Travelwise at CBS
At Campbells Bay School we have a Travelwise programme, with the aim of minimising car traffic around the school and encouraging alternate and safe methods of getting to and from school.
Travelwise is a programme for schools that works with the Auckland Council and ARTA to encourage the safe use of efficient transport. New Zealand has the most cars per person of any country in the world, and car trips to school make up about 40% of Auckland’s morning traffic. With Travelwise, Campbells Bay School is trying to do our bit to not contribute to that problem.
The Travelwise programme brings a number of benefits for the school and our students, both directly and indirectly. These include, for the school:
- reduced traffic problems
- higher levels of road safety
- a well-maintained and up to date safety programme
- improved relationships with the local community
Benefits for our students:
- improved health and fitness
- improved personal safety skills
- increased knowledge and awareness of the local community
- greater confidence and independence
On top of that, the programme also provides a number of benefits to parents and other members of the community:
- less time spent sitting in traffic
- reduced air and noise pollution
- gives parents more time in the morning with their kids
- improves overall road safety and improves cycling, walking and bus routes
CBS Wise Walkers
CBS Wise Walkers is the official name of the Campbells Bay School walking buses.
Walking school buses are made up of groups of children who walk designated routes to and from school, closely supervised by rostered parents (at a ratio of 8 students to 1 adult). They are a great way for your child to make friends from different year levels, and walking to school actually helps your child to learn for the rest of the day.
This is a great opportunity for kids to keep fit by walking, help cut down the traffic jam at school, and to socialise with the other kids from the area. Parents assist, creating an enjoyable walk to school along four routes.
Children join the bus outside their house or at one of the meeting spots along the route. Each bus operates to suit the needs and schedules of the families on the route, so check with the coordinator of your bus for specific details. Contact details for each bus coordinator can be found below.
General questions about the Wise Walkers programme can be directed to (TBA), the overall coordinator for the walking school buses.
Walking School Bus routes
There are five main walking school bus routes, with new routes being added as needed so do get in touch with us if you want your child to walk to school.
- East Coast Road
The East Coast Road bus leaves from the corner of Dewsbury Terrace and East Coast Road at 8:10am. Currently the bus walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but parents are keen to walk more days as more families get on board.
Ring coordinator Lorraine Tucker on 021 201 7553 with any questions.
- Park Rise
Park Rise bus meets at the corner of Sandford Street and Park Rise at 8:15am. We walk through Centennial Park and up Rae Road to school. It’s a lovely walk and the children love it.
Ring coordinator Chris Mullard on 027 4873 278 for more information.
- Castor Bay Road/Eastcliffe Road
Castor Bay bus leaves from the walkway at #57 Castor Bay Road at 8:20am.
Ring coordinator TBA for more information.
- Channel View Road
Channel View bus leaves from the corner of Channel View Road and Beach Road (outside Forme Spa), up Aberdeen Road to school. Check out their Facebook page or phone coordinator Nigel Yee on 027 823 3838 for more information.
- Forrest Hill
Forrest Hill bus leaves from Forrest Hill Road, goes across the reserve at the top, along East Coast Road and finally down Aberdeen Road to arrive at school. This route is currently inactive as not enough families have expressed an interest – are you keen to get this bus going?
Ring coordinator TBA for more information.
- Informal Small Groups
If you are a parent who regularly walks to school and would be happy to supervise another child or two alongside your own, we encourage you to get in touch with the school. We are happy to link parents together on an informal basis to make life a little easier.
- Independent Walkers If you have a child in the senior school who wants to walk independently and you’d like to link them up with other seniors walking home the same way please get in touch.
Cycling at Campbells Bay School
Cycling is the most energy efficient way to get around, and at Campbells Bay School we encourage our students to cycle to school safely and responsibly.
It’s also an excellent way to add exercise to the daily routine of your children. Once they start students will start looking and feeling better in no time.
Year 5 children take part in the ‘Bike It’ programme, find out more at www.bikewise.co.nz
Take a look at our North Shore Cycle Map and Cycle Guide for more information.
Campbells Bay School runs a school bus, a more efficient way to get kids to school than parents in cars.