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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Introducing our new active transport champion

This story is related to Include Your Move as a Assembly item - Term four

Meet Jasper. He is in pre-primary at Albany Primary, and with the help of his awesome mum, he rides his bike to school on as many days as he possibly can. Today our Your Move student team presented Jasper with a special award at the school assembly, to recognise him as an active transport champion. We love your work Jasper!

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Crossing back on track

This story is related to Get a new school cross-walk and attendant

Thanks to some advocacy from our wonderful P+C, we now have a crosswalk attendant back on duty at one of the key link points for many of our students who walk to school. Despite the crossing on Lockyer Avenue still being an approved Type A crossing, there had not been a crossing guard in place for more than two years. It took some digging and a lot of perseverance, but eventually we found the right levers and were able to work with our local police to get the result we were after - a safe place to cross a busy road with a warden on duty before and after school.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Walk + chat on the walking school bus

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 4 (1)

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We all know the walking school bus is great for reducing parking congestion, and getting kids active...but did you know it’s also a great time to debrief about your day at school? :)

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Catching some of the chats between the kids on the bus is entertaining and sometimes very enlightening!

We’ve got some new walkers joining us this term, which is always good news. And as always, an amazing team of parents to keep the bus moving.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Bus week wrap

This story is related to Run an active transport challenge

Our first ever Bus Week was a resounding success at the end of last term. The Your Move student team did a fantastic job of stamping star cards all week for all our students who arrived by bus. We had some great feedback from parents and kids who were encouraged to try catching the bus for the first time - including Abbie and Sadie here :)

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To round out the week, the Your Move student team drew out 5 lucky star card winners, who each received a great prize pack at the final assembly of Term 3. Here's hoping we keep that momentum going, and see our numbers of students catching the bus increasing into Term 4 and beyond.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Week 9 is School Bus Week at APS

This story is related to Promote public transport options

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Our Your Move student team will be in action again next week, as we run our first ever School Bus Week at Albany Primary. For a country town, we are really well serviced by school buses with routes coming from all parts of town to our school. Our Your Move parent team have long thought that increasing bus usage would be a great way to decrease car trips to school - and so School Bus Week was born!

Last week we ran a story in the newsletter to let our school community know what we were planning. This included the new 'School buses made simple' map, which takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out which bus system applies to which area. We also provided some suggestions on where to catch the bus from some of the key CBD locations in town - a different spin on Park and Ride.

In week 9, our student team will be stamping star cards for all our students who have caught the bus to school each morning. At the assembly at the end of the week, there'll be a raffle draw for some great Your Move prizes for our regular bus catchers. Our hope is that the week will encourage more families to find out what their school bus options are, and to take up catching the school bus as a part of their normal school day routine.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Find your way to Albany Primary!

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It's been a long road (as they say in the classics), but we finally have our wayfinding signage installed! Thanks to Your Move, we've now got five key locations marked with footpath signs that show how far it is to walk or ride from the spot to school. These locations tie in with our Park and Walk/Ride map, that is provided to all our school families to encourage them to find alternatives to the morning and afternoon rush in the school car parks.

To encourage a bit of 'sign spotting', we are going to run a competition through our P+C facebook page - with Your Move prizes going to the parents who are the first to spot each of the signs. Selfies will be optional :)

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Term 3 action at APS

This story is related to Attend non-Your Move Professional Development Session

It's been a busy couple of weeks at Albany Primary School - we've got a new group of Year 5 students taking on the Your Move student team roles for this semester, and their first task was to conduct the Term 3 Hands Up survey. We do our survey every term, for a couple of reasons. One is that it gives us some more detailed data so that we can better identify trends over time, and also allows us to compare term to term. The other reason is that it helps our student team to be more involved and visible to the rest of the school.

The results were positive - a 2% decrease in driving compared to our Term 2 survey, and an 8% decrease compared to the same time last year. Small steps, but we are heading in the right direction.

Term 3 has also seen one of our Year 6 teachers, Mrs Mercer, take part in the Cycling Australia School Teacher's training course - which means she will now be an accredited coach. This is great news for our Year 6's who head off to Rottnest for camp each year!

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Andrea Smithson

Winter sunshine for the APS Walking School Bus

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 3

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Not only does the Walking School Bus reduce traffic congestion around our school, and help kids to get physically active - it also gives us the opportunity to appreciate our surroundings on a glorious winter's day like this one!

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This term we are focusing on recruiting some new walkers to supervise our kids. We had a lot of our regular people away or unwell last term, which showed us just how much we are in need of some back up! We'd also like to be able to take on more kids, and on some days we are at full capacity.

We've had to get a bit creative, as our efforts last term to advertise through the school newsletter, P+C facebook page, and by directly contacting local seniors groups didn't get the response we'd hoped for. So this term we are using our contacts in our adjacent high school, and exploring the options for some of their students to help us out as part of their volunteering requirements. Fingers crossed this is going to work out!

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Andrea Smithson

Year 6's get rolling

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The sea of yellow really stood out against the grey skies at Albany Primary today, as Mrs Mercer put the Year 6's through their bike education paces.

Students were able to practice a range of skills including emergency braking, weaving through cones, and general bike handling. All good preparation for the Year 6 camp later in the year which is a week long trip to Rottnest with LOTS of riding!

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Andrea Smithson

Walk to School Day at Albany Primary

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We dodged the rain for the Walk to School this morning, with our willing walkers (more than 100 of them) rewarded with a sticker and a muffin when they arrived at school. Asking parents for donations of muffins was a great way for the Your Move team to reach out to others in the school community and give them a way to get involved. Big thanks to all those who walked and/or baked!

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Walking School Bus Term 2

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 2

The Albany Primary Walking School Bus is going from strength to strength, with more new walkers and volunteers joining us for Term 2. We currently provide a total of 90 ‘passenger’ trips over the week, on two different routes, with the support of 12 parent volunteers. It's fantastic to see such great support from the school community to keep the Walking School Bus thriving.

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Ride2School Day wrap

This story is related to National Ride2School Day 2018 (2)

It's been an eventful Ride2School Day at Albany Primary School! The day started out overcast but dry, and our riders came out in numbers - the Your Move student team stamped 124 cards for our students arriving on bikes or scooters, which is fantastic. After handing out stickers and fruit, the Your Move team quickly moved their focus to the assembly, where they handed out 3 Bike Week prize packs to the week's most regular riders.

By lunchtime, the drizzle had set in, but being hardy Albany residents we ploughed on with our bike obstacle course. It certainly didn't put off the kids, who had an amazing time doing slow bike races, zig zag riding, tossing newspapers, and going over jumps. Eventually the weather got the better of us, but it was still a great event and lots of fun for everyone.

Such a great day - huge thanks to everyone who made it happen!

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Andrea Smithson

Thunderbolts and lightening!

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Bike Week - Albany style!

It’s our second day of thunderstorms, with lots of rain today to add to the fun. Still, our Your Move student team have been stamping lots of star cards for our hardy bike and scooter riders during the week, with prizes to be handed out at tomorrow’s assembly for the week’s most regular riders.

Fingers crossed for some better weathe tomorrow for Ride2School Day!

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Andrea Smithson

Ride2School Day plans

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We've got some great plans for Ride2School Day this year - along with free fruit and stickers for all students who arrive by bike on the day, the Your Move parent team is also going to be running a bicycle obstacle course which should be great fun! The Your Move student team will also be manning the bike racks throughout Bike Week, and using the star cards to find our top bike riding students who will be rewarded with some great prizes at the assembly at the end of that week. Looking forward to hearing about what other schools have got planned, it should be a great week!

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Andrea Smithson

New student team + great results in our first HU survey

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We have a great new bunch of Year 5 students on board as our Your Move student team for Semester 1, and they have got their first runs on the board by completing Albany Primary's first Hands Up survey for the year. And it was some great results to kick things off, in fact our best start of year results since we started Your Move! A fantastic 43% of our students arrived on foot, on a bike/scooter, or on a bus. Awesome work APS! We've also got our parent team working well, with a new member on board and lots of keen volunteers in the school community ready and willing to help. It should be a great year ahead!

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

15 minutes of fame for the Albany Primary Walking School Bus

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 1 (1)

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The APS Walking School Bus has featured in the City of Albany's fantastic Sustainable Heroes campaign, which highlights many of the great things happening in our community that help the environment.

This year we have 12 parent volunteers on board rostered across Monday - Thursday, and around 20 kids walking each afternoon. We've even started a second route on two afternoons a week, so it's onward and upward for the APS Walking School Bus!

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Welcoming new families to Your Move

This story is related to Provide maps and active travel information

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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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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Our Park + Walk or Ride map is finished!

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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!

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

More walking + less driving = happy!

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 4

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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.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Celebrating riding at the APS bike parade

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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!

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Andrea Smithson

Progress on our Park + Walk/Ride map

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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.

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Andrea Smithson

Riding for the win!

This story is related to Run your first Your Move assembly item

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!

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Hitting the road for Ride2School day

This story is related to National Ride2School Day 2018

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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.

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Andrea Smithson
Albany Primary School

Albany Primary gets moving for 2018

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 1

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!

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Michelle Gust
Albany Primary School

Are you passionate about active transport?

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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!

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Michelle Gust
Albany Primary School

Australasian Road Safety Conference 2017

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.

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Michelle Gust
Albany Primary School

Bike repair station - WA Bicycle Network grant

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.

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Your Move Student Team & Star cards!

This story is related to Start a student team

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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.

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New scooter rack has been installed

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.

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National Walk Safely to School Day

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!

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A little adjustment to bike stencils

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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.

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Michelle Gust

Learning Bike skills at Albany Primary

This story is related to Obstacle Course

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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.

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Michelle Gust

Second Hands Up Survey for Term 1.

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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.

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Michelle Gust

Ride2school record breaking numbers

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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!

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Michelle Gust

Albany Primary Safe Routes to School - Stage 1

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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.

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Michelle Gust
Albany Primary School

Walking School Bus

This story is related to Start a Walking School Bus

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.

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Michelle Gust
Albany Primary School

Creating a joining path

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.

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Michelle Gust

Weekly TravelSmart quiz

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

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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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