Leisurely walk: Teacher Kate Connolly with Tacking Point Public School students Alex Zavone, Angus Oakeshott Keira Magill, Oscar Jakeman, Alyssa Slattery, Dylan Norman, Emily Jordan and Ella Smyth walking to school.KEEP an eye out for extra little feet pounding our paths today on their way to school.
Today is national Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) and many primary school students in the Hastings will do just that.
Tacking Point Public School hopes to have more children shun the bus and family car and get their feet into action.
Grade 3 teacher and road safety education representative Kate Connolly said the students have also been encouraged to use pedestrian crossings and be aware of the surfaces they are walking on.
Objectives of WSTSD are: to get parents and carers to walk safely to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour; promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits; help develop the vital road-crossing skills children will need; reduce car dependency habits; promote public transport and reduce air pollution and traffic congestion created by motor vehicles.
Less than half the children enrolled at Tacking Point Public School indicated they walk to school regularly.
Mrs Connolly suggested parents could drop their children off further from the school entrance and walk with them the rest of the way.
WSTSD is also in keeping with the Live Life Well at School program Tacking Point is engaged in.
Considering Australian children’s poor performance in the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card released on Wednesday, the joint initiative between the NSW Department of Education and Communities and NSW Ministry of Health is a step in the right direction to help address the problem.
The program allows teachers to attend in-service days with physical education teachers, dieticians, and other specialists, then report back to other staff.
It aims to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence teaching nutrition and physical education, including fundamental movement skills, as part of the K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus.
Another initiative at the school is crunch and sip.
“Each day at 10am the children are allowed to eat fresh fruit or vegetables in the class room,” Mrs Connolly said.
The D-minus rating in the Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card was based on 81 per cent of 5-17-year-olds not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least an hour of daily exercise.
In separate ratings, 20 per cent walked or cycled to school at least once a week, earning a D.
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