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November 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Ban consultaton, stakeholders and red dots. Real action plans only!

I was just in a workshop where the topic of community consultation came up. It was a timely reminder of this great email I got from David Engwicht at Christmas last year - he has some really insiteful ideas to engage the community in really productive ways.... read on! 

PS - see the last 3 points if you want to know about banning red dots and…


Added by James Peart (TravelSmart) on November 29, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Walk To School Day 2012 at South Thornlie Primary - Year One Recount Writing

The children in Year One wrote about the lovely start to the day and drew some fabulous pictures. Here are a few samples.

On the 24th October it was Walk to School day. I walked with my Mum, Emilia and Emily. We walked from Hume road oval and we walked through the park. The Lollypop man had to stand there for 120 seconds for the pre primary, year 1s and all to year 7. when we were going through the gate a man gave us a bike raffle and my Mum put the raffle tickets in the raffle box. I…


Added by South Thornlie PS on November 26, 2012 at 22:27 — No Comments

Walk To School Day 2012 at South Thornlie Primary


The terrific teaching staff on the Health Committee at South Thornlie Primary were very supportive of the P&C's interest in registering this year for Walk to School Day 2012. Parents, students and staff met at an oval 10 minutes away from the school and at 8:15am…


Added by South Thornlie PS on November 26, 2012 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Hand mirror

I just bought this gorgeous little hand mirror from "Pigeonhole" in the city. Should be good for adjusting my "helmet hair" after a bike ride.…


Added by Kath Merrick (TravelSmart) on November 15, 2012 at 15:09 — No Comments

WOW! Walk Once a Week...

Kath just found these great wallcharts from Living Streets in the UK. Each month they allow a teacher to track class progress towards walking once a week (W.O.W) to school. They sell the charts and badge rewards, plus have a great…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 12, 2012 at 14:53 — 2 Comments

Going for gold - cycling education in schools

Alistair Goulding recently questioned, if swimming lessons are mandatory in the UK, why not cycling? His article follows the release of Sustrans' report on how to achieve this.

A very interesting read follows... We'd love to hear your comments below.

Sustrans is a UK charity that 'provides creative, innovative and…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 12, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Fume Free Fridays

We have been advertising Fume Free Fridays at our school for the last few months.  We randomly check who comes to school in a Travel Smart way - some days we check on Fridays but we do it other days too to encourage students to come to School in a Travel Smart way as often as possible.  We stamp their cards when they come by bike, scooter, walking, car pooling or public transport.

Added by Coolbinia PS on November 6, 2012 at 10:16 — No Comments

Term 4 Reflections

We are the Travel Smart team for Term 4 and we are proud to say that throughout the year we have helped make our school sustainable. We achieved a bronze level award last year and we are aiming to get a silver award by the end of this year. A few actions we have made to achieve this are:

  • Bike dress-up day was a fun thing because we dressed up our bikes and rode to school on them and whoever had the best bike from each class won a prize.
  • Bike Ed was a fun  occasion where…

Added by Coolbinia PS on November 6, 2012 at 10:01 — 1 Comment

Hearty's Visit on National Walk to School Day

Last Wednesday was National Walk to School day.  Hearty, the mascot from the Heart Foundation, visited us that day to welcome the walking school buses when they arrived.  The Minister for Education visited with Hearty too and talked at our special Travel Smart assembly. 

The Year 6 Travel Smart team talked at the assembly too and wore their new Travel Smart t-shirts.  Isabella, one of the team members, said "The best thing was sharing with the kids how important it is to be Travel…


Added by Coolbinia PS on November 6, 2012 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Fremantle Tweed Run 2012

A few keen people got together on Sunday amidst the rain and hail to dress up in 1920s inspired tweed and take a Sunday group ride around Fremantle...

Roel Looper's Freoview blog has some pics…


Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Walk to School Day activities at Phoenix Primary

Phoenix Primary School in Hamilton Hill celebrated Walk to School Day by encouraging all students to walk all or part way to school on 24 October. 

The week before the event we:

  • conducted a hands-up survey and found only 26% of our students usually walk, cycle, scoot or skateboard to school. This shocked some teachers and encouraged them to hold road safety classes during the week, and discuss the benefits of walking;
  • set up a library display with Heart…

Added by Phoenix PS on November 1, 2012 at 10:52 — 2 Comments

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