Two County Down schools have qualified for finals of the Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety Quiz, following the North Down & Ards area heat held on Monday 6th February 2017 at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel.
Glencraig Primary School came out on top, followed closely by Ballymagee PS and Greyabbey PS.
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 and took home a certificate. Following all heats, the questions will be made available to all Primary schools to conduct the quiz in their classrooms.
Mrs S McKirgan Principal at Glencraig PS, said
“We are delighted to win the North Down and Ards 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.
Terry Malcolm, Chairman of North Down & Ards Road Safety Committee commented,
“The quiz is a great event for the kids in the area. We believe that the earlier that they get information on road safety the safer they will be and they will carry the message throughout their lives. We would like to thank all who helped including Translink for the gifts for all who participated and all teachers and parents for taking part and to all the committee volunteers who helped out”.
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.”