Travelling to School

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

Carpark Procedures

Thank you for working with us to address the congestion and flow of traffic through the carpark during peak times. With an increased number of staff on active duty in the carpark educating families and enforcing expectations along with the presence of AFP and rangers, we are now experiencing far less congestion.

Driver Responsibility:

Staff responsibility:

Child's responsibility:

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.

Useful tips and resources

Safe Parking Behaviours

Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on verges, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to other road users.

It is also important to remember that members of our school community require access to the disabled parking spaces to allow safe access. Please only use the disabled parking spaces at the school if you have a disability parking permit. The fine for parking in a disabled space without a permit is now $615.

Creating a safe environment around our schools requires a collaborative approach for the whole school community.

Part way is okay

Traffic congestion is a common issue around most schools during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Roads aren’t designed to cope with the sudden increase in traffic volumes for 15-20 minute periods and there is no traffic engineering solution to resolve this problem over such a short period.

If you need to drive, a simple way to reduce the congestion around our school is to use part way drop off or collection points. Part way points can significantly reduce the burden on the school car park and the local road network.

A great example near our school are the carparks at the adjacent sports grounds. There are ample car parking spaces available and you are only a short stroll from the school. This will help to reduce traffic exiting and entering the school, creating a safer environment for everyone.

Illegal driving practices

By following these suggestions, parents will create a safer environment for children and avoid incurring fines which include: