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Rail Safety 2020 virtual field trip

Children at level crossing check for trains.Term 3 will see LEARNZ teacher Andrew Penny lead a virtual field trip to Auckland for students to explore safety and sustainability with New Zealand’s rail network.


What: Rail safety: walk-drive-ride safe around rail

When: Term 3 starting 11 August 2020


New Zealand’s trains are taking increasing numbers of people and freight. Train travel makes our roads safer and less congested and supports sustainability goals too.

Rail safety matters a great deal. In some cities, catching a train to school or work is routine and many people come across level crossings where car drivers and the rest of us must stop and wait for a train to pass.

  • Visit a train control centre.
  • Interview a train driver.
  • Ride a modern commuter train.
  • Weigh up the benefits of rail electrification.
  • Find out what is involved in upgrading a section of rail, along with its bridges, tunnels and pedestrian level crossings.
  • Join students on their daily walk to school, as they make decisions on how to safely cross the railway line.

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Via the LEARNZ website.

Summary Page: Rail safety 2020 (LEARNZ)(external link)

Teacher feedback on last year’s Rail Safety virtual field trip

"This field trip was very effective for my class because we have a railway line close to our school and within our community. I really wish I had to opportunity to learn in this way when I was at school. Every day the tamariki in my class looked forward to accessing the new information, watching the web conferences and speaking to experts or listening to the audios". Jessica Redmond from Paerata School.

More resources for rail safety

Rail safety curriculum resources

Years 1-8 overview, English, Mathematics, Science and Social sciences. Written by Pam Hook.

TrackSAFE New Zealand(external link)

Organiser of Rail Safety Week, TrackSAFE is New Zealand’s organisation dedicated to preventing harm on the rail corridor. Find safety advice and information on safety issues here.


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