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Pupils in Ryde have been learning the art of rocket science thanks to an iconic rocket with an Isle of Wight link and a dash of grant funding.
The Black Arrow was the UK’s first satellite carrier rocket to successfully launch into orbit.
It was developed and tested on the Isle of Wight but will not be returning as its found a new home in Scotland.
But its history is being kept alive on the Island with a new project which is currently being tried and tested at Dover Park Primary School.
Behind the project is Councillor Michael Lilley, who said:
“It is fantastic the Black Arrow is coming back to the UK after 48
years to UK. I would have preferred it to have come home to the Isle
of Wight where it was built. We need to celebrate this wonderful
achievement. The Isle of Wight was Rocket Island from the 1950s to
1970s. It is fantastic that this National Lottery grant will enable us to
tell this amazing story in our local schools. I am a governor of Dover
Park School and the Year 5 children there are already designing a
Rocket Island school’s programme that will be rolled across the Isle
of Wight over the year.”
LISTEN: Dover Park Primary pupils give Isle of Wight Radio’s Lauren Roberts a lesson in rocket science
The project has also attracted the help of the Wight Aviation Museum in Sandown – which is where a Black Arrow replica has recently landed.Volunteers from the museum visit the school to carry out workshops which see the children get hands on with science and even build their own rockets.
Following the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Training and Community Response Services (ATCoRS) success in training of over 1000 people in CPR on Restart a Heart Day last October, the ATCoRS team has now adopted Island schools as part of their CPR guardian scheme and will kick start this year’s Restart a Heart Day (RSHD).
Starting on 20th May 2019 the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service will be the first UK (United Kingdom) Ambulance Service to commence 2019 RSHD celebrations.
The IW NHS Trust ATCoRS team will be providing free CPR training sessions throughout the year to Island school children in a pledge to help make every Island child a lifesaver. Brighstone Primary School will be the first school to receive their free CPR training on Monday 20th May 2019.
The ATCoRS will also be offering free CPR training at various venues across the Isle of Wight in support of Restart a Heart Day, 16th October 2019. More information regarding the training sessions will be published throughout the year on their website www.isleofwightambulance.co.uk
Louise Walker, Head of the ATCoRS explains; “We know first-hand only too well how important it is for people to learn lifesaving skills and we are thrilled to be part of the Restart a Heart Day campaign again.”
Victoria White, Head of Ambulance, IW NHS Trust said “We are proud to be supporting Restart a Heart Day again this year. We feel it is so important that people know how to recognise cardiac arrest and do not feel afraid to provide CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as it is proven that bystander CPR and early defibrillation greatly increases survival rate for an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately cardiac arrest can occur at any time to any one which is why the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service is passionate about educating our community and we are grateful to all the schools that have committed to our free CPR training sessions.
Dover Park Primary took part in Isle dance in February with a theme of ‘There is a commotion in the Ocean’. The dance was all about keeping the oceans free from litter.
It was an amazing experience for them and they gave an absolutely stunning performance winning certificates for Best Performance Skills and Best Costume, Hair and Make-up.
All the children were so well behaved on the day and we are extremely proud of them all.
To find out more about Dover Park Primary go to www.doverpark.co.uk