Our amazing Albany Primary School P+C put together welcome packs for all families of kindy and pre primary students - which this year, included a copy of our Park + Ride/Walk map. A great way to get new members of the school community thinking about different ways to get to school, and setting up healthy transport habits from week 1!
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We are very excited that our major project for the year, the Albany Primary School Park & Walk or Ride map is finally finished! We owe a huge thanks to Julie from the City of Albany for her hard work and dedication, and to the RAC for providing some of the funding. We are so happy with the result, and the timing means we've been able to get a copy of the map home with all our students before the end of the year. The map will also soon be available on the school's website.
In Term 1 next year, we are planning some group walks and rides from the locations highlighted on the map, to help our school community to see just how easy it is to park that little bit further away from school and walk or ride the final part of the journey. Some great opportunities knocking for 2019!
This term seems to have disappeared very fast!! Just time to squeeze in our last Hands Up survey today, which showed some great results:
* 16% decrease in car trips compared to our last survey in August; and
* 11% decrease in car trips compared to the same time last year.
Great stuff APS kids and parents! Some evidence of these changes in our travel behaviour can be seen every afternoon with the number of kids using the Walking School Bus, currently up to 20 or more most afternoons. Thanks to our Your Move points, we recently received some more high-vis vests to make sure we've got enough for our extra walkers.
We scored a fantastic combination of amazing weather and incredibly creative kids for the Albany Primary School Bike Parade this morning! There were 25 fabulous entries across all school years who had put a huge amount of effort into decorating their bikes. The kids had a great time riding around the basketball courts, with some great music provided by Mr Evans. The Your Move student team were the judges, and will announce their winners at the assembly tomorrow morning. The winners in the junior and senior categories will receive some great Your Move merchandise. A huge thanks to everyone who helped to organise the parade, and to the kids (and parents) who got their craft on and decorated their bikes!
The Albany Primary School Your Move team has been working with the City of Albany to develop a Park + Walk/Ride map for our school. It will highlight several areas where parents can park or drop kids off, leaving an easy walk or ride to cover the rest of the journey to school. The Walking School Bus kids and volunteers were recently accompanied by a photographer to catch some snaps for use on the map - here's a preview! We are really looking forward to seeing the map come to fruition later this year.
Rounding off our Ride2School promotion, the Your Move student team did a fabulous job at last week's assembly. They pointed out all the great things that happen when you ride to school, and then drew the prize for the winner of the Ride2School prize pack. A fantastic bit of promotion and a chance for the student team to be recognised by their peers. One of our Year 3 riders was the winner of the prize. Well done all!
It takes more than a bit of rain to put off the keen riders of Albany Primary School! The Your Move student team were kept busy handing out raffle tickets and a free piece of fruit to everyone who arrived by bike or scooter this morning for National Ride2School Day. By the time the bell went, there were 87 bikes and 5 scooters in the racks - a fantastic effort by students and the parents who accompanied them! Well done everyone, and stay tuned for the prize winner to be announced at the school assembly next week.
Things are off and moving at Albany Primary this year!
We have a new Your Move parent team (taking over from our amazing previous school champion) and an enthusiastic group of Year 5's who are our Your Move team for Term 1. Their first task was to do our Hands Up survey, which gave us some very encouraging results to kick off the year - increases in all forms of active transport compared to our last survey and from the same time last year!
Our Walking School Bus is also going from strength to strength, and has attracted more children and parent volunteers to get the year started.
We have lots of great things planned for the rest of the year - watch this space!
Albany Primary supported WALGA Road Ribbon for Road Safety on Friday December 8 by walking to school and wearing the road ribbon. The school community were reminded to take care on the roads this holiday season.
On Friday, Albany Primary received a YourMove sign and platinum badge for all of our hard work. We look forward to finding the perfect spot to hang it. Thank you to Julie and the YourMove team.
We are very excited at Albany Primary to have four parent volunteers join us in the Your Move Team. Thank you Phil, Jialin, Anj and Kate for helping us to embed active transport and road safety into the school culture. We are looking forward to next team meeting.
Albany Primary School need some school community members to support the Your Move student team to promote walking, riding and bus travel to school. A job description form has been created and will be presented at our next Parents & Citizens meeting. Personal invitations will be sent to those who would be perfect for the role!
Thank you to the Road Safety Comission, Albany Primary and Albany Senior High School Road Safety Comittee were represented at the ARSC 2017 this year. So many great papers presented on education, infrastructure, enforcement and more. A ride on the RAC intellibus gave an insight into the future of automated vehicles. So many ideas to now translate into practice.
At today's assembly, fourteen students received prizes for traveling to school using active transport most often this term. We will continue to reward students next term, so there will be more opportunities to win. Well done Albany Primary.
We were so lucky to have Phil from Impulse Cycles in Albany be able to give the year 6 students at Albany Primary School a bike maintenance workshop on our new bike repair station. The bike repair station was purchased through funds from the WA Bike Network Grant and our P&C.
The amazing student team went around the school and conducted a 'hands up' survey. We are so excited to see such an amazing improvement since August. Well done Albany Primary School
Thank you to the staff, students and parents that chose to travel to school without a car today. We hope you all felt the benefits of using active transport.
The Your Move Student team have organised this event. So very proud of these students.
Look at the selection of prizes that we have got for our amazing active students. The Your Move Team will be giving some away in the last week of this term. Thank you Your Move for these fantastic rewards.
Our school has been very fortunate to receive grant funding from the Department of Transport - WA Bicycle Network Program. In partnership with Albany Primary P&C we have been able to purchase and install a bike repair station. This station will be used to augment our fantastic bike education program. In conjunction with our Student Team and Your Move initiatives we are confident that we will see an increase in the number of people in our school community using active transport.
Today we launched the Your Move student team. They started the day by punching stars in cards to reward the students that used active transport. The next task was to conduct a hands up travel survey. They did an amazing job.
This Friday we are going to announce the five students who are going to be in our Your Move student team. These fantastic students with the help of a parent volunteer will also be starting the Star Card rewards scheme for the whole school to encourage everyone to use more active ways to get to school.
The perfect undercover spot for our Your Move scooter rack has been found and the installation is complete. The first scooter to park there on Friday was this blue beauty. I believe the rack is worth every bit of the 500 points. We are going to hold a competition for the 12 combination bike locks to encourage more children to use active transport.
Friday May 19 was a glorious morning in Albany and our school was thrilled to participate in the National Walk Safely to School Day. Parents and students met some of our staff members at two separate meeting points and they then made their way to school on foot. Our P&C cooked some delicious wholemeal fruit pancakes to help refuel our students. We hope this has helped some families to consider using active transport everyday of the week!
We have our fingers crossed for good weather on Friday 19th but in Albany you have to be prepared for rain. Our P&C is going to be making healthy fruit pancakes to celebrate.
Delightfully we still have some of our ex-Albany Primary students parking their bikes at our great undercover bike racks. There has been an increase of cyclists around our school district through the month of March and we want to keep encouraging this. It became apparent that a bit of a reminder was needed for students to dismount when they enter the school grounds. Let's hope this does the trick.
Our lucky year 4 students were given the opportunity to do a fantastic bike skills session on Monday. The sessions were run by the amazing Tammy from www.pedalrevolution.com.au and assisted by our fabulous Your Move Officer Julie. The sessions were enjoyed by all and taught the children some invaluable skills. Thank you to Tammy, Julie, Albany Primary staff and children and the Your Move Schools Engagement Programme.
We were able to redeem 500 points to get this great scooter rack. All of the wonderful work Albany Primary School has done to improve their use of active transport has helped us to earn this well needed addition to our bicycle parking area. Thank you to the Your Move team for this fantastic piece of equipment.
Although attendance was down at school on Monday, I was very fortunate to have the help of four year 6 school councillors to administer our follow up Hands Up Survey for Term 1. We have a 44% increase in children using the bus service which is something to celebrate. I was also able to take the opportunity to talk to some of the children about the Park and Walk scheme. I also feel that we are a little step closer to setting up a Your Move student team. Exciting times ahead.
Our Walking School Bus kids are wearing some new vests from the Your Move team. Every child can now wear one and they are turning heads! They love them. Thank you.
Here is one of our fantastic bike riding families, the McLean family joined in the fun today along with 80+ other cyclists. Thank you to Mr Paul Lionetti for donating fruit that helped recharge our wonderfully active school community. The weather was on our side and the kids loved their stickers. Feeling optimistic about increasing amount of students using active transport at Albany Primary School!
What a great initiative and partnership with City of Albany and RAC. These signs are popping up everywhere and all of them unique. We are off to play chasey!
Safe Routes to School stage 1 is underway, with some wonderfully motivated students helping to measure the pathway and work out how many footprints, stop signs and smiling faces we will have to paint. The first stage of the Stencil Activity will be focused on a pathway that connects two Children's crossings, cross a side road and a busy driveway. We are working in partnership with our high school, primary school, Your Move Coordinator and our City of Albany engineers to make sure that we have all safety protocols covered.
Wow. The walking school bus is very popular with an increase to 20 children. Our families must be congratulated for doing their part to reduce traffic congestion around the school. Thank you to our amazing volunteer bus drivers who have 'stepped up' to increase the numbers of parent helpers. Our coordinator Jo has some great help from Jailin to make sure communication systems are working well.
On Monday Albany Primary School children created a pathway through the school with the use of a stencil from the City of Albany. This pathway shows the route that students can take once they have dismounted their bikes that leads them to the bike racks and connects the existing pathways. We managed to paint seven of them before the rain came! Thank you to our enthusiastic students, our local council and school staff for supporting active transport.
Albany Primary School in conjunction with the TravelSmart Officer from our local council, the City of Albany have started a weekly quiz in our school newsletter. Children are given a question each week around better options for travel to their school. The first correct answer drawn out, wins a prize. The kids are loving it and we see many entrants each week. Some questions require parent help which spurs further family discussion
Albany Primary is a school that provides education from Kindergarten to Year 6. Our co-location to Albany Senior High School gives us a unique position which also adds to traffic and parking problems. Our school is dedicated to try to reduce vehicle congestion and increase the students' use of active transport
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