1. What have we achieved this year?
We have worked hard to raise the importance of road safety with all year groups. Parking Problems: This year, we have been trying to prevent people from parking in the staff car park and parking in dangerous areas. We have made signs for the school entrance, sent letters home, spoke to parents and contacted the police. The JRSOs have noticed that less cars now park at the school entrance after-school.
Promoting Healthy Routes to School: We wanted more pupils to walk or cycle to school this year. We organised a bike-marking event with the police which received a great response from pupils of all ages. We hoped this event would encourage more pupils to cycle to school. We have also continued the Go For It card system. To make it more appealing, we chose particular prizes that we thought pupils would enjoy. The whole school took part in a Walk to School Week competition. All the JRSOs said that their classes enjoyed this competition. The P7s are also completing their Bikeability training organised by the JRSO group.
Road Safety: We spoke to the whole school at assembly to raise the importance of wearing high-visibility clothing whilst walking to school during the winter months. During the winter, we offered reflector stickers and badges as prizes for completion of Go For It cards.
2. What should we do next year?
Parking Problems: Most of the JRSOs felt that we should continue to remind parents not to park at the school gates, at driveways or at the bend. We are still having problems during nursery change-over times. We think we should send regular letters home and use notice boards to remind pupils to ask their parents not to park in dangerous places. P6/P7 JRSOs felt that the location of the noticeboard needs to be reconsidered because they do not see it very often. This is because they spend most of their time in the new building. It was suggested that we could have an upper and lower noticeboard displaying age appropriate information.
Danger of Mobile Phones: Lisa (Highland Road Safety) told the JRSO group that there are more accidents happening on the roads because of mobile phones. Older pupils are crossing the road whilst texting and not paying attention. The JRSOs felt that this is important and that the JRSO group should raise awareness of not using phones whilst crossing roads, particularly with P5-P7.
Road Safety Awareness: Lisa asked the JRSOs when they thought road accidents with pupils often occur. She told us that most accidents happen on a Friday and during August. As this is the first month back after the holidays, we felt it would be a good idea to have a road safety campaign during this month. This would involve reminding pupils how to cross roads safely (P1-P4) and walking/cycling home safely (P5-P7). As there will be a new intake of P1s, it is important that the JRSOs show the new pupils how to leave the school gates safely (making sure you see your adult, looking both ways before you cross the road, walking your bikes/scooters out of the gates safely).
More Nursery Involvement: We felt that we would like to get more involved with nursery pupils to encourage them to walk to school and to help teach them about being safe near roads. Lisa suggested that the older pupils could visit the nursery regularly to read road-safety stories (Ziggy) to the pupils and play road safety games. She also suggested that we could provide the nursery with charts to record when they walk to school.
Promoting Walking/Cycling to School: The JRSOs felt that the Go For It cards worked well this year and that we should continue the reward system next year. Lisa (Highland Road Safety) told us that we can now use wall charts in each classroom to record our Go For It points. The JRSOs thought that this was a good idea, but some still liked using their own card. Lisa is going to post new classroom charts to the school so that we can try them next year.
JRSO Training: Lisa told us that the council is trying to find funding for JRSO training. It is likely the training will be held in September 2013 if they secure funding.
This was our last meeting for the 2012-2013 school year. We think we have worked well together to raise the importance of road safety. We wish the P7 JRSOs the best of luck as they move on to high school. New JRSOs will be appointed next term.
Date of Next Meeting: August 2013