Queen's High School pupil Kama Warburton (13) keeps left as she makes her way to class. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Although you do not have to provide your licence and
registration on request, you are expected to know the road
rules when navigating the corridors of Queen's High School
Bumps and scrapes are common on school grounds, but Queen's
High School has mitigated the potential for collisions in the
maze of corridors, by recently establishing a set of road
Instead of the usual educational posters lining the hallways,
the school's floors and walls are adorned with centre lines,
roundabouts, and "give way", "no stopping" and "keep left"
Queen's High School assistant principal Helen Angus said the
initiative was the brainchild of a year 9 class at the
school, and was set up as part of the school's positive
behaviour for learning programme.
With about 500 pupils and teachers all using the hallways at
once, getting to and from classes could be a chaotic squeeze,
It was hoped the layout would make it easier for large
"We've worked to make the corridors a place to keep moving in
an orderly fashion. There's no policing or ticketing for
speeding or parking [standing in the corridors] too long.
"But teachers have been known to move girls on. The corridors
are not places for discussions.
"This is a one-level school - all in one, with a maze of
"It makes it a safer place and easier to get from A to B.
Everyone's a lot calmer now," she said.
And there are other flow-on benefits.
By the time Queen's High School pupils reach 16, they should
be well and truly prepared for the more official road code
and driving tests.