Pupils cel­e­brate on cal­en­dar de­ci­sion day

Rutherglen Reformer - - Switched On Scotland - Dou­glas Dickie

An anti- drink driv­ing de­sign won South La­nark­shire’s an­nual road safety cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion.

Ruther­glen schools in­clud­ing St An­thony’s and Fern­hill took part in a com­pe­ti­tion to cre­ate a cal­en­dar high­light­ing the im­por­tance of road safety.

Fern­hill pupil Fathima Bashir came out first in P7 sec­tion, with fel­low Fern­hill pupils Sarah Pater­son and Mor­gan Grier recog­nised as sec­ond and third place in the S2 sec­tion.

St An­thony’s Pri­mary School P2 pupil Leo Hugh­son Don­nelly’s de­sign came in sec­ond in the P1-2 sec­tion.

Over­all first place and win­ning de­sign came from S1 pupil Laura John­ston from Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary School in East Kil­bride.

The win­ning de­sign fea­tured a colour­ful street scene and the mes­sage “Don’t drink and drive if you want to sur­vive!”.

14,000 pupils from 105 schools took part in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, with a to­tal of 3085 de­signs sub­mit­ted for judg­ing.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s roads safety fo­rum chair Gra­ham Simp­son said: “It was great to see so many en­tries to this year’s cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion and the thought and ef­fort that goes into each and ev­ery de­sign is ap­par­ent from the wide va­ri­ety of im­ages and mes­sages sub­mit­ted.

“Judg­ing the com­pe­ti­tion is a really chal­leng­ing task and through­out the process all the names are kept confidential so there is no way of know­ing who has pro­duced what de­sign or even which school it came from.

“It was a tough choice but Laura’s de­sign came out as the well de­served win­ner and I would like to con­grat­u­late her and ev­ery­one else who took part.”

A judg­ing panel of South La­nark­shire’s road safety team, coun­cil­lors, coun­cil of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from XPO Lo­gisitics se­lect the top three in each cat­e­gory and pick the over­all win­ner.

Win­ners Fathima Bashir, Leo Hugh­son Don­nelly, Sarah Pater­son, Rachael McNamee, Grace Camp­bell and Mor­gan Grier with judges

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