Waimate High School has won a national road safety competition run by Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD), beating out other schools from around the country.
The Kahoot competition, an elimination-style road safety quiz run over three weeks, was run in September.
A group from the school made it to the finals, before being named the grand prize winner at the end of last month.
As its prize, the school won an Automobile Association defensive driving course for up to 20 pupils and $150 worth of Caltex Star Cash cards and SADD merchandise.
Waimate High School principal Janette Packman said the school was thrilled with the win.
“I was delighted to hear of our winning the national road safety competition. I think this reflects the strength of SADD in our school and great organisation by the SADD students.
“The competition involved the SADD group telling students about the competition and inviting students to come along and participate during their lunch breaks.”
She said the school had a big focus on the SADD message – to keep young people safe on the road.
Waimate head girl Niamh O’Donnell is the leader of the school’s SADD team and one of the organisation’s 22 national leaders.
Earlier this year, she attended a workshop in Auckland for national leaders where they brainstormed and discussed ideas for Remember September, the national campaign to build conversations and awareness about the issues of dangerous driving.
Niamh and two other senior pupils, Kasi Van Kleef and Hannah Dungey, also attended the SADD national conference in Christchurch.
“We try to send two or three students to the national conference each year as it is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about SADD, to develop their leadership skills and their sense of civic responsibility,” Mrs Packman said.
“We have a group of students who are committed to SADD and have worked hard as a team to raise awareness.”
Like Mrs Packman, Niamh was delighted with the school’s Kahoot effort.
“This is pretty awesome for a small school to win this competition. It was great to have this opportunity to involve lots of students of all ages. The prize will go a long way to ensuring our school community is thinking about and practising safe driving.”