Ararat primary school students are getting ready to tackle some serious road safety issues by developing a fun and innovative animated resource.

The project will be overseen by Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (CGLLEN) after it received funding through the VicRoads Community Road Safety Grant 2020/2021 Safe to School program.

The funding is designed to help address issues of safety around pick up and drop off times, create safe routes to school and encourage active transport to and from school.

CGLLEN Acting Executive Officer, Jane Moriarty, said Grade 5 and 6 students from Ararat West, St Mary’s and Ararat 800 primary schools would contribute to the shared project under the guidance of local visual artist, Hannah French.

“Students will work closely with Hannah to illustrate and animate a Safe to School resource which can be used to educate the wider community,” she said.

“This resource will be guided by survey data, feedback from teachers and a workshop facilitated by Victoria Police with the student group. Overall, it is acknowledging that road safety is a shared responsibility of the whole community.”

Ms Moriarty said CGLLEN had worked hard to find an innovative way to engage students in the road safety conversation.

“We will be approaching this project from a health promotion education perspective, looking to build awareness within the student cohort and wider school community on safe travel to and from school,” she said.

“We believe the level of student involvement in developing the resource will increase other students’ engagement levels with the final product as they will more readily relate to the content developed and presented by their peers.”

Ms Moriarty said Victoria Police recently delivered an engaging presentation to students, focusing on bicycle and scooter use, pedestrian safety, passenger safety and signage around schools.

Students will now work with Hannah French throughout Term 2 to develop their animations.

About Hannah French (https://hannahmfrench.com/)
Hannah French is a visual artist hailing from Natimuk. She works across many different disciplines, including production design and animation for theatre, production design for film, animation, projection, illustration, graphic design and most recently as the festival director of the Nati Frinj Biennale.

For further information please contact:
Jessie Newton on 03 5352 3266 or email media@cgllen.org.au.

PHOTO: Senior Constable Max Mudge and Leading Senior Constable Toni Chegwin from Wimmera Proactive Policing Unit talk to Ararat West Primary School students about local road safety.