Life at KES

Making the Right Choices

Posted on: 11/02/2020

Knowledge and understanding can be the first steps for young people to make the right choices in life and two events this half term aimed to present some of that knowledge.

As part of Operation Sceptre, Essex Police are working to detect and prevent knife crime in our local area. Alongside enforcement, the Police, Southend Council and various charities are treating knife crime as a community issue which we must all work together to tackle, citing members of the public as their greatest sources of information.

KES has been able to arrange for Essex Police to come into school to talk about this crime with our students. Several officers were available to raise awareness of the dangers of becoming involved in knife crime and our community responsibilities and they also erected knife arches to demonstrate the processes used to check for knife possession.

This week, N-Act, a theatre group who visit schools with their topical performances on issues affecting young people performed their play, Friends for Years 8 and 9. This covered the topic of gangs and gave the students the opportunity to see a powerful enactment of the dangers of becoming embroiled in gangs and breaking the law. Students had the chance to interact with the performers, asking questions and acting as jurors in the concluding court case.

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