What: On Friday, 13 October Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is joining forces with North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS), Resuscitation Council UK, British Heart Foundation and local fire services to help create the next generation of lifesavers.
Restart a Heart Day is a UK wide initiative which aims to train at least 200,000 secondary school students up and down the country in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. In the North West alone, the aim is to train 20,000 of those students and Altrincham Girls’ Grammar can’t wait to be a part of this fantastic campaign.
The life-saving lesson will teach pupils how to recognise a cardiac arrest and how to provide urgent help by doing effective CPR and using a defibrillator.
Currently in the UK less than one in ten people who suffer a cardiac arrest will go on to make a recovery – a worrying figure given the fact cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time, in any place.
The aim of Restart a Heart Day is to create a nation of lifesavers so that, hopefully, anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest is given the best possible chance of survival.
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On the 2nd July 2017 8 pupils from years 9-11 from our school attended a conference at Withington High School, representing 2 countries: Brazil and Spain. Throughout the day, we each had 2 or 3 resolutions which we could debate within our individual committees, then we had a joint committee meeting where we could debate similar resolutions with other delegates. Everyone who attended from our school spoke with points of information, submitted resolutions and did very well representing their country.
In general, the day went very smoothly and it was very helpful for all the newcomers who hadn’t attended a conference before. The chairs of each committee were very supportive and encouraged everyone to suggest different points of information. It was a very interesting day and some resolutions that were proposed were very silly and comical to debate which made the atmosphere very energetic.
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