C.G.P.S Walk / Ride / Scooter to School

Does the morning school run give you a major headache?  Traffic congestion getting you down?  Tired of circling the school like a shark waiting for that elusive drop off spot?  Petrol is so crazy expensive…

Well, here’s the solution to your problems!

The school will be taking part in the Vic Health’s Walk to School Campaign.

This will begin on Monday 21st November and finish on Friday 16th December.

All students are encouraged to walk, cycle or scooter to and from school as often as possible in these 4 weeks.

Being active every day is great for kids. Why? It helps:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Mood and self-esteem
  • Confidence and life skills
  • Connection with family, friends and neighbours

Moving commutes from the roads to the footpath also helps:

  • Make school streets safer
  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Contribute to a healthier environment

Encourage your children to team up with other children in your street, neighbourhood If you intend to walk:

  • Part way is OK! If the walk to school is too far, you can park a few blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way. 
  • Plan your route with your children to ensure you can cross roads safely.
  • Take it in turns with other parents to walk/ride/scoot to school with the children.
  • Complete the activity booklet (P-2) on the way – a great way to get to know your neighbourhood - or use the App to plan your route and load up interesting finds (Click on this link for the App information).

If your children intend to cycle:

  • Please remember that they must have a helmet that fits properly and is fastened securely. The bicycle must have a working warning bell or horn. The brakes must be effective.
  • Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult and must ride on the pavements. Accompanying adults may, too.
  • Children between the ages of 9 and 12 must ride on the pavements but do not need an accompanying adult if they are proficient riders.
  • Children over 12 are required by law to ride on the roads, so must be fully proficient riders.
  • They must give way to pedestrians. When crossing at pedestrian crossings or school crossings, they must dismount and push their bikes.

If your children intend to come by scooter:

  • They must wear a helmet that fits properly and is fastened securely. The scooter must have a working warning bell or horn. At least one brake should be effective. If you deem it appropriate, elbow and knee protectors can be worn, but will need to fit into their school bag when not in use.
  • Adult supervision of students under 9 is recommended and students must ride on the pavements.
  • They must give way to pedestrians. When crossing at pedestrian crossings or school crossings, they must dismount and push their scooters.

All participants, no matter how often they manage to walk/ride/scooter to and from school, will receive a certificate of participation.

All students are encouraged to keep a log of how often they were able to walk/ride/scooter to school on the given calendar.

Have fun planning a stress free journey to school!