St Anthony’s School’ on the move’ this March

St Anthony’s School’ on the move’ this March

St Anthony's students walk and wheel their way to school PHOTO: St Anthony's

Students at St Anthony’s School in Seatoun will have their walking shoes on this month as they participate in Movin’ March.

The Greater Wellington City Council initiative will see students encouraged to walk, bike, or scooter to school rather than being dropped off in cars.

Each Monday in March St Anthony’s principal, Jennifer Ioannou will meet students at the Strathmore shops, forming a walking or wheels bus to make the 800-metre walk to school.

On other days students will be encouraged to walk, bike, or scooter with their family.

Mrs Ioannou said Movin’ March helped get children and their families moving, as well as teaching skills such as road safety.

She described it as a “wonderful initiative.”

This is St Anthony’s fourth year participating in Movin’ March. In past years up to 40 children were involved in the Monday walking bus from the Strathmore shops, a third of the schools 120 students.

Students involvement in the initiative is tracked by a walk or wheel “passport” which is stamped each time a student walks or wheels to school.

In 2016 and 2017 St Anthony’s was rewarded for winning the passport challenge, claiming prizes such as a bike rack and library books for the school.

Individual prizes are also up for grabs with six $300 Avanti Vouchers to be awarded.

There will be plenty of competition for prizes this year with a record 123 schools participating – 32 more  than last year and over 50% of the schools in the Wellington Region.

Regional council travel choice coordinator,Kirsty Barr said in addition to getting children moving before school, the initiative also aimed to help get cars off the roads.

“A lot of schools are dealing daily with congestion and road safety issues because driving is the main way students get to school,” Barr said.

The Movin’ March competitions also include a parent’s photo competition and student artwork contest.

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