Rebeca, who is a pupil at Ysgol Brynrefail, will be collecting her prize this weekend; tickets to the rugby international between Wales and New Zealand, after attending the Captain’s Run today at the Millennium Stadium.
Earlier this year the Deputy First Minister launched the Welsh Assembly Government’s Travel Behaviour Code, which sets out the standards expected of children when travelling to and from school, and this was supported by a new website and a multi-media awareness campaign.
As part of the campaign, children and young people could enter a competition, by answering questions on the Code, for the chance to meet the Welsh rugby union captain as he and his team undertake their final practice session of the series, as well as attend the international fixture against the All Blacks at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Asked how she felt about her prize Rebeca said,
“I was ecstatic when I found out I had won the Travel Code competition! I am looking forward so much to the rugby and a weekend away with my friends. Meeting the captain was definitely the highlight of the trip.”
Rebeca also said that she felt that the Code had been well received by pupils and that she was hopeful that competitions such as this would raise the profile of the Code to the benefit to schools and learners across Wales.
“I think the Code is a very good idea. I like the website’s design and ease of use and that it’s bilingual. Introducing the Code and it’s website to all schools would improve pupils’ understanding of safe travel.”
The Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, who is also the Minister for Economy and Transport, was keen to point out that although the Code has been well received, we could all do more to promote the messages of good behaviour and mutual respect.
“I know from speaking to students like Rebeca, that they are excited by the Travel Code, and are keen to ensure that bad behaviour is dealt with properly, he said.
“This campaign focused on the impact that good behaviour can have and I believe that by encouraging children and young people to stick to the Travel Code, journeys to and from school can be a positive experience for all pupils.”
The Minister added “My congratulations go to Rebeca – now lets hope she can enjoy another win in the rugby tomorrow!”