Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all Primary School children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.
The objectives of WSTSD are:
- To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
- To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
- To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
- To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
- To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
- To promote the use of Public Transport.
- To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
- To reduce the level of traffic congestion.
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
- Walking with them the whole way to school
- If they get the bus, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
- If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Gold Creek School wants to assist in encouraging the healthy habit of walking, so on Friday 23 May, there will be 3 meeting points around Nicholls that you can drop your child off at and they can join a ‘Walking School Bus’ that will walk them to school.
There will be teachers wearing bright yellow vests at each checkpoint and they will leave at 8.20am sharp and walk the group to school.
- Meeting point 1: Anne Clark Avenue. Meet at the playground half way along the avenue.
- Meeting point 2: Senior Site. Meet at the bike path next to the tennis courts.
- Meeting point 3: Nicholls Playing fields – off Gungahlin Drive. Meet at the change rooms block.
Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes, it also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids so start planning your Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday 23 May 2014!
Parent Representative, Gold Creek School Board