The artwork of two Year 11 pupils from St Killian’swas recently given the creative treatment by Translink and turned into a poster campaign for school bus seatbelt safety in the greater Larne area.
Art students from the school, each of whose 850 pupils travels to school by bus, were given a brief to design a poster and slogan which would capture the importance of wearing a seatbelt on buses where provided. Eight finalists were selected and the winner and runner up were selected by a judging panel from Translink including designers and safety personnel.
Christina McCambridge’s submission, ‘When will it click? Seatbelts save lives’ is the overall winner, while runner-up Hannah Craig used the image of a rib cage made out of seat belts on her poster, with the slogan ‘Stay Safe’. The posters will be displayed on buses behind drivers and in bus stations in the Larne, Ballymena and Antrim Coast and Glens areas from the end of May. The winner was also given an art portfolio to assist her future studies.
Padraig McIlwaine, Vice Principal at St Killian’s said, “This was a great initiative and really got the pupils thinking about the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety while travelling to and from school. We’ve run several projects with Translink over recent years, including a bus incident reconstruction, to highlight the importance of wearing seatbelts where provided while travelling on school buses.
Arthur Hamilton, Ulsterbus area manager said, “We were really impressed by the creativity of the pupils and their unique interpretation of the seatbelt safety message. Their artwork and slogans were turned into eye-catching posters by our design team which our passengers will see at stations in the North East. Congratulations to Christina and Hanna and thanks to St Killian’s for their support in helping us to educate the public transport users of the future.”