SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TO NEWTON
Our aim is to reduce congestion outside the school gates, getting our students and parent community healthy and active by walking, riding a bike, skateboarding or scootering to school.
10 great reasons to walk to school with your children!
Walking to school is an excellent way to include daily physical activity into your child’s life. And if you walk with them, it’s an excellent way to get some physical activity for yourself too.
Here are 10 great reasons to walk to school together:
- It’s fun
- It’s healthy
- It’s non-polluting
- It’s friendly
- It reduces stress
- It’s a chance to teach and learn road safety skills
- It’s considerate
- It’s educational
- It’s free – no petrol money
- It makes the street outside the school safer
Our unique Kea Crossing is active twice daily on Monmouth Street during the times 0830 – 0855 and 1445 – 1510. Year 5 and 6 students patrol the crossing with volunteer parents and/or teachers. Twice yearly, patrollers and new recruits are given training by Constable Tineke Laing.
Once a year, students who ride their bike, skateboard or scooter are invited to an onsite helmet check facilitated by our TW (TravelWise) team and our Auckland Transport coordinator.
SAFETY AT THE SCHOOL GATE
At all times, follow the road rules and park in the appropriate allocated parking space. Parking rules help protect our children and keep them safe. Drivers who park illegally put our kids at risk.
USE YOUR FEET FRIDAYS / WHEELS DAY FRIDAY / WOW WEDNESDAYS
On Fridays every even week and Wednesdays every odd week, our TravelWise ambassadors record what sustainable mode (bike, carpool, scooter, skateboard, train, walk, park and wark) our students used to get to school. Our students then go in the draw to win a prize. The break time on Fridays is the only time, during the school day when students may ride their scooter, skateboard or bike on-site on the bottom court. Other times and days to protect the safety of others, students on wheels are to get off these upon entry to the school grounds and in school hours. Once entering into the school grounds, ensure your child/children use the footpath in an orderly manner.
PARK AND WALK
Our aim is to reduce congestion outside the school gates. One way you can do this is by parking in alternative locations using the Time Zone Map that outlines three sections in 5, 10 and 15 minute drop off points for students to be independent and walk to school.
It is importance that all children who are less than 148cm tall use a booster seat. Please read this pamphlet and make booster seats the norm at Newton Central.