I promise to serve West Midlands Police as a Junior PCSO with integrity and honour.
I will try my best at all times to be honest and trustworthy and to help everyone that I meet.
Our Year 5 and 6 PCSOs have completed their training and attended the award ceremony at West Bromwich Town Hall; they are now fully fledged Safeguarding Champions.
A Safeguarding Champion will be another person for children at our school to turn to if they are feeling worried or anxious. The training that the children have received equips them to respond appropriately to any child who shares their worries with them. The children will be able to signpost the child to the right adult.
Alicia from Litter Watch has made these great doggy poop dispensers. She has recycled an old plastic bottle making it into a doggy poop bag dispenser for local dog owners. The children from the PCSOs helped her to put it up near our school to encourage the owners of dogs to clean up their dog mess and then pop it into the dog poop bins.
Look out for the dispensers and the Banksy style 'clean it up' signs on the pavement that have appeared near our school. How many can you count?
Abbey Junior PCSO Litter Watch Champion Exercises and Parking Patrols for Spring Term 2019
As part of your child's PCSO programme we have a number of exercises for the Spring Term 2019. We are continuing with our regular parking patrols and supporting the school and local community with Litter Picking and education about litter. The dates of these events are included below.
We are proud to announce that the Abbey Junior PCSO programme has been nominated for two awards, in recognition of the hard work of its members and the impact on the community. The first nomination is the West Midlands Police, Diamond Awards and the second is Smethwick Community Awards 2019. We will let you know how we get on!
A photographer is coming to the school on Thursday 14th March to meet the PCSOs on their Safer Parking Patrol and take some photographs of them in action. We will start the patrol at 8.30am.
The PCSOs have ordered some great signs and banners that will help our safer parking message. We have taken delivery of them last week so please look out for them on our safer parking patrol days
Dates for Litter Watch Champions:
Dates for Parking Patrols:
We would love all of our PCSOs to be involved and don't forget to visit the website to see the pictures of the events.
On Friday 15th March the school was invited to the Smethwick Community Awards 2019 - Honouring the people and organisations that go the extra mile. The schools’ Junior PCSO Programme were finalists in the Partnership Working Award - for working together to make a positive impact on Smethwick. We are delighted that we were runners up and were presented with a glass trophy to proudly display at the school.
Thank you to all the children, parents, staff, West Midlands Police that make this wonderful programme so effective in our school and community.
Congratulations to all the Finalists which included the Mothership Befriending Playgroup, ran by a group of Abbey parents. And the winner of the Community Special Award, Karl Blick who was recognised for life long service to the Smethwick Community.
Mrs Flanagan and the Abbey Junior PCSOs were nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Thank You Award. This is an award for an individual or group who have worked with the police, providing assistance through local initiatives.
'Three years ago, Smethwick Neighbourhood Policing Team invited Abbey Junior School to set up a Junior PCSO programme to tackle parking problems around the school. Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Tracey Flanagan keenly took up the challenge an since then the programme has gone from strength to strength.
Tracey attended every session of the six-week Junior PCSO training programme and enthusiastically support the project by reinforcing learning the school around road safety, car safety, the environment, first aid and citizenship.
The Junior PCSOs fully embraced the programme and now not only tackle inconsiderate parking around their school, but work with partners to run speedwatch campaigns. The team even hold the proud title of 'Abbey Litterwatch Champions.' The school's commitment to improving the local area and raising responsible citizens of the future is to be commended'.
We made it to the final three and both Mrs Flanagan and Mrs Meek were invited to represent the school at the award ceremony. We were delighted to be recognised for our hard work and sat on table one with the chief of police and other distinguished guests. The children all received Diamond Award sweet treats and certificates!
The children met with Karen and Sam from the Sandwell Road Safety Team to consider why we should wear seat belts and how to use car seats and booster seats safely. The children would then be asked to present this information in an assembly to help share the advice and guidance; keeping others safe.
The activity started off with a team building and peer pressure exercise, which the children took part in enthusiastically. Then followed information about the law around seat belts, car seats and booster seats. The children made a power point using the information that they had learnt and presented this to the children in an assembly.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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