Road Safety is the Big Winner in City Contest

23 August 2019

It was equal parts fun and learning when a group of students from Lake Gwelup Primary School visited the Constable Care Safety School.

Lake Gwelup Primary School won an excursion to the purpose-built complex in Maylands in a recent Facebook contest run by the City of Stirling. The ‘Constable Care Share and Win’ contest prompted dozens of entries from the local community.

Resembling a mini city, the safety school features a realistic lay-out of Perth streets right down to smaller scale buildings, a rail crossing and even a Transperth train station.

On Wednesday 7 August, the group of 56 excited Year 3 students from Lake Gwelup Primary School took part in the Safety School Experience.

With working rail crossings, functioning traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, the setting offered a hands-on opportunity for kids to learn about pedestrian, bicycle and public transport travel safety.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the City’s ongoing partnership with the Constable Care Safety Foundation was an invaluable opportunity to help deliver safety awareness programs to children, young people and families.

“The Constable Care Safety Foundation does a brilliant job,” Mayor Irwin said. “This excursion kept the students captivated throughout and brought important road safety messages to life, which would really connect with the kids.”

Before taking to the mini city streets on bicycles, students were welcomed by the City’s Youth Development Officer and a City Ranger who highlighted the importance of road safety, particularly in and around school zones.

Students then attended a presentation by Constable Care staff and took on the role of pedestrian, using iPad minis to solve realistic traffic hazard scenarios.

During the session, students said some of their ‘favourite things’ about it were stopping at traffic lights and finding out how roundabouts worked.

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