Over 20 teams from the Newry & Mourne 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 1st March.
A team from St.Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen came out on top on the day by the narrowest of margins. The team included Aaron O’Neill, Aodh Murphy, Aodhan Donnelly and Sean Hand. They were followed by Dromintee PS in second place and Mullaglass PS who came third.
The top two schools will now compete against teams from across Northern Ireland in the final which will take place at the Fire & Rescue Training Centre, Belfast on Monday 14th March.
The local event was organised by the recently established Newry & Mourne Road Safety Committee and was the first of many initiatives the group are planning to run to promote road safety awareness, particularly with vulnerable road users like Primary School children.
The table quiz format ensured that the children learnt about road safety issues in a fun way. There was a mixture of serious messages, facts and figures as well as general knowledge questions. Each of the 84 children who took part received a certificate and were encouraged to share their experiences with their class mates.
Michael Madine, Principal of the winning team from St.Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen said;
“Whilst we are delighted to win the inaugural Road Safety Quiz. It is more 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 on its inception. It also lends itself very well for 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. Particularly as the Newry and Mourne area has been hit by numerous road tragedies in recent years.
Finally I would like to wish St.Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen and Dromintee PS good luck for the next stage of the competition.