Travelwise and Walking School Bus

We are a TravelWise School
Being TravelWise means we make wise travel choices to keep ourselves safe and healthy , and we think about our environment too. Less cars means less pollution and less congestion at our school gates - keeping us all safe and healthy. Travelwise ways to get to school include walking, biking, scootering, catching the bus, car pooling, or parking and walking.

WALKING
Manly is a great safe place to walk to school, with plenty of footpaths and walkways connecting to the school. Please remember safety rules when walking - walk on the foot path, close to the houses and away from the road; look and listen carefully at driveways for cars coming in or out; always stop and check both ways before you cross the road; use pedestrian crossings where possible. We have two walking school buses operationg at Whangaparaoa School. This is a safe, supervised way for children to walk to school, learning safety rules and getting to know others along the way. Scroll down for our Walking School Bus details.

BIKING / SCOOTERING
Biking and scootering is a fun way for primary aged children to get to school, as they can use the footpath. Again, safety rules should be followed - a helmet should be worn at all times when biking, scooting or skating; equipment should be in good working order and brakes checked regularly; share the footpath with others; look and listen carefully at driveways.

Students in Year 3 and above are permitted to ride bicycles to school with parental permission and the approval of the Deputy Principal. They must have a road-worthy bicycle and wear an approved cycle helmet. Bicycles are not to be ridden in the school grounds during school hours and children observed doing this will be warned. Repeat occurances of this will result in the child being advised to leave their bicycle at home for a week or longer.

PARK AND WALK
If you must come in a car, how about parking a bit further away and walking some of the way to school? You could park at Manly Beach and walk up Ladies Mile or through Manly Park; or you could park at Edith Hopper Park and use the pedestrian crossing to get to school. Being Travelwise helps our school to be safer, with less cars at the school gate. Drivers - please drive carefully and slowly around our school, and be considerate of other road users. As a Travelwise School we regularly have visits from parking wardens to ensure that we are keeping our children safe by parking in the correct places - away from driveways, pedestrian crossings, bus stops and no parking areas.

WALKING SCHOOL BUSES:

  • Manly Village Walking School Bus -leaves corner Brixton and Rawhiti Rd 8.30am daily.
  • Plaza Sharks is unfortunately on hold this term - waiting for willing parents to supervise. Please contact Mrs Thompson dthompson@wgp.school.nz if you are able to help out.

If you would like to start up another walking school bus with families from your community, please get in touch with Mrs Thompson. We used to have buses from Arkles, Glengarry / Onepu, Manly Park Ave /The Circle, Polkinghorne, Little Manly... all it takes is an interested parent or two, and you can help your children learn road safety and give them the chance to walk to school with friends. Great for the kids, great for the community, great for the environment.