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Return of the road safety heroes


Road Safety Week is back in Term 2. It’s time now to start telling your students to get their superhero costumes ready.

Road Safety Week banner.

Capes, costumes and lots of colour – a superhero theme day could be just the way for your school community to emphasise the importance of looking after each other on our roads.

Road Safety Week 2024 is a nationwide event running 20-26 May. That's Week 4 of Term 2 and every year plenty of schools and early childhood centres get involved.

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

Brake director Caroline Perry says the theme of the week is 'Be A Road Safety Hero.'

School students dressed as superheroes.Wednesday 22 May is suggested as a dress-up day for schools, though any date in the week is fine, she says.

This theme recognises everyone who works to make our roads safer or support people following a crash. Plus, it's a chance for schools and communities to emphasise the role everyone has in keeping ourselves and others safe on the road.

"We’re encouraging students to dress up as superheroes for a day during Road Safety Week. Students on school patrol often do this. 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."

Teachers can sign up to Road Safety Week to get a free electronic action pack of activity ideas and resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets, posters and images for communications.

Sign up for your Road Safety Week 2024 action pack (Brake New Zealand)(external link)

Webinar and newsletter

Caroline Perry, director of Brake the road safety charity, and Dawn Pollard, senior education advisor at NZTA led a webinar on 2 May 2024. Find out about other upcoming opportunities by subscribing to the newsletter.

Road safety education update

Latest resources

Teachers can download new-look road safety posters:

Road safety posters

School patrol students and supervisers can watch a new training video spoken in te reo Māori. Thank you to the staff and students of Te Puāwaitanga, Birkdale Primary School. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. You are all heroes.

Te katua kura (school patrol video in te reo) 

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