Picton Primary School treks to school as healthy brekkie adds to ‘walk safely to school’ message

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Picton Primary School students Kade Larsen and April Moon, both Year 6, with Isabella Bridges, Year 1, and Ajay Kreinbihl.
Camera IconPicton Primary School students Kade Larsen and April Moon, both Year 6, with Isabella Bridges, Year 1, and Ajay Kreinbihl. Credit: Jackson Barrett/South Western Times/Pic: Jackson Barrett, Jackson Barrett/South Western Times

Students, staff and parents of Picton Primary School came together on Friday for their second Walk Safely to School Day.

The group met at Glen Iris skate park and walked to school to encourage students to get out and be active as well as promoting independence.

School principal Michael Thomson said while the event was a fun morning, it was a chance to pass some important messages on to the students.

“We want to encourage people to get out and to walk to school but to do it safely,” he said.

“It is absolutely critical, I don’t even know if they call it Nintendo anymore but there is so much of that going on, you just want kids to be as active as possible.

“Before we took off I gave them some instructions about staying safe and one of the little fellows piped up and goes ‘you have to look left and right’.

“They learn that stuff, whether it be at home or at school, but it is nice to have this day to really present that message.”

The school also put on a breakfast for students who walked to school, with fruit and muesli bars on offer.

“The actual program is the walking to school safely aspect but we threw in the extra bit to keep our kids healthy,” Mr Thomson said.

Mr Thomson thanked school officer Valinda Sims for organising the event and Woolworths and the Bunbury Farmer’s Market for donating breakfast.

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