Whitehorse City Council is supporting local primary schools to get involved with VicHealth’s Walk to School program, which encourages children to walk to and from school as often as possible throughout October.
Walking to school helps children stay healthy and active, and has other benefits such as reducing traffic and parking congestion. Children who live too far from school to walk the entire way can still participate by being driven or using public transport part way and walking the rest of the way. Other at-school options are also possible as an alternative to participate.
As an incentive to participate, Council and VicHealth are offering schools two generous options. Option 1 is a $300 voucher to host a healthy breakfast. Option 2 is $300 worth of sporting equipment. New schools who have not participated in the past will be eligible for an additional $200 towards their chosen incentive. Plus, schools who register to undertake a Category 3 activity will be in the draw to win one of two mobile coffee cart experiences for a morning to reward parents for helping their children travel actively to school.
Council will present the ‘Golden Shoe’ trophy to the school with the highest percentage of students who walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school during October 2018. Students involved in Walk to School 2018 will receive a certificate of participation from VicHealth.
Last year Victorian students walked 1.6 million kilometres, the equivalent of walking around Australia 112 times or two return trips to the moon.
• Complete and return the attached registration form by Monday 6 August 2018. Please list at least two active travel related activities the school will undertake to be eligible for the $300 incentives. Refer to activity suggestions below or create your own ideas.
• Council on your behalf will then sign up your school to Vic Health’s Walk to School website and order your free resources or you can opt to do it yourself at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au
• Once registered, you will receive your choice of a $300 voucher, or $300 worth of sporting equipment. Plus schools who choose a Category 3 activity will go into the draw to win one of 2 mobile coffee cart experiences at your school.
• Teachers or student leaders will need to fill out the classroom calendars to record student’s walks during October.
• Submit your school’s total walks to council or on VicHealth’s Walk to School website by no later than 16 November.
• New schools who have not participated before will be eligible for an additional $200 towards their chosen $300 incentive.
A. Provide weekly information in your school newsletter, apps or website during October regarding walking, healthy lifestyles and road safety tips. Council will assist with this information.
B. School walk-a-thon/s.
C. Students to send ‘Thank You’ letters home to parents each week during October to thank them for helping them walk/cycle/scoot to and from school.
D. Work with school environment or sports captains to decide on your own activities to deliver in October that promote walking, cycling and healthy lifestyles.
E. Decorate your bike, helmet, scooters for the start of Walk to School or run silly sock and shoe day competitions.
A. Hand out raffle tickets and/or other incentives and promotional items for students that have walked to school. This could be on a daily or weekly basis. Announce winners of the raffle at assembly or morning tea. You could use the sports equipment incentive for this activity.
B. Enrol a teacher/s at your school into the free BikeEd Accredited Training Course for Teachers.
C. Enrol Grade 6 students in the free Whitehorse City Council ‘Transit’ program that will assist them to plan safe, sustainable and active transport options as they transition to secondary school.
D. Host a celebration for your school crossing supervisors to thank them for helping students cross the road safely each day.
E. Students to make a map of safe routes to schools to hand out to parents and students.
A. Whole of school exercise classes during October (i.e.walk/run laps of the oval, cross country aerobics, dancing, bootcamp, sports games).
B. Student leaders or wellbeing coordinator can establish ‘Walking Wheeling Wednesdays’ or similar, for the month of October and beyond.
C. Undertake classroom learning activities throughout the month of October in relation to health, sustainability and road safety (such as VicRoads ‘Kids on the Move’, RACV Street Scene and Victoria Walks Smart Steps).
D. Establish ‘park and walk’ or ‘four minute walk zone’ locations to enable families to walk at least part of the way to school if they live too far from school to walk. Schools may wish to trial this arrangement as part of Walk to School month and work towards a more permanent program in the future.
Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative. For further information visit walktoschool.vic.gov.au
*The schools who choose a Category 3 activity will be entered into a draw to win one of two mobile coffee cart experiences to reward parents for helping children get involved in active travel to school.
For more information or assistance in regards to Walk to School 2018, please contact: Justine Girgin or ring Council’s Active Transport Officer on 9262 7662 (Thursday and Friday)
Fields marked with * are mandatory
Has consent from your principal been granted to participate in the event? :
List at least one activity from two categories that your school will undertake to be eligible for your $300 incentive:
Please tick one:
How would you like to sign up on the Vichealth website and order your free resources?:
All Walk to School Coordinators who tally their final results and submit them by 16 November will be in the draw to win $100 GOLD CLASS movie vouchers to acknowledge their contribution to the Walk to School program.
Please complete this online registration form by Monday 6 August 2018.
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