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November 2014 Blog Posts (43)

What we did about our idling cars problem!

Two students in our team designed posters about cars idling in the parent car park before pick-up time.  We read some information about the problem and the posters focus on pollution and wasting money.  These posters are displayed near the parent car park.  We hope they work!  We'll watch and see!…


Added by Coolbinia PS on November 28, 2014 at 12:51 — 1 Comment

Introducing Alicia Faloona - TravelSmart Champion

This term we are featuring an interview with the creative and inspirational Alicia Faloona - TravelSmart Champion at Charthouse Primary School in the City of Rockingham. Alicia recently took the time to be interviewed by our roving TS reporter after recently winning our 2014 Best New TravelSmart School award.…


Added by Kath Merrick (TravelSmart) on November 28, 2014 at 9:47 — No Comments

2014 Highlights

We’ve been blown away by the creativity, inspiration, motivation and peer support from TravelSmart Schools this year. A big congratulations to all schools who have overcome TS barriers, implemented TravelSmart ideas and made real progress this year! Here is a taste of highlights from 2014 :


Added by Kath Merrick (TravelSmart) on November 28, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Kids seen, not heard, thanks to 'smart' devices

A story in The Australian (August 20, 2012) highlights that 'smart devices' may be delaying children's speech. The report says the households who watch a lot of TV only speak a combined 500 words a day, compared to 6000 in more moderate TV watching households.

Jane Beale, a speech pathologist is quoted as saying "More and more now we have got not only TV and video games, but we have iPhones and iPads, and we have parents spending time on iPhones and iPads rather than…


Added by James Peart (TravelSmart) on November 27, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

New report - Obesity and impact on WA children

The WA Commissioner for Children and Young People's recent launch of the Wellbeing Monitoring Framework highlights the issues of obesity in children. It specifically notes the importance of "active commuting" in combating the below issues.

In WA in 2012:

  • 22 per cent of…

Added by James Peart (TravelSmart) on November 27, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Fume Free Friday Frolics

Our TravelSmart team met today to discuss our activities for this week:

1. Conduct our end-of-year hands-up survey.  We organised which classes our different team members would visit.  We have twelve classes to survey.

2. Prepare small prizes to be handed out this Fume Free Friday.  Prizes for being TravelSmart on Fume Free Fridays are given out on a random basis to encourage students to be TravelSmart all the time because it is healthy and good for the environment, not because…


Added by Coolbinia PS on November 25, 2014 at 21:29 — 1 Comment

November 2014 Hands Up Travel Survey

On Thursday 20 November we held our second 'hands up' survey in each class throughout the school from years one to seven. This is our orchestra and band rehearsal day, so we expected the results to be slightly down on active transport numbers compared to our October results.

Our accumulated results were:

  • 4 (1%) caught the bus or train - compared to 4 (1%) in Oct
  • 66 (15%) of students rode a bike / scootered / skated -…

Added by Nedlands Primary School on November 24, 2014 at 12:44 — 1 Comment

Thank you gifts for Volunteers


Added by Charthouse PS on November 21, 2014 at 14:32 — 1 Comment

Charthouse Walk To School Picnic Breakfast

On the 22nd October Charthouse P&C and TravelSmart Parent Team hosted a…


Added by Charthouse PS on November 21, 2014 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

P&C and TravelSmart Assembly Item - Happy Helmets Competition

Our P&C and TravelSmart Team were given the opportunity this morning to present some information to the whole school assembly.  This is the TravelSmart part:…


Added by Charthouse PS on November 21, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Term 4 Walking School Bus

Walking%20School%20Bus%20pics.pdf  here are some pictures of the kids on their way to school :)

We have been…


Added by Dongara DHS on November 20, 2014 at 10:24 — 1 Comment

Term 4 Winners of the Newborough Walk/Ride/Scoot To School Day Competition

We are excited to announce that the winner of our

Term 4 Walk/Ride/Scoot to School Day Footprint competition is..................

Room 14 - Mrs. Salt's Year 6/7 Class…


Added by Newborough Primary School on November 19, 2014 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Importance of Wearing Helmets

Our school had this newsletter item in our most recent edition:


This term, our focus in Health lessons is around healthy lifestyles, so we’ll be learning about keeping ourselves healthy through a balanced diet, regular exercise, plenty of sleep and also relaxation. Using active transport…


Added by Charthouse PS on November 19, 2014 at 11:13 — 2 Comments

Congratulations Charthouse !

Congratulation Charthouse on reaching Silver. We also want to give a big congratulations to  Jess Sankey

from COR, for helping the 2 Travel Smart Schools get to where we are now.

Added by Warnbro Primary School on November 18, 2014 at 14:18 — 1 Comment

Pedometer Pledge (UPDATE)

So far we are in week 2 of the Pledge and we have had a 70% response from the students!


We hoped that around 20 people would complete the Pledge but we are thrilled with the 90 people so far working on their Pledge.


                      By Courtney                         

Added by Warnbro Primary School on November 18, 2014 at 14:16 — 2 Comments

Achieving Bronze Level

We are so happy that we got  the Bronze level, with 500 points then we gained another 145 points to our tally so now we have 645 points!!!. (we now have 670 points!) We then had Jess Sankey present the sign at our assembly. Warnbro Primary Travel Smart Team would like to give a big thankyou to Jess.


Signing off Reece & Zoe :)  

Added by Warnbro Primary School on November 18, 2014 at 14:11 — No Comments

TravelSmart Brains Trust

Two Nedlands Primary School parents, Jane and Natasha, volunteered and attended the TravelSmart Brains Trust on Wednesday 5th Nov. Both were very excited by the enthusiasm and the wide variety of ideas generated at the workshop. Highlights were;

1. The inspiring speech by NaturePlay's CEO, Griffin Longley, who outlined that active transport is not only good for health and fitness but also for….

i)  Imagination, journey, community. gets young inds going in the…


Added by Nedlands Primary School on November 17, 2014 at 12:27 — 1 Comment

Newborough Term 4 Walk/Ride/Scoot to School Day

What an amazing Walk, Ride or Scoot to School Day we held at Newborough Primary this morning. 

With thanks to donations from our local supermarkets we held a Healthy Breakfast of delicious fruits for all our students who walked, rode or scooted to school.

There were some fun…


Added by Newborough Primary School on November 13, 2014 at 10:23 — 3 Comments

Waggy Update

Things are still going along well with our weekly walk, ride, skate, scoot or catch the bus to school day each Wednesday.  Most weeks we have 100 or more participants.  The team are very committed and run the event each Wednesday with minimal adult assistance.

A very successful bike safety workshop was held late last term.

Added by Waggrakine Primary School on November 12, 2014 at 16:16 — 1 Comment

Continued great active transport results

Active Transport alive and well at Atwell Primary School. We conducted a Hands up Survey on Wednesday October 22 (Walk to School Day) and totalled 64% active transport (ie walk, ride, scoot to school), Fantastic Result!! Well done to the Atwell school community

Added by Atwell PS on November 12, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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