Hi everyone! I hope you are all managing to find time for yourself and get some activity happening. I saw this on the Ride2School Facebook page and thought I'd share it here. It's a great way to get moving!
Forest Crescent Primary School's stories
Schools are surreal places at the moment! We have suspended our Wheel or Walk Wednesday program for now as like every other school, we have a very small number of families still attending. I just want to encourage you all to get some sort of physical activity everyday! Now that the weather is cooler, I've decided to commute to school by bike. Here are a couple of pics of the scenery as I ride along. Stay safe and healthy everyone!
We finally got started with our Wheel or Walk Wednesday this week and Aliah, Hayley and Kaya were very busy handing out cards. I asked the girls why they wanted to be a part of the Your Move team at our school and these are their replies ...
Aliah - I can't usually walk or ride, but doing this job makes me feel like I'm doing something to help others ride or walk.
Hayley - I don't usually get chosen to help with a lot of stuff at school so I wanted to try and help out with something different.
Kaya - I wanted to do this job because you get to say "Hi" to everyone and meet new kids.
This morning we had wonderful volunteers from our local Neighbourhood Watch engrave our bikes and scooters so that if they get stolen or lost the police can contact us. A big thank you to them!
WOW, what a morning! We started the morning with breakfast and ended with a wheelie awesome procession around the school. It was amazing to see everyone dressed up and it was fun finally being allowed to ride through the school! We were busy handing out over 300 stickers and we raised $500 for World Bicycle Relief! Everyone could see us thanks to our new Your Move flag. Now we need a sleep. Hayley, Aliah, Kaya and Ms Jarvinen.
We may not be big, but we are enthusiastic! Hayley, Kaya and Aliah are our 2020 Your Move student team. We had our first planning meeting earlier in the week and sadly Aliah was away that day. Our plan will be presented to our Sustainability committee this afternoon. We have chosen a couple of big events each term and are planning the return of our junior primary bike club. The Year 5 girls are super excited for Ride 2 School day tomorrow and to get on with our weekly Wheel or Walk Wednesday active travel program. Onward and upward!
We finally got around to completing our survey today and the results have been great! There has been another decrease in car travel (4%) which tells us that our Your Move initiatives are becoming imbedded in ongoing active travel behaviour. Although the percentage of children walking to school was down today, our "wheelers" had increased by a massive 50%!! Now that is something to celebrate, YAY!!! It's from here that our 2020 Your Move journey begins ...
It has been an amazing year for our wheelers and walkers! Many, many prizes have been awarded throughout the year - 183 to be exact. (I must remember to take photos of these next year.) We had 13 amazing students who wheeled or walked every Wednesday! All star cards now go into our end of year prize draw at our final assembly. We are very fortunate to have our local MLA, Chris Tallentire, donate money for prizes and vouchers!
After a tip off from one of our parents, I went to investigate Hossack Reserve in Parkwood. It has a purpose built road-like bike track, complete with road signs and a roundabout. I took our junior bike riders there for an end of year celebration. There is lots of shade too. Please check it out if your school is close by. It would only cost you transport!
We completed our Hands Up survey last Friday and we are pretty happy with the results ... we have had an increase in cycling, scooting and walking and a decrease in driving this year! We have had more of a focus on active transport this year and we have been more organised in promoting this across our school.
We started Term 3 with a wheelie awesome junior bike club session! I was approached by families to start a before school bike club for our Year 1 and 2s. In Term 1 we received a Sporting Schools grant and ran a Let's Ride program. The children loved it so much they pestered their parents to pester me to do it all again! We are meeting every Thursday morning rain or shine. I can't wait to see their confidence and skill development over the term.
Jordan and Ashleigh are two of our Year 5 student champions for our weekly Wheel or Walk Wednesday! They are always there to stamp our active travel cards and encourage our wheelers and walkers. Thank you so much Jordan and Ashleigh!
Getting our safe routes to school pathway markings redone has been on our "to do" list for ages. We have been extremely fortunate in that a local line marking business was up for the challenge and re-marked the pathways surrounding our school as a gift! The pathways are now very clearly marked with stop signs and footprints making the way to school much safer for all of our walkers, cyclists and scooter riders.
It was fantastic weather for Walk 2 School Day and it was fabulous to see so many of our families making the most of it and walking to school! We were not sure how many would participate as we had 2 classes on an excursion, NAPLAN online happening and the biggest obstacle of them all ... no crossing guard at the main road near the school! Nevertheless over 120 children made the decision to choose active transport on that morning. We asked them what they had seen or heard on their way to school and the children drew or wrote their responses on posters. Once again our hard working Your Move student team rose to the occasion and made sure the morning ran smoothly.
Bike Week has been and gone! We had an awesome week full of activities with over 250 children cycling or scooting to school over the week. On Ride to School day we held a classroom competition for our junior and senior classes. The winning class were presented with The Golden Wheel. It was great fun in the Kindy and Pre-Primary to see so many decorated scooters and bikes! Finally we had colouring-in competitions and a quiz. Winners were impressed with their water-proof backpack covers from BWA.
Our team have organised the activities and we are set to go! Our Kindy and Pre-Primary kids are ready to decorate their bikes and parade their handiwork, we have a colouring-in competition, bike quiz and an inter-class competition for our newly minted Golden Wheel Award. Photos to come next week!
This week we started our weekly active travel day and had over 150 children sign up! It was so awesome to see the queues lining up to get star cards. It was also fabulous to have our Year 5 Your Move ambassadors lending a hand too. We are hoping this is the start of something big at our school!
We completed our start of the year Hands Up survey yesterday and the results surprised us a little. The number of children riding their bike or scooter has decreased by a third since the beginning of last year! When the team reflected on this, we remembered that we had had a few bike and scooter thefts from our locked storage area last year and this may have contributed to the decrease in numbers. Thankfully we will be promoting an engraving session provided by the City of Gosnells during Bike Week and we are hoping the numbers will once again increase!
Last year we were very quiet in sharing our stories even though we did do a lot! This year we are planning to share all that we do. Over the coming days we will be completing our Hands Up survey and kick starting our "Wheel or Walk Wednesday" active travel day. Planning has also begun for Bike Week activities!
We completed our first survey for this year today. The results tell us that we need to do a whole lot more to promote active travel to school! Although we have seen a small increase in numbers walking to school, the number of students cycling and scooting has decreased. With Bike Week and Ride to School Day coming up soon, we are hoping to turn that decrease around! Bring on 2018!
Attending the Your Move end of year forum and looking to start off 2018 with a bang (hopefully not from a flat tyre)! I've heard great ideas from everyone here and can't wait to get going with our newly labelled "Wheel or walk Wednesday' 😀🚲👣
Currently having a play with the new Your Move website and thinking about how to continue our school's journey in encouraging our families to actively travel to school. I love how we can now earn points and move through the levels easier and faster. We are hoping to kick the new year off with a new student team and lots of enthusiasm!
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