School strolls for sustainability

More than 100 Killara Primary School pupils participated in Walk to School day this year. (Supplied)

Killara Primary School pupils took to the streets last week to spread a message of sustainability.

The school’s Walk to School Day included 119 pupils as well as an assortment of pets and parents.

The walking initiative has been promoted across the state by VicHealth, who hope the annual event will encourage regular physical activity where possible among children and their parents.

At Killara, the morning walk factors into the school’s robust sustainability program, where the children are regularly challenged to consider how their actions contribute to the environment.

Killara Primary School sustainability co-ordinator Robyn Smith said she was pleased to see the impressive turn out.

Last week some pupils from the school won best pitch at the the six-week Veolia Future Resources program, for their innovative smart bin design idea that would help to tackle food waste.

“The rain stayed away and the kids enjoyed the fresh air and exercise,” Ms Smith said.

“The chatter and laughter coming from the ‘Walking School Bus’, which snaked up Phillip Drive from Riddell Road, was lovely to hear.

“As the weather improves we hope more and more families will join in on the trend –

leave the car at home, reduce traffic congestion, reduce exhaust emissions, connect with family and friends, increase daily exercise and help the environment, all at the same time.”

Oliver Lees