Pupils' films are a lesson in road safety

St Scholastica's Primary School

Safety-smart pupils from Hackney's schools walked away with prizes in a short film competition aimed at helping protect their peers when on the move.

A sleek action film-themed ‘Arrive Alive’ short by St Scholastica's Roman Catholic Primary School, Kenninghall Road, Clapton, viewed 455 on the Hackney Council’s YouTube channel, took ‘Best Overall Film’ as judged by a panel of StreetScene managers.

Princess May Primary School, Princess May Road, Stoke Newington, racked up an impressive 580 views with its movie ‘Cross Like A Boss’ which educated youngsters on the wrong and right ways to navigate the road, winning the ‘Most Watched’ award.

Both schools will receive a free workshop and the pupils that took part in filming will get a goodie bag.

The competition was part of the Council's Safe and Smarter Travel film competition, designed to bring together everything schools have learned about road safety and sustainable travel this academic year.

Highlighting the dangers of texting and listening to music while crossing the road was the focus of third-place St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School, whose film was watched 167 times.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council
The films are of an excellent standard and a real credit to the schools who took part in this worthwhile competition. The pupils have clearly got to grips with many of the road safety lessons being taught by the Council's dedicated safety officers. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council

As well as looking at road safety, the films also examine the benefits of walking or cycling to school.

Most primary schools in the borough have Junior Road Safety Officers, who champion road safety in their schools by talking in assemblies, running competitions and sharing information with classmates.

All local authority schools in Hackney also have a School Travel Plan, which encourages pupils to walk or cycle to school.

Hackney’s team has overseen a reduction in car use on the school run this year to a new low of 8.2% compared to 18.5%.in 2007-08.

To view all the films, go to www.youtube.com/user/hackneycouncil

For more information, contact STA@hackney.gov.uk