Scholar patrol for Norwood school

Norwood Primary School principal, Afrika Hlongwane.

Norwood Primary School in partnership with Metro police introduced a scholar patrol programme to reduce traffic flow.

The principal, Afrika Hlongwane said training children and staff was facilitated by the Metro police and ended last month. Hlongwane said they have about 30 schoolchildren and their teachers who are participating in this programme.

He said patrollers assist their peers to safely cross the road during the morning and afternoon rush.

“Metro police officers arrive in the mornings and afternoons to monitor traffic and give guidance to the children when they conduct their patrols. Since the introduction of this programme, children can now safely cross over to the other sides of the road,” said Hlongwane.

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“We have decentralised the programme and have two crossing points on the corner of Nellie Road and Wolfgang Avenue for intermediate children.”

The other patrol area is on the corner of William Road and Wolfgang Avenue for the foundation phase schoolchildren. He said patrollers have been issued with reflective gear and equipment. Hlongwane added that they are calling for sponsors to help raise funds for the restoration of their boundary fence.

According to the principal, the fence is about 100 years old since the establishment of the school. “It is very old and we would like to get a new fence for our school to ensure adequate safety for our children. We have one person who has offered to help but we still need more sponsors to assist because one alone is not enough.”

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One of the teachers was allegedly robbed at gunpoint while walking home from school. Hlongwane explained this is one of the incidents that have made them introduce new safety plans.

“We have also resorted to issuing our maintenance staff with panic buttons so that when they feel threatened they are able to notify our security company.”

Details: Norwood Primary School, 011 728 7181.

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