Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

Affordable housing specialist ensures Norwich school’s ‘disaster day’ is a big success

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Lovell - Lionwood Primary Disaster Day - 12/3/13A ‘disaster day’ at a Norwich junior school which went ahead with the help of city-based affordable housing developer Lovell turned out to be a huge success.

Around 40 Year 6 pupils, aged 10 and 11, took part in the event at Lionwood Junior School, organised as part of their studies into natural disasters.

The day began with parents telling youngsters that an earthquake had occurred and they had just 10 minutes to gather items to take to school that would help them survive over the next few days. At school, the children discussed the ‘survival kit’ that each pupil had selected and whether the items were sensible choices. The morning session also included a visit from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue team who talked to the children about their role and showed them the specialist equipment they use.

In the afternoon, the exercise continued with children told to imagine they wouldn’t be able to return home and given a task of making a shelter in the school grounds using tarpaulins, wooden poles and breeze blocks provided by Lovell and helped by Lovell health and safety advisor Paul Bocz and Lovell training administrator Jo Scott. Lovell also donated a time capsule which will be filled with articles written by children about the disaster day activities and kept at the school.

Year 6 teacher Hannah Kingsley says: “We wanted to help the children understand the impact of a natural disaster but to give it a local perspective and help them appreciate the impact that something like a volcano or an earthquake has on lives. The children had a great time and it was fascinating seeing the equipment they brought to school with them and to discuss how useful the items might be in a disaster. The pupils also enjoyed meeting the Search and Rescue Team and loved making the shelters, an exercise that involved them working together using team-building and problem-solving skills.”

Lovell training administrator Jo Scott says: “We are always keen to support community organisations and it was great to be involved with this creative event which enabled the children to think about the world around them and the situations and challenges that many people have to face. It was a lot of fun working with the children on the shelter-building and we were impressed with the thought they put into designing and building their tents.” Housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell, based in Thorpe Road, Norwich, is currently building new affordable housing at Holmes Close, Norwich, less than two miles from Lionwood Junior.


Photo Caption:  Lovell training administrator Jo Scott (back left) and health and safety advisor Paul Bocz (back right) with Lionwood Junior School pupils and the time capsule donated to the school by Lovell as part of the school’s ‘disaster day’.

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