Big step for little Pyper on school journey
New entrant Pyper Webber-Coles will join thousands of other Waikato children going to school on the first day of the 2013 first term this week, and police are warning motorists to watch out for them on the roads around schools.
Five-year-old Pyper, who starts at Hamilton's Deanwell Primary School tomorrow, is the last of four siblings to attend school and, for mum Laura, 36, the prospect is something she has been quietly dreading. "It's quite scary, actually, that all my babies are growing up."
Mrs Webber-Coles has four children - Pyper and 7-year-old Jordy, who are at primary; 11-year-old Mikaela at intermediate; and Tamara, 14, at high school.
But she said that while packing Pyper off on her first day tomorrow was a big deal, she thought her youngest would cope.
"Because we've been going there with the other kids, she knows her way around.
"She has lots of friends from kindy going there too."
Meanwhile, police will be enforcing a strict speed-limit within school zones as youngsters head back to class this week.
"Motorists detected driving at more than 4km over the posted speed limit within 250 metres on either side of any school boundary can expect to be issued an infringement by police," Senior Sergeant Richard Smith said.
He also urged parents to ensure their children received adequate road safety education. "Simple things like crossing the road on a posted crossing, and wearing coats and bags that make them highly visible can protect your child."