If you pick your children in the afternoon you will be familiar with these instructions as you make your way from the carpark to the school grounds across our Kea Crossing.
The Year 6 road patrollers play an important role in the safety of our community at this busy traffic time.
These students have some pointers about how you can use our crossings safely and make their job easier.
Their commitment to this role begins long before they stand at the crossing. Constable Tash spends a few days with them, putting them through their paces both in the classroom and on the crossing to ensure that they are confident to manage pedestrian traffic in all weathers.
These students are able to review the environment for hazards and choose a safe moment to allow pedestrians to cross.
Each afternoon our crossing team is comprised of three students who each fulfill a specific role. Two Road Patrollers manage the crossing - one taking the lead on the school side of the road and one supporting from the far side of the road. These students are easily identified by their lollipops and high vis jackets.
Another Road Patroller stands on patrol at our school driveway. Their job is to remind our community to use the Kea Crossing and to ensure that students can safely cross the driveway in the event that any cars have driven up into our staff car park. It is also their job to ensure that students and their whanau do not cross Kauri Drive at that spot.
Crossing the road anywhere along Kauri Drive other than at our Kea Crossing afterschool puts our students, road patrollers and staff at risk and so students will politely ask whanau to move along to the crossing to cross the road safely.