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Falmouth School girls excel at Phoenix Project: PICTURES
1:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Eleven girls from Falmouth School exceeded expectations when they took on the challenges of the Phoenix Project at the town’s fire station.
The year ten and 11 students took everything thrown at them during the five-day course and graduated at a passing out parade held on Friday afternoon when they showed off some of the things they had learned before an audience of parents, firefighters and school staff.
The girls had been put through their paces by firefighter Charlie Philpott, watch manager and senior instructor on the Phoenix Project, who said: “This is probably the best group we have had from Falmouth School.
“They all wanted to engage, learn and listen and even the stuff that was completely alien to them they have all given it a go. There were nails breaking, eye lashes drooping and mascara running, but they all carried on.”
The teenagers undertook a variety of challenges which ranged from marching and drill, to hose running and an encounter with the BA chamber when the girls had to don air-fed masks and negotiate the room with zero visibility – a task most found the most challenging.
They also received training in CPR and the recovery position and learned how to use a defibrillator which saw them all awarded with the Heart Start qualification. They ended the week of tasks with a day at BF Adventure where they took part in various team building exercises.
The girls’ certificates and project caps were presented by Falmouth’s mayor Geoffrey Evans who said: “It is fantastic that 11 started and 11 have finished – that doesn’t happen very often.”
One girl was singled out for special praise by her peers and presented with the “black cap.” Rosie Emmanuel was chosen by the other girls as the “backbone” of the group.
The Phoenix Project is run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and is geared towards students aged between 13 and 17 and aims to build confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.
Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Falmouth School have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme.
“We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills.
“The students have worked extremely hard to gain ASDAN certificates for improving their own learning and performance.”
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