Walk, Ride, Scoot to School Breakfast

Valerie Thompson

On Wednesday, May 24 we held another Walk, Ride ,Scoot to School Breakfast event with an added focus of involving the parents in activity stations on their arrival at school. Many thanks to Natasha for all her great work in co-ordinating the event with the Public Transport Authority. We promoted the event through a poster designed by Design Works, our daily announcements as well as our newsletter and through emails to the parents. From there parents could register for the event. The response was excellent! The weather cleared nicely for parents and students to use active transport on the day. As they arrived they were greeted by Smartrider Man, a huge hit on the day! A delicious breakfast of yoghurt, fruit and scones was enjoyed with students receiving stickers and parents being involved in 4 activity stations where they could take a quick commute quiz, map safe routes to school, personalise their journey plans and make a pledge to use active travel. An added incentive was the $20 Smartrider given to parents who made a pledge. There was a long line for this one!! A Transperth bus was also on-site and all classes from Pre-Primary to Year 6 were involved in a 15 min familiarisation lesson on the bus.The Transperth Ed Team provided a most worthwhile session for the students to the point where each time a Transperth bus goes past the school now the students all start waving! Our Hands Up survey was fantastic with an average of 83% of students per class being involved. By sharing the success of this event on social media and through the Community Newspaper as well as our own newsletter we hope to keep on encouraging our school community to keep using active transport. It certainly eases the congestion before and after school as well as making our school a healthier and happier place!

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Who wouldn't love Smartrider Man? It sounds like a really successful event with a high percentage of students choosing an active way of travelling to school. Sharing the success is key and social media, local papers and the school newsletter are all great ways of getting the active transport message out there! It would be great to see events like this translating into long-term changes in how students are getting to and from school.

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Katy (Your Move)

What a pleasure it was to come to your school and talk to so many of your students, parents and grandparents at your event on Friday. We can't wait for Make Your Move Week!

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Many thanks to the Department of Transport and Town of Victoria Park who provided the activity stations. They were a big hit and very much appreciated.

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