Children use their feet to arrive for a day at school
■ The mums and dads of Pannawonica ditched the school dropoff en masse for charity on Thursday, when the whole of Pannawonica Primary School took part in the National Heart Foundation’s Walk to School Day.
Almost all the 116 students walked to school with their parents, arriving to a healthy breakfast of cereal, fruit salad and yoghurt put on by teachers, and plenty of Heart Foundation merchandise.
School registrar Samantha Sylva said it had been a great turnout.
“The kids really enjoy getting together,” she said.
“It’s a good community event as well, getting together parents and students and teachers.”
Walk to School Day is part of the Heart Foundation’s Walk Over October campaign, which encourages Australians to be more active to look after their cardiovascular health.
Pannawonica Primary School has taken part for several years now, and the teachers actively promoted this year’s event by sending SMS messages and notes to parents and writing reminders on whiteboards.
Mrs Sylva said the event got bigger every year.
“It felt like this year we had 100 per cent participation by everyone in the school for the first time,” she said.
Cooper Wallace-Walker, 7, Kayden, 8, and Hayley Percival, 6, and Jessica Sylva, 7, enjoy a healthy breakfast at school.