We’re always looking for the right person for the right job at SIAPO. Most recently, the right person was 11-year-old Kyan Prince, who joined us for a few hours last month working with our Child Health and Well Child Tamariki Ora team.
The Year 6 Thorrington Primary School pupil, and son of our own ISSLA Facilitator Sonya Morice, brought with him enthusiasm and a fresh perspective as he completed a number of tasks relating to SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) prevention in the South Island. Kyan’s work also helped him to achieve a gold badge as part of his school’s leadership programme, which encourages students to offer their time to the wider community and reinforces the school values of empathy, responsibility, excellence, endurance and community.
After researching safe sleep and the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service, Kyan provided insight to determine how key messages around safe sleep can be improved and tailored for children and teenagers. He also packaged and sent promotional resources to each hospital in the South Island for Safe Sleep Day on 1 December.Kyan then discussed inquiry learning and how the tasks he completed at SIAPO around safe sleep for babies linked to what he had learnt in class about making a change to improve something. “As well as being able to learn, I had lots of fun too,” Kyan says.
Well Child Tamariki Ora Project Manager Anna Foaese says Kyan remained focused and completed all tasks at a high level during his time at SIAPO. “It was a real pleasure to have him come along and help us out.”