YEAR 2 students from Glengarry Primary School were among the first in their area to experience the new Constable Care Safety School in Maylands.
The school is the first road safety education facility of its kind in WA, teaching children life-saving skills in a realistic urban environment complete with a fully-functional railway crossing, traffic lights, road signs and pedestrian crossings.
“It’s great to see the kids enjoying the safety school’s practical environment,” Year 2 teacher Lisa Dark said.
“It allows them to learn important skills while having fun.”
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble said few people realised road trauma was a leading cause of death for children in WA.
“The safety school will help to reduce the number of kids killed or injured on WA roads by using a best-practise early intervention approach,” he said.
“The best piece of safety equipment we can give our children is knowledge.”
While one group of students learnt to navigate the roads on bicycles, the other group of students acted as pedestrians and learnt to safely interact with hazards such as oncoming cars or fallen power lines, which are simulated using augmented reality.
“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,” Mr Gribble said.
“This gaming-style approach is very engaging for children and helps them retain these life-saving lessons.”