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Let’s be superheroes for Road Safety Week


Term 2: schools can get involved in Road Safety Week. Options include road patrol students dressing up and teachers trying out a new curriculum resource.

School students dressed as superheroes pose at a kea crossing.

Capes and masks will join the usual hi-vis vests for school patrol students in May as the country marks Road Safety Week.

Road Safety Week logo with a red heart.Running 15-21 May, the week has the theme Road Safety Heroes. This recognises everyone who works to make our roads safer or support people following a crash.

It’s also a chance for schools and communities to highlight the part we can all play in keeping ourselves and others safe on the road.

The week is coordinated by charity Brake New Zealand, with Waka Kotahi and Beca as key sponsors.

Now is the time for young people to dig around for colourful costumes and accessories, says Brake director Caroline Perry.

“We’re encouraging students on school patrol to dress up as superheroes for a day during Road Safety Week. It’s fun, it gets positive attention from the whole community, and it acknowledges the important work these students do helping their classmates get to and from school safely.”

The costume day was a big hit last year, when over 1000 schools, childcare centres, organisations and community groups registered to take part in Road Safety Week, running activities to raise awareness and share road safety messages.   

Logo saying Be a road safety hero.Everyone who signs up to take part in the week receives a free electronic action pack of activity ideas and resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets, posters and images for communications.

Road Safety Week(external link)

Sign up for your Road Safety Week 2023 action pack(external link)

New teaching resource

Waka Kotahi is marking the week by launching a new curriculum resource for Years 1-8.

Safe speeds around schools has 3 lessons about changing speed limits around New Zealand’s schools. It aligns to achievement objectives in Science, Social Sciences, and Health and PE. It includes adaptations for Years 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8 and features hands-on science experiments including using a home-made marble launcher.

The resource is written by Matt Boucher, a deputy principal with extensive science education experience. He suggests the resource be used either as a whole unit of work, or activities selected for one-off lessons.

Safe speeds around schools curriculum resource

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