Budding artists awarded prizes for safety posters

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News release: 07 July 2017

Posters on road safety and the dangers of cyber bullying have been created by the talented winners of a safety-themed art competition run for school children.

At the prize-giving ceremony:  Prize winners (left to right) Esme Cook, Mia Jewell, Nethen Shelton, Jac Mansell, Ollie Taylor and Oscar Fullard, pictured with the Mayor and representatives of the St Albans Community Safety Partnership.
The winners were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans at a special ceremony on Tuesday, 4 July. 

Children from local primary schools were invited to enter the competition after attending Crucial Crew events in March when they learned how to deal with everyday hazards. The safety sessions and the art competition are run each year by members of St Albans Community Safety Partnership.

This year more than 1,100 children from 28 schools were guided through real-life scenarios involving road safety, first aid and the dangers of alcohol. 
Representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and St Albans City and District Council gave tips on fire safety as well as cyber bullying.

The children then went on to create posters for the art competition covering a variety of topics on safety. The winners were:

• Mia Jewell from Grove Junior School, who produced  a poster on road safety;
• Esme Cook from Maple School, who created a poster on cyber bullying;
• Chaya Flatau from Maple School, who drew a poster about electrical safety;
• Oscar Fullard and Ollie Taylor from Garden Fields, who joined forces to create a poster about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia, said: “I was impressed by these talented young artists who have produced interesting posters with clear messages about safety.”

Prizes were also given to students from Oaklands College who helped deliver the Crucial Crew sessions. These were Jac Mansell, Nethen Shelton and Danielle Garman, who was unable to attend the presentation.

The Mayor added: “The students impressed the organisers by acting out role-plays about bullying and anti-social behaviour, helping to keep the children engaged and to get across safety messages.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia

Contact for the Mayor’s office: 
Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer 
Tel: 01727 819544 
Email: mayoralty@stalbans.gov.uk

Contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson, 
Senior Communications Officer 
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317 
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk 
www.stalbans.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StAlbansCouncil 

Notes:

The St Albans Community Safety Partnership is made up of various public agencies that work together to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. Members include:
  • St Albans City and District Council
  • Hertfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Hertfordshire Services for Young People
  • Hertfordshire Probation Trust
  • BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company
  • various local voluntary organisations
More information about St Albans Community Safety Partnership is available on the Council’s website.

Photo:
At the prize-giving ceremony:  Prize winners (left to right) Esme Cook, Mia Jewell, Nethen Shelton, Jac Mansell, Ollie Taylor and Oscar Fullard, pictured with the Mayor and representatives of the St Albans Community Safety Partnership.