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February 2013 Blog Posts (16)

2013 TravelSmart launch

On Thursday 21st February, Redcliffe Primary School relaunched our TravelSmart campaign for 2013. During the school assembly our TravelSmart children along with Emily Carroll, City of Belmont TravelSmart Officer, spoke to the whole school and parents about our new and old incentives for this year. Emily also mentioned the school’s One Way map which then got sent home in the newsletter.


The TravelSmart students talked about our first TravelSmart event for the year - National…


Added by Redcliffe PS on February 27, 2013 at 15:02 — 4 Comments

Redcliffe's 2013 TRAVELSMART TEAM!

At the end of last year 3 of our TravelSmart members graduated from Primary School and moved onto high school so we had some places to fill in our TravelSmart team. The three students who graduated had been part of the TravelSmart team for 3 years so it was a real shame to see them go.


Towards the end of the year the TravelSmart team went around to the year 4 and year 5 students and told them the good news – that we would be looking for 3 new members. Any students who were…


Added by Redcliffe PS on February 27, 2013 at 14:59 — 1 Comment


Perth Waldorf School is now supporting TravelSmart

Added by PERTH WALDORF SCHOOL on February 26, 2013 at 13:45 — 2 Comments

Success PS TravelSmart Team 2013

Success PS has established a TravelSmart team consisting of six students from Years 5 and 6.  Students nominated themselves and had to explain how they support the TravelSmart aims.  Stephanie Armstrong wrote in her application “I would like to be part of the TravelSmart program, because I would like to promote safer ways for children to…


Added by Success Primary School on February 26, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Go Cockburn Go!

I just wanted to say hi to all the City of Cockburn schools that are signing up to the TravelSmart to School online community. Its been great getting out to meet you all and be greeted with such amazing enthusiasm for National Ride to School Day on 22nd March.

Remember you can access up to $500 support from the City's TravelSmart…


Added by Katy Boschetti, TravelSmart on February 22, 2013 at 7:48 — 1 Comment

Mindarie Primary Walking School Bus update

So our walking school bus is in its fourth term! We have 2 actrive routes and 25 participants... In addition to growing our bus with new participants and adding extra routes, I would like the students to own their buses and feel proud that they walk to school twice a week!

Hence the launch of the name your school bus competition! I am looking forward to seeing what ideas the kids come up with and also being able to promote the bus in other ways!


Added by Mindarie PS on February 18, 2013 at 21:05 — 3 Comments

Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most

Yes, riding and walking is just too darn satisfying, but I guess you knew that already!…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 18, 2013 at 11:18 — No Comments

Pedalling is transformational


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 18, 2013 at 11:13 — No Comments

3D Model of your neighbourhood

If you're looking for a fun model-making activity, this one has the potential to increase kids' sense of place, help them map and navigate through their neighbourhood, identify safe routes to school, and increase their road safety knowledge.




Added by Kath Merrick (TravelSmart) on February 15, 2013 at 16:57 — No Comments

Popular Ideas from Schools' TravelSmart Presentations in 2012

Here are some of the amazing TravelSmart ideas (with links for more detail) that were mentioned at the Stories of Footsteps, Wheels and Tiny Things celebrations at City Farm on 5 December 2012.



Added by Kath Merrick (TravelSmart) on February 13, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

What’s in a Walking School Bus?

Walking School Buses are groups of adult volunteers who take turns to walk children to school in a group. It’s great for social time, exercise, community connections, road safety awareness and perfect for busy parents that struggle to find the time to walk every day.

In 2012, forty-one Walking School Bus groups reported collectively walking 12,262 kilometres (supposing each trip is 1km). This saved the equivalent of 4,087kg of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – enough…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 11, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

TravelSmart Mentor: Melinda Hunt, Redcliffe PS

This term we are profiling the wonderful Melinda Hunt, Year Four teacher at Redcliffe Primary. Melinda took over coordinating Redcliffe's TravelSmart initiatives in 2012 and at the end of the year they won our Most Committed School award. She has generously offered to provide advice to parents and teachers looking to implement or improve actions at their school. You can contact her …


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 8, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Does your journey to school inspire poetry?

Treasure. Nature. Find it.

This illustrative piece was featured in the fabulous new BIG Magazine and believe it or not, was written by eleven year old Elenor Stephenson. Elenor is also the talented artist behind the drawing.

True Treasure

Treasure seeker by Lilly Blue

Azure seas stretch out before me,

Forested hills rise and fall,

Wild winds howl in a ghostly rhythm

I feel…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 7, 2013 at 17:13 — No Comments

Transperth - Learn and Ride

In tern 4 last year, David from Transperth came to visit our class and teach us about public transport in Perth and how to use it.

We learnt about the benefits of public transport - for example, it is cheaper, more environmentally freindly and often easier and faster than travelling in private cars.

David brought us prizes and quizzed us on our understanding of how, where and why we could ride on buses, trains or ferries. It was a lot of fun! We used the information and skills…


Added by St Augustine's School on February 6, 2013 at 10:16 — 2 Comments

Stories of footsteps, wheels and tiny things

What do Elvis, dance to school campaigners and the Belmont mayor have in common? They all joined up for the end of year TravelSmart to School celebration on December 5. Coolbinia, Cottesloe, Redcliffe, Rosalie and Wembley TravelSmart student teams all jumped on buses and trains to gather at Perth City Farm. They dynamically presented 2012 achievements to each other, local government officers, and representatives from other schools keen to pick up some tips. Ten Tiny Things author Meg…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 5, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Tips on getting kids actively to school - safe and sound

ABC's The Pulse recently featured Jenny Pogson pondering why parent's perceptions of the 'absolute' risk get so clouded with 'relative' risk comparisons at the great cost of their children's overall well being through physical activity and independance.

She offered up some excellent safety mindful tips for getting kids walking and riding to school:

  • Talk with other parents about letting their children walk to school if you aren't comfortable with your child walking…

Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 1, 2013 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

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