Sheffield pupils help drive home school safety message

Nedwa Al-Gulaidi, Year 8 pupil at Fir Vale School, Sheffield with her winning design for road safety poster
Nedwa Al-Gulaidi, Year 8 pupil at Fir Vale School, Sheffield with her winning design for road safety poster

SAFETY-CONSCIOUS schoolchildren from across Sheffield have united in a message to motorists to obey the rules of the road.

‘Slower speeds equal happy people’ was the motto adopted by hundreds of youngsters who joined the campaign to improve road safety outside schools.

Sheffield Council’s road safety team asked pupils from 13 primary and seven secondaries to design posters to encourage drivers to slow down as part of charity Brake’s awareness campaign.

The competition was the culmination of the council’s three years of work in schools, which focuses on the transition of pupils preparing for or just starting senior school.

The Star and South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s It’s Your Child campaign has highlighted the dangers of irresponsible driving and parking near to the city’s schools.

Entries were put on display to members of the public at the Winter Garden.

Nedwar Al-Gulaidi, a Year 8 pupil at Fir Vale was crowned winner for her Don’t Be a Fool – Slow Down Near School design.

Margaret Naylor, road safety officer at Sheffield Council, said: “In Sheffield,many primary schools have junior road safety officers in place.

“These are mainly Year 6 pupils and they work with their teachers in school and are encouraged to run various activities for their school throughout the year, such as this competition, as part of the Junior Road Safety Scheme.

“The road safety department sends out a newsletter each half-term with a theme and some ideas for activities in school

“In the 11 to 14 age range, when pupils are increasingly making more independent journeys, the Road Safety team are working, alongside colleagues from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, to raise pupils awareness of road safety issues and pupils are encouraged to take part in our Brake Road Safety Competition each year.

“The idea behind the display is that it gives a strong message to our school pupils that their work is valued and their views are being heard.”

Nedwar, who won a shopping voucher, said: “The project was good because if you can help people to slow down near schools and hospitals it will keep the children safe from road accidents.”