Tuart Hill PS inaugural planned active day: Walk to School Wednesday

David Chia

THPS geared up for its first planned active travel day held on Wed 1st July 2020.

As a newcomer to the YM program, the school was eager to make a splash on a promoted active travel day before term 2 ended. Having seen the stats from the Hands Up survey it was evident car use was the most used form of transportation to school (as evident by car congestion at drop off times)

A week prior to W2SW, messages were posted on the P&C facebook page, school e-newsletter and various parent group chat forums to promote the day. Creative and enthusiastic parents Wendi & Noah created an awesome promotional digital flyer !

Our awesome principal Bev provided great encouragement and resource to the day. She made up participation certificates for those students who would walk, scooter or bike ride to school. Bev made the call for yr 6 student leaders to help write and distribute certificates on the day (staff, parent & student leader meeting to be held early term 3). An influx of student leaders raised their hands for leadership which was a great sign.

W2SW was a roaring success! It was a site to see a sea of students (and parents) pound the pavement, scooter or bike ride to school with happy smiles on their faces. The morning felt different from the usual, there was energy in the air from physical exercise. Car congestion was non-existent. Lester, our legendary lollipop larrikan commented he has not been this busy manning the crosswalks ever! I said to Lester he should expect to work a lot harder from now on :)

Parent and student feedback about the promoted active travel day was very positive, they loved it! WS2W has now been declared every Wed from the beginning of term 3 onwards with incentives planned for students.

*note: respective parents of children featured in close up shots have consented to have their image/s posted here

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James (Your Move)

Fantastic David - reading this story I can really feel the enthusiasm at Tuart Hill PS! Your W2S Wednesday has earned you 40 points, plus 22 points for your school e-newsletter article and another 10 points for sharing so many details of your day. May sure you give us an update of your new regular active travel day in term 3 as that will earn you 90 points each term! Each term you can also earn points for many other activities including school newsletter YM articles, planning sessions, student team meetings, and Your Move assembly items - so stay in touch!

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