TravelSmart to school newsletter
May 2016: Pencil in 29 June in your calendar for the TravelSmart Awards
The countdown is on for the TravelSmart Awards. The celebration of all things TravelSmart will be taking place on 29 June 2016 between 7.30 am and 9.30 am at Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park.
The awards will see schools’ efforts recognised alongside the work being done in local governments and workplaces. Invitations will be sent out late May.
Nominations for three categories – Achieve, Champion and Innovate close soon so make sure you get your nominations in before 20 May. Go to our TravelSmart Awards page for nomination forms and more information. The three categories will be judged by a panel to pick this year’s winning entries.
We also have a school only professional development event that is penciled in for Wednesday 2 November, with more details to follow soon.
May 2016: Walk Safely to School Day is almost here
Healthy breakfasts, scavenger hunts, walkathons and slow walking races - these are just some of the ways that schools can take part in the National Walk Safely to School day this Friday May 20.
The annual day is a fantastic way to promote road safety, healthy habits of walking to and from school and environment messages within your school community. The Walk Safely to School Day website is packed with information and ideas on how schools can get involved.
Schools are also encouraged to participate in the post event questionnaire to provide valuable feedback for next year’s event.
May 2016: Cycle Safe incursions create a buzz
Who doesn’t love a bike rap? Cycle Safe has been visiting Western Australian primary schools creating a buzz with kids from Kindy to Year 3.
Passionate presenter – Trevor Quick injects fun and excitement into learning bike and scooter basics by using his book - ‘The Great Bike Ride’. The key messages that Trevor shares with students in his 40 minute sessions are around helmet safety, staying left, how to ride safely, driveway safety and how to be seen.
Proudly supported by the RAC – the cost to schools is $250. Use your TravelSmart points to book a day incursion at a discount for 200 points – this offer is valid for Term 2 only. To book call Trevor or Karen on 0497 757 640. Alternatively email Trevor.
May 2016: Champion Profile - Kristie Evans, Winterfold Primary School
Q1. What are your most memorable moments coordinating activities?
The most memorable moment this year has been our Best Dressed Competition where students were able to decorate their bike, scooter or skate board. The student TravelSmart Committee was so motivated and excited to put this together, they did a really great job in the weeks leading up to it and it was so fantastic to see it all come together for them on the day. It was also our first big event since beginning TravelSmart which was exciting!
Q2. How did you come to be involved with TravelSmart?
Our school first learnt about TravelSmart through word of mouth. This ignited my initial interest. We have some passionate parents with concerns regarding traffic congestion around our school and it seemed like our school would benefit from TravelSmart in that way. Also, there are many students who are motivated about health and the environment. TravelSmart seemed like an ideal way to allow them to become leaders in this area.
Q3. How often do you walk/cycle?
There are students in our student TravelSmart Committee who walk or cycle to school every day. Others will only do it a few times a week. As a teacher, and a role model, I try my hardest to cycle to school at least three days a week.
My favourite way to travel is mostly cycling – I cycle 6 kilometres for my trip to school. Even though I love walking, it would take me a very long time to walk to school. By riding my bike, I take in lots of things that I don't notice when I’m driving my car.
Q4. Highlights of the year so far?
The motivation of our student committee. Their motivation is contagious and has played a large role in the improved success of the program.
Q5. A favourite pastime of mine is?
A favourite pastime of mine is mountain biking.
Q6. I’m passionate about……
I'm passionate about educating and promoting health and wellbeing to our students. Health and wellbeing play a large part in everyone's lives and it's important to help to develop this understanding at a young age.
May 2016: 2015 - The year that was
We’d like to extend a great big thank you to the TravelSmart Champions who inspire school communities to be active for school trips through all your innovative and engaging activities and events.
Your work collecting data by completing ‘Hands Up Surveys’ about how your students travel to school throughout the year has been collated for 2015 showing wonderful results. The results indicate that your enthusiasm, activities and commitment has collectively increased active transport at TravelSmart Schools by 21 per cent and reduced car trips collectively by 8 per cent.
It shows that together we really can make a difference!
May 2016: Featured blog
Check out this term's feature blog on Baldivis Secondary College's great reward system.
May 2016: Featured activity
A Scavenger Hunt can be a fun activity to do on the way to school. It keeps the walk to school fun and is a great way to learn about the street scapes around the school.
Why not create a scavenger hunt activity this term to get your students excited about walking and discovering local surroundings around them.
You can change the theme of the treasure hunt to tie in with what the kids are learning in class and the template can be easily tweaked to tie in with specific surrounds. Why not link a scavenger hunt with National Walk Safely to School Day?
May 2016: Featured reward
Want to make walking a little more fun for your school kids? Adding some monkeys to their shoes is bound to put a spring in anyone’s step.
Shoe pets are this term’s featured reward for 5 points a pair and are a great way to reward participants who are getting involved in active transport to and from school. Monkeys, lions and puppies are available.