Getting To And From School

Road Safety Week 19th to 23rd May 2014

Walker’s Tree in the library
8:30-8:55am

  1. Get a leaf. There are leaves for: walkers, wheelers, park and walkers, and parents.
  2. Write your name on it.
  3. Stick it on our tree.
  4. On Friday, if you have got 4 leaves on the tree, you can put an apple up.
  5. Every leaf and apple goes into a prize draw!

Road Safety Week

 

  • Park and walk
  • Use Your Feet Fridays
  • Wheels Day Friday
  • Kea Crossing Patrols
  • Booster Seat Safety Awareness

Park and Walk – our aim is to reduce congestion outside the school gates by parking in alternative locations using the Time Zone Map.
Car Pooling – Be part of a carpool.  Pick up a friend on your way, in all kinds of weather.

Ways to be TravelSafe.

Great North Road:
The school worked hard for many years to have a pedestrian controlled set of traffic lights installed so that our children can cross this busy road safely. It is very pleasing to be able to say that these lights have been installed and are working effectively. This crossing is not supervised.

Kea Crossing and Safety at the School Gate: 
This runs twice daily on Monmouth Street.  It is part of our sustainability Travel Wise Programme  Year 5 and 6 students patrol the crossing with volunteer parents and teachers.  We ask that if you use Monmouth St entrances, then use the crossing. Please park in an appropriate allocated parking space.  Parking rules help protect our childrenand keep them safe. Drivers who park illegally put our kids at risk.

Time Zone Radius Map: 
We have a Time Zone Map with 3 sections outlining 5, 10 and 15 minutes drop off points for students to be independent and walk to school and this also relieves parking pressure and chaos at the school gates on Monmouth St.  Please make a Travelwise Plan with your family to encourage sustainability.

TravelWise

View a video on the Auckland Transport Travelwise Awards 2013

Booster Seats

We are highlighting the importance of using a car Booster Seat for all children less than 148cm tall. Seat belts are designed to fit adults, not children. A seat belt that doesn't fit properly can cause severe head, spine and abdominal injuries in a crash. Boosters help to correctly position the seat belt over the child's body. For a belt to fit correctly it should sit low over the hips and not cut into the neck.

We'll be putting posters and height charts supplied by Safekids New Zealand throughout the school. Please read this pamphlet and discuss it with your kids. Let's make Booster Seats the norm at Newton Central and make them part of our school culture!

Did you know?

  • Boosters reduce the risk of injury for primary school kids by up to 59%
  • On average 16 children die a year in NZ from injuries in motor vehicle accidents, with around 26 being admitted to hospital every month
  • A study by Starship Hospital showed that on average for children 4 – 12 year olds:
    All 5 year olds
    90% of 6-8 year olds
    50% of 9-10 year olds
    10% of 11 & 12 year olds still require boosters
  • Full backed boosters offer the best protection, some do up to 36kgs. They include a seat belt guide that positions the seat belt. Half boosters are for older children who no longer fit their full back booster
  • The back seat is safest: if you must use the front seat push it back as far as possible
  • Never use the rear lap belt alone, it doesn’t provide upper body protection

Please..

  • Consider keeping a spare Booster in your car for taking extra children
  • Send your child to school with their Booster if someone else is picking them up

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