Pupils get arty in road safety banner scheme

Bay House School pupils who are the winners of the road safety competition, the designs are being made as banners. L-R Alice Owens 11 1st place with her drawing and banner from her design and Aofie O'Driscoll 11 holding her 2nd place design''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14916-1) PPP-140325-180526001
Bay House School pupils who are the winners of the road safety competition, the designs are being made as banners. L-R Alice Owens 11 1st place with her drawing and banner from her design and Aofie O'Driscoll 11 holding her 2nd place design''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14916-1) PPP-140325-180526001
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WITH a huge number of cars in the area, road safety is of paramount importance to schools as pupils walk from and to their homes each day.

Now three youngsters at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport, are teaching others about staying safe after winning a competition.

The three 11-year-old Year 7 pupils Alice Owens, Aoife O’Driscol and Annabelle Palliser, came first, second and third in the school’s banner competition.

The winning designs were picked out of around 320 entries with the trio winning prizes from Solent Cycles and Planet Ice in Gosport.

Richard Thomas is operations manager at Bay House School.

He praised all the pupils who took part in the competition.

‘There were many great designs and it was fantastic to engage pupils in such an important issue,’ he said.

‘I hope that this helps make a difference to pupils’ awareness of the dangers when travelling to school.’

He added there had been no ‘major’ road safety problems involving pupils at the school.

It comes as the school has been running a road safety postcard campaign, workshops, as well as a touring drama group visited the school about the subject.

Designs of the banners had to incorporate focuses on how to be protected, considerate, seen and also distractions while travelling in Gosport.

Alex Davison, a Hampshire County Council road safety officer, worked with the pupils.

She said: ‘Bay House is proactive in tackling travel concerns. It is particularly pleasing that staff challenge pupils who are cycling dangerously during regular road checks in the local area.

‘It was exciting to be involved with the banner competition.’

Councillor Peter Edgar is executive member for education at Hampshire and also Alverstoke ward councillor in Gosport.

He said: ‘People of any 
age have got to be aware on the road.’