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A whacky way to walk safely to school

​Students wearing their whacky socks

Wearing whacky socks on a group walk to school was a great way to raise awareness of National Walk Safely to School Day at Oxley State School.

Teacher Samantha Heslehurst regularly organises events for students to participate in the Active School Travel program, promoting road safety and healthy travel options such as walking, cycling, scootering, carpooling or using public transport.

On National Walk Safely to School Day (NWSTSD), Ms Heslehurst took the opportunity to further promote road safety along with Active School Travel.

Students, parents and teachers donned their whackiest socks and walked to school together, adding a little fun to the serious topics of road safety and children's health.

"Setting the latest trend in whacky socks, our students learnt about pedestrian safety while walking with their friends," Ms Heslehurst said.

"NWSTSD gives us another chance to reinforce safe pedestrian behaviours and the health benefits of exercise," she said.

Deputy Principal David Collins was keen to get the school involved and encouraged parents to join in the fun.

"Road safety and exercise are important aspects of a child's education," he said.

"Being able to combine these 2 activities and get parents involved helps us to provide a holistic approach to education, both at school and at home."

Students earned an extra stamp for their Active School Travel passports and after the walk enjoyed a healthy breakfast provided by the school.

Fraser Reid, father of a Year 3 student who took part in the walk, said that parents really appreciated the extra effort from teachers at Oxley State School to encourage students to stay safe while being active.

"It's great to see so many teachers out here leading by example, showing our children how important exercise is, but that travelling safely is just as important," he said.

National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event and was held throughout Australia on Friday 17 May 2019.

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Last updated
24 June 2019