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Buckie Community Alert Day set to make welcome return


By Alan Beresford

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AFTER Covid-enforced break of two years, the Buckie Community Alert Day is due to come roaring back next Tuesday.

Cycling was an activity enjoyed by the P7s at the 2019 Community Alert Day.
Cycling was an activity enjoyed by the P7s at the 2019 Community Alert Day.

First held back in 2011, the event, believed to be the only one of its kind in Moray, was the brainchild of highly respected and inspirational football coach, the late David 'Parro' Findlay. The aim since that first session has remained to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and to encourage youngsters adopt healthy, active lifestyles.

The Community Alert Day brings together all the P7 pupils who will be transitioning to Buckie Community High School for the new school year for a mixture of workshops and sports taster sessions.

Out of the Darkness Theatre Group will also be making a welcome return to the proceedings with a performance on the subject of kindness,

One of the organisers, Buckie Ladies FC manager Mel Smith, said she was delighted to see the event make its return after a two-year lay-off.

Buckie Ladies FC manager Mel Smith is looking forward to the return of the Community Alert Day.
Buckie Ladies FC manager Mel Smith is looking forward to the return of the Community Alert Day.

She said: "I'm just buzzing to see the Community Alert Day back, I can't wait.

"We've got around 135 P7 kids coming from schools between Cullen and Portgordon

"It'll be a chance to take on board a whole range of health and wellbeing messages – which highlight a few of the realities of life – and also try out some sports and activities.

"I think over the years it's had a massive impact and not only in terms of educational benefits.

"The kids are organised into the Houses they'll go into when they come up to Buckie High and it gives them a chance over the course of the day to meet their new peers and some of their new teachers, as well as get used to just being at the school."

The pupils will be divided into two two groups, with one heading outdoors to try and variety of activities, the other attending a range of workshops run by representatives of a variety of agencies, including the emergency services. After lunch, these groups swap over.

The event has had such an impact that it has been adopted as part of BCHS's formal P7 induction programme.


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