Oliver’s a bright spark!

Peter McConnachie from SP Energy Networks with winner Oliver Barr (in the van) and the rest of the Wigtown P7 pupils.'Photo credit -  Stripe Communications
Peter McConnachie from SP Energy Networks with winner Oliver Barr (in the van) and the rest of the Wigtown P7 pupils.'Photo credit - Stripe Communications

Wigtown Primary School pupil Oliver Barr has been crowned winner of the SP Energy Networks school safety competition after wowing judges with his drawings of how to avoid dangerous power emergency situations.

SP Energy Energy Networks, which owns and manages the network of cables and power lines for Dumfries and Galloway, challenged schools to enter the drawing competition to increase awareness among pupils of the importance of electricity and staying safe around it.

Oliver from primary seven was selected as the winner by SP Energy Networks due to his knowledge of the dangers surrounding electricity and showing excellent drawing skills, which has earned the school a free mini iPad courtesy of SP Energy Networks.

Iain Steele, SP Energy Networks District General Manager for Dumfries & Galloway, said: “We’ve received some fantastic entries from schools in Wigtown and we were equally impressed by the awareness of school pupils on how to avoid power emergency situations. Oliver illustrated what to look out for in these situations and was a worthy winner. It’s important that schools and pupils know how to handle emergency power situations and who to call in the rare event of such an occurrence.”

Mrs Kelly Devine, Wigtown Primary School head teacher, said: “We’re delighted for Oliver to win the safety competition and an iPad for the school, which will go to good use to help our pupils learn more about wider topics relating to electricity. The children really enjoyed the challenge of drawing their designs and it was great to see them become so enthusiastic about such an important issue.”

SP Energy Networks restores power supplies as quickly as possible should a fault occur and while loss of power is rare, SP Energy Networks is keen to prepare schools for power emergency situations and give advice on how to deal with them.

Should you need to report an emergency situation, you can call the SP Energy Networks hotline number on 0800 092 9299.

For more information, visit www.spenergynetworks.co.uk