Two Ballymena schools have qualified for finals of the Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety Quiz, following the Mid and East Antrim area heat held on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at the Adair Arms.
St.Colmcille’s Primary School came out on top. Team members included Amy McCambridge, Leon Convery, Luke Walford and Joanne McDonnell. They were followed by Ballykeel PS and St.Mary’s PS, Bellaghy.
The top two schools will now compete against 20 other teams in the NI final which will take place at the NI Fire & Rescue Training Centre, Belfast in February. The NI wide competition for P7 pupils received a major boost this year by being awarded a Department for Infrastructure Road Safety Grant. The grant means that the quiz will run across all 11 council areas for the first time.
The quiz is organised by Road Safe NI to promote awareness with primary school children, who are a vulnerable road user group. The table quiz covers road safety, road signs and general knowledge.
All children signed the Department of Infrastructure Share the Road to Zero pledge, took home a certificate and a road safety booklet. Following all heats, the questions will be made available to all Primary schools to conduct the quiz in their classrooms.
Mr Peter Kearney , P7 Teacher at St.Colmcille’s PS, said
“We are delighted to win the Mid and East Antrim area heat of the NI Road Safety quiz. It is vital that all children receive Road Safety education. The School’s Road Safety Quiz is a fantastic initiative and all involved should be congratulated. It also lends itself very well to implementation within schools and will provide a novel and interesting approach to reinforce and consolidate the important message of safety on our roads.
Tony McKeown from event sponsors CRASH Services said,
“As a Northern Ireland based business we are delighted to be able to support the Primary School Quiz. We are involved in accident management and breakdown recovery services, so we have a close connection with road users and we are pleased to get involved with road safety projects like this.