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Principle
Fiona Rosa

Phone
03 9466 1810

Email
thomastown.meadows.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Address
13 - 21 Diplomat Drive
Thomastown, Vic, 3074

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Parking

The following is a brief summary of the rules and regulations that you need to follow to avoid receiving a Traffic Infringement Notice and ensure everyone’s safety at all times:

DO NOT PARK in the staff car park and in No Standing Areas around the school. These are signed to ensure that traffic can flow through the car park and the safety of our students is protected. Children exiting and boarding cars in No Standing areas are putting themselves at high risk as other drivers don’t expect this to happen.

DO NOT PARK in the Disabled Parking Bays unless you have the appropriate permits to do so.

DO NOT PARK ON GRASSED AREAS. Vehicles parking / driving on the grassed areas are often not expected by pedestrians.

Travel at an appropriate speed through the car park. Maximum speed in the Car Park area is 5kmph. The maximum speed on roads around the school is 40kmph.

STOP at the Pedestrian Crossings when someone is crossing the road. Follow the school crossing supervisors directions at all times.

Suggestions to assist with parking:

  • Encourage children to walk or ride to school.
  • Try and arrive earlier in the morning.
  • On nice days, leave the car at home and walk.
  • Park in the side streets and walk a short distance to the school.

REMEMBER that all of these rules have been put in place to ensure the safety of our students. It would be very upsetting if a child was hurt because of the inappropriate driving or parking of a small minority of our community who can’t be patient and wait for others to move.

Walk to school

Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It’s a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. It also encourages primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.

Along with the health benefits, walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment!

Walk to School creates positive health outcomes. It’s based on extensive research and evidence indicating that increased physical activity in Victorian children can provide real health benefits. To promote physical activity in Victorian communities, VicHealth has funded 63 councils. They play a crucial role in supporting schools and ensuring it’s safe, easy and fun to walk, ride or scoot to school. 

Road Safety Tips for Walk to School 

Make sure your kids walk, ride and scoot to school in a fun and safe way with these handy tips! Participating in the program gives parents and carers a great opportunity to teach kids about road safety and stranger danger. It’s also a fantastic way to build their confidence when it comes to walking by themselves. 

Keep a look out before stepping out! Stop, look, listen, cross. 

When you want to cross a road, make sure to find a zebra crossing and: Stop, look, listen and cross. 

  1. STOP – stop on the footpath at the zebra crossing before making a move.
  2. LOOK – scan your surroundings from left to right and make sure there are no cars around. If there is a car nearby, make sure to wait until it comes to a complete stop before crossing. 
  3. LISTEN – make sure you listen out for any cars that may be approaching. Even if you cannot always see a car, you can be extra sure by listening for them. Don’t forget to take your earphones out whenever you are walking! 
  4. CROSS – when you have made sure it is safe to do so, you can safely walk across the zebra lines to the other side of the road.

 

Following these four steps can teach kids proper road safety and awareness.