Bryn scoops top prize in annual calendar contest

Monday, 14 December, 2020

calendar winning entryIt’s not just the elves who have been hard at work, thousands of children across East Dunbartonshire have been working hard on their entries for East Dunbartonshire Council’s annual Road Safety calendar competition.

Almost 5,000 children put pen, crayon and paint brush to paper to create a design for the calendar which is displayed in schools, offices and homes across the area to remind people to keep safe on and around the roads. Cllr Susan Murray, as Vice Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets committee, was given the challenge of selecting the winners in each year group and also the overall winner.

Despite some tough competition, it was a wonderfully cheerful image by Primary 4 pupil Bryn Papworth which was awarded first prize. His colourful drawing with the tagline “Seat belts keep you safe” will grace next year’s calendar.

An amazing 4689 entries, almost 200 more than last year, were submitted from 29 different schools across the area. Bryn’s artwork depicted a family group travelling in a car and all wearing their seatbelts while an animated sun gave a double thumbs up.

brynIn other years the winners have been presented with a certificate and a prize at a ceremony attended by Councillors. As with most things this year, the physical ceremony was not able to go ahead due to the ongoing pandemic, but Bryn was still delighted with his achievement.

Bryn, who is currently a pupil at Mosshead Primary School in Bearden but who attended Lenzie Meadow Primary when he submitted his design, said, “I got the idea for my picture from watching a video about seatbelt safety. I especially enjoyed drawing the children with their thumbs up... that was very tricky to draw.
“When I was told that I was the winner, out of thousands of other children, I felt surprised and excited. I'm looking forward to seeing the calendar and showing my family.” 

Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody, said, “Our annual calendar competition really gets children thinking about the importance of road safety while allowing them to express their creativity. The discussions which take place in the classrooms while they are working on their designs help to raise awareness of this vital issue in an enjoyable way. Well done to a worthy winner”

Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson, said, “For me, Bryn’s entry was everything that a good design should be; bold, eye-catching and with a simple, memorable message. I’d like to congratulate him and all the other winners this year. They are a credit to their schools.”

Bryn received £70 and a trophy. A first, second and third place winner was selected in each of the eight categories. All winners will receive a small gift and a certificate. First placed winners will also receive £25, 2nd placed winners £20 and 3rd placed winner £15. A further 10 entries in each of the eight categories were highly commended. Each of these children will received a small gift and a certificate.

Other themes in the competition and first place winners are detailed below:



Winner’s Name

Winner’s School

Primary 1

Holding hands

Sylvia Hamilton

Meadowburn PS

Primary 2

Stop think look & listen

Ariell Carey

Holy Family

Primary 3

Safer places to cross

Maryam Ali

Killermont PS

Primary 4

Seatbelts and car seats

Bryn Papworth

Mosshead PS

Primary 5

Be safe be seen

Nina Kennedy

Holy Family PS

Primary 6

Selfish parking in school zones

Erin Hutcheson

Westerton PS

Primary 7

Cycling safely

Meredith Harvey

Colquhoun PS


Road safety

Aiden Downey

Merkland School