Road safety taught to stu­dents

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

UR­SULA Frayne Catholic Col­lege Year 4 stu­dents were among the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the brand new Con­sta­ble Care Safety School in May­lands.

The Con­sta­ble Care Safety School is the first road safety ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity of its kind in WA and the stu­dents vis­ited on Septem­ber 19.

It teaches chil­dren life-sav­ing road safety skills in a re­al­is­tic ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, com­plete with a fully-func­tional rail­way cross­ing, traf­fic lights, roads and build­ings.

Teacher Daniel Gal­lanagh said the school was a fan­tas­tic re­source and they would come back every year.

“The aug­mented re­al­ity is re­ally im­pres­sive, it helps keep the stu­dents en­gaged,” he said.

“It’s also a good op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise with dis­trac­tions, and make sure they pay at­ten­tion to their sur­round­ings.”

Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said few peo­ple re­alised that road trauma was a lead­ing cause of death for chil­dren in WA.

“The Con­sta­ble Care Safety School will help to re­duce the num­ber of kids killed or in­jured on WA roads by us­ing a best­prac­tice early in­ter­ven­tion ap­proach.

After all, the best piece of safety equip­ment we can give our chil­dren is knowl­edge.”

Ur­sula Frayne teach­ers Bec Clarke, Daniel Gal­lanagh and Son Nguy with stu­dents Penny Garter, Milla Boros and Timothy Green at the Con­sta­ble Care Safety School.

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