2nd July 2012
Local head teachers take top safety awards
Head teachers Lyn Boxall from Whiteness, and Marianne Raikes from Ollaberry have taken the top two prizes in a national health and safety training scheme.
They undertook the three-day Intermediate Occupational Health and Safety Course at Train Shetland in Lerwick, delivered by the Council’s Safety Manager Fiona Johnson and Safety Officer Steven Goodlad. Now Lyn has heard she’s been awarded the prize for getting the highest mark in Scotland in her final examination. Marianne – who took the course at a different time – is runner-up.
Lyn says she’s pleased to have won the award: “At the end of the day our first duty in schools is to try to keep children and staff safe. It’s something all of my colleagues take very seriously, and we have Fiona and her team supporting us to do that. As head teachers, we all lead very busy working lives and it can be hard to find time to fit in a course like this, but I can honestly say it was presented in such a way that it was interesting – even entertaining at times.”
Christine Ferguson, the SIC’s Director of Community Care Services, says “ I was delighted to hear that Lyn and Marianne had done so well, and would like to congratulate them on their achievement. This is an extremely important part of the Council’s commitment to health and safety, making sure that we are able to promote the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and our customers.”
Both Lyn and Marianne will be presented with their awards by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) at a special ceremony in Edinburgh on November 15th.