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Email: schooltravel@gw.govt.nz

Phone: 04 830 4333

Address: PO Box 11646, Wellington 6142

Walking up a confidence boost at Houghton Valley School

March 29, 2018

Walking to school solo recently has been a big confidence booster for six year old Houghton Valley School pupil, Art Prebble.

 

Encouraging kids to walk or wheel from home to school is one of a range of activities that Greater Wellington Regional Council is promoting as part of Movin’March - a month long celebration of walking & wheeling at primary schools throughout the Wellington region.

 

Art’s mum Natalie Keegan says that while at first she was nervous about him walking alone, she’s now embraced the idea as a great step towards more independence, which she says is just what a 6 year old is keen on.

 

“We are lucky enough to live a short distance from his school. I wave him off at the top of our drive and make sure I can see the school road patrol is there and often get a wave from the teacher on patrol. Art has one road to cross and often neighbours are heading to school at the same time.

 

“It was his idea to walk by himself and it has helped boost his confidence. He reassures me he's fine and to ‘please go back down the drive now’! So it must be a pretty cool/grown up feeling to walk alone to school. A few other mums have spotted him and said he looks very happy and proud of himself.’

 

Research supports this, showing that walking and biking to school improves physical fitness and helps develop confidence, independence, decision making and risk assessment skills, improve communication with parents and build a stronger sense of community.

 

Art joined fellow pupils in a school wide Fancy Feet Parade on the school forecourt on Friday - another initiative to get kids excited about moving their feet. There was some fantastic creativity on display along with many a hop, skip and a jump.

Art Prebble (right) with his younger brother Alfonso rocking their fancy feathered feet.

Art joined fellow pupils in a school wide Fancy Feet Parade on the school forecourt on Friday - another initiative to get kids excited about moving their feet. There was some fantastic creativity on display along with many a hop, skip and a jump.

 

 

 

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