It’s all child' play for Road Safety Calendar winner

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016

It’s all child’s play for Erin Boyle, a Primary 1 pupil at Woodhill Primary School, who is the winner of East Dunbartonshire Council’s annual Road Safety Calendar Competition.

With an amazing 4,326 entries from 33 different schools across the area, competition was stiff but Erin’s excellent message and design to encourage young people to stay safe when crossing roads by holding hands caught the imagination of the judges. The slogan “Stay safe, hold hands” was accompanied by images of brightly coloured cars and a family holding hands as they cross the road at a zebra crossing.

Erin’s design was on the ‘Holding Hands’ theme and it will now feature on thousands of calendars that will be distributed across East Dunbartonshire to remind people of the very important road safety message.

To commend her winning entry, Erin and a number of other pupils whose drawings were chosen as the best in their age range were presented with their prizes at a special event at MacGregor House in Kirkintilloch.

Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Stewart MacDonald, who met Erin and the other winners at the prize-giving, said, “We have some wonderfully creative and talented young people in our schools and I am amazed at the standard and popularity of this competition.

“To get over 4,300 entries is fantastic and makes judging an extremely difficult task. However, Erin’s design just had that extra eye-catching appeal that ensured it was well deserving of this year’s award. I’d like to congratulate her and all the others winners this year; they did a brilliant job.

Calander winners

“The new calendar looks fantastic and I hope that family and friends, as well as everyone else that see it, can enjoy it and remember the important message that Erin has captured so beautifully in her design.

“I would like to thank every pupil in each school who took part in this year’s Calendar Competition. Their support and help ensures that the Road Safety Calendar Competition remains such a success.

“My thanks also go to all the teachers who work with the children to produce their entries. It’s a fun way of getting the pupils to think about road safety and I hope the competition helps make children more aware of the importance of being alert and careful when they are crossing or are near roads.”

Erin received £70 and a trophy that will go on display at her school. Prize winners in each category received cash prizes, a certificate and a pencil set. First place winners received £25, second place £20 and third place £15.

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




Winner’s Name

Winner’s School


Primary 1

Holding Hands

Erin Boyle (overall winner)

Woodhill Primary

Primary 2

Stop, Think, Look & Listen

Aimee Stevenson

Baljaffray Primary

Primary 3

Safer Places to Cross the Road

Chloe Hendry

Killermont Primary

Primary 4

Seatbelts and Car Seats

Matthew McEntee

St Joseph’s Primary

Primary 5

Be Safe be Seen

Katie Oliver

Bearsden Primary

Primary 6

Selfish Parking Near Schools

Laura Hamilton

Killermont Primary

Primary 7

Cycling Safely

Sam Wright

Colquhoun Park Primary

Special schools

Road Safety

Beth Luddington

Merkland School


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