On Thursday 5th May the Harinui Syndicate went for a Safety Walk through the streets of Papatoetoe. We got ready in our new fluro vests and were sorted into 5 groups.
We walked sensibly in lines on the footpath and talked about all the things we saw and did.
We made sure that we walked at a steady pace along the path. We tried not to step on other people’s shoes or trip them up. When someone else was walking towards us we moved to the left so they could pass by us on the foot path. We were carefully sharing a space. People should not have to walk on the grass to get around us! We were showing good manners and care for others.
Next we continued along the road and headed for the park to show Mrs B where it was. We stopped at the pedestrian crossing at the lights and pushed the button. Then we waited until it was time to go at the buzzer. The cars stopped for us and then it was safe to cross the road.
We walked along the footpath, past the bank, the toilets adn the bus stop. We talked about safety in using them.
Then as we walked into the park we met one of the Papatoetoe Town Centre Ambassadors. Dave volunteers as an ambassador. His job is to keep the people coming to the shops safe and offer them help and advice is they need it. He has a uniform and a special badge. He also has a walkie-talkie. He talked to us about his job and we asked him questions.
We walked through the New World store and talked about suitable behaviour in a shop. Do you run? Do you shout? Do you touch things? No – no – no!
We are always quiet and sensible. We walk and respect that others are doing their shopping around us. We listen to the adults who are with us when they ask us to do something.
Out of the mall we crossed the road and walked past some road works. We named all the safety equipment we saw along the way. Some things kept the shoppers safe, some things kelp the drivers safe and some things kept the road workers safe.
We walked back across the road and past the CAB (the citizens advice bureau) this is a voluntary group who help people with information about the things they need to know. They can tell you which person you should contact for help if you need to know about buses, shops, doctors or other services to make your life easier. We also met another ambassador. We saw 3 altogether!
Then we went on to the playground. We looked at the safety gate and the fences. We talked about sharing with the other children at the playground. Also we made sure we played safely and with concern for others. We were helpful and kind.
We had a super time on our safety walk. We learned a lot. We did a lot of walking too. We arrived back at school in time for lunch.