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Walk to School 2018

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Promoting Physical Activity for Children

Local primary schools and their students are encouraged to walk to school during October. It's a great way to help students learn healthy habits, be fit and arrive happy and ready to learn.  

Maroondah City Council, in partnership with VicHealth, is supporting primary schools to be involved in the Walk to School program, which makes walking to school easy, safe and convenient.  

How schools can participate

It’s easy for schools to be involved in Walk to School. Find out more by downloading the Walk to School 2018 Guide below:

Walk to School Guide 2018  (pdf, 2MB)

Walk to School Guide 2018  (docx, 34KB)

You can register for Walk to School Day 2018 by filling out the form below:

Walk to School Guide registration form  (pdf, 162KB)

We make it easy for schools to participate by:

  • Registering schools with VicHealth once we receive an expression of interest form.
  • Providing all the materials to plan, promote and organise the activities, including posters, newsletters and prizes (stickers and bag tags).
  • Running a Bag Tag It! competition in August, the perfect art or STEAM project!
  • Providing financial reimbursement to cover program expenses.
  • Advice on how to organise Walk to School activities.
  • Entering Walk to School participation data into VicHealth’s portal in November.
  • Coordinating a Be Safe, Stay Safe incursion that meets road safety curriculum.

Council will present the ‘Golden Shoe’ to the school with the highest percentage of students who walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school during October 2018.

New schools

The first two schools to register in the Walk to School program will receive additional support including:

  • A visit by a Walk to School Ambassador at the school’s Walk to School launch event.
  • Support for the development of an active travel policy and ‘Walk this Way Guide’ containing safe routes to school and an action plan for encouraging active travel.

Crazy Sock Day

Wear fun, bright and colourful socks or tights to celebrate safe and fun walking or riding to and from school.  Why not make your Crazy Sock Day a fundraiser to assist with the collection of funds for equipment or facilities that supports active travel to school? 

Crazy Sock Day event

Each school must organise two events during October. One event must be a Walk to School launch event with a crazy sock day. The second event can be chosen from the activity table in the Walk to School Guide 2018  (pdf, 2MB) .

Schools are eligible for financial reimbursement depending on the tear of the activity chosen and can choose the day the events will be held on.

Resources

Use the resources below to promote your Crazy Sock Day event:

Bag Tag It! competition 2018

The Bag Tag It! competition is a great way to raise school community awareness of Walk to School before October. The competition opens on Wednesday 1 August and closes on Friday 31 August.

Bay Tag It! gives students the opportunity to design the bag tag that will be handed out to every student involved in Walk to School in Maroondah.

It's the perfect creative design activity for inclusion in your STEAM or arts classes.

The 2018 theme

The theme for the 2018 Bag Tag It! competition is to reflect the theme ‘Discovery’. This can include

  • an interesting insect or animal seen on the way to school
  • a cool place or an interesting house that students walk past as they walk to school
  • an interesting tree or garden students walk past as they walk to school

Prizes

The winning Bag Tag and two runners up will be awarded a Fitbit Zip wireless activity tracker, valued at $80. The school with the winning design will receive $200 to spend on equipment or event that promotes healthy activity.

How to participate

  • Photocopy enough copies of the entry form and make them easily available at the school office, class or online. 
  • Promote the competition by posting supplied posters around the school, reference in the school newsletter and online.  Posters will be supplied directly to schools.

Resources

Use these resources to promote the Walk to School Bag Tag It! Competition at your school.

Further information

Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative. For further information or assistance with registering for Walk to School 2018, please contact Council’s Transport and Sustainability Planner, Michael Blowfield on 9298 4452. Walk-to-school-logo.jpg

21/07/2017
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