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Bikefest 2016

GSG's Bikefest 2016 saw 129 bikes and 17 scooters lining the grass as students from Years 1-6 joined in the cycle festivities.

This year we featured:

  • safety messages - what protective gear to wear
  • current safety messages - "share the road" and "be safe, be seen switch on"
  • a series of videos on different cycling styles - the source of lots of 'ooohhs' and 'aaahhs'!
  • bike maintenance workshop
  • road skills lessons (hand…

Added by Great Southern Grammar on December 5, 2016 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

GSG TravelSmart plans for 2017

A productive meeting this morning planning our TravelSmart events for 2017. Great to get our dates set so far in advance!

Our planned dates are:

  • Friday 17 March 2017: GSG Ride/Walk to School Day
  • Friday 26 May 2017: GSG Walk Safely to School Day
  • Friday 11 August 2017: Winter Walk to School Day (hot choc and muffin in the Library on arrival)

GSG is also exploring the idea of some more regular, smaller scale walks or rides to school to support…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on December 5, 2016 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Children Crossing Signs on Nanarup Road

For parents and friends of GSG who have been asking for better warning signage at the student crossing point at Lower King Bridge, please note that the City of Albany has erected bright yellow 'Children Crossing' signs on Nanarup Road in both directions to alert motorists. …


Added by Great Southern Grammar on June 7, 2016 at 10:56 — 1 Comment

GSG sets the pace for Walk to School Day in May

A break in wintry weather meant GSG's Walk to School Day on 20 May saw students, parents and school community members enjoying a gloriously sunny path to GSG along a picturesque coastal trail.…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 25, 2016 at 9:24 — 1 Comment

GSG students serenaded on Walk safely to school 2016

Now with all those weekend forecasts of gale-force winds, GSG families were a little nervous hoping the nasty weather wouldn't arrive a day early... and lucky us, today was yet ANOTHER glorious walk to school event under a clear blue cloudless sky!

It was a great turn out to Walk Safely to School Day today, with both Middle and Senior School Leaders joining in and handing out the TravelSmart walk to school stickers to the Junior School students as we started the walk. Thanks to the…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 20, 2016 at 21:55 — 1 Comment

GSG Walkathon - a healthy fundraising activity for our whole school community

What a glorious day for our Walkathon!

Friday the thirteenth may be unlucky for some, but it was a lucky day for all students from kindergarten to year 12 at Great Southern Grammar when we held our major fundraiser for 2016 - the Walkathon.

The sun shone over the 3km course that snaked it way up the 'walk to school' path, through the school farm paddocks, behind the boarding houses, and along the perimeter boundary of the school property. This is the same distance as our walk…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 14, 2016 at 18:31 — 1 Comment

GSG Walking safely to school on 20 May 2016

National Walk Safely to School Day 2016 is coming soon for Great Southern Grammar students, parents and staff.

This Friday, 20 May 2016, we will meet in Coraki Park at 7:45am for an 8:00am departure. Staff, student leaders, parents, siblings and students will trek the 3km track through the forest to school.

On arrival at school, join us in the library for a cup of tea or coffee and a muffin and peruse the Book Fair with students. Parents requiring a lift back to our start point…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 14, 2016 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

GSG Walkathon - planning an active and healthy fundraiser

Walkathon - what a wonderful way to raise funds for our school AND promote healthy activity!

That is the winning combination that Great Southern Grammar students, parents and staff have decided to work together to run as our major fundraiser for 2016.

Planning commenced mid-term one to plot the 3km cross-country walking course, that includes a section of our walk to school path for those that have not yet had the opportunity to join our walk to school events.

We have met…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 14, 2016 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

GSG at the Road Safety Commission vulnerable road users forum - Albany

Great Southern Grammar's Travel Smart Champion was invited to participate the 'Vulnerable Road Users Stakeholders Forum' held in Albany on the 21 April 2016.

It was a great opportunity to talk to Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia, and share with other stakeholders in our region the issues close to our heart - safe walking and cycle access for students getting to school, getting to sport and sharing the road and paths around Albany and the Great Southern.

Read more on the…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 14, 2016 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

GSG WALKS to school for Ride to School Day

Another glorious TravelSmart event for Great Southern Grammar was our Walk to School on Ride to School Day, 4 March 2016!

It was great to have whole of school involvement with the wonderful group of Year 12 student leaders and a bus load of boarders all joining us for the walk to school. 

Despite the severe weather alert forecast for the day from earlier in the week, the clouds cleared, the wind died and the sun came out as we walked the path along the beach, through the…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on April 16, 2016 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Upcoming WALK on ride to school day for GSG

Don't forget 04 March 2016 is our GSG WALK on ride to school day.

Exciting news that our Year 12 student leaders are committed to joining the walk and encouraging students to take part - a real bonus for the Junior School students who look up to them as TravelSmart heros!

Added by Great Southern Grammar on April 16, 2016 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

GSG plans for 2016

Well the GSG TravelSmart team have kicked off the year with a planning session to get our key events for the year. Don't forget to mark the dates for 2016 events in your diary.

  • Hands-up TravelSmart Survey
  • 04 Mar    WALK on ride to school day - still awaiting the completion of the second phase of our dual use path to be able to ride safely to school
  • 13 May    Walkathon - incorporating our healthy active…

Added by Great Southern Grammar on April 16, 2016 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

GSG's final walk to school for 2015

What a beautiful morning we had for the Great Southern Grammar (GSG) final walk to school event of the year.

After the weekend of the Royal visit Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, the Albany Show and a long weekend for Albany school students, we roused only a small group of keen walkers, with 36 students from Middle and Junior school taking part this time.

Along the bush track and the new sealed pathway section we saw; red capped parrots, wattle birds, pelicans,…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on November 16, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

GSG Walk to School Day: 30 April 2015

GSG Walk to School Day was held on 30 April. A strong crowd gathered in Coraki Park and walked through the scenic bush before emerging onto the dual-use footpath. Our Walk to School Days are always well attended and very much enjoyed by students and families. Tomorrow we celebrate National Walk to School Day with a BikeFest. Please see our blog for further details.…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 21, 2015 at 11:33 — 1 Comment

GSG Celebrates Walk to School Day with Bikefest!


GSG students participate in our very own Bikefest tomorrow, as part of the fabulous Albany Urban Downhill programme. Significantly, we host this event on National Walk to School Day, to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to safe passage to school here at GSG and to upskill GSG student bike riders.…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on May 21, 2015 at 11:19 — 1 Comment

Bridge-works complete, GSG Walk2School day back on!

At last the Lower King Bridge road works are complete and our much awaited GSG Walk2School Day can go ahead!

Get your walking shoes ready for Thursday 30th April 2015.

We will meet once again at 8.00am in Coraki Park (the little park near the Lower King Bridge) for our walk through the bush track and along our new pathway to school—a beautiful way to start the day for students, parents and siblings alike.

Pack an extra snack and a drink bottle for the walk, and a…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on April 22, 2015 at 22:35 — 1 Comment

Great Southern Grammar shares the TravelSmart message

As the only TravelSmart school in Albany currently, we’ve been busy sharing the TravelSmart passion with other schools in our region and will be taking the lead promoting it at the upcoming teacher professional development day in Albany in May.

At a recent road school road safety meeting in Albany, we were able to provide support to a local primary school,  highlighting the benefits that we've experienced through our involvement with the TravelSmart…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on April 22, 2015 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

'Mini-ride' on National Ride Safely to School Day

With bridge works in full swing, it was impossible to organise a full ride to school on National Ride Safely to School Day, from a safety perspective, but a few of our 'hard-core' cyclists were determined to mark the event.

And what a spectacular morning it was as you can see in the picture.

We cycled…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on March 25, 2015 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

GSG Walks to School on New Footpath

THANK YOU to all students, parents, staff and families who participated in our Walk To School Day event this morning. What a fantastic turnout! Around 100 people walked from Coraki Park to GSG via the new dual use footpath. What was a 4km walk via a very dangerous piece of roadway is now a 2km walk along the tranquil foreshore of Oyster Harbour. Thank you to all who made this possible, including Kalgan Ward Councillor Jenelle Price who walked with us this morning.…


Added by Great Southern Grammar on October 29, 2014 at 13:30 — 1 Comment


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