On 18 March we hosted the NRMA Science and Road Safety Show.  The show brought to life the science behind road safety in a fun and interactive way.  Many children wore their decorated helmets and all enjoyed watching the show, especially the raw egg used as a crash test dummy.  Important road safety messages were highlighted and parents had the opportunity to attend a parent workshop in the afternoon.  Thank you to the NRMA for providing this great service.



Thrilled about Road Safety Science

St Columba's Catholic Primary students Georgia Weynton (left) and Jack Denholnyz learn that a helmet is too loose if you can place more than two fingers through the strap.
St Columba's Catholic Primary students Georgia W (left) and Jack D learn that a helmet is too loose if you can place more than two fingers through the strap.
Year 1 student Solomon Tupou takes part in a Hovercraft simulation safety exercise.
Year 1 student Solomon T takes part in a Hovercraft simulation safety exercise.
Year 2 student Kathleen Dunkerley learns that a seatbelt needs to fit across your chest, and if your aged six and under, you should be in a booster seat!
Year 2 student Kathleen D learns that a seatbelt needs to fit across your chest, and if your aged six and under, you should be in a booster seat!
St Columba's Catholic Primary North Leichhardt students (left to right) Hamish Rose, Ava Lachevre and Gus King wear bright coloured helmets as part of NRMA's new Science and Road Safety initiative.
St Columba's Catholic Primary North Leichhardt students (left to right) Hamish R, Ava L and Gus K wear bright coloured helmets as part of NRMA's new Science and Road Safety initiative.

Safety and behaviour on the roads were the two most important things North Leichhardt students at St Columba's Catholic Primary School learnt about today.

The 193 students were fortunate to take part in a new Science and Road Safety Program provided by NRMA Insurance and Fizzics Education.

Despite the importance of the information session, you couldn't doubt the excitement the youngsters had for their interactive activities, where demonstrators from each organisation shared the safety and etiquette tips the children need to abide by.

Initiated by NRMA, the interactive workshops and experiments give the students a chance to discover the importance of safe passenger behaviours including preventing driver distractions, stopping at a safe distance, climbing out of a car's safe side, and fitting bike helmets safely, rules for using seatbelts and booster seats.

Principal Frances Stewart said that the primary aim of the program, together with the NSW Primary Schools PDHPE curriculum, is to make the important issue of road safety fun for children, while at the same time educating them through the physics of science about why safety equipment is important.

"NRMA are the experts on road safety, and they make it fun and interactive," she said. "The children are really engaged, and at the same time learn about why safe behaviour is really important."

Fizzics Education Science Communicator Nina Earl said that they were planning to visit 100 schools across NSW and the ACT in the next few months as part of the new program.

"We have already visited about 20 schools through the roadshow, using a wholistic approach to road safety by bringing to life the science behind the teachings," Ms Earl said.

Ms Stewart said the school was also running workshops for parents and she was expecting about 25 parents to come along.

"The workshop will be delivered by a science professional who will explain what parents can do to help their children stay safe on their bikes, including on their way to and from school," Ms Stewart said.

"It's the first time we have had NRMA experts visit the school and develop a fun and interactive way to warn us about road safety and its uses.

"The students also got the chance to design their own colourful helmets and learn about how safety equipment keeps us safe."

St Columba's is the third Catholic systemic school to be part of NRMA's new Science and Road Safety program. Students from St Christopher's Catholic Primary Panania and St Mary's Catholic Primary Georges Hall have also taken part.