I had to.