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Children and parents from Belmont School stand in the morning sun in front of a view of the valley of Lower Hutt.

Celebrating 12 years of walking school bus

For 12 years, students from Belmont School have started their school day the active way by joining the Belmont School walking school bus. Starting at the top of Belmont Hill, the walking school bus collects students at their gates as it meanders its way down the hill to school.

On Friday 3 July the walking school bus picked up some special passengers – Minister for Climate Change Hon James Shaw and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Thomas Nash to help celebrate the 12 year milestone. MP Ginny Anderson also joined her children on their regular walking school bus trip.

Sherie Wright, Hutt City Council’s school travel planner said the Belmont School walking school bus is the longest continous walking school bus in the region.

“It was lovely to see previous walking school bus students and families that have moved on to local secondary schools  join us for this milestone celebration.  It is important that we acknowledge the commitment from the families to keep the walking school bus going for the benefit of the children and the environment.”

Belmont School Principal Robin Thomson welcomed the group as they arrived at school and hosted a celebratory morning tea complete with birthday cake.

Children blow out candles on cake.

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