25 Schools from the Newry, Mourne and Down area took part in the local heat of the Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety Quiz, which was held at the Canal Court Hotel on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
St.Patrick’s PS from Hilltown came out on top by the narrowest of margins. Team members included Aoife Quinn, Shay Fegan, Meabh McPolin and Blaithin Shields. They were followed by Holycross PS from Kilkeel in second place and St.Bronagh’s Rostrevor who came third.
The top two schools will now compete against 20 other teams in the final which will take place at the NI Fire & Rescue Training Centre, Belfast on Monday 20th February.
The annual event, which is 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, including the full Newry, Mourne and Down council area.
The quiz is organised by Road Safe NI through their Newry & Mourne Road Safety committee 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.
The quiz was very much a team effort as the PSNI provided a quiz master and the PCSP provided high visibility jackets to all participants. 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.
Una Lawless, Principal of the winning team from St.Patrick’s PS, Hilltown said;
“We are delighted to win the Newry, Mourne and Down heat of the NI Road Safety quiz. It is extremely important that all of our children keep receiving the message about the importance of Road Safety in their lives. The School’s Road Safety Quiz is a very welcome 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 local business we are delighted to be able to support the NI 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.
I would commend the local road safety committee for their efforts in staging the event and look forward to other initiatives in the future.”
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