Special visitors bring home danger of drugs

Year 10 students at Danetre School, took part in a drug awareness day, whilst Year 9 students had an Olympic themed day. 'Pictured are Jacob Bowers ( 14 ) & Michael Chanetsa ( 14 ) with WPC Inge Thatcher, PC Ian McDonald ( Police Dog Handling Section ) and his dog Billy
Year 10 students at Danetre School, took part in a drug awareness day, whilst Year 9 students had an Olympic themed day. 'Pictured are Jacob Bowers ( 14 ) & Michael Chanetsa ( 14 ) with WPC Inge Thatcher, PC Ian McDonald ( Police Dog Handling Section ) and his dog Billy
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PUPILS at a Daventry school got a shocking insight into the side effects of drugs at a special event.

Year 10 pupils from the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) took part in a drugs awareness day on Friday where they learned more about the effects of substances on their bodies.

This included a theatre performance entitled Gemma’s Wardrobe Workshop all about drugs as well as a special visit from the police and their sniffer dogs.

DSLV vice principal Liam Niland said: “We were looking for this day to have a big impact among the children and to try and teach them something that we can’t deliver during normal lessons.

“It is nice because we can also get in outside agencies like the police and people who work alongside drug addicts who are in a much better position to tell children about the true impact of drugs.

“They saw how a child looked after its mother had taken drugs during pregnancy, and the effect it had on future generations.

“I think that was probably the biggest shock for them. They saw first hand how dangerous they can be.”

Other events were also taking part across the learning village as part of the final curriculum enrichment day.

Pupils from Year Eight and Nine took part in an Olympic challenge while school trips were also organised.

Mr Niland added: “It was a great chance for some of the kids to have a go at sports that they would not normally do during the school term.

“It was a little bit restricted because of the weather but they were still able to take part.”

It was the fifth and final enrichment day held at the school and its success is something they will be looking to repeat again.

Mr Niland added: “We have not had feedback from all of the pupils yet but those that we have spoken to have said that they found it very useful.

“It is very definitely something that we would look to put on again in the future but obviously we are not looking to do an exact copy of this day, it will be something similar.

“The response we have had was the same as we had for an antisocial behaviour day which was also organised by the police.

“We have held these days for the last three years and the children always get a lot out of them.”