Maylands: St Columba’s students celebrate Constable Care Road Safety School’s first anniversary

St Columba's School students Koby Harbrow and Carter Robertson at the Constable Care Safety School in Maylands.
St Columba's School students Koby Harbrow and Carter Robertson at the Constable Care Safety School in Maylands.

THE Constable Care Safety School in Maylands has celebrated its first anniversary, after teaching road safety skills to 746 students from 17 schools in the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean.

The school, which opened on September 18 last year, provides a simulated risk environment incorporating streets, a rail carriage platform, road signs, pedestrian crossings and other road hazards that a child pedestrian or cyclist will encounter.

More than 8000 students from 154 WA primary schools have taken part in excursions at the school.

A Year 5 class from St Columba’s Bayswater were the first to visit the school and returned to celebrate the anniversary on October 3.

St Columba’s teacher Leesa Vinciullo said the whole experience was positive and reinforced the concepts outlined in the health curriculum.

“With child safety being such an important feature of our society, it really is so beneficial to have such an amazing facility for the students to attend,” she said.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble said road trauma was the leading cause of death for young people in WA.

“This is why we must teach children comprehensive road safety skills as early as possible,” he said.

“The Constable Care Safety School helps to reduce the number of young people killed or injured on WA roads by using a best-practise early intervention approach.

“The augmented reality component is especially exciting as it allows the students to practice facing hazards in a real-life environment, without ever being in danger.”