St Mark’s Anglican Community School receives top honour for First Aid
St Mark’s Anglican Community School has received the highest level of accreditation and new status of St John Safe. The school campus is now one of the safest places in Western Australia to study and work.
St John WA’s St John Safe program recognises schools and organisations that are fully prepared for any first aid situation, through first aid training for staff and students, adequate first aid equipment, including first aid kits and defibrillators, and forward planning for emergency situations.
To achieve St John Safe accreditation, schools and organisations must go through an in-depth onsite assessment by St John WA, which is followed by a comprehensive list of recommendations detailing the necessary steps to become compliant to the measures outlined by St John WA.
In general terms, schools must have first aid training for staff and teachers, trained first responders available to assist in an emergency onsite, first aid kits stocked and ready to use, multiple defibrillators strategically placed around the campus and an ambulance activation plan.
The School has been working towards competency since 2019, taking on a series of St John WA recommendations that have seen St Mark’s recognised as a First Aid ready location.
St Mark’s currently has 180 staff and teachers who are trained in first aid, and its students participate in St John WA’s ongoing First Aid Focus training program. The staff partake in regular training to ensure they are consistently refreshing their skills, based on the requirements of their individual roles at the School.
The School’s onsite Wellness Centre, which is staffed daily by a registered nurse, is dedicated to keeping their first aid equipment fully stocked and up to date. There are now nine defibrillators available on campus, including external cabinets.
St John WA Head of First Aid Training and Equipment, Aaron Harding said being first aid ready is so much more than just having a first aid kit or a poster on the wall.
“Our goal at St John WA is to increase the awareness of first aid in the community, so that West Australians feel confident and capable in times of need and emergency,” Mr Harding said.
“Having schools like St Mark’s become St John Safe is a great example of the steps organisations can follow to better prepare themselves when it comes to first aid.”
St Mark’s Principal, Steven Davies said; “St John has prepared our School to really understand how to keep our staff and students safe and we’re proud to be St John Safe accredited”.
WA schools and organisations can book a St John Safe assessment with St John WA by calling (08) 9334 1233 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more information on the St John Safe Assessment here.