Pupils achieve first aid qualification

The pupils who undertook the courses
The pupils who undertook the courses

Senior pupils at Brechin High School have successfully completed an emergency first aid course - earning a three-year qualification.

The pupils undertook a St Andrews Emergency First Aid and a Heart Start – Emergency Life Support course which, aside from giving them a qualification, has also enabled them to take their Duke of Edinburgh award further.

Sarah Hodge, Jenna Smith, Orianne Moffatt, Kaitlin Spence, Tirzah Ellen, Sarah Howe and Nadia Anderson have also been able to use their new found knowledge to help teach others.

A Brechin High School spokesperson explained: “This has also given the pupils the chance to assist teaching 122 local primary school pupils the Heart Start programme.

“All 122 pupils achieved a pass due to the help of the senior pupils and staff.”

It’s not just pupils who have undertaken the training, with several members of the high school staff successfully completing the course.

High School rector, Mr Bathgate, was joined by Mr E. Farquharson, Mr P. Flood, Mrs A. Govan, Mrs H. Gove and Mrs J. Gregory in completing the training to help pupils achieve their Duke of Edinburgh award.

The spokesperson explained: “They were trained so they could train and assess the pupils participating in the hill walking section of the Duke of Edinburgh award. All of the staff successfully passed and were awarded an Explorer Medicine Certificate.”

The Duke of Edinburgh award gives all young people aged 14 to 24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. There are three levels to the award - bronze, silver and gold - with four sections to complete at bronze and silver, and five at gold.