'Orange Day' Recognises School Patrols

15 September 2010

The road safety work of school patrols will be recognised this Friday when about 1,100 children from Wellington city primary schools march through central Wellington in the annual Orange Day street parade.

Dressed in orange, the school patrollers will march to the tune of the Scots College pipe band from Parliament along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Civic Square and a celebration at the Wellington Town Hall.

"The school patrols do a terrific job," says the Council's Transport Portfolio Leader and Mayor Kerry Prendergast. "They have to take on the responsibility of making quick decisions on the spot about when to stop the traffic, put out the signs and get other students safely over the crossings.

Wellington Police Education Officer Constable Duncan Ashton, who trains school patrols, says school patrollers do a great job for their schools and communities during the busiest times for traffic.

"They are spending their time out there, and the parade is about giving them a reward, and it is also about reminding Wellingtonians to drive safely near schools," he says.

The march will start at 10.00am, so there will be delays along this route until about 10.45am as there will be a rolling road closure in place for this event. It is sponsored by the Council, New Zealand Police and Pak'nSave.