The Road Safety Authority interactive shuttle bus visited Bush Post Primary School during Road Safety Awareness week. The main aim of the visit was to raise awareness about the importance of road safety and to provide students with the opportunity to experience real life dangers on the road by using simulators. Students had the opportunity to test their brake reaction time and drive a car through a town to test their hazard perception skills. They also used the motorbike and bicycle simulator and tried the driver theory test.
Students sat into a car and were instructed on how to secure a seat belt properly. They then experienced the car rotating into an upside down position. They had to rely on their seat belts to hold them in firmly while sitting in the car when it was flipped over. The instructors explained the technique of opening a seat belt in order to escape from a car in the event of it ending up in an upside down position.
What some of our students said:
‘The seat belt in the car is designed to save your life and I now realise how vital it is to fit and tighten it correctly in order to save your life’.
‘We got a great opportunity to completely rotate in a car and this showed us how we depend on our seat belts to hold us in. We were also told about the air bags and how they push you back into your seat to protect you’.
‘It is much easier to crash or hit a pedestrian on the road than you would think. My reaction time is slower than I thought it would be’.
‘The interactive technology such as the simulators and brake reaction speed device were great and the car and bike simulator were very realistic with different terrains and conditions such as fog and snow to choose from’.
‘I will be a lot more cautious and watch the road, other vehicles and pedestrians in the future’.
This was a terrific interactive educational road safety experience for our senior cycle students.
On Tuesday 15th March, Bush Post Primary celebrated Proclamation Day by raising the Irish tricolour flag, the Cumann na mBan flag and the Sunburst flag (Irish: An Gal Gréine) which is a flag associated with early Irish nationalism. All staff and students gathered at the front of the school to witness the 1916 proclamation being read by Evan Cronin, Justine Duffy, Megan Roddy and Cian Duffy. A modern version of the proclamation was also read out by first year student, Aoife Lynch. This was followed by the Irish National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, being played on the bagpipes and the raising of the three flags.
As part of the 1916 celebrations in Croke Park, on Monday 7th March, Henry Malone, Ellen Ballentine and Luke Finley were presented with a copy of the proclamation and a national flag on behalf of the school community.