In mid-August a Hout Bay Grade 5 boy, Vernio Hendricks, was swept off the rocks while playing with friends at the foot of the Sentinel.
This week WaterWise educator, Ernesta Swanepoel, went to the school to teach the children about water safety. The 40 minute lessons, given in the classrooms, included how to stay out of trouble while playing on the rocks ( why are rocks wet?… and never turn your back on the sea), who to call in an emergency and how to do bystander CPR.
The children listened carefully, are now better prepared to stay safe while playing, and have a plan in-case of an emergency arising.
A message from Jonathan Bezuidenhout, Deputy Principal: Sentinel Intermediate School to WaterWise:
Thank you very much for your intervention at our School. Both the Grade 5-6 learners and teachers found the sessions very educational and interesting.
The information was very relevant and practical and the majority of learners understood the importance of safety as they lost a friend earlier due to drowning.
Ernesta was great and please forward a special word of thanks on behalf of the learners and teachers. We really appreciate your dedication and interest in our school.
Please feel free to call the school in future as you endeavour on any new projects.
If there’s anything we as a school can do to strenghten your vision, please do not hesitate to involve us.
(Deputy Principal: Sentinel Intermediate School)