State’s South East students get smart with RAA on road safety
Tuesday, 6th Aug 2019
Scores of students from four South East primary schools will be in the driving seat to learn about road safety when RAA’s Street Smart Primary program pulls into classes this week.
Street Smart Primary is an engaging road safety presentation, featuring interactive activities to educate young learners about pedestrian, passenger and cycling safety, and is offered free to schools for students from Reception to Year 7.
RAA’s Street Smart Primary team this week is visiting Kongorong and Suttontown primary schools on Wednesday, Gordon Education Centre on Thursday and Yahl Primary School on Friday. The regional tour is part of RAA’s commitment to take Street Smart Primary to students at primary schools across South Australia.
RAA’s Senior Manager of Community Engagement, Ben Haythorpe said that RAA delivering the program directly to schools was part of the RAA’s long-term commitment to road safety.
“Young children can be especially vulnerable on our roads, unless we equip them with the road skills and knowledge they need to stay safe around traffic,” Mr Haythorpe said.
Students receive a 45-minute road safety lesson tailored to their year level, which an RAA Street Smart teacher works collaboratively with each class teacher to deliver.
“Early years students in Reception to Year 2 practise crossing the road safely, while students in middle years, (years 3 to 5) investigate ways to keep themselves safe as a pedestrian and when using wheeled devices,” Mr Haythorpe said.
“For senior years, the focus is on year 6 and 7 students learning to make safe choices on and around roads as well as using a STEM approach to improving school crossings.’’
The engaging program for students also gets the green light from educators, as it aligns with the Australian school curriculum.
“Statistics consistently show most fatal road crashes occur on rural roads, so it’s vital we drive home the safety message to our regional communities in the South East,” Mr Haythorpe said.
“We offer advice and additional resources to teachers, so they can provide follow-up lessons.
“And we also provide information for parents and caregivers, so they can continue to support their child’s road-safety-learning journey at home.”
In July 2018, RAA secured new funds for the program from government body, Lifetime Support Authority.
The welcome funding boost, in addition to the support RAA received from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, has lifted the number of schools participating in Street Smart Primary from 120 to 180 each year.
RAA is calling for the State Government to provide another $400,000 to extend the program to all South Australian primary schools to improve children’s road safety awareness.
Teachers interested in Street Smart Primary can visit raa.com.au or phone the Street Smart Primary team on 8202 8214 for 2019 bookings and educational resources.