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Travel Surveys required - end of year whole school Hands UP!

It's that time of year where we take a moment to measure TravelSmart school's active travel ratio on a normal school day.

This data is crucial to the continuation of the program. It also earns you 50 TS bonus points and informs you of your school's progress.

We look forward to receiving your whole school results as soon as you next have an opportunity - prior to December 7.…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 13, 2015 at 14:08 — No Comments

Special guest announced & registrations extended for 2015 TravelSmart Awards, Showcase and Workshop

Hot off the press - Luke McPharlin will be MCing the 2015 TravelSmart to School Awards to celebrate your achievements! More special guests are rumoured to attend.

Please note that registrations have been…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on October 26, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

Champion profile - Kath Merrick

For this term’s profile we interviewed Kath Merrick our TravelSmart champion from Caralee and Phoenix Primary Schools.

What are some memorable moments coordinating activities?

There are so may magic memories and happy children’s’ faces flash by, so it’s hard to choose a favourite moment. Perhaps it was when, after much pestering, the school Principal and Deputy recognised the many benefits of having TravelSmart students and supported us joining the program.

How…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on October 20, 2015 at 0:07 — No Comments

Special guest announced & registrations extended for 2015 TravelSmart Awards, Showcase and Workshop

Hot off the press - Luke McPharlin will be MCing the 2015 TravelSmart to School Awards to celebrate your achievements! More special guests are rumoured to attend.

Please note that registrations have been…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on October 20, 2015 at 0:00 — No Comments

Connecting Schools Grant - applications closing November 30, 2015

CONNECTING SCHOOLS GRANT

The Department of Transport has announced the next round of the Connecting Schools grants. Closing date November 30, 2015.

Application form and Information pack

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on September 29, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Winter warmers ...keeping TravelSmart toes active

Does your school need a little extra ooomf to get outdoors to walk and ride when we have an occasional rainy day? An interclass competition is a great way to keep the energy up: 

As are the oodles of Nature Play…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on June 12, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

DIARY ALERT - Creating a walking and cycling friendly city - best practice examples from round the world

The Heart Foundation in partnership with the City of Vincent invites you to attend a free presentation with international thought provoking speaker Dr Rodney Tolley (Program Director for the International Walk 21 Conference series)

Monday 9 March 2015 1.00pm – 2.30pm

There is now overwhelming evidence that the most liveable, healthy, creative and economically successful cities are the ones where active transport is being promoted and the old style dominance of the car is being…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on March 6, 2015 at 14:08 — No Comments

What are your National Ride2School Day plans?

On Friday March 13 over 300,000 students across the country will leave the house pedaling to celebrate National Ride 2 School Day.

Will your school be joining in?

Minister Dean Nalder is looking for a school to visit and the media will be interested in highlighting Perth activity. If your school is keen to be featured in such festivities leave a comment below or email tsts@transport.wa.gov.au …

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 19, 2015 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Introducing Michelle Manolas - TravelSmart Champion

We discovered at the 2014 Brains Trust professional development workshop that whilst South Thornlie PS may not be very active here at tsts.com.au, parent coordinator MIchelle Manolas is whipping up a storm of TS activity at the school! This term we celebrate her achievements. 

Memorable…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on February 9, 2015 at 11:57 — 1 Comment

Brains Trust event fuels our collective fires

Griffin Longley (Columnist for The West and CEO of Natureplay WA) delighted many recently, speaking at ‘Brains Trust’, the 2014 TravelSmart to School awards, showcase and professional development workshop day. Seventy parents, teachers and broader professional network members gathered on November 5 to celebrate achievements, network and build capacity to coordinate or advocate for TravelSmart activities in schools.

Griffin spoke, of the many benefits of building connections…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on December 2, 2014 at 15:55 — 1 Comment

Coolbinia & Charthouse earn school of the year titles

Griffin Longley was ably accompanied by a virtual co-host, Isabelle, on November 5 when presenting our 2014 awards and congratulating 2014 bronze, silver and platinum level recipients. You can check out some of their achievements on video:

 

TravelSmart School of the Year went to Coolbinia Primary, who have…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on December 2, 2014 at 15:33 — 1 Comment

Videos to share with your friends

We were very excited to launch our new videos at the Brains Trust workshop and 2014 showcase to a full house at Department of Transport. 

There's an Introduction to TravelSmart to Schoolhttp://tsts.com.au/video/intro

Griffin Longley from Natureplay brought a great message as he presented our…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 6, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Introducing Arlene Yates - TravelSmart Champion

This term we are featuring an interview with the highly energised Arlene Yates - TravelSmart Champion at Warnbro PS. Arlene recently took the time to be interviewed by the roving TS reporter....

What is a memorable moment from 2014?

A memorable moment was getting TravelSmart…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on August 11, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Signing a pledge helps create lasting behaviour change

This month's edition of Tim Cotter's Awake eNewsletter on behaviour change has a great summary of a conference paper: Persistence of Energy Efficiency Behaviors over Time: Evidence from a Community-Based Program. It demonstrates the value of writing or signing a declaration of…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on July 30, 2014 at 16:41 — No Comments

Getting into gear in 2014

If you’re stuck for ideas on where to start your school's TravelSmart journey this year, here are a few tips to help:

  1. Do a Hands Up survey to kick the year off and help you measure progress throughout the year. If you send us your survey results, you’ll earn 50…
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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on January 23, 2014 at 17:35 — No Comments

Coolbinia tops the Walking School Bus charts

Congratulations to Coolbinia Primary coordinator Mums - Tanya Crewe, Lisa Bowden, Fiona Lanigan (who moved school mid 2013), Kylie Walford and all the many other volunteers who make their Walking School Bus happen. Coolbinia have been awarded the ‘Most Kilometres Walked’ Walking School Bus title for 2013.

In 2013, twenty Walking School Bus groups across WA reported collectively walking 8,561 kilometres (supposing each trip is 1km). This saved the…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on January 23, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Introducing Lisa Bowden - TravelSmart champion

Lisa Bowden is a founding member of the Coolbinia Primary Walking School Bus - winners of the 'Most Kilometres Walked' title in 2013. A leading example for the state, three routes walk together both mornings and afternoons, various days of the week.  

Lisa's highlight has been "watching the siblings who started the walking school bus in prams, now walking with the group as they enter Year One".

Her Walking School Bus started with local families she had noticed with children in…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on January 23, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Showcase 2013

TravelSmart schools once again blew us away with their creativity, entrepreneurship and hard work featured in their end of year presentations and workshops.

Over one hundred student, teacher, parent and local government TravelSmart champions gathered to learn and celebrate. Participants loved "Hearing what other schools are doing. Meeting people that may be able to help with our TravelSmart journey." Networking, ideas, different approaches and the interactive nature of the event were…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on November 13, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

What about a Bike Bus to school?

You've heard of the Walking School Bus. What about a Bike Bus?

Do people at your school ride together in a group?

The clever gang at Dismantle are looking into the Bike Bus concept. They have a few simple questions for parents to help with their research. Fill…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on September 21, 2013 at 15:58 — No Comments

Last chance for Walk to School Day prizes

Registrations for national Walk to School Day prize packs close this Friday.

Register here with organisers the Heart Foundation and Department of Tranport's Walking Unit.

How will you celebrate Walk to School day? A healthy breakfast? A scavenger hunt?…

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Added by Emma Jack (TravelSmart) on September 16, 2013 at 16:32 — No Comments

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