Mission Heights Primary is a Gold Travel Wise school and our focus is sustainable and safe transport for our students and families. We will be looking for ways to further reduce our carbon footprint by encouraging students to walk and bike or scooter to school. Our big focus this year will be reminding our community that wearing seat belts is critical to safety and getting the message out there that texting while driving is a big no-no.
Meet Team Travel Wise 2020
Here we are with our Principal in the very first week of school.
We monitored the speeds around our school with speed guns. Now we have data to use in maths! We can find the mode, median and mean.
We enjoyed the Bike Ambassadors programme and here we are learning all about helmet safety checks, bike maintenance, emergency braking, turning and changing direction in confined spaces.
We had a Be Bright Be Seen mufti day for the whole school. This was to highlight the benefit of wearing high visibility colours to be seen by motorists on our roads. Our Walking School Buses met on Mission Heights Drive and over 200 students joined in and walked to school together.
The Police Dog Squad led us and it was fun walking with our parents and our Walking School Bus volunteers alongside the incredibly obedient dog.
The second initiative was the scooter training that Auckland Transport provided for our Year 3 and 4 students. Our students learned how to stop, brake safely in an emergency, how to share spaces, change direction, avoid obstacles and be aware of sneaky exits and driveways.
Being briefed about helmet safety and expectations.
Earlier in the year we ran the February Bike Challenge and 18 students rode their bikes or scooters to school for the required number of days to win a prize. Here is the team monitoring the number of rides.
Zara the Zebra joined us one morning to highlight our zebra crossing.
Our Walking School Bus students were rewarded with a Milo and doughnut treat on arrival on a cold and wet morning. They added bright accessories to their uniforms to acknowledge Be Bright Be Seen day.
Our Middle Learning Community enjoyed Scooter Training sessions with our Community Transport Coordinator. The session began with helmet safety checks. They learned how to slow down, brake and how to identify hazards. Most importantly they understood the importance of taking care while sharing the road with others.
This year biking to school seems to be the preferred mode of transport. This is what our bike stands look like on most days. Students are welcome to scooter or bike to school and use their own locks to secure their wheels. Students must wear helmets – these are to be worn with the pointed end at the back, two fingers above the brow, one finger between chin and chin strap and straps around the ears in a V. They need to be alert for sneaky driveways and wheel their scooters across roads and crossings.
We have just one Walking School Bus this year and would love to have more routes operated by parents. If you are interested and think you have the time and commitment we would love to hear from you. Just let our School Reception know and we’ll get back to you.
We celebrated our Walking School Bus by having a Milo and donut morning. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.
Safety at the School Gate is a partnership programme run with Auckland Transport. The aim is to improve safety around the school gate for students who are put at risk by drivers who park illegally. Please be aware that parking officers will be on patrol and you must park safely. They will not be issuing warnings and will be ticketing drivers who are illegally parked. Thank you parents for your commitment to keeping our students safe.
Please use the school crossings when crossing Jeffs Road and Valderama Drive. Parents please remember to drop your speed to below 40 km during drop off and pick up times. Please note the road patrol on Jeffs Road is on patrol from 8:00am till 8:30am. Then again from 3:00pm till 3:15pm.
Mission Heights Walking School Bus Map June 2020. We have one Walking School bus that starts outside Beros Pl, continues down Kaitune Dr onto Packspur Dr and then crosses our zebra crossing on Jeffs Rd to school. Please click on the link below for the map and contact details of our wonderful parent helpers at the bottom of the map.
This map provides a bird’s eye view of parking spaces around our school at drop off and pick up times. The spaces are marked by the black dots.
The map above gives you an idea of how long it takes to walk to school from various points in our community. The red zone takes 5 minutes, the green takes 10 minutes and the blue zone takes 15 minutes. Our students actually walked these distances and timed themselves to provide you with this map.