IGS students put best feet forward

IGS staff and students enjoyed taking part in National Walk Safely to School Day, with a few surprises.

City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott attended the event alongside Sydney City Police Area Command officers, congratulating the IGS community at our front gate.

Now in its 20th year, the annual event encourages all Primary School children to walk and commute safely to school.

The event aims to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

IGS Principal Shauna Colnan said walking to school, even for part of the journey, is a nice way for our students to be out in the sunshine in our local communities.

“Each year at IGS we join with schools across Australia to support Walk Safely to School Day,” she said.

“The streets around IGS are so congested and so we continue to tell our students, regardless of their ages, to ‘look to your left, look to your right and look to your left again’ before stepping onto the street.
“I’m grateful to all of our families who participated in this national event today. There were some new adventures, and in some small way, we helped our students be more mindful about their footprint on our environment.”

For many families at IGS, walking and riding to school is an everyday activity that they enjoy.

Parent John Sergeant rides his bike to IGS with his two children each day.

“We ride because we can,” he said. “We’re about 2km away.

“I think it’s good for the children to not grow up car dependent; to think of the car as the last option and not the first one.”

IGS warmly thanks Sydney City Police Area Command and their representatives for supporting our participation this year, as well as City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott.

“As Deputy Lord Mayor and Labor councillor, I have long advocated for increased pedestrian safety in our City, particularly in the vicinity of our local schools,” Linda said.

“I am proud to have successfully secured the support of Council to identify and prioritise improvements to safety around our local schools. This means that much-needed upgrades such as footpath widening and traffic safety improvements for schools can be fast-tracked in our budget.

“Local school communities have made it clear that that improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure are needed to support more and safer walking and cycling to school by students and parents.”

“I strongly support Walk Safely to School Day as a wonderful initiative to encourage healthy, safe and sustainable methods of transport to school for students and their families.

“When we encourage people to walk to school, we need to ensure they have the infrastructure to do so safely.

“I will continue to advocate for more walking and cycling in our City, and wish everyone a happy and safe Walk Safely to School Day.”