White Gum Valley Primary School's stories

Glenn Rondoni

Bike Check-Up Grant

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On a wonderful Autumn day the team from 'People on Bicycles' came to school, set up a tent and laid out their bike tools ready to service bikes ridden to school from across all year levels. Each bike was checked then repairs and servicing undertaken before a short Report was written for our parents in case there was a need for any further work to be done by a local bike shop.

We got to talk to the technicians about what each of the tools were and what they were used for. There was a big bin that was filled with broken pedals, seat posts, brake rubbers, cables and other parts that were taken off bikes. The technicians also replaced tubes for some of the bikes.

All of the bikes were fixed on a sort of bike hoist and, before being placed in our bike racks, were sprayed with a lube to make all the moving parts work freely. At the end of the day over 30 bikes had been seen. Our Silver Level Grant enabled us to buy this activity. We learnt a lot about our bikes and how they work.


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Glenn Rondoni

Cycle to School and AntiBullying Day

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Our Cycle/Walk/Scooter to school initiative saw at least 102 students use another form of transport all or part of the way to school. On arriving, students enjoyed a snack and participated in the free raffle. Many of the prizes were supplied through points earnt being part of the ‘Your Move’ initiative through the Department of Transport. Prizes included story books and mini bike pumps.

FANTASTIC EFFORT EVERYONE! Also being acknowledged was the National Day against Bullying. This year students were encouraged to write slogans with chalk on card. Here are some of these creative responses:

  • ‘Swearing isn’t caring!’
  • ‘Be strong and brave against bullies.’
  • ‘Stand up for you and others you know!’
  • ‘We are stronger than bullies!’

On Friday the 20th of March our students, through the collection of points from Bike Education activities last year, have qualified for a free Service for their bike. While aimed primarily at older students we will explore how many can be seen on the day. 

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

Survey Results for 2019!

This story is related to Write an article in your School newsletter - Term 4

White Gum Valley recently completed our end of year survey and the results are in - we have decreased car trips by 9%!

Our Principal, Glenn, shared the results in our latest newsletter as part of the Principal's message. This is what he wrote:

Each Year the school encourages students to walk, cycle or scoot part way or all of the way to school during ‘Walk to School’ and ‘Cycle to School’ days. We are also part of the Department of Transport Initiative, ‘Your Move’ where we post articles on various events that happen at school to look at various forms of transport for fitness and health. One of the tasks each year is to have the students fill out Travel to School surveys. Schools earn points towards a range of rewards like incursions and cycling equipment.

We have been measuring how White Gum Valley students get to school since 2017. On Wednesday 13 November we completed our annual end of year hands up survey to see how students get to school.

Over the course of this year we have managed to decrease driving by 9% and increase walking, cycling and people using public transport. Well done White Gum Valley. Kids who walk or cycle to school get more physical activity which leads to positive learning and health outcomes. We realise that sometimes driving your kids to school is the most convenient option but please consider if there are one or two trips you could swap? More people walking and cycling increases social connections in communities and makes it safe for everyone. Some families park a distance from the school and then make their way from there.

It is great to see the increase in cycling and slight drop in driving during our student surveys.

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

All aboard the Intellibus

Our Year 6s headed to South Perth on Tuesday for the RAC 'Imagine' excursion. This was a whole day devoted to transport and thinking about how it can be sustainable, accessible and fun!


Our students got to ride on the driverless bus (a little bit spooky), program a model car, learn about autonomous vehicles, think about technologies of the past and design vehicles for the future. Oops, I forgot to mention experience a virtual helicopter rescue.

One of our key learnings was that if you want people to choose a particular way of getting about you have to make it easy and fun! Now how can we make walking to school the easy choice? And what would make it more fun?

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

Ride2School Day - a week early

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White Gum Valley continued their annual tradition of celebrating Ride2School day a week early and rolling it together with anti-bullying day.

It was great to see the bike racks heaving this year. I also spotted at least 4 cargo bikes dropping off younger kids - way to go White Gum!

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Glenn Rondoni

How we get to Fremantle for Excursions.

Fremantle is a wonderful city to visit. There are many places to see and experience.

Recently a group of our students took the public bus from our local bus stop into Fremantle and visited a supermarket to look at the role of each of the Departments that handle farm produce including the: Dairy, Meat, Fruit/Veg and Bakery Departments. This was part of their theme on Farms, for the term.

Other classes have, over the years bused into Fremantle to visit the museums, harbour, and other points of interest. One class linked the bus with a train trip to Perth to visit the cultural precinct.

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After finding the correct place to embark and checking the time it left, our students boarded the bus for the return trip to school.

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Glenn Rondoni

School Newsletter Article-Term Three.

Image [First of two articles for our school newsletter after attending the 'Your Move' workshop with Department of Transport staff and Dr Jane Geovese.]

Our school is part of the Your Move’ program promoted through the Department of Transport. We are one of about 80 schools along with other groups and organisations which promote, varying the forms of transport to work places. At White Gum Valley the school provides a before school breakfast snack and free raffle three times a year to encourage families to explore other ways of coming to school. Our students have access to bike and scooter racks as well as a bike shed.

There are many health benefits to walk [all or part way], cycle or scooter to school, even if this is undertaken once/twice a fortnight. Less cars around the school perimeter during busy periods is also a benefit.

Our 40 Pre Primary students will be using public transport to travel into the City of Fremantle for an excursion before the end of term. This will give students the opportunity to learn about public transport options in the harbour city.

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

Dressing up Walk2School Day

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The Perth weather wasn't the only thing putting on a show this Walk2School to School Day - so were our students!


We combined our Walk2School Day with a Free Dress Day. Students were encouraged to bring along a gold coin to donate to Canteen, as part of this term's fundraiser organised by the Year 6s.

Over half our school participated (142 students out of school population of about 260). I think making it fun helps. We also encourage children to ride and scoot as well as walk. This pre-primary student came to school on her balance bike dressed as a mermaid. What a great start to the day!

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

Newsworthy Ride2School Day

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We have lift off! Our first Your Move Newsletter article was posted this week. It celebrated our Ride2School day, mentioned that we have a scooter rack in the mail thanks to Your Move and introduced Your Move to School.

Now we are busy planning for next term's Walk to School Day and thinking about how we can get more of our school community involved.

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy

White Gum Valley Rides2School (a week early)

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We decided to run our Ride2School Day a week early to coincide with the national Day Against Bullying - because we all know riding to school puts a smile on your dial. :-)


Children who rode or walked to school could help themselves to fruit in the undercover area. They also write their name on our bingo sheet to go in the draw for a small prize. A quick count of the bike racks revealed 40 bikes. It would be great to get even more next time. Maybe we could encourage our school councillors to promote the event?

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Kylie (Your Move) Murphy


White Gum Valley School’s Walk to School was a great success. Students walked to school from all different areas and when they arrived at school they enjoyed some fresh fruit and crackers.  A massive 70% of the school’s students participated in the event, from years 1 to 6. It was lovely weather and it was great to see the students enjoying themselves walking to school.

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