Pupils from Rosendale School in West Dulwich have turned the tables on their parents by becoming educators. Their lessons have centred around the dangers of bad and illegal parking outside schools with a poster design project launched under the banner of ‘Show you care – Stop elsewhere’.
More than 300 students aged 5 to 11 entered the competition and the standard of entry was exceptionally high. Judges took several hours narrowing down the competition before coming up with two winners from the infant and junior age groups.
Overall winners – 10 year old Millie Hunt (junior) and 7 year old Rachel Yates (infants) were rewarded for their efforts with a £20 voucher to spend on school equipment or books and a £5 voucher was awarded to the 12 runners-up.
The winning poster designs will be displayed outside the school gates as a warning to parents and carers dropping their kids off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.
Cllr. Andrew Sawdon, executive member for transport said; “Extra care needs to be taken when parking outside schools as irresponsible parking can put the lives of young people in danger. A parked vehicle can impair a child’s view of the road and on-coming traffic can have difficulty seeing children crossing between parked cars.
“This competition has been very successful in involving entire families on the dangers of improper parking, and the winning designs send a clear message to motorists that they need to park safely”.
Note to editors: Photo of the winners is attached. From left to right Simon Melluish (Lambeth Parking Services officer), Rachel Yates (infant winner), Millie Hunt (junior winner) and Susan Holt (Rosendale School Teacher).