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Parade celebrates school patrols


Wellington’s annual Orange Day Parade this month acknowledged the role of students in supporting safer journeys to and from school.

According to Wellington City Council, more than half the city’s schools are represented at the annual parade through the streets of the central city.

The event took place on Friday 7 September and began at Parliament before continuing along Lambton Quay and other streets.

Present were over 1400 students who volunteer as members of school patrols, plus parents and teachers. The parade is organised by the council and the New Zealand Police.

School patrols operate around New Zealand. Students under adult supervision use the familiar “lollipop” stop signs to signal drivers to stop at pedestrian crossings and kea crossings where students walk to and from school.

Police school community officer Senior Constable Aaron Dann trains patrol members and says they make a big contribution to keeping their classmates safe during one of the busiest times on the roads.

“School patrollers are out in all weathers, doing a great job keeping their peers safe. Orange Day is an opportunity for Wellingtonians to acknowledge the job they do for road safety and it’s also a reminder that drivers should slow down and be alert when passing schools,” he says.


More about the parade, and school patrols

Orange Day Parade highlights importance of road safety for students (Education Gazette)(external link)

The Education Portal hosts the official training manual for school patrols:

School Traffic Safety Teams Manual

New Zealand’s school patrols: some history

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