Road safety sessions (Issue 12 2017)

Written on the 17 August 2017

Over the past two weeks there has been a particular focus on road safety at the Senior School. All Year 11 Students participated in two Road Safety Sessions.

Firstly, students attended a RAP (Road Awareness Program) conducted by the Metropolitan Fire Service. This session is perhaps the most powerful and thought provoking lesson that our Year 11 students witness this year. The session went through the cause, effect and trauma of road accidents. The story relayed by current Crows Footballer, Riley Knight, who lost his best mate in a car crash emphasised to students the importance of not taking risks on our roads.

After the session students provided feedback about their road use and the effect of the RAP presentation. Here is a snapshot of their responses:

  • Prior to the presentation, of the 273 students, 220 students nominated that they were RISK TAKERS and 5 nominated that they were TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE as drivers/road users prior to seeing RAP. After the presentation 272 students checked the box indicating they choose to be a RESPONSIBLE DRIVER/ROAD USER after participating in the RAP presentation.

Year 11 students participated in a road safety session conducted by the South Australia Police. This session, whilst having similar themes to the RAP program, focused more on driver education. Students were taken through the traffic laws that they need to comply with whilst a road user.

In addition to these student sessions, there was a RAP session held for parents on Thursday 3 August. The parent session, like the student session, was a powerful reminder of the trauma and effect of road accidents. Here is a snapshot of the feedback received after the parent session:

  • Of the 43 participants who attended the session, 40 participants nominated that they were RISK TAKERS as drivers/road users prior to seeing RAP. After participating in the RAP session, 43 participants checked the box indicating they choose to be a RESPONSIBLE DRIVER/ROAD USER after participating in the RAP presentation.

The feedback received from both the students and parents highlighted the importance of these sessions in developing our students (and our community) to be safe and responsible road users.

Alex Dighton
Director of Students

 

 

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