Sunshine Coast kids stepped up to the challenge to get active to get to school
  • Wednesday 27 June 2018
Buddina State School students round the bend toward the school gate on Walk Safely to School Day 2018

Around 300 extra Sunshine Coast kids let their feet do the talking for National Walk Safely to School Day 2018.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said he was excited to report that our school communities hit the pavement in record numbers again this year.

“In its 19th year, we had 1920 students from 48 schools register through council’s website to participate in National Walk Safely to School Day,” Cr Baberowski said.

“This is a 16% increase on last year’s numbers which is a fantastic result made even better by an almost 50/50 split between the boys and the girls. Well done kids!”

Council’s TravelSmart team works with a number of local schools to promote safe and active school travel to build student and parental confidence, road safety awareness and ease congestion in our school zones.

This year’s participation data shows that more than half of students who lived within two kilometres from their school are normally driven to school by their parents.

“If these children walked or cycled to school on a regular basis, it would remove an estimated 600 vehicles from school zones each day across our region,” Cr Baberowski said.

Traditionally council offers great prizes to encourage student participation and this year a prize for the school with the most participation was added to generate some healthy competition in our school communities.

Buddina State School deputy principal Anthony Swan said everyone was a winner in his eyes.

“Walk Safely to School Day is always a popular event on the school’s calendar, but this year our families have done us proud,” Mr Swan said.

“We were thrilled to go straight to top of the class as TravelSmart’s top performer on the day and challenge all Sunshine Coast primary schools to join in the fun next year.

“This year, for the first time, we set a starting point for all students to meet at to demonstrate exactly how easy it was to reduce the number of vehicles at the gate and add a little exercise into the day.

“By all accounts, drop off was made easier and less congested and I could tell by the number of smiling faces I met at the gate that our school community really enjoyed this extra before school interaction.

“Being the school with the highest participation rate provided a brilliant reward for all of us to enjoy later in the year.”

In September, Buddina students and staff will be treated to a special performance of the Go Seek 'Super Strong Bones' Show.

Top performing Schools:

  1. Buddina State School
  2. Mooloolaba State School
  3. Baringa State School 

Visit council's website for more information on Walk Safely to School Day 2018 and the list of this year's winning walkers.