Children from three Portsmouth schools celebrated their achievements in road safety at a special 'Champions of Champions' event on Friday. Hosted by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, and supported by Portsmouth City Council, the event took place at Winchester Fire Station and gave schools the opportunity to share progress made towards achieving their 'Modeshift Stars' award.
Children from Copnor Primary, Flying Bull Academy and Highbury Primary were joined by Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) from other Hampshire schools. Together they learned how to stay safe on our roads, and found out more about the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the role they play in keeping people safe.
The JRSOs kicked off the day's activities by presenting the work they have been involved with to achieve their 'Modeshift Stars' award. Modeshift Stars is a national awards scheme, and through their excellent efforts all Portsmouth schools are well on their way to achieving their bronze certificate.
Flying Bull Academy presented a road safety song and video they have recorded, and held training sessions with children in year 2 to raise awareness about road safety.
Copnor Primary School held a 'Glow Day' fundraising event where children wore their brightest, most visible, accessories. The event raised £500 towards scooter storage as a way of encouraging more children to scoot to school.
As well as campaigning to keep their school gates clear, children from Highbury Primary School studied how children travel to school by conducting a series of surveys. The results showed an increase in active travel and a decrease in car use since starting their JRSO activities.
After the presentations the children experienced a staged crash scene investigation, were tested on their road safety knowledge and enjoyed a tour of the fire station - complete with a fire-hose demo!
Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "I'm really proud of what the children have achieved today. They've worked extremely hard towards their accreditation and have done so well in all the events that have taken place throughout the day.
They are fantastic role models for their schools and I'm sure that their contribution towards encouraging safe and sustainable travel to school will have a really positive impact on children's and parents' travel habits now and in the future."
Modeshift Stars is a national award which recognises schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable transport.