City award for students’ lesson on road safety

Published on Friday 23 November, 2018

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A near tragic road accident, which set a group of students on a road safety mission, has earned Caladenia Primary School this year’s Safe City Community Kids Award.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst, who today presented the award at Caladenia’s school assembly, praised the students’ initiative for spreading the road safety message.

“Earlier this year, Caladenia Year 6 students Denver and Ronan made road safety a community priority after Denver’s younger brother was seriously injured when hit by a car,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“The boys, with the help of their classmates, gave a presentation to the school community and local police about the need for every road user to be responsible for safer roads.

“I was also there and it was terrific to see young people showing strong leadership and doing something positive for their community – it even gained media attention,” he added.

“Their initiative connected really well with the City’s school parking forum, which we hosted in March to address safety concerns and congestion around local schools. Their actions provide a great example of what can be achieved.”

Caladenia Primary School Deputy Principal Robert Smyth said the students’ road safety project involved a range of measures to highlight road safety.

“They obtained ‘slow down’ bin stickers from the City of Gosnells, invited Canning Vale police officers to address students about road safety and met with Southern River MLA Terry Healy to discuss their ideas for changes in road signage and attitudes to driving in the community.

“The school’s P&C also became involved, with members monitoring the Kiss and Drop zones at Caladenia on a regular basis.

“All of this has led to greater safety for local children and our school is very proud of what Denver, Ronan and the Year 6’s have achieved,” Mr Smyth said.

The two remaining Safe City Awards will be announced at the City’s 2019 Australia Day celebrations, with presentations to the winners of the Community Initiative Award and Constable Peter Ball Memorial Youth Award.

For more details about these awards, please visit the link below or call 9397 3000.