Many thanks to our amazing year 6/7 students who provide a service to our school community by manning the school crossings before and after school.

Recently all of our Year 6 and 7 student volunteers, as well as Year 5 students from Room 17, underwent training as School Crossing Monitors. This training was conducted by Road Safety Educators from the SA Police Road Safety Section.

Students who were involved in this training were issued a Certificate of Authority on behalf of the Commissioner of Police which, under the Road Traffic Act 1961, authorises the student to work as a School Crossing Monitor. The certificate authorises the students to stop traffic using a Stop Sign as well as give reasonable directions to pedestrians for the safe and efficient movement of traffic at or on the crossing as in their opinion is necessary.

The training involves learning how to safely stop vehicles at a school crossing and performing safety assessments on when it is safe for children to cross the road. This includes asking the monitors to check that all vehicles have stopped prior to pedestrians walking onto the crossing. The session also includes safe sign handling techniques and positioning within the crossing.

It is extremely important that all people (including parents) use the crossings and become good road safety role models, by following the School Crossing Monitor’s directions, not only for their safety but the safety of all students and road users.┬áDrivers and pedestrians who disobey monitors instructions or speed through the school crossing can be reported to the Police and are dealt with under the SAPOL Traffic Watch program.

If families have any questions about the training, the Road Safety Section is happy to receive enquiries on 8207 6587 or alternatively, please phone the school.