Published Monday, 10 December 2018
The winner of South Lanarkshire Council’s annual Road Safety Calendar Competition has been announced.
Aneesa Mohammed, from Lesmahagow High School, won the overall prize for her innovative design ‘Do you want to take lives by speeding whilst you drive’.
She receives £100, an individual trophy and her painting will be used as the illustration for the 2019 South Lanarkshire Road Safety Calendar. Lesmahagow High School will hold the Calendar Competition trophy for a year.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Roads Safety Forum, Councillor Julia Marrs, said: “Congratulations to Aneesa for winning this year’s competition – every year the standard of entries gets better and better.
“We found it very difficult to pick an overall winner but Aneesa’s design just had that extra eye catching appeal that ensured it was well deserving of this year’s award.
“I would like to thank every pupil in each school who took part in this year’s Calendar Competition.
“Their support and help ensures that the Road Safety Calendar Competition continues to be such a success.”
Around 15,000 children from 105 schools throughout South Lanarkshire took part in this year’s competition. Teachers were asked to send in the best five entries in each year category from their school, resulting in 3196 entries to South Lanarkshire Council’s Traffic and Transportation Section.
These entries where whittled down by the Traffic and Transportation Section and a judging panel of councillors, council officials and police.
Primary 1 and 2 pupils’ designs had to be based on ‘stop, look, listen’ for P3/4 the theme was ‘scooting or cycling to school’, for P5/6 it was ‘failing to look properly before crossing the street’, for P7 it was ‘a safe and sustainable school journey’ and for secondary pupils it was ‘careless, reckless and speeding drivers’.
The winners of each individual section were also rewarded for their designs and highly commended certificates issued to pupils whose artwork or road safety messaging stood out.
Photo shows Aneesa Mohammed, Cllr Julia Marrs and Lesmahagow High School Head teacher Richard McGowan.