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.
Forest Crescent Primary School's stories
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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