Welcome to our school Travelwise page.
Travelwise is an ongoing project with a set of practical actions that aim to improve road safety and promote sustainable school travel journeys. It is a partnership between Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and our school. The benefits include:
– Reduced traffic congestion at the school gates, this improves safety for all children
– Reduction of polluting car emissions in the environment
– Helping children learn road safety skills and become familiar with their community
– Improved engineering infrastructure to promote walking/cycling within the school zone
– Encouraging walking/cycling to improve children’s fitness and health
– Encouraging walking/cycling to ensure that children arrive alert and ready to learn.
|DID YOU KNOW? Walking is a learned behaviour. If children are driven everywhere they will expect to be driven. The more you walk, the more likely you are to walk – to the shops, to a friend’s house, to the beach. People who get into good exercise habits in childhood are more likely to grow into healthy adults.
Nearly a third of New Zealand children get very little or no exercise every week. Childhood obesity levels are rising, and with them health problems, such as high blood pressure and joint problems.
Our ‘TravelWise’ school travel plan has been developed by a working party following consultation with the students, staff, and parents. It is a detailed approach to reducing the number of cars at our school gate. It is based on the results of a Travel survey of how our children travel to school.
|Walking School Bus (WSB):
A walking school bus is a group of children who walk to and from school supervised by adults. Like a real bus, it travels at a set time and children join the bus at special stops situated close to where they live. It is powered by the commitment of adult volunteers who walk as “drivers”.Our school has two formally approved routes:
– One traveling along Coronation Rd down Hillcrest Ave (on hold presently);
– and the most recent from Tonar St corner, along Northcote Rd, through the walkway to Ocean View Rd and along Hillcrest Ave (see map). Neither is currently in operation.Why not get together with some neighbours and reactivate one of these, or plan another route?
|– Benefits of WSBs for children include: better health and fitness, increased independence, a way of learning to interact with the road environment safely, new friends and lots of fun.
– Benefits of walking school buses for parents include: less time stuck in traffic getting kids to school, knowing your child is getting to school safely with supervision, more community involvement and extra free time when you don’t have to pick up and drop off children every day at school.The following documents will assist in planning your children’s trips to and from school:
* TravelWise new student/entrant flyer (ask at the school office)
* Park & Walk map
* Bike licence (For any 10+yr old who would like to independently cycle to school.)
* Traveling to and from School
* Safe Walking and Biking
* Use of Motor Vehicles
More information about the TravelWise programme can be found at http://www.travelwise.org.nz
|ROC Day (Respect Our Community Day)
This is a day in November when EVERYONE is encouraged to walk to school. We have fun, arty and team-building activities all day to promote road safety and become more environmentally aware. A special feature of the day is the opportunity for senior students to demonstrate their excellent leadership skills.The Year 3-6 students go into the community to explore our fabulous Northcote walkways. Parents are encouraged to join us to help with supervision and enjoy a tour of the community.RIGHT: These children are walking around the perimeter of Tuff Crater accessing it from the end of St Peters St, Northcote. This area has an interesting history