We were among the first schools in West Auckland to establish a Walking School Bus route and as a result, we are now one of the longest serving schools in the Rodney area. This, along with other road safety activities, has helped us achieve our Gold Status since 2013.
We hold fun "Walk to School" days for the whole school, where everyone meets at a certain point and then walk to school as a big group. The children are invited to dress up in funny costumes.
We also utilise Student Leaders to help Junior children participate in road safety activities. These activities need to continue and develop further, for us to keep our Gold status. These include:
Our Walking School Bus is currently not operating. We are on the lookout for a superstar guardian to take over the running of the bus. This entails working closely with Travelwise Teacher at school and co-ordinating the bus drivers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if this sounds like you!
Using the Walking School Bus
A Walking School bus is just like the school bus except children walk home from school under the supervision of adult volunteers (often parents), who act as the Walking School Bus driver. Children are dropped at stops along a planned route to a waiting adult. Along the way they learn how to safely negotiate the road as well as socialise and share stories with friends.
To download a Walking School bus form and find out more information about the Walking school bus route, please click here
Walking on Wet Weather Days
Children do not melt in the rain. With a little planning, a walk home in the rain can be a lot of fun. The same goes for walking to school. Gumboots and raincoats work a treat and can be fun to wear. A Walking School Bus driver does have the authority to cancel the bus if the weather is too extreme, but this is a rare occurence.