Our Hands Up survey this week shows that we still have more students actively getting to school than coming by car. The number of students coming by car has increased 5 % compared to March and an 8 % increase compared to November last year. This could be a worrying trend and is worthy of further investigation. We have had a 1% increase in students riding or scooting to school but a 4 % decrease in walking and a 3% decrease in catching public transport when comparing November 2019 to November 2020 data.
In a survey of seven (7) random classes students were asked how many students live closer than a 5 minute drive to school. 37% of students indicated that they lived a 5 minute drive, or less, from school. This is interesting data that suggests with some further promotion of active travel to and from school we could decrease the number of students who travel by car to school.
Some improvements in our survey this year included an increase in participants. We surveyed 709 students this year and at the same time last year, 422. There were no Year 12 students included in the surveys as they have finished school for the year. We had NAIDOC celebrations this week and so some classes were a little chaotic. We continue to trial different methods of conducting the Hands Up Survey. Today a staff member walked into every class and surveyed each class except for those sitting assessments and those that could not be found.
The Your Move student group will meet next week to plan for 2021. Our survey indicates that we have a big year ahead in promoting active travel to and from school.
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