Midlothian pupils fired up by new project

Young Midlothian pupils worked with the armed forces and emergency services
Young Midlothian pupils worked with the armed forces and emergency services

Ten pupils from Midlothian have earned top honours thanks to their leadership, loyalty and team work skills.

The students were taking part in a new initiative funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme and organised in conjuction with the emergency services.

The youngsters spent five days with fire, police and army personnel to learn valuable life skill which will help them on the road to becoming well-rounded adults.

The project also helped to develop the students’ team swork, self confidence and communication skills.

During the placement opportunity, the pupils worked together on various exercises including shelter building, a mock fire rescue, and they also got their thinking hats on to help catch a fictitious criminal.

Councillor Owen Thompson, cabinet member for community safety, said: “This is the first project of its kind in Midlothian but it’s been such a success that schools are already queuing up to get more pupils onto the project.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people from across our communities, encompassing the army/veterans and civilian families to learn essential skills such as how to listen and take instruction and dealing with uncertain situations. And it’s all done outwith the classroom setting.”

Organised by the Midlothian Community Safety Team and Community Learning and Development, the project draws on the expertise of the army and emergency services and makes it accessible for students who often would struggle with discipline issues in the school environment.

Watched by parents, friends and family, the pupils were presented with special certificates by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Crew Commander David Hamilton.