National Walk Safely To School Day

Let’s all get our walking shoes on and get into the groove this Friday for National Walk Safely to School Day.

National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is on Friday 14 May 2021. Now in its 22nd year, the annual campaign encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk safely and regularly to school. The event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Australian children are becoming less active. One substantial contributor is the decline in walking and/or taking public transport to school. Children who are regularly physically active are healthier, perform better academically and are less likely to be obese or overweight. Sedentary behaviour can lead to long-term and costly risks of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Walking regularly is the best exercise because you can build it into your daily routine.

The objectives of National Walk Safely to School Day are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits
  • To help children develop vital road crossing skills and ensure children up to the age of 10 years hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road
  • To reduce car dependency and traffic congestion
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles
  • To promote the use of public transport

How we can participate:

  • Walk to school with your child. Children under ten are encouraged children to hold onto a parent’s hand when crossing the road
  • If you can’t walk all the way, combine a walk with public transport
  • If you need to use the car, try leaving it a good distance from the school and walk the rest of the way

We look forward to seeing you all out and about walking to school on Friday.

Nicky Taylor

Senior Leader