GSG Boarders Run For Unity

Claire Hanson
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RUN LIKE the wind // Great Southern Grammar boarding students took part in a national challenge to run around Australia yesterday as part of National Boarding Week.

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Cumulative one-kilometre runs by boarding students across the nation aim to reach the equivalent of Australia’s circumference. Totals will be tallied by the Australian Boarding Schools Association (@ABSA) to raise awareness the importance of residential boarding communities.

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GSG boarders ran one kilometre each across campus and were rewarded with a pizza lunch and muffins by the Catering Team.

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On Sunday, the boarders will take part in a Boarding Amazing Race with the five boarding houses competing against each other over clues and challenges.

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James (Your Move)

Some great photos there Claire - it looks the boarders really got into it. As the running event isn't directly related to increasing active travel I unfortunately can't give you any YM activity points this time.

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Claire

Thanks, James. As the boarders live on campus, about 500m away from school, we like to include their activities (bike riding, walking, running etc) in our Your Move feed.. If we didn't they wouldn't be represented in the same way as day students are. Twenty percent of our students K-12 are boarders. As their walk to school is reasonably short each day, we welcome their involvement in any additional active transport activities.

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James (Your Move)

Thanks Claire - it's good to know that the boarders are actually 500m from school and thus are walking every day. I had assumed that they really had no distance to go. There is no problem in including their activities in your feed. In terms of YM activities that earn points it can seem a bit fuzzy, but the general rule we have decided on is that they must relate directly to active transport rather than just physical activity. Thus a walk to school event will clearly gain points but an "aerobics-thon" won't. We have awarded bike-a-thon events in the past as it is considered that bike riding in particular is a life-skill that does benefit from the motivation and skills kids gain doing such an event, and that this life-skill would likely translate into active transport outcomes in the future. I'm happy to discuss further if you think that this is unfair at all.

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