(Deputy Principal, Travel-wise Leader)
Target Road School is proud to be a Travel-wise school. The aim of the Travel Wise programme is for our students to become safer on the road and to recognise the health benefits of walking to school. Auckland Regional Transport and North Shore City support this programme across our city.
Our students will benefit from the programme in the following ways
- Encouraging walking, scootering and cycling to improve students’ health and fitness.
- Walking, cycling or scootering ensures our children arrive at school alert and ready for learning.
- Enabling students to learn read safety skills and become more familiar with our community.
- Increasing safety around the school gate and school crossing for both our students and for the traffic on busy Target Road.
- Walking, scootering and cycling helps lessen car emissions in our environment.
- Safe walking, Cycling and Scooter training with our Police Education Officer promote safety for all modes of travel.
Why does our school implement Travel Wise?
- If children are driven everywhere they will expect to be driven. Walking is a learned behaviour. The more we walk (E.g. to the shops or park etc.) the more likely we are to walk.
- If our children build good walking or exercise habits when they are young, the more likely they are to grow into healthy adults.
- Many children are inactive after school, as they play electronic games or watch TV instead of playing outside or being involved in sports.
- Unfortunately, child obesity is rising in NZ and this leads to health problems later in life, such as diabetes, joint problems or high blood pressure.
The Different Aspects of our Travel Wise Programme
Target Road School has a travel plan that has been developed in conjunction with staff, parents, students and in particular, the students in the Travel Wise Team. It is based on the results of our 2011 Travel Survey as to how children get to school. We are at present collating the results of our ‘Walk to School’ competition in Term 2 this year to compare the results with our 2011 results and note any changes.
For more information about our Travel Wise Plan, click
More information about the Travel Wise programme can be found at http://www.travelwise.org.nz
The Walking School Bus
The WSB is a group of student who walk to school each morning supervised by adults. Like a real bus, the drivers stop at set points along the way to gather up more passengers. It is run by dedicated parents each day, who are also becoming fit! It is a safe way of walking and students can achieve prizes, occasional ice blocks and termly Milo and Muffin mornings, which they all enjoy. We have one set route at present. Call the office to find out more about it, or start up an alternative WSB route in conjunction with the school. Melissa Wood is our organiser.
More information about Travel Wise and Walking School Buses across North Shore City can be found at: http://www.northshorecity.govt.nz
Safe Walking, Biking and Scootering:
Safe Walking Training
This is carried out in Term One with the Police Education Officer, with the students that need it. (Usually Years 1-4 students.)
This is carried out in Term One with the Police Education Officer with the students in Year 5 to 6 that have their own bikes.
In Term 4, a ‘Big Foot’ programme for cycle training is in place where they bring many cycles with them so that all senior students can do the cycle training. It involves practical training on a course as well as some in-class training.
Scooter Training takes place in Term One and is available for all students who have a scooter. It is also carried out with the Police Education Officer.
- Always walk when entering the school grounds on the way to school.
- Use the paths and treat the driveway like a road, always crossing at the zebra crossing.
- Always use the pedestrian crossing when crossing Target Road. Listen to the patrol monitors and at other times, look both ways and check that cars have stopped before stepping out.
- When walking to school, listen for cars backing out of driveways.They may not see you.
- All children need to leave the school grounds at 3pm unless they are with a caregiver, or the After School Care programme.
- Only Year 5 and 6 students are allowed to ride their bikes to school.
- A bike license needs to be obtained from Mrs Templeton and have signed permission by a parent as well.
- NZ Police recommends that children under the age of 10 do not ride or must be accompanied by an adult.
- When on a bike, we need to be seen. Mrs Templeton will also give you a high visibility jacket to wear when on your bike.
- A fitted helmet needs to be worn.
- If you are on a bike or scooter always walk it from the gate. Please be considerate of pedestrians as they have the right of way.
- Bring a lock for your bike and lock it to the swimming pool fence or bike rack. All bikes need to be pad-locked. Helmets must be worn on bikes.
- Year 5 and 6 students need to apply for a scooter license. Younger students are allowed to bring their scooter to school if they areaccompanied by a parent or caregiver.
- Scooters must be walked in through the school gates as for bikes.
- We recommend that helmets are worn for protection also.
- There are high visibility vests for scooter also. If you have a scooter license, please collect a vest from Mrs Templeton
Patrol Monitors and Safety Wardens:
- In Term 4 of each year, Year 5 students are given the opportunity of training to be a patrol monitor for the following year. They are then given a refresher course at the beginning of the following year. Thesestudents then become our patrol monitors.
- This is a highly responsible job as they are keeping our children safeon the crossing, and an excellent opportunity for our students to stepup and show their leadership ability.
This is a new role for our senior students. The 2 aims of our Safety Wardens are to:
- Keep our children safe at the gate and
- To keep the flow of our ‘2 minutes Drop Off Zone’ moving freely in the mornings.
Students wear high visibility vests and approach cars at the Drop Off Zone to see if the driver would like them to escort their child to class. It has been very successful especially with our New Entrant children, as parents have no need to get out themselves, which keeps the traffic flowing smoothly.
They get very busy on wet days with their nice big umbrellas!
2 Minute Drop off Zone
- When dropping off students at school you may use the 2 minute drop off zone but you may not park there to take your child to class.Our Safety Wardens will do that for you.
- Park below the crossing if you wish to walk your child to their classroom or visit the office.
- Students must always alight from and enter the car from the footpath side.
- Parents and students must use the pedestrian crossing if theyneed to cross the road.
- Parents picking up children are not permitted to use the school driveway and car park unless permission has been given.
- Parents may not park and wait for their children on any yellow line or in the drop off zone.