Pupils at a Hoppers Crossing school welcomed families and community members for a special event promoting safety and friendship recently.

Youngsters at Mossfiel Primary School took part in a safety walk and watched the unveiling of a buddy bench in the playground.

The buddy bench is for students to sit on when they are in need of a friend to play with during break times – if another young person sees them sitting on the bench, they can invite them to join their friendship group.

The school also unveiled a new mural, created by pupils, to promote the theme of staying safe.

Adding to the festivities, pupils and staff were encouraged to wear a splash of red and make a gold coin donation to the school.

Ice-cream sundaes were sold at the school in the lead-up to the Safety Day event to raise money for The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which aims to make Australia a safer place for children.

The foundation also aims to educate children and young people about how to stay safe in physical and online environments.

The foundation was established in honour of Daniel Morcombe, who was abducted and murdered at the age of 13 in Queensland.