Students from Newquay Tretherras ‘passed out’ on Friday 2nd May at St Columb Community Fire Station.
The ‘Passing Out Parade’ marked the group’s completion of five days on the Phoenix Project Course. The 12 students from Newquay Tretherras, engaged in 30 hours of learning based around fire service activities aimed at enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.
The students gave a demonstration at St. Columb Community Fire Station of their new skills learnt during the week. They began by marching out in front of their families, Headteacher Mrs Sue Martin and Chair of Governors Mrs Sarah Karkeek, St. Columb Major Mayor Paul Wills and Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown.
Whilst on the course students gain 2 accreditations, a Level 1 ASDAN and a First Aid qualification that covers CPR and the use of a Defibrillator. All the modules to the course were documented through photographic evidence and supporting by statements written by the students.
Mayor of St. Columb Major, Paul Wills presented certificates and Brigade ‘Blue Caps’ to each student. Kaan Sezek was awarded the ‘Black Cap’, voted by his peers, for his outstanding effort and achievement during the 5 days.
Firefighter Charlie Philpott, who is senior instructor on the course said in his address to the audience, “This particular group have bags and bags of potential, they are a tremendous bunch and we look forward to working with them in the coming weeks.”
Headteacher Mrs Sue Martin commented, “We are extremely proud of the hard work these Tretherras students have achieved. It is really terrific to see the self-discipline and determination they have instilled in themselves.”
The 12 Tretherras students will continue to be involved in the Phoenix project in the coming weeks, where they will be experiencing a car crash simulation.