Stay safe with Braith


Merlin Top Academy pupils created characters to feature in films and posters.

The year-four children worked with local artist Sian Hodson on the initiative, which covered safety on the roads, at home, online, in the sun and while playing out.

The venture was staged as part of the 'Children's Year of Safety.'

Sian said: "When I was asked to work with the children, my first thought was animation.

"I recalled the 'Charlie says' safety animations I watched on television as a child and the idea of a character called Braith was formed, as the school is in Braithwaite.

"We ran a competition where every child drew their own Braith, and a winner was chosen with the help of the school council.

"There were two close contenders, so we now have Braith - a cute little penguin - and Waite, a triangular safety cone. From the drawings, the characters were made by needle felt."

The completed animations and posters were launched just before the school finished for the summer holidays.

Headteacher Lesley Heathcote said the pupils had worked hard on the project.

"We are all really proud of their efforts," she added.

Keighley West councillor Adrian Farley, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for children and families, congratulated the pupils on their "brilliant" animations.

"They will definitely help spread the safety messages that children and their parents need to be aware of so that all our youngsters are safe and free from harm at home, school and in our communities," he said.

The videos can now be accessed by following the link below and are now part of the schools curriculum on safety.