Stirling North Primary School students walk safely to school

SCHOOL: Stirling North Primary School students arriving at the school grounds during Walk Safely to School Day on Friday May 19.

SCHOOL: Stirling North Primary School students arriving at the school grounds during Walk Safely to School Day on Friday May 19.

STIRLING North Primary School (SNPS) students got involved in Walk Safely to School Day on Friday morning, May 19, learning about safe pedestrian behaviour.

Over 150 students met at four different locations – Progress Park, Stirling North Golf Club, the old kindergarten and the bus shelter on Range View Road – to almost triple 2016’s participation number of 62.

SNPS School Counsellor Ryan Morris said the school participates in the program every year due to the high number of kids that walk to the school grounds every morning.

“A lot of our students, being a small community in Stirling North, tend to walk to school each day and we are situated by Quorn Road, which is quite busy, as well as the train tracks, so it’s important to try to teach them how to be safe pedestrians,” he said.

“Parents and students met the teachers at each station and learned about crossing the road correctly, looking both ways and holding hands with an adult when you’re crossing a busy road.”

The annual event teaches students the benefits of walking and creating regular walking habits, reducing car dependency from an early age.

The day ensures children up to 10 years old understand the importance of holding an adult’s hand when crossing the road.

Students braved the cold weather to arrive at the school grounds at about 8:30am.

National Walk Safely to School Day began in 1999, promoting road safety, health, public transport and the environment.