Hands Up Survey - Report

Rick Eikelboom
John Calvin School - Albany

This morning our class could conduct another Hands Up Survey and here is a small report.

The year six class conducted the survey of the whole school but year 9 class was absent as they were on an excursion. Each class was surveyed and my group needed to complete the survey for the yrs 7, 8 and 10. That wasn't easy as they were a little scary.

Anyway we got all results and we added it to the template the teacher had up on his computer. We then submitted it and as class we looked at the results. We were a bit disappointed that many people came by car.

Then we compared the survey with the one we did in February this year and then we noticed that some students had made changes to the way they arrive at school. Overall the students who came on bike, scooted or skated went up from 11% to 14% and the kids who walked up from 1 student to 23 students. Although that was a big increase, it was mainly because today happened to be a Walking School Bus day, where 17 students walked to school as a group. That still meant that 5 extra students walked to school than in February.

To conclude we as school reduced the car and bus transport and increases in the biking. Our class aim for the rest of the year is to have more students participate in the Walking School Bus and also promote cycling to school. We do have a dress up your bike day planned but we'll leave that for another day.

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for sharing your HUS experience. I hope those years 7s, 8s and 10s were only just a little bit scary! If you lodged this through our survey tool you would have received 50 points automatically. I have also given you 10 points for your discussion plus a bonus 5 for including a student's perspective. It's great to see more kids using their own wheels to get to school. Ideally this survey won't actually be your offical End-of-year survey as the Park and Walk/WSB initiative will skew the results quite significantly. Do you have plans to do another survey on a 'normal' day?

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