Travelling to School

Driving and parking near school

According to the Office of Road Safety, road trauma is the leading cause of death and the second most frequent cause of hospitalisation for children aged between 0 and 14.

Children’s vulnerability as road users is centred on their cognitive and perceptual development which is not fully developed until young adulthood.

Children are vulnerable road users because:

  • They are small and can not see over parked cars
  • Drivers can not see them properly
  • They are energetic and have trouble stopping at corners
  • They have difficulty telling where sounds are coming from and may expect traffic to come from the wrong direction.
  • They have trouble judging the speed of cars reliably
  • They tend to focus on what is in front of them
  • They may behave differently when they are out with other children, forgetting about traffic
  • They may freeze if they find themselves in the path of a car, rather than jumping out of the way.

Rockingham is a growing city, parking restrictions are required to control traffic flow and allow easy and accessible parking.

The City of Rockingham actively promotes safe and legal parking through enforcement and education programs.

Appropriate signs throughout the City clearly indicate parking restrictions, including time limitations, which must be obeyed. Please remember to park with the flow of traffic i.e. not facing the opposite way. Breaches of parking restrictions are monitored and enforced by Ranger Services and parking officers and can attract on-the-spot fines.

Parking is available in designated parking bays at the front of the school and along Hourglass Oval. Parents are welcome to use the Kiss and Drop located off Gibb Road to allow safe drop off and pick up of their children.

Download a copy of the Rockingham school parking safety leaflet.

Pedestrian Safety

Until the age of 11-12 years, children need active adult supervision to help them safely navigate driveways, cars, roads and car parks. Even children who seem to know all the road safety rules won’t necessarily remember to follow them.

Always holding your child’s hand when around cars is a great first step. You can also teach your child about road safety, including how to be safe around parked cars and on footpaths and driveways.

Your child will learn about pedestrian safety by watching you, so use safe behaviour around cars, roads, footpaths and car parks.

  1. Always stop, look, listen and think before crossing a road, and use pedestrian crossings wherever possible. These are situated on Gibb Rd and Willmott Drive.
  2. Always cross at the safest point, even if you have to walk further out of your way.
  3. Put away phones and other devices when you’re walking around roads and cars.

Kiss and Drop

Our Kiss and Drop is provided for your convenience, your child’s safety and to minimise congestion and confusion around the school.

Please drive all the way to the shelter at the top of the kiss and drop driveway. This helps other cars arriving behind you and keeps the traffic moving through the driveway.

When possible, use the door closest to the school, rear passenger door when getting your child into and out of their car. This way, your child will get used to always getting in and out of the car through the safest door.

The driver may not leave the vehicle. If your child does not get in or out of the vehicle within 2 minutes, you must leave the Kiss and Drop and park further away from the school. Ensure your child has their bag when they alite the car.

Morning Kiss and Drop – Students alite the car and head through the gates. Walk to class promptly for the morning classes.

Afternoon Kiss and Drive – Students are supervised in the waiting area. Vehicles should stop at the top of the driveway where the student will be waiting. Students are not to get into a car further down the queue. Drivers will be asked to move on, and repeat the circuit if their child is not waiting in the area.