MAGS students teach road safety

November 15, 2017

Moama Anglican Grammar's Ida Storgaard and Maddy Watson get to work building a road safety training course

SECONDARY students at Moama Anglican Grammar School have been brushing up on their construction skills while passing on valuable road safety tips.

Year 9 and 10 physical activity and sport studies students have been teaching practical skills while year 10 PE students have been teaching theory.

All primary students have had the opportunity to participate in bike riding around a custom-built course.

Kinder to grade two students have been undertaking theory lessons.

Lessons being taught include general road safety, traffic rules, bike riding skills, correct helmet fitting and defensive riding skills.

The school received a $2000 grant from the Association of Independent schools NSW to look at improving the teaching of road safety.

And through the Australian Government’s sporting schools program, the school also received a further $3000 to purchase equipment.

Teacher Greg Cadd said the school was fortunate to receive heavily discounted equipment from On Your Bike Echuca.

‘‘Students designed the course and gave the plans to our groundsman, John Pearce and head of maintenance, Dean Walton who mowed it,’’ he said.

‘‘Students then constructed road signs and with the help of our trainee, Sam Martin, put it all together. ‘‘We hope this program makes a difference in safety for our students when they are out and about. Whether they are future road users, pedestrians, or bike riders.’’

Mr Cadd said the program had been a huge success and had given secondary students a chance to develop leadership skills and hone their own road safety skills.

‘‘Primary students can be a tough audience so it gets our secondary students to think on their feet,’’ he said.

‘‘The program also gives both our primary and secondary students a connection to each other so that they keep in contact and look out for each other, whether in or outside school.’’

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