Teaching our tamariki to be lifesavers

Our fun, interactive and engaging schools programme teaches tamariki (children) how to be lifesavers in an emergency, how to avoid injury, and about becoming guardians of wellbeing in their community.

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Engaging and interactive

These fun learning sessions are taught by our Community Educators at schools, to a class or group of classes.

Life skills learning

Children learn how to respond to an emergency, and how to keep safe. Year 7-8 children also learn how to call 111, do CPR and use an AED.

Nationwide programme

We visit schools across the motu (country), teaching pre-school, primary and intermediate school children these vital skills.


How it works

The programme has been created with expertise from ACC, SafeKids Aotearoa, Civil Defence, CORE Education and Hato Hone St John. It's divided into modules and delivered at your school. Classes are between 45-90 mins.

Just select the module that fits your students' age groups and educational needs.

Responding to an emergency and keeping safe (Pre-school to year 8)

Using photos and stories to teach about emergency services, calling 111, and for older children, treatment of unresponsive patients and basic CPR.


Keeping safe (Year 0-8)

Knowing the dangers of falls and poisons, how to avoid injuries at home, school and other places.


Clued Up Camper (Year 5-8)

Basic patient assessment, checking for a response, first aid action in different situations, and recognising environmental dangers.


Is there a cost?

With support from our community there is no cost for participants. We are grateful to everyone who donates to us and helps us further our mahi in communities around Aotearoa.


Book for your school

If you’d like to book St John in schools, or if you have any questions, please send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

Other schools programmes  

Students and ambulance officer carrying a student on a stretcherPoipoia te Pitomata – Harnessing Potential

A fantastic five-day programme giving rangatahi basic first aid skills to respond in an emergency, and added confidence in themselves. 




Students and ambulance officer carrying a student on a stretcherWhatuia te Waiora | Weaving Wellbeing 

 A full-term programme, including 10 one-hour sessions, empowering our year 7 and 8 tamariki to be resilient kids and helping them to make life-changing differences in their communities.





 St John in Schools is celebrating teaching over 1,100,000 students


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