Wow! 2019 has well and truly started and a lot has been happening at our school in the five weeks that we've been back. To start the year, new staff to the school were given a professional learning on the various sustainability programs being run at Coolbinia (Year 3: Water Wise program, Year 4: Waste Wise Warriors, Year 5: Your Move and Year 6: Energy Smart). Given that focus on sustainability at our school, the members of the Cross-Curriculum Priorities team thought it was crucial that new staff receive PL on the programs that will be running around them. On two occasions I have provided a further snapshot/update about the Your Move program at our weekly communications meeting to ensure that all staff are aware of any Your Move events for the week and are promoting them accordingly in their classrooms. As the Your Move Champion and program coordinator at Coolbinia Primary School, I drew up a manual and exemplar templates that contain all the relevant information for anybody stepping into the coordinator role in the future or for staff who need further support with integrating it into their classrooms.
Our first Your Move student team for the year was established in the first week of the school term given that we have Year 5 students across four different classrooms this year. We started off our meeting by discussing what Your Move program is about, what active transport is, why it's important and what can be done about it within the school community. We then used a calendar to map out the school term and identify the roles and responsibilities of the first student team. We discussed the need to integrate the learning activities into our regular learning activities so that they were embedded into the curriculum rather than 'adding another program on'.
The Your Move students published their first article in the school community bulletin this week (please see attached document). This year we decided to relaunch Fume Free Friday's as a regular active travel day, which will take place on a fortnightly basis on non-assembly weeks. To further integrate Your Move into the sustainability and leadership programs in the school, we decided to reward travel smart students with our PBS behavioural tokens rather than raffle tickets. Students will receive a respect token (for caring for the environment) and a character token (for actively participating in community events). Our first Fume Free Friday will be taking place tomorrow, which the students are very excited about.
The Your Move team also conducted our start of the year hands up survey two weeks ago. The hands up survey was integrated into Mathematics as part of the Statistics and Probability strand of the curriculum. After the survey was conducted, we used an Excel Spreadsheet to tally our results and convert scores to percentages to further analyse the data. Students defined the issues that were currently road blocking a higher number of active travel, which included recently hot weather, new students not knowing about active transportation and lack of promotion regarding Your Move for 2019. Students decided that the first action point on their plan is to ensure that adequate promotion is conducted this term. We looked at previous examples of Your Move posters from 2018 to see what was effective or ineffective about them. This viewing component of the curriculum was embedded into English, while the poster design and creation was conducted during Visual Arts lessons. Posters for our upcoming National Walk To School Day are almost completed and so are the Fume Free Friday relaunch posters. The students decided to have a soft launch this week without posters to generate a buzz around the event.
Overall, we are very excited for the upcoming year and can't wait to see what new challenges the new students rise to occasion on.
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James (Your Move)
I think "update" is an understatement Luke - I think this is the biggest scoring story I have ever seen! It is so jam packed full of information - before I start on the activities I'll let you know that you received 30 bonus points for the level of details provided.Report comment
James (Your Move)
So you also received the following activity points: Staff PD (70), New team and meeting (60), newsletter (25), regular AT day (90), integrate rewards with schools behavioural system (20), define your issues (25), poster design lesson (15). It's great to see YM going from strength to strength at Coolbinia!Report comment
Trevor (Your Move)
WoW! This story is truly phenomenal... well done Luke, you've smashed the record for the highest story of all time! (even without a photo), it'd be great to see some pics from fume free friday! :)Report comment
David (Your Move)
Its great to read about all the fantastic initiatives in place at Coolbinia. You've really integrated sustainability into the fabric of the school and Your Move is just a small part of that. I love how you've implemented to cross-curriculum priority throughout the whole school. Great work.Report comment
Hello Luke. What a fantastic snapshot of all that is happening at Coolbinia PS! I would absolutely love to see the manual you have created and exemplar templates if you have permission to share? I think succession planning is a crucial element to embedding YM in a school and these resources would be extremely helpful for the YM champions. Thanks!Report comment
Hoping to get some pictures from our Fume Free Friday event :)Report comment
Wow Coolbinia! Very impressive!! Well doneReport comment