Our local environment continues to be quite dangerous and we are constantly worried about your children coming to and from school. We have had a series of near misses and driver complaints because some children have not been taking notice when they have been crossing roads or have been playing with their mates on their way to school. We have some strategies to assist.
All students and adults are expected to use the school crossings in the appropriate manner. The school crossing supervisor has the force of the law behind them. They can report cars that don’t stop and they can report people who don’t use the crossing properly.
School crossings are not to be used for dropping off children while the crossing supervisor is using it to allow people to cross the road.
We know it is a busy time of the day and traffic is often congested. You still must use common sense and obey the rules of the road. Most of all, please don’t put your child’s safety at risk.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL?
When your child leaves home to go to school there are many temptations for them on their journey. The biggest temptations around our school involve:
The shopping centre car park
The bike ramp in Camms Reserve
Meeting mates and playing in transit
Other shops in the shopping centre
As much as we understand these temptations and believe it or not we were children once ourselves and we do remember the fun we had going to and from school we must try to instil into the children the importance of ignoring the wonderful temptations that are all around them and make as direct a journey as possible to and from school.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We constantly remind our students to look out for cars, cross the road at the designated crossings and to be aware of their environment.
We also constantly remind them to wear their helmets when they are riding bikes
We encourage them to come to school straight away and not to play with their mates along the way.
We reinforce with them that they are not to ride skateboards, scooters or bikes in the school grounds
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We would like you to talk to your children about the issues and reinforce the potential dangers that they may be confronted with on their journey to and from school.
Above all if your child is riding a bike, scooter, roller blades or skateboard please ensure that they are wearing a helmet and other protective gear. Also talk to them about avoiding large groups of older children who are hanging around in groups.
Reinforce the idea that they need to come straight to school once they leave home.
WHAT CAN YOUR CHILDREN DO?
The best protection for your children is to always be aware what is going on around them. They need to be aware of:
Their best route to and from school
People acting strangely
Cars and other motor vehicles when they are crossing the roads
Groups of older children who are hanging around their normal route
Most of all we need to stress to all the children to come to school straight away and go home straight home after school, to be careful, not to day dream while they are going to and from school and to be very much aware of what is going on around them.
Andrew Bergmeier, PRINCIPAL