Whitehorse City Council

Walk to School 2017

Walk to School logoWhitehorse 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 with parents or friends 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 remainder of the journey. Other at-school options are also possible as alternatives to participate.

As an incentive to participate, Council and VicHealth are offering schools three bonus options. Option 1 is a $300 voucher to host a healthy breakfast. Option 2 is $300 worth of sporting equipment. Option 3 is $300 worth of classroom healthy breakfast packs. Plus, schools that register to conduct a Category 3 activity will be in the draw to win $2000 towards an active travel item such as bike racks.

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 2017. Students involved in Walk to School 2017 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.

Ride To School 2017

To participate
  • Complete the online registration form below by Monday 14 August 2017. (Please list at least two active travel-related activities the school will conduct to be eligible for the $300 incentive. Refer to activity suggestions below).
  • Sign up on VicHealth’s Walk to School website at http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au/
  • Plus schools who choose a Category 3 activity will go into the draw for a $2000 active travel item for the school.
  • Order free Walk to School materials by visiting VicHealth’s Walk to School website.
  • Teachers or student leaders will need to fill out the classroom calendars to record students’ walks during October.
  • Submit your school’s total walks on the VicHealth’s Walk to School website by 15 November.

Activity Suggestions

Category 1
  • 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.
  • Complete a 10-minute survey regarding attitudes, barriers, suggestions and the like of walking to school and the Walk to School program (survey link will be provided once registered).
  • Create artwork related to things students see on their way to school. (Artwork will be displayed in the front foyer of Council for one month).
  • Provide a list of ideas of how your school could motivate parents to get students walking to school during October. Trial these ideas during Walk to School Month.
  • School walk-a-thons, bling your thing, silly sock and shoe days.
  • Work with school environment or sports captains to decide on your own activities to deliver in October that promote walking, cycling and healthy lifestyles.
Category 2
  • Hand out raffle tickets and/or other incentives and promotional items for students who have walked to school. This could be on a daily or weekly basis. Announce winners of the raffle at assembly or morning tea.
  • Host a celebration for your school crossing supervisors to thank them for helping students cross the road safely each day.
  • Conduct classroom learning activities throughout the month of October in relation to health, sustainability and road safety (such as VicRoads' ‘Kids on the Move’ and Victoria Walks ‘Smart Steps’).
  • 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.
  • Enrol a teacher/s at your school into the free BikeEd Accredited Training Course for Teachers.
Category 3 *
  • Establish ‘park and walk’ or ‘4 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.
  • Student leaders or the wellbeing coordinator can establish ‘Walking Wheeling Wednesdays’ or similar, for the month of October and beyond.
  • Whole-of-school exercise classes during October (i.e.walk/run laps of the oval, cross country aerobics, dancing, bootcamp, sports games).
  • Students to make a map of safe routes to schools to hand out to parents and students.
  • Students to send ‘thank you’ letters home to parents each week during October to thank them for letting them walk/cycle/scoot to and from school.

*Schools who choose a Category 3 activity will be entered into a draw to win $2000 towards an active travel item/s for the school (eg. bike racks, sports equipment, way-finding signage).

2016 Winners
Winner of the Whitehorse Golden Shoe Trophy
Old Orchard Primary School
Winner of the parents’ group fitness class
St Philips Primary School
Winner of the Short Film Award

Vermont Primary School – view at https://youtu.be/EnoEHmd8qDw

Winning teacher of the $100 Gold Class Movie Voucher

Ed Weekes, St Luke the Evangelist Primary School

Runner Up of the Short Film Award
St John’s Primary School – view at https://youtu.be/loae5rFdBEc
Congratulations to the schools that participated in Walk To School 2016. We hope you enjoy the program in 2017. 
Antonio Park
Blackburn Lake
Burwood East
Burwood Heights
Holy Saviour

Mont Albert
Mount Pleasant Road
Old Orchard
Orchard Grove
Roberts McCubbin

St Francis Xavier
St James
St John’s
St Luke the Evangelist
St Philip’s
St Scholastica’s
St Thomas The Apostle

St Timothy’s
Surrey Hills
Vermont South Special School
Wattle Park

For more information or assistance in regards to Walk to School 2017, please contact: 
Justine Girgin, Council’s Active Transport Officer on 9262 7662 (Thursday and Friday) or email justine.girgin@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Fields marked with * are mandatory

Registration Form

Has consent from your principal been granted to participate in the event?:

Which incentive would you like your school to receive?:

All Walk to School Coordinators who tally their final results and submit them by 15 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 registration form by Monday 14 August 2017.