Safe school travel
There are a variety of transport options for children to commute to and from our school. Encouraging more children to walk or ride to school will help to reduce congestion and increase safety around our school. It is also one of the most time efficient ways for children to receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Children should be directed by parents to use the school crossing when approaching and leaving the school.
Before and after school
School staff are not responsible for children onsite outside of school hours. Students should arrive at 9 am and leave promptly at 3 pm unless enrolled in before/after school care. Please plan your child’s trip to and from school with this in mind.
View the Ride or Walk to School Map.
Parking and traffic management guidelines
Managing traffic and road safety at schools is a matter for everyone in the community. Children are more at risk in road environments around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. Their behaviour can be less predictable than adults and they may have errors of judgement when dealing with traffic.
School environments are often congested during the peak times, because roads and carparks aren’t built to meet the high demand and struggle to cope over a short timeframe. The school community can help to reduce congestion and improve safety for children by walking or riding to school. If you need to drive, consider part way drop off or collection points or follow these traffic management guidelines to ensure children remain safe.
More information is available on the Transport Canberra website, including a range of educational resources for school communities to promote active and safe behaviours around schools.
- Please drive slowly and be patient and courteous to others when visiting the school, including school staff.
- Motorists should always park legally. There is parking available on the streets and carparks around the school (refer to maps).
- Illegal parking reduces visibility of children and creates a potential safety risk. Police, Parking Operations and a Licence Plate Recognition vehicle undertake periodic patrols in school environments to enforce safe behaviours.
- Motorists should never park in the pick-up and set down zone within the school carpark. Please only use this area to drop off or collect children.
- Motorists should never double park to collect children, it creates an unnecessary safety risk to children and reduces traffic flow.
- Always drive very slowly through the carpark (10km/h) and be alert for children.
- Stopping or driving on the verge is dangerous for children, who shouldn’t be required to navigate cars in these areas.
Useful tips and resources
- Walking and riding to school is a safe, fun and healthy form of travel and is encouraged and supported by the school.
- Children can be dropped at school from 8:45am. By dropping children closer to 8:45am, you are likely to avoid the main peak.
- Arrange an alternative meeting point with your child/ren to avoid the congestion within the school carpark, which might be a five to ten-minute walk from the school (refer to maps for some examples).
- If you plan to use the pick-up zone after school, arrive after 3pm when the children are ready to be collected.
- Carpooling, public transport and active travel are all encouraged forms of transport.
Illegal driving practices
By following these suggestions, parents will create a safer environment for children and avoid incurring fines which include:
- Parking on the verge (fines from $123)
- Parking on footpaths (fines from $123)
- Stopping in a No Stopping zone (fines from $276)
- Parking in a No Parking zone (fines from $123)
- Stopping on a pedestrian or children’s crossing (fines from $405)
- Parking in a Bus Zone (fines from $162)
- Parking in a mobility (disabled) space (fines from $615)
These images below indicate where parking is available:
Canberra Light Rail
Canberra's Light Rail will change the way people can travel in the north of the city. Many children and young people will find themselves walking, cycling near the light rail line or travelling as a passenger. There are some safety aspects that we all need to be aware of as a result of the installation and movement of light rail vehicles. Children walking, cycling or travelling on the light rail will have new sights and sounds to be aware of. Parents and carers should talk with children about taking care around the light rail tracks and vehicles.
Some of the changes include installation of light rail track along Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue. Also, the installation of the overhead electric wire that will power the Light Rail Vehicles and is currently underway.
If your children walk, cycle or travel near the light rail environment, please share with them these safety tips:
- Pedestrians and cyclists should always cross the tracks at designated intersection crossings. When crossing the tracks, it is safe to come into contact with the rail.
- Rail tracks can be a fall hazard for cyclists. Avoid getting your cycle wheels caught in the rail groove by riding directly across the tracks at a right angle. Do not cross in front of a moving LRV and avoid braking while on rail tracks.
- Always stay alert! LRVs are quiet and can approach unexpectedly from either direction. Distractions like texting and listening to music can put you at risk.
- The overhead wire is LIVE and carries 750 volts of power. Keep away!
- In the event of an emergency, always dial 000. Check out the Rail Ready safety video which provides tips for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Rail Ready safety resources.