The Bee Safe initiative buzzed back into the borough on Monday, May 13 with hundreds of P7 pupils gathering at Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre to learn important lessons about social awareness and personal safety.
The yearly event, organised by Newtownabbey PSNI’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, saw over 940 final year pupils from all 28 local primary schools participate in the interactive social learning experience during Bee Safe Week (May 13 - 17).
Bee Safe uses role play and real life scenarios to teach 11-year-olds social awareness and safety skills. Throughout the week local police, along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Women’s Aid, Northern Ireland Electricity, Department of Regional Development Road Safety, Newtownabbey Borough Council Environmental Health and Translink, instructed pupils on a variety of safety issues, giving them the necessary skills and information to help keep themselves safe.
The funding for the event was provided by Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, and the transport supplied by Translink, with support by Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department.
Area Commander, Chief Inspector Stephen Reid said this year’s Bee Safe event had been “a wonderful success”.
“Our intention is to inform our children about the potential dangers that they may encounter and equip them with skills to help keep themselves, their friends and family safe.
“Police officers spoke to the children about the importance of making good life choices specifically regarding behaviour and personal responsibility. Our colleagues from the other agencies demonstrated how to keep safe in the home, with fire, electricity, on the roads and on public transport. Our thanks once again go to Newtownabbey Borough Council Environmental Health, and Newtownabbey Police and Community Safety Partnership for their support.”
For more information about the Bee Safe initiative, contact Constable Brian Herron on 0845 600 8000.