Coolbinia Primary School's stories

Elaine Lewis

Fun Choosing Rewards

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Our Your Move Team meet today to select reward prizes worth 350 points, before they expired! We chose prizes that were very popular with students throughout the year, such as, bike bells, mini torches, the $50 Rebel voucher, backpacks, reflective wrist bands and an apple slinky machine. What fun for 2019!

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Elaine Lewis

Reflections on Your Move in 2018

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Members of the Term 4 Your Move team completed a group PMI about Your Move in 2018. Some of the Positives were: Your Move is fun; getting more people involved; giving out prizes; less pollution; helping people to be healthy; making posters; and doing PA announcements. Only a few Minuses were identified: Your Move team having to get to school early on Your Move special days; suspicion that some children weren't truthful about using active transport or were confused when we did the HUS; and giving up our lunchtimes to do Your Move jobs. Some of the Interesting Ideas included: teaching people how to care for their bikes; having a bike race under controlled conditions for safety; and having different raffles depending on how far away from the school you live. Great reflections!

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Elaine Lewis

New Kindy Parents Talk

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At our recent New Parents Induction morning one session involved explaining the different ways our school is increasing our Social Handprint and decreasing our Ecological footprint. We explained that promoting active travel supports 'Student and Staff Wellbeing' (Social Handprint) and reduces our carbon emissions (Ecological Footprint). We encouraged new parents to support our active travel initiatives next year when school resumes.

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Elaine Lewis

Your Move ... Full on!

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Two special Your Move events were held at Coolbinia Primary this term. We encouraged all students to come to school in an active way, whatever way excites them. We handed out raffle tickets at school gates and winning ticket holders collected their prizes from Room 7 at lunchtimes. We conducted HUS before and after the events.

Coolbinia has 350 reward points to spend before the end of the year. Our team will be meeting soon to decide how to spend the points and reflect on our achievements this year.

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Elaine Lewis
Coolbinia Primary School

Having fun at Your Move!

This story is related to Attend Your Move Professional Development Session

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Today I attended a Your Move Forum, entitled "Building a Your Move School Team: Lessons from People Who Have". One of the things I found worked at my school was ensuring the student team had fun being Your Move leaders. Thus the crazy hair-do, to symbolise joyful engagement in the Your Move program. Another aspect we found effective was linking the Your Move program to our school's Business Plan and Operational Plan targets.

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Luke Erceg

Ride To School Day Reflection

Wow! Term 4 has officially kicked off and we are as busy as ever with swimming lessons, EDUDance, end of year concert, interschool and a whole bunch of other activities. Coolbinia Primary School held a Ride To School Day last Thursday. I just wanted to share some insights at how the event was organised and how it went.

As previously mentioned by Elaine Lewis on our previous post, we placed a notice in our weekly communications bulletin to raise awareness amongst the school community. I gave a brief run down of the days events during our weekly in-house staff communications meeting the day before during recess. This meant that staff knew what time they could expect the students from Your Move running the Hands-Up Surveys.

Students arrived early to hand out stickers to students and raffle tickets who took active travel on the day. We were expecting it to be busier than previous days with the change of season but the days' numbers were reduced a bit due to the forecast storm. The students were able to practice their public speaking by making PA announcements regarding the winning tickets and when/where to collect their prizes. We will also announce the classes with the highest percentage and most improved percentage at the next assembly, which also happens to be our class assembly.

I've attached a PDF scan of one of the posters that a group of students have designed for the event. Reflecting on the style of the Your Move program from this year (meetings during Thursday lunch times twice-three time a term), I have decided to integrate the poster design and development during Term 1 Visual Arts next year. Students can look at the elements of posters and create them in advance, leaving space for the dates to be put on there - which just need to be added to the term calendar later in the year.

While we do have another Your Move day towards the end of the term, we are also looking at running at least two Fume Free Fridays to finish off the year on a strong note, particularly when the weather clears up and has some form of predictability. We have also started the process of planning for 2019 in terms of classroom year levels and roles. It will be interesting to see if the Your Move portfolio stays with the Year 5 students or moves with teachers who have received PL and have experience with the program. Watch this space!

We are also in the process of working with the Physical Education specialist to run some of the Bike Education classes offered through Your Move in conjunction with PE lessons, which will meet the Bike Education component of the year 5 curriculum and will make a nice send off for the students' hard work over the course of the year.

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Elaine Lewis

2 Special Your Move Days this Term

This story is related to Fume Free Fridays

Coolbinia Primary is holding two special Your Move days this term. The first of these was held today. See below for a copy of the item in our Parent Bulletin, advertising the first event and our Fume Free Fridays.

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Is tomorrow - Thursday

Hi, we are the Your Move students for Semester 2. We are here to help the environment by promoting travel smart methods to school, which reduces air pollution. Not only is it good for the environment but it’s good for your wealth and wellbeing. On top of that it’s totally fun!

We are running a Ride To School day event on tomorrow. We will be handing out raffle tickets to students who are being travel smart on the day. The winning raffle tickets will be announced at recess on the day. Come to Room 7 during lunch time if you’re one of the lucky winners, to collect your prize.

Also, don’t forget that every Friday is Fume Free Friday! We will be handing out stickers to travel smart students later on this term on a Fume Free Friday. Make sure you’re being travel smart to get an awesome sticker!

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Luke Erceg

National Walk To School Day

The Your Move students organised and ran another successful Your Move event on Thursday.

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We were a bit disappointed to see a drop in the number of students taking travel smart methods to school. During our reflection time we attributed that to the recent shift in weather forecasts and the fact that a storm was scheduled to hit that day.

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We are looking at running at least one Fume Free Friday this term and discussing how we could get some parents involved to help run the morning's events. We are thinking of adding a call for volunteers in our future bulletin posts, like the one that has been attached to this post.

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During our next collaborative DOTT session, we will be looking at the other blog posts to get some inspiration from the other awesome events and initiatives being run by other Your Move schools.

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Luke Erceg

Your Move PL to staff

This story is related to Reflection

Last week one of our fantastic staff members attended a Your Move professional learning session and shared the valuable insights that were gained during it during one of our collaborative DOTT sessions. The students that participate in the Your Move program at Coolbinia Primary School are Year 5 students. We spoke about ways to effectively and seamlessly integrate Your Move into classroom programing, which is a huge bonus in NAPLAN terms. These ideas were then shared in our Phase of Learning team meetings.

Ideas for integration:
Persuasive Writing - The benefits of taking travel smart methods to school.
Persuasive Writing - Everyone should participate in (link to term Your Move day)
Narrative Writing - Using a picture of a bike as a narrative prompt with a shared writing session on how good people feel when they are riding.
Statistics and Probability - Creating the survey forms for the Your Move Days
Statistics and Probability - Graphing the survey results for each class and seeing which classes have improved the most (linking to percentages).

During our weekly communications meeting we were explaining what the roles and responsibilities would be for the Your Move students on the day and handed out the posters they have made to promote the event. We asked teachers to remind students over the course of the week about the event and remind students of that not only does being travel smart have health and environmental benefits but it is fun to do. We're hoping to build a lifelong interest in travel smart methods so that the students continue to be travel smart each day of the week and get all teachers within the school to get on board with the message!

We will post some photos of our National Walk To School Day activities later on this week. Here's a snap that we got this morning of our walking school bus at one of our school gates.

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Luke Erceg

National Ride To School Day

This story is related to National Ride2School Day 2018

Here are some of the photos from our National Ride To School Day events at Coolbinia Primary School. The students really enjoyed the responsibilities that came with their roles, including; doing announcements over the PA to promote the day, handing out raffle tickets who took Travelsmart methods to school, our Your Move Day survey and handing out prizes to the winning students.

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Elaine Lewis

What a ride!

This story is related to Having fun on the bus!

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Year 6 students from Coolbinia Primary caught the bus back to school after attending an International Women's Day event in Perth. At Coolbinia we think this is an important way to promote confidence in using public transport. Clearly, from the photo, the students enjoyed their trip back to school. They played word games nearly all the way!

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Luke Erceg

Double Platinum achievement

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Last week, the Your Move students were super excited and proud to put our school's double platinum achievement sticker on our Your Move board.

A huge thank you to our Cross Curricular Coach, Dr Elaine Lewis, for all of her amazing work with the Coolbinia Primary School sustainability programs!

We are incredibly lucky to have her at our school!!

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Luke Erceg

School Bulletin Post

This story is related to Fume Free Fridays

The Term 1 Your Move team met last week to write a short write up for our weekly school bulletin. I have taken a screenshot of how it appeared.

Download it here.

Students loved the process and were excited to be writing something for the school community to see. We spent a little bit of time talking through what they wanted to write about and then edited and revised at the end.

They can't wait for their next write up, which we will start working on this week!

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Luke Erceg
Coolbinia Primary School

Base Line Survey Data

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Last week our Your Move students conducted their base line survey. The Year 5 students were both excited and nervous to conduct their first Your Move activity for the year. Twelve students will be running the Your Move activities at Coolbinia Primary School during term 1.

Students visited classrooms after recess to conduct the hands up survey and handed in sheets in before returning to our mathematics activity. We then analysed the survey results using an Excel spreadsheet. Download it here.

The students were very eager to see which classrooms had the highest and lowest percentage of students who were taking Travel Smart methods to school.

The Your Move students used this information to determine which classrooms they would focus on during the promotion of our upcoming National Ride to School Day.

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Elaine Lewis
Coolbinia Primary School

Planning for 2018

This story is related to Attend Professional Development (1)

Today, as the Your Move Coordinator at the Department's Training session, I reflected on the restructure of Your Move at Coolbinia PS in 2018. I set goals to facilitate a smooth transition for new staff. Detailed notes have been prepared to support staff in this role, as well as boxes of Your Move gear all neatly organised and ready for use. Roll on 2018!

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Elaine Lewis
Coolbinia Primary School

End of Year Survey

This story is related to Hands up survey

We conducted the end-of-year Your Move survey and the results show an improvement in active travel during 2017. A review of the program by the Your Move teams throughout the year was also conducted. To improve our results even more, team members suggested various ideas, such as: make a Your Move game for students, regular Your Move assembly items, promoting student drop off at a nearby park then walk to school and more promotion of the benefits of active transport.

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Elaine Lewis

PMI reflection of Walk Over October

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Coolbinia's Your Move team reflected on the planning and implementation of the recent special Walk Over October event. They used a Pluses Minuses and Interesting Ideas (PMI) format to guide their critical thinking about their effectiveness as a team and of the event. Some of the Pluses included making the posters, PA announcements, doing the pre and post surveys and handing out raffle tickets, stickers and prizes. Minuses included the challenge of getting all students to clearly respond to the Hands Up surveys. Creating a production for the assembly was one Interesting Idea, and another one was making more PA announcements about forthcoming events.

Team members also gave feedback about the most preferred prizes so more of these are ordered for future events. Favourite prizes were: gift vouchers, bike locks, apple slicers and wristbands.

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Elaine Lewis

We Walked Over October...

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Coolbinia held a Walk Over October event on Tuesday 31st October. It was a great success with ten percent more students coming to school by walking or riding bikes/scooters. The top photo shows members of our Your Move team handing out stickers and raffle tickets as students arrived at school. The bottom photo shows the bike bay filling up!

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Elaine Lewis

Ride on …

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All of Coolbinia’s Year 4s are participating in a bike education program during this term. The cost of this series of lessons has been paid for from our Your Move program using our reward points. The two classes of Year 4s were selected to participate in bike education lessons in preparation for being Year 5 Your Move student leaders next year. The photos show the students checking their helmets to ensure correct fitting, as well as learning how to identify the appropriate inflation of the tyres and to mount and dismount their bikes safely.

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Elaine Lewis

The word is out!

Coolbinia's Your Move team met again this week. We completed our advertising posters, writing our PA announcements and organising locations for team members to welcome students to school on our Your Move day. This will happen on Tuesday 31st October, celebrating the end of Walk Over October month. We have already completed our Hands-up pre-surveys for this event.

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Elaine Lewis

Kids Teaching Kids update

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Coolbinia Year 6s had a fabulous time at the Kids Teaching Kids Conference in September. We ran two workshops for students from other schools, showcasing four environmental scenarios using Sphereo robots. One of the scenarios was based on Your Move. In this story the sphero robots had cardboard cars attached to the chariots holding the spheros. The story was about the atmospheric pollution caused by driving cars and the health benefits of walking or riding bikes. The audience thought our presentation was great!
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Elaine Lewis

An exciting ride to the finish!

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We have an exciting ride ahead ... to the finish of the year! Our new Term 4 Your Move team has been selected. We have eight members in the team and we are all Year 5 students. We have been waiting for our turn to run Your Move events all year. Our team will be organising a 'Walk Over October' special Your Move event on Tuesday 31st October, as well as the regular Fume Free Fridays. Over the next two weeks we will be preparing for the pre and post Hands-up surveys and promotional activities for 31st October. More about our Term 4 ride later!

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Elaine Lewis
Coolbinia Primary School

World Car Free Day ... Moving Success!

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Coolbinia PS's World Car Free Day was a success despite the rainy weather! We held it early because we had many events planned for the rest of this term. We conducted pre and post surveys and found a 12% improvement in students coming to school by walking or riding for this special event.

The photos show our Your Move team leaders handing out raffle tickets and stickers to children as they arrived at school. We had 24 winning raffle tickets, 7 first and second prizes and the rest were third prizes. Students won gift vouchers, shoe pets, wrist bands, and lots more! We also had a prizes for the most improved class. Every student in that class received a wrist band. Congratulations to all our students who made the move!

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Elaine Lewis

Kids Teaching Kids

Year 6 students from Coolbinia Primary will be presenting sphero robot workshops at the forthcoming Kids Teaching Kids Conference in Mandurah. One of the workshops involves a sphero story about being travelsmart, encouraging everyone to engage with the Your Move initiative. We'll report more on this workshop after the conference. We are using Digital and Design Technologies to promote Your Move!

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Elaine Lewis

Planning Progressing ... World Car Free Day at Coolbinia

Last week our Year 5 Your Move team completed the pre-hands-up survey for this term, written scripts and posters for our World Car Free Day promotion. This week we are ordering prizes for our World Car Free celebration from the Rewards list.

We are all on track and enjoying the the Your Move role at our school.
Watch out for our next report on the results of our World Car Free special day

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Elaine Lewis

Crazy Hair Day on Fume Free Friday

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Today is another Fume Free Friday at Coolbinia Primary. It is also Crazy Hair Day! The 'Your Move' student team piggy-backed onto Crazy Hair Day to remind students to be travelsmart. They stood at school gates and handed out stickers to everyone to promote Fume Free Fridays and coming to school by walking or riding bikes or scooters. The above photo shows two Your Move team members handing out stickers at the Early Childhood gate. The photos below show other crazy hair styles of Your Move students.

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Elaine Lewis

Winners are grinners!

This story is related to Walk Safely to School Day

At recess today our winning raffle ticket holders came to collect their prizes from last Friday's Walk Safely to School Day. There were 21 grinners, 7 winners each for first, second and third prize. Prizes ranged from helmets and gift vouchers in first prize, foot pets and bike bells in second prize, and wrist bands and pens for third prize.

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Elaine Lewis

Walk Safely to School Day Results

Last Friday, 19th May, was Walk Safely to School Day. Your Move team members waited at our school gates to hand out stickers and raffle tickets to students who came to school by walking or riding. Afterwards we visited all Year 1 - 6 classes and did the Hands-up survey.

The results of the Hands-up survey showed more students are making the 'move' and coming to school in ways other than travelling in the car. On 14th March, our Term 1 special day - National Ride 2 School Day, 41% of students walked or rode, while on our Term 2 special day - Walk Safely to School Day, 45% walked or rode. Our pre and post survey figures for this term also show an improvement: 38% walked or rode on Friday 12 May and 45% walked or rode on Friday 19 May. We are making steady progress!

Today the Your Move team met to select the winning raffle tickets, display the prizes and organise the PA announcement telling everyone the good news. Tomorrow, at recess, the winners will collect their prizes ... and what fabulous prizes these are! More on this tomorrow!

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Elaine Lewis

Keen to Start at Coolbinia!

We have eight students in our new Year 5 Your Move team. We will work together on Your Move initiatives for the rest of this term. We met Katy from the Department of Transport on Monday 8th May. Katy presented us with our first sticker for our new Your Move sign at the front of our school. On Wednesday 10th we met again to start planning for the term. We allocated tasks in preparation for the Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 19 May. We worked out who would cover which classes for the Hands-up pre-survey, who would create the advertising posters and write the scripts for the PA and assembly. We are excited about our new role as the Term 2 Your Move team!

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Elaine Lewis

The Bike Dr visited Coolbinia

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In Term 1 we held 2 workshop sessions with Pearce, the Bike Dr. The focus of the sessions was 'Bike Maintenance & Repair'. Pearce guided all Year 5 students (over 50 children) in the care of their chains and how to repair punctures. All students were excited by this this hands-on workshop, which was undertaken as part of our Design Technologies program.

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Elaine Lewis

Reviewing our effectiveness

This story is related to Ride 2 School Day at Coolbinia

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The Term 1 student leaders for Your Move at Coolbinia PS meet on the last day of the term to review that term's progress in encouraging students to come to school in a TravelSmart way. We used a PMI chart to record our reflections.

Some of the POSITIVES were: increase in walkers and bike riders for the Ride2School Day; it was fun; everyone in the team worked well and cooperatively; we were good at sharing the different jobs. The MINUSES included: several students wanting to go to the school gate where there are lots of people coming; we got muddled up on some days when doing the hands-up surveys; several students wanting to wear the best TravelSmart T-shirts; running after classes who weren't in their rooms for the hands-up survey. INTERESTING IDEAS suggested working through the jobs faster; finding a new system for the choice of prizes; developing a better way of advertising the prize winners.

This information will be used by the new Term 2 Your Move student leaders to guide their Term 2 activities.

Congratulations to Coolbinia's Term 1 Your Move leaders for doing an effective and thoughtful job.

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Elaine Lewis

More on Your Move Unwrapped!

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The Your Move Unwrapped event is already helping my school to be more active, for example, we have booked Year 4 bike education sessions. Your Move had a network of over 60 champions representing Perth schools and workplaces at the event. Numerous new and valuable contacts were established and 'old friends' revisited. It was great hearing what other schools are doing to rebrand TravelSmart to Your Move. I have made progress on this already and feel excited about the innovation whole systems initiative.

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Elaine Lewis

Bike Ed at Coolbinia!

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At the Your Move Unwrapped event I learnt about funding support for bike education. As a result of attending the event our school has now booked all Year 4s to participate in bike education. This is a fabulous outcome on many levels, such as increased student fitness, road safety and awareness of bike maintenance issues, and potentially reduced congestion around the school. Thank you to all the bike ed presenters at the event!

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Elaine Lewis

Ride2School Day at Coolbinia

This story is related to Ride 2 School Day at Coolbinia

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The Term 1 Your Move team met for the first time on Wed 22 Feb. We have 8 students in our team. We discussed plans for this term. Our major event was to promote Ride 2 School Day. We did our baseline pre 'hands up' survey on Tuesday 7 March. Our school celebrated Ride 2 School Day on Tuesday 14 March as our swimming carnival day was on the same day as the official Ride 2 School Day. We noticed many more students came to school by walking or riding on our Ride 2 School Day, as proved by our post 'hands up' survey results.

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Elaine Lewis

Coolbinia's Walking School Bus (1)

This story is related to Coolbinia's Walking School Bus

Our school has been operating a Walking School Bus for many years and it is running again this year. We have a route from the school to a local park where there is plenty of parking for parents. This not only reduces congestion around the school but is also an enjoyable fitness activity after school.

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Elaine Lewis

TS Day Success!

Coolbinia Primary School's special TravelSmart Day on 4th March was a great success. We improved the number of students travelling in a TravelSmart way by 10%, from 31% to 41%. We also enjoyed handing out the stickers and raffle tickets on the day. There were 20 prizes drawn from the raffle ticket bowl. These prizes included bike bells, locks, wristbands, shoe pets and TS drink bottles.

The term 1 TS team met today to calculate the % improvement as a result of our TS Day promotion, write notes for the ning and to develop a rap to explain the eco footprint and social handprint. We enjoyed this activity.

Our next TS meeting will be our last for this term. : ( Next term there will be a new TS team.
Angus, Aaron, Max, Emily, Claudia & Vivian

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Elaine Lewis

Walk Over October at Coolbinia (1)

Our special Walk Over October day ran smoothly. At the start of the day we wore our TravelSmart T-shirts and stood at all the school gates handing out stickers and raffle tickets to everyone who came to school in a TravelSmart way. All the little Kindies and PrePrimaries were given stickers anyway to encourage them to be TravelSmart in the future.

When the siren went we drew the lucky 21 raffle tickets - 7 each for first, second and third prizes. Just before recess we announced the winners over the PA and where the prizes could be collected. There was great excitement as students hurried to collect their prizes during recess.

That morning we also did the post-Hands Up Survey. Our special day resulted in an improvement from 35% coming to school by walking or riding on a normal day to 48% on the TravelSmart day. Yeah!

Term 4 TravelSmart Team

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Elaine Lewis

Walk Over October at Coolbinia

Hi Everyone
Our new Term 4 TravelSmart team met today. We created posters to advertise our TravelSmart Day and prepared for the Hands-Up survey. We will do this survey on Thursday this week.
We also discussed why it is important to be TravelSmart. Being TravelSmart is a great way to keep fit and it also helps to reduce GreenHouse Gases going into the atmosphere.
Our October TravelSmart Day will be next week, on Friday 21st October. We will organise a raffle and prizes for students who come to school in a TravelSmart way.

Kyle, Alexio, Daniel, Olivia, Isabella and Alessandra.

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Elaine Lewis
Coolbinia Primary School

World Car Free Day actions!

Our TravelSmart Team meet today to plan for World Car Free Day.
World Car Free Day is on Thursday 22 September.
We made posters, worked out how to conduct the pre and post surveys, and make annoucements reminding students about being TravelSmart.
We are excited about World Car Free Day because there will be raffle tickets, stickers and prizes.

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Elaine Lewis

Being TS on National Walk to School Day

On National Walk to School Day lots of students from Coolbinia Primary School came to school in a TravelSmart way.

38% of our students supported this special TS Day. This was an improvement on our 'baseline or normal day'. The result was very pleasing.

To reward students we had prizes. All TravelSmart students recieved raffle tickets. Twenty tickets were drawn at random. These students received great prizes, like bike helmets, shoe pets and many more fun and fantastic rewards.

The best things about TravelSmart are:
• TravelSmart helps your health and fitness.
• You can win prizes and it energises children who want to win prizes.
• It reduces greenhouse gases.
• It is fun.

Term 3 Year 5 TS Team

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Elaine Lewis

Baseline Data for Cool Kids and Coolbinia

Today Coolbinia PS submitted the TS baseline data for 2016. At the start of the year, on a normal school day, 31% of students came to school in a TS way.

Our first big event for TS this year, on 4th March, saw a 10% increase in students being TS. We plan to make this figure grow even more during this year, and beat our final figure achieved in 2015: 53%. Roll on TS in Term 2!

Term 1 TS Team

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Elaine Lewis

Marching towards the 4th March!

Today we worked on our posters for the Ride to School Day on 4th March. We displayed the posters around the school.

We also looked at the results of our Hands Up pre survey. Only 31% of students came to school in a TravelSmart way. We are going to improve this percentage and our posters are a start to achieving this goal.

Yr 5 term 1 TS Team

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Elaine Lewis

TravelSmart ... on a roll for 2016!

We are members of the new TravelSmart team for 2016 and met for the first time today.  We worked out how and when to do the Hands Up Survey for the start of the year.  We will go into classes tomorrow to find out how many children came to school in a TravelSmart way.

We will be on the TravelSmart team all term.  We are excited about our role.

Emily, Claudia, Vivian, Angus, Aaron and Max

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