Honeywood Primary School's stories

Danielle Howton
Honeywood Primary School

Safe road and pedestrian behaviours

A year 2 class watched a few different videos on Road safety- this included road safety (crossing roads, walking safety) as well as pedestrian safety (what makes a good passenger, behaviours in cars/buses etc).

They then brainstormed the main points from the videos on the board and students went on to create posters.

The follow up lesson was students acting out scenarios of 'safe road and pedestrian behaviours'.

Students had to create an 'unsafe version' of behaviours and then a 'safe version.'

The class then discussed how well we thought each group displayed safe behaviours.

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Coding and Road Safety

In Pre-Primary as part of their coding unit they have been using Bee Bots (which are codable moving robots). They integrated their learning of road rules into this through designing roads for the Bee Bots to travel on.

They discussed ensuring the safety of the Bee Bot while on the road and as well as ensuring they created adequate safe crossing areas for humans.

It was a great way to review their prior learning of road rules into a hands-on practical experience.

The children got into groups and designed a road for their Bee Bots. They then went around and “inspected” if other’s roads had safe places for people to cross and that the roads were big enough that the Bee Bot wouldn’t drive on the sidewalk.

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RAC Sponsorship

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Honeywood Primary School is extremely excited to have applied to RAC for sponsorship re: Support to develop the "Wheels on Wednesday" bike track.

We applied for assistance in purchasing street signs to erect, Zebra crossings and working traffic lights.

The RAC sponsorship has provided us with $2500 to purchase the materials we required and also use funds to pay for labour and services to construct the necessary purchases.

The zebra crossings have already been installed and we are aiming to have everything up and running by the commencement of 2020.


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Planning session with SDERA CHAT

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Honeywood Primary School met with a representative from SDERA CHAT last week to review the Silver targets set in CHAT for 2019.

Evidence was provided to Des, the Principal Consultant (Whole School Engagement) Road Safety and Drug Education Branch.

Des went through each target set for 2019 and evidence was provided to show that the targets were met to a satisfactory standard.

Three areas were assessed- Curriculum: Road Safety, Ethos and Environment and Parents and Community.

After evidence was provided it is pleasing to say that we have achieved our Silver targets and now progress to Gold. New targets will be set for gold in 2020.

I have attached a copy of the Curriculum document to provide an understanding of the targets originally set.

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RAC Little Legends Incursion (2)

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All Pre-Primary to Year 6 classes participated in the RAC Little Legends Incursion. The following sessions were conducted...

Pre-Primary classes- Intro to Road safety
Year 1 classes-Road Safety
Year 2 classes- Traffic and Road Sense
Year 3 classes- Bike Safety
Year 4 classes- Passenger Safety
Year 5 classes- Risky Behaviours
Year 6 classes- Going Green and Being Safe

The sessions were very informative and the students learnt a lot.

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Danielle Howton
Honeywood Primary School

Testing Created Road Signs

The year ones created road signs that they felt would help during "Wheels on Wednesday".

The signs were then taken out during the breaks for "Wheels on Wednesday".

The criteria for success was that the signs had to stand up without any assistance and that they helped with road rules.

The students created crosswalks for staff and our therapy dog- Taxi to cross.

Stop signs, crossing signs, give way signs, no entry signs and no u turn signs were some of the signs created and used during the breaks.

It was noted that many students on bikes and scooters struggled to stop at the crosswalks. It took a lot of coaching to incidentally educate students to prepare to stop before crosswalks to allow people to cross safely.

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Honeywood Primary School

Real Crosswalks at the school

As part of our "Wheels on Wednesday" program the year one students made thier own signs to help with road rules during "Wheels on Wednesday"

It was noticed that many students on their bikes did not understand what to do when approaching a crosswalk.

Many incidental lessons during "Wheels on Wednesday" were had with students on their bikes.

As a result of this Honeywood Primary School has had two crosswalks permanently painted on the bike track.

We are so pleased that these permanent structures will help reinforce road rules for the students when riding their bikes or scooters.


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Honeywood Primary School

Car Park Improvements

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Honeywood Primary school is having several improvements to the school over the holidays to improve safety of parents/ students walking or riding to school.

We are getting :a new pedestrian only entry ramp from Honeywood Avenue (which means the existing ramp will be for vehicles only) to make walking into the school grounds far safer, a Kiss and Go area on Windjana Rise,
two small concrete paths installed on the corner of Honeywood Avenue and Windjana Rise - so parents/ students don't have to walk through the garden beds.

A note was sent home to parents telling them of the above changes and a reminder about students safety- "In the interim, please continue to be kind and respectful in and around the car park. Obey the signs and directional arrows, use the marked crosswalks and be patient . Our children's safety is everyone's responsibility:)"

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Honeywood Primary School

Designing Road Signs

The year 1 class have been completing a whole unit on Road Safety.

The class brainstormed, viewed and discussed different types of Road signs.

This weeks activity was to design and produce a road sign to use on "Wheels on Wednesday".

Students had to design the sign and also produce a way that it could stand independently.

One student designed a portable sign that could be used for our Therapy Dog Taxi to cross the path during "Wheels on Wednesday". The student decided that as Taxi crosses at many different places the sign must be portable.

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Honeywood Primary School

Kindergarten Classroom Activity

Students in kindy have been looking at maps, following directions, and symbols and signs we use to give directions and share information.

Students created lots of their own maps, used Google maps to plan a journey around the school, looked for treasure using maps of the playground, and drew symbols on pre-printed maps, including some to give their friends directions to get safely from one place to another.

They also identified what the markings on the Kindy bike track meant, including the zebra crossing, arrows and speed humps.


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Honeywood Primary School

Bike Safety Unit- Year 4

As part of the health curriculum in term 3 the year 4s looked at bike safety.

Over the term they covered road rules, the benefits of wearing a helmet when riding, the reasons why injuries occur and different active transport options.

As an assessment which will contribute towards their health report grade the students had to create a poster advertising one of the aspects they covered over the term.

On completion of their poster they had to reflect and answer 3 questions. 1. What bicycle safety message is your poster promoting? 2. Why is that message important? 3. What age group is your poster aimed towards and why.

As you can see there are were some great posters created with some awesome messages.

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Honeywood Primary School

Cross Curricular Unit based on 'Wheels on Wednesday"

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A year one classroom teacher at Honeywood created a cross-curricular unit based around the "Wheels on Wednesday" initiative.

The theme was on how to make "Wheels on Wednesday" safer for the Honeywood School Community.

The ideas were linked to Maths, Science,English, HASS and the Arts.

In Maths: Statistics & Probability (Data Representation & Interpretation)-Investigate the popular modes of transport for Wheels on Wednesday

Science: Science Understanding (Biological science)- Investigating what we need to do in order to maintain the needs of the ‘living things’ surrounding our bike paths.

English: Literacy, Literature (Creating Texts, Use of Software, Purpose & Audience, Speaking & Listening) Persuasive/informative/procedural texts – e.g bilingual posters to show safe crossing, persuasive posters to encourage involvement, steps on how to cross a road safely…

HASS: History (Similarities & differences between students lives & life during their parents/grandparents)– Comparing transport options and lack of road signs/road safety; Geography (Natural, managed and constructed features or places)-What does a safe bike path look like and involve

The Arts: Visual Arts - Creation of visual sign

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Dress Up Your Bike Day at Honeywood

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To encourage students to ride to school it was advertised through Connect to parents and over the PA to students that they could dress up their bike.

Students could ride their bikes during first and second break as part of "Wheels on Wednesday".

Numbers were decreasing in the amount of students participating in "Wheels on Wednesday" so the initiative of dressing up your bike was introduced.

The initiative was successful as we had a huge increase in students participating in "Wheels on Wednesday".

A spot prize was given to one student who dressed up their bike.

Photos of the students and their dressed up bikes were sent home via Connect for all parents to see, which again will promote "Wheels on Wednesday"


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Promoting being Active on the Way to School

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The Newly formed "Student Your Move Team" had their first official meeting to go through what "Your Move" is about". The meetings will be held each week.

The team looked through the previous stories on the "Your Move" website and then brainstormed ideas that Honeywood Primary school could participate in for the remainder of the year.

The last activity was to list ways to promote more students riding, walking or scooting to school on "Wheels on Wednesday". These ideas were placed against the remainder of weeks left in the term.

The meeting ideas were written up and emailed to staff to promote with their class and will be promoted to parents via "Connect" each week.

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Your Move Student Team Formed

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As Honeywood Primary School already has a regular "Wheels on Wednesday" weekly ride your bike, scooter or roller skate during the school breaks, it was decided that we needed to form a student Your Move Committee to promote this activity.

The committee was formed with 6 year 6 students who are keen to promote being active and Wheels on Wednesday.

At the first committee meeting the team decided they would spend the next few weeks promoting Wheels on Wednesday.

Two activities were decided upon. The first being- Ride, walk or scoot to school.

The event was promoted via Connect to the parents and guardians. The student committee promoted the event via a student PA message on Monday morning.

On Wednesday the 6 team members manned each gate entrance to the school. They wore large- Be Active stickers and greeted all students and parents at the entrances to the school.

They presented students with one sticker if they rode, walked, roller skated or scooted to school. All students had to be wearing a helmet.

If the students parents also had ridden or walked to school with their children the student was awarded another sticker.

For a first event completely run by the Your Move student team it was very successful and we had more students walking, riding, scooting or roller blading to school than most Wednesdays.

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Kiss and Drop zone in parent car park (1)

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Honeywood Primary School opened two years ago with approximately 90 kindy and pre-primary students, so the school had ample parking for all families.

As our school has grown considerably over the few years parking is becoming more of an issue.

To enable the safety of all students being dropped off, walking and riding to school the Principal investigated the idea of a "Kiss and Drop" zone in the car park.

She first approached a local councillor from the City of Kwinana who investigated the initiative further.

Verbal approval has been given but the final approval will come from a Shire meeting on the 11th November.

When the final approval is completed the City of Kwinana will provide a designated "Kiss and Drop" zone at the school.

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Ramp installed to enable safe route to walk to school

Honeywood Primary School is in its second year since being built.

One section of the school that parents and students used to enter from the community was extremely unsafe.

There was no footpath for pedestrians to walk up.Parents and students were put in danger as they had to walk from the footpath up a road that cars accessed to enable them to enter the school grounds.

The issue was reported to the Education Department and it was approved to install a ramp for parents and students to access rather than walking up the same road as cars access.

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Road Safety Unit in Pre-Primary

The Pre-Primary did a whole series of lessons on Road Safety.

Activity 1: the students drew a large map on a piece of cardboard and spent time labeling the streets and drawing street signs, crosswalks, traffic lights, roundabouts etc. As a whole class we discussed the different signs we would see on the roads and what they meant.

Activity 2: Students role played "Stop, Look, Listen and Think" and safely crossed at the crosswalk on the bike track.

Activity 3: Students made cars from cardboard boxes and role played putting on seat belts and getting in and out the safety door.

Activity 4: Students made common street signs that they see in their environment and these were put on the back track during outdoor play. We had discussions regarding where we might see these signs and what they mean when we are out and about.

Activity 5: We learnt all about bike safety and the importance of wearing helmets. We made faces and gave them helmets, making sure it was fitted correctly and their chin strap was done up 🙂

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Be Active Wednesday

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Honeywood Primary School uses "Connect" to Provide School Information to Parents.

A message was sent home via Connect to promote this Wednesday's "Be Active Day". Students who ride their bikes or scooters to school or walk will be greeted at the school gates by a student councillor to give them a sticker.

If their parents have also ridden a bike or scooter to school or walked with their children, two stickers will be given to the student.

The message sent home was also used as a way to promote "Your Move". The program was explained and parents were reminded of what the school achieved in 2018 by being part of the program.

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Sunrise- No Homework more physical activity

After the Maggie Dent podcast, Maggie Dent interview on Today Tonight with our Principal, Sunrise played some of the interview and discussed it with their panel.

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The panel discussed the No Homework school in Perth- Honeywood Primary School and how we are encouraging physical activity instead after school.

The panel discussed the importance of physical activity after school.

While the panel was discussing the issue footage of "Wheels on Wednesday" was being played.

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Today Tonight Story

After Maggie Dent's visit to Honeywood Primary school the interview was played on a segment of Today Tonight.

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The importance of play and being active after school was emphasised throughout the segment.

Students from Honeywood Primary School were inlcuded riding their bikes and scooters during "Wheels on Wednesday".

Students from the school were interviewed about why they like no homework. They discussed how they can be active after school.

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Maggie Dent Visit to Honeywood PS

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Our Principal Maria Cook had previously done a pod cast with Maggie Dent on our No Homework Policy.

Maggie Dent then asked to visit our school with Today Tonight to do a story on our No Homework Policy.

When Maggie and the Today Tonight Team arrived it was second break and our school were participating in "Wheels on Wednesday".

They were so impressed with the amount of student activity happening around the school that Maggie posted a story on her Facebook page about our no homework policy and also how impressed she was to see students riding their bikes, scooters and roller skates around the playground.

Currently there have been over a 1000 comments on the article with many schools inquiring about "Wheels on Wednesday".

The story on Today Tonight has been broadcast yet but I will upload when it is.

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Sustainability- environment

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The student councillors discussed the importance of recycling to help maintain a clean environment in order for everyone to enjoy being active in the outdoors.

A sustainability program was introduced and gradually over the year different forms of recycling have been implemented into the school.

The student councillors promote the different forms of recycling via a weekly public announcement over the PA to all classes.

Connect is also used to advertise to the community the different types of recycling we have introduced in the school.

A designated area outside the front office is utilised for collection of recycling materials.

Not only does this reduce waste in the environment it teaches the students the importance of caring for our environment to enable us to have areas to swim, walk etc.

Honeywood Primary School is an accrediated Waste Wise School.


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Therapy Dog

Taxi is Honeywood Primary School's therapy dog.

Taxi comes to school 3 days a week with her owner and is on a lead at all times.

Taxi helps students overcome anxiety and enhances confidence in students and relationships with peers and teachers.

Many students are anxious in the playground but having Taxi around helps improves confidence for students to interract with their peers and join in on activities in the playground.

Taxi also helps with social development which again often provides confidence for students to ask to join in with activities. This increases active participation in the playground and limits students sitting alone in areas.

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Car Park Safety

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Honeywood Primary school is a new school that has only been opened for 2 years from PP-Year 6.

Parents are encouraged to walk their children to school, however one of the entrances into the school involved students and their parents walking up a ramp without a footpath. This was extremely dangerous as this ramp was also used for parents to drive up to access a school car park.

The Principal discussed this safety issue with many representatives from different departments and thankfully the department of education agreed to make improvements.

The improvements included a separate ramp for pedestrians and two concrete paths to make accessing the school easier.

The school newsletter was used to advertise the improvements and remind parents/ guardians about car park rules.

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Fathering Project

Honeywood Primary School is lucky enough to be part of the "Fathering Project".

This inititative is coordinated by a Dad at the school.

Fathers of students were encouraged to come along for the initial information session.

The Fathering Project encourages Dads to become more involved in their children's lives by participating in actvities together.

The group meets with dads and their children to complete active activities together.

The Fathering project is extremely beneficial to both the children and their fathers. It also creates a bond between dads in the community and generally links community members.

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Constable Care Puppet Show

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The Kindergarten students at Honeywood attended a Constable Care Puppet Show on "Getting to School Safely".

The students thoroughly enjoyed the show and learnt a lot. The skills were reinforced and practised during class time and in the playground.

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Cross Country/ Kilometre Club

Honeywood Primary School has a Kilometre Club that runs before school three days a week.

Students who participate are awarded certificates / badges for various distances they achieve.

Many students used the Kilometre Club to train for the Cross Country competition at school.

The students who placed highly were then invited to join the Interschool Cross Country team. Part of this commitment was to train before school at the Kilometre Club.

The course utilises a community park that adjoins the school oval.

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Encouraging Nature Play

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Honeywood prides itself on promoting "play".

In order to promote the importance of play articles are written in the newsletters to inform parents/ guardians of the benefits of play, especially Nature Play.

We provide research to support our views and to encourage less screen time and more play after school.

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Community News Through School Newsletter

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Honeywood Primary School sends a school newsletter twice a term through Connect-which parents can access via their mobile phones.

As Honeywood PS is a new school in a new area with little community facilities at the moment, the school hires out it's facilities to community groups to run after school sporting actvities on site.

These activities are advertised in the school newsletter.

By having the sporting activities on site many students can attend as their parents do not have to transport them to other facilities. Parents can pick up after work.

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Bike Repairs

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In 2018 we were successful in unlocking a grant through Your Move to get a bike repair station installed in our playground.

As part of our Wheels on Wednesday initiative a year 6 student volunteered his time to help repair minor faults on bikes. The students bring their bikes to the Bike Repair Station and the student helps fix the problems.

The article was written and placed in the school newsletter.

The bottom paragraph explains how Honeywood Primary School is part of the SDERA-CHAT program. Through CHAT we discovered "Your Move" and became part of this initiative also.

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School Newsletter -Maggie Dent Visit to Honeywood

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Honeywood Primary School prides itself on our "No Homework" policy.

We believe that children spend enough time at school learning, so when they go home at the end of the day their time should be spent attending sporting clubs, increasing family time together to visit parks etc and to generally be active in the community.

The School Board approved the "No Homework Policy" and the majority of parents support the schools philosophy of encouraging students to be active rather than spending family time completing homework.

Maggie Dent heard about our No Homework policy and firstly interviewed our Principal on our homework policy. This interview was converted to a podcast and was available for parents to listen to view ABC.

After the interview Maggie Dent has asked to visit our school with Today Tonight to prepare a story on the benefits of No Homework. She would also like to see our "Wheels on Wednesday" in action.

Today tonight will present a segment on the findings.

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Practising Road Safety Rules

All students from pre primary to Year 6 have been putting their learning about road safety into practice as they attend daily swimming lessons.

They use the safe crossing, check for traffic and keep their ears switched on.
When travelling on the bus they are quiet when the bus stops so that they level of noise is not too high to allow the driver to focus on the important task of driving safely.

They buckle their seatbelts and older students assist younger ones, keeping everyone safe and happy.

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Bike Safety (1)

Year 5 students completed a quiz about bicycle safety and found there were many areas they were unsure about. They then researched and shared the answers.

Students were surprised to learn that people of any age in WA are allowed to ride their bikes on the footpath (laws changed in 2016) and that their bikes should be fitted with lights and reflectors.

Several students have discussed adding bells and reflectors to their bikes to ensure they are safe.

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Staff Survey on Health

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All staff were sent an online survey to complete on all aspects of the Health Curriculum.

Staff were asked a variety of questions on how confident they felt teaching the different components of health, what assessments they were using and were they using "Challenges and Choices" to teach the different components of health.

The results gave the health committee an indication of areas that staff required more PL on and what to include in the health plan for 2020.

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Parent Survey on Health

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During our Open Night one of the passport activities that parents had to complete in every class was to complete a survey on their thoughts on health and health topics.

A stamp was issued to the students' passports when the survey was completed.

Results from the surveys were collated to be used in future planning with the health committee.

The results indicated that all parents felt health was very important to be taught in schools. They also indicated that road safety was an important topic to be taught in classes.

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CHAT Grant

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The Health Committee applied for the next level of grants (SILVER) from CHAT (Changing Health Acting Together), which is part of SDERA.

There are three components to the funding- Curriculum, Ethos and Environment and Drug Education-Parents and Community.

We were successful in our grant application.

The Curriculum section incuded all activities related to road safety.

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Learning how to Safely Cross the Road in Kindy.

The Kindergarten children have been learning how to safely cross the road using our playground bike track.

This included using the designated crossings, learning what the colours meant on traffic signals and crossings and responding to stop signs.

This was led by the students who asked for help to regulate the track in response to some ‘accidents’ with bikes crashing into each other, and students crossing the tracks without looking.


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Identifying why Injuries Occur when Riding Bikes

The year 4 class completed a variety of activities to identify why injuries occur when riding bikes.

The first activity involved students working in groups brainstorming ideas as to why there are so many injuries while riding bikes. Students recorded their ideas onto a whiteboard.

The second activity involved a gallery walk where individual students were asked to record on paper around the room as to why there were injuries according to three different headings- unsafe behaviour, hazardous environments and lack of skills and knowledge.

The last activity involved students completing a whole class survey as to what injuries they had occurred whilst riding bikes.The tallies were recorded and the results discussed as a whole class.


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Bike Repair Station

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In 2018 Honeywood Primary School was fortunate enough to reach our goal to open the grant to purchase a "Bike Repair Station".

The "Bike Repair Station" was installed at the school. This was done efficiently and the whole process ran very smoothly.

As we have "Wheels on Wednesday" at our school where students can ride their bikes, scooters or wear their roller skates during both breaks, the bike repair station is used regularly.


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Stop motion video showing road rules

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The year 5/6 class have been learning about road safety rules.

The health and technologies curriculum were integrated and the students were asked to create a video using stop motion to demonstrate road rules.

The videos were then shared with with their peers in the class and discussed.

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Second Whole School Survey

The years 1-6 attended a whole school assembly in the undercover area.

We discussed that we weer going to survey the students again on how they got to school on that particular day.

We discussed the modes of transport to school and the students came up with walking, riding a bike or scooter or coming to school driven in a car.

Students were asked to think about how they came to school on that morning and were then asked to put their hand up for each category.

After the second attempt as some students put their hand up for two or three modes of transport and the process had to be explained again the results were calculated.

Individual class teachers recorded the number of students in their class for each category and the results were tallied.

It was evident that most students came via car that morning and we discussed why.

It was decided that the weather had been bad this week and there was inter-school jumps the day before and inter-school sports day the next day. Many students were tired and were also not going to risk the weather.

The results were calculated and changed to a whole school percentage.

90% came via car. 7% rode their bike or scooter and 3% walked.

As the results were disappointing we will instigate more days where we will promote and reward students who ride or walk to school. We also were very aware that the weather had been bad and there were two inter-school carnivals in that week.

As we do wheels on Wednesday every Wednesday it is unfair to do the survey on that day which limited the days we could do the survey. On Wednesdays 80% of students would ride to school or bring their scooters.

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Whole School Health Plans

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As part of the SDERA CHAT initiative the committee met for a day to create a whole school Health Scope and Sequence for all year levels.

There are 5 components to the scope and sequence. Semester 1 we focus on Wellness and cover- Protective behaviours and Sexual Education. In Semester 2 we focus on Physical Health and Well Being and cover- Road Safety, Nutrition, and Drug Education.

The committee went through the departments protective behaviour program and SDERAs Challenges and Choices for each year level and chose topics to ensure continuity of each topic and that all areas are not duplicated with each year level.

The whole school from PP- year 6 will be issued with the Scope and sequence for their year level with the appropriate resources in a kit.

I have attached a copy of the year 4 Scope and sequence.

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Road Safety

Today in our road safety investigation we made posters showing how to be safe around the road.

Some children chose to draw the road rules for cars and some the road rules for pedestrians.

They each orally told us what their picture was about, for example “red means stop, green means go and yellow means slow down” and we wrote this on their work.

They took these pictures home to share with their families and to support discussion about road safety at home.

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Road Safety Rules

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Today in Pre-Primary we went outside to our bike path and practiced stopping, looking, listening and thinking before we crossed the road.

We talked about not standing too close to the road while waiting for a car to pass.

We also practiced crossing on the cross walk.

We learnt not to run across the road and to hold a parent’s hand while crossing.

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Road Sign Safety

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In Pre-primary as part of our ongoing investigation into road safety we looked up different signs you might see on the road.

We saw parking signs, stop signs, traffic lights, pedestrian crossing signs and speed limit signs.

We then walked the perimeter of our school looking to see what signs were around us and identifying what they were for.

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Wheels on Wednesday Word Sleuth

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To promote the riding of rides, especially during "Wheels on Wednesday" the students in year one were asked to complete a word sleuth.

[Note from editor: You can easily create these using websites such as Discovery Education]

They discussed the importance of wearing a helmet, how to ride safely on the road,being safe and ensuring that their brakes are working.

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Decorate and Colour your Helmet

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To encourage students to wear their helmets at all times it is reinforced during "Wheels On Wednesday" and in class during health activities.

The students in A1- year one discussed the importance of wearing a helmet, why we wear helmets and how to fit and wear a helmet correctly.

The students were then asked to decorate their helmet as part of the health activity.

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Honeywood Primary School

Parent Survey Results

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During Open Night parents had to complete a Health Education Survey as part of their passport to be stamped during the night.

Each classes surveys were collected and the results were collated.

Results were collated into Kindy. PP, year 1. year 2/3, year 4/5/6.

Additionally the results were then averaged out to become a whole school data collection.

Road safety was indicated as the most important Health concept to be taught during health sessions.

The data will be used to help with future planning of the Health Curriculum as we have a clear indication of what parents views are on individual health topics. We have a clear understanding of what parents value and can build on this and a clear understanding of what parents need more knowledge and understanding about.

I have attached a copy of the analysed results.

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Honeywood Primary School

Bike Safety in Early Childhood

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Students in Prep-Primary and Kindy have access to bicycles and scooters in the playground each day , and the use of a dedicated bicycle track.

The rules for using the track are introduced at the start of the year and reinforced with posters on the sheds where the bikes and scooters are stored. The track is marked with arrows so students travel in only one direction. The tacks have marked crossings for students, and all students are encouraged to use these, and taught to stop and look before crossing. Speed bumps on the tracks just before the crossing serve as a reminder to riders to slow down.

These rules are reinforced by duty teachers and by the students themselves, particularly the Pre-primary students who are encouraged to lead by example in the presence of the younger Kindergarten students.

The school values: Be your best by being kind, safe, respectful and responsible, are perfect for framing the rules, expectations and recognising positive behaviours in this part of the Early Childhood playground.

The track is also an ideal way of allowing students to gain confidence, and develop road and ride safety awareness in readiness for the Wheels on Wednesday initiative in the main playground which they can be part of when they move to year 1.

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CHAT grant application

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Honeywood Primary school attended the SDERA conference earlier in the year.

One of the sessions explained about applying for a grant through CHAT.

CHAT offers intensive, step-by-step support to develop a best practice whole-school approach to resilience, drug and road safety education. It provides opportunity to examine the broader, holistic notion of student wellbeing. Consultancy advice, easy to use resources, professional learning and financial assistance are available as part of the program.

The application form was completed and sent off to CHAT (Changing Health Acting Together). I have attached a portion of the grant that states what we are applying for.

We will now patiently wait to see if we have been successful.

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Danielle Howton
Honeywood Primary School

National Walk safely to School Day

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Honeywood Primary School participated in "National Walk Safely to School day" on Friday 14th May.

Parents were informed about the day and provided with information on how to walk safely to school according to their age via the Connect App.

The following information was sent home to all parents via the Connect App..

Honeywood Primary School May 11 · National Walk Safely to School Day. The event will be held throughout Australia on Friday 18 May 2018.

PARENTS AND CARERS Children up to eight years old should hold an adult's hand on the footpath, in the car park, or when crossing the road; an adult is defined as a parent, caregiver, grandparent, sibling in high school or older, other relative or neighbour, or other adult as advised by the child's parents/carers
Children up to ten years old should be actively supervised in the traffic environment and should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.

More information for parents and carers can be found here: https://www.safetytown.com.au/parents/

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Honeywood Primary School

Parent Survey

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As part of the SDERA CHAT process the committee created a parent survey to gather data on the views of parents as to whether they value Health Education.

The survey included questions on the importance of various health topics such as road safety education, sun safety education etc.

The surveys were completed during Open Night as part of the Passport the parent and their child had to complete on the night.

The surveys were given to the CHAT committee to collate and use as baseline data on parents views. This data will be used to help plan for 2019.

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Honeywood Primary School

Creating Posters on Why Students Should Ride to School

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The students in year 2/3 brainstormed and discussed why students should ride their bikes to school instead of driving in a car.

After the discussion the students created posters on why students should ride to school.

The posters were displayed for other students to view.

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Parent Information

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At Honeywood Primary School we use "Connect" as a way to communicate with our parents.

Parents can access Connect on their PC, iPad or phone.

All of our school newsletters and daily information is relayed through Connect.

A notice was sent out today to inform the parents about "Your Move". It also provided them with information about what our aim is this year and the fact that we will be posting small snippets of information that will help families become more active etc.

A copy of the information sent today is attached.

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Honeywood Primary School

Playground Fun

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As Honeywood Primary School is a new school opened fully in 2018 we are lucky enough to have amazing facilities.

Not only do we have a huge oval for students to play on we are extremely fortunate to have an absolutely amazing "Wandi Nature playground" attached to the end of our oval.

The students are not permitted to go the playground during school time but the Admin team with other staff members will announce once or twice every fortnight that we are walking to the playground and students are welcome to join us during their break.

When we announce the playground visit 80% of our students will join us.

We have also incorporated the playground into our faction rewards. When factions achieve a certain number of points the students from that faction are rewarded with half an hour of supervised play in the playground.

By incorporating the playground into school activities this has encouraged many students to visit the playground after school hours with their family.


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Staff Knowledge and Understanding of Policies

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Admin wanted all staff to have a sound knowledge of all school policies, including Road Safety Guidelines.

This was to be achieved at a whole school staff meeting.

In order for the session to be interactive and a little bit of fun a quiz afternoon was organised.

All staff were asked to ensure they read all school policies and had a good understanding of them before the meeting.

Staff were placed in teams of 5 and participated in the quiz afternoon session. All questions asked were based on information read in the policies.

Traditional quiz night games were also played including- heads and tails, stack the plastic cup competition, raffles and throw a 20 cent coin to see who could get the closest to the voucher (cash in a duty for an admin member to complete it for them).

The information based in the policies was reinforced by staff answering the questions as a small group and the answers read at the end of each round.

The quiz afternoon was very successful and the outcome was achieved of all staff knowing where to access school policies, having an understanding of what is in each policy and revising the information.

The Road Safety Guidelines were reinforced and fresh in all staff minds. The questions asked also promoted discussion between staff such as hour many hours staff were expected to teach road safety over a year.

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Honeywood Primary School

Road Safety in Kindy

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The students in Kindy have been learning about people who help us in our community this term.

In E4 we created a play village of buildings, including a hospital, ambulance station, fire station and skyscraper, as well as creating a range of ‘box vehicles’ for children to use. These props, which included puppets of community helpers, presented lots of authentic opportunities to discuss a range of safety issues, such as who to ask for help if you get lost, crossing the road safely, and general road user rules.

The classroom rules for the box vehicles included not speeding past activity tables where children were working, only ‘driving’ in one direction, and not ‘driving’ in certain classroom areas, such as the mat and block corner.

A discussion about crossing the road in designated places, such as zebra crossings and using crossing guards, also evolved as children negotiated rules. As times when some students became too enthusiastic in their play, classmates took it upon themselves to use the policeman puppet to issue warnings about speeding, and also to help classmates negotiate the ‘roads’ within the classroom, acting as crossing guards.

This play allowed the introduction and recognition of a range of road safety signs, including the red and green signals on pedestrian crossings, the meaning of the colours on traffic lights, stop signs, and what their parents should do if they are driving and hear emergency sirens.

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Whole School RAC Incursion

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Honeywood Primary School participated in an incursion with the RAC from PP- Year 6.

The topics covered were as follows...Pre-Primary – Explore Road Safety-Pretend to be a Little Legends Club character and practise road safety. Year 1 – Pathways to School -Using a large road mat, we reinforce the ‘stop, look, listen, think’ concept. Year 2 – Crash Scene Investigation -Students become crash scene investigators to understand bike, pedestrian and passenger safety. Year 3 – The Wheels Go Round -A workshop around bike safety, from safety gear to building a bike. Year 4 – Seatbelt Safety Eggsperiment -Students become scientists and use egg crash simulations to learn the importance of seatbelts. Year 5 – Wheel of Consequence -Students develop knowledge about rules and laws in relation to pedestrian, passenger and bicycle safety. Using interactive keypads, students learn about decision making in relation to road safety. Year 6 – Being Green and Being Safe -Students learn about alternative sources of fuel and build solar-powered cars with safety features.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. The PP class went to swimming lessons straight after their incursion. They were heard saying- "Stop, Look, Listen, think" on their way to get on the bus.

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Road Safety Videos Using ChatterPix

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The year one class brainstormed all the different road signs they have seen. They then discussed what each sign meant.

Using the App ChatterPix the students created a video of the road sign and described what the sign meant.

The videos were played to the other class members to reinforce the meaning of road signs.

Have a look at one example a video produced using the app Chatterpix.

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Jonathan Beninca Incursion

Honeywood Primary School booked an incursion for the year 5/6 class. Jonathan Beninca was coming to Perth to present to schools and youth organizations as one part of the wider Right Track program which is focused on educating young passengers about the importance of acting safely and responsibly on public transport. This is achieved through public safety campaign, Stay off the Tracks, community outreach events, and through this targeted education package. The program encourages students to become more responsible for their own safety and to make positive choices around the public transport system.

The incursion included complementary Right Track education resources and activities to run with the class. They reinforced the importance of rail safety, the dangers of risk taking, and the message of respect.

The rail safety DVD and the activity that relates to Jonathan’s story can be found on “Trespass and Risk-Taking Behaviour”, however the full range of activities can be found on the Right Track website www.righttrack.wa.gov.au. There is also a new video clip relating to Jonathan’s story which may be of interest and can be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcPIjn67yNU .

The Right Track education program is endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the incursion and Jonathan included a strong focus on the importance of wearing a helmet and always putting their seatbelt on in a car etc.

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Road Safety Guidelines

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The health committee created a document "School Road Safety Guidelines" using the template provided by SDERA.

The document included ethos and environment, curriculum and a parents and community section.

The document will be implemented to all staff and provided to the parents and community to view.

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Whole School Plan

After an initial meeting with SDERA representatives Honeywood Primary school signed up to join the CHAT initiative.

The first step was to form a Health CHAT committee which consisted of an admin member- deputy, a senior school classroom teacher and an ECE classroom teacher.

The second step was to conduct a whole school audit on - Ethos and Environment, Curriculum and Parents and Community. Each section of the survey focused on the three areas of Resilience, Drug and Road Safety education. The survey is used as baseline data for the project.

The next stage was to meet with the representatives from SDERA and plan outcomes and actions for the Bronze level of the project.

During the whole day planning session we developed our outcomes and actions - 1. To develop a scope and sequence from Kindergarten to year 6 for Protective Behaviours, Resilient, Drug and Road Safety education, nutrition and sexual health by the end of Term 4, 2018. 2. · To develop Drug and Road Safety school policies as well as review other mandated department policies by end of Term 4, 2018. 3. Share relevant policies with parents as well as provide information about our school health overview throughout 2019

Our next stage is to implement our outcomes.

There are 7 stages to each levle of the CHAT process- 1. Form a committee. 2. Conduct an audit. 3. Plan outcomes and actions. 4. Implement. 5. Monitor. 6. review. 7. Achieve outcomes and celebrate.

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Kilometre Club

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Honeywood Primary School has a before school Kilometre Club on Wednesday and Friday mornings before school for students in years 1-6.

Students can walk or run (or even skip) around the 250m track and their Kilometre Club card is marked for each lap completed.

Students receive a certificate at 50km and a badge when they achieve 100km.

Cumulative records of students’ running is kept throughout their time in the Honeywood Primary School Kilometre Club and badges awarded for every 100km milestone.

Whether you are looking to improve your overall fitness, or just enjoy being part of a group, HPS Kilometre Club is lots of fun, and a great way to kick start your morning!

The Kilometre Club is supervised by HPS staff and is an optional activity.

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SDERA Conference

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On Wednesday 27th June a deputy and a classroom teacher attended the SDERA Conference- "Destination Well-being" at Rendezvous in Scarborough. As Honeywood Primary School is a brand new school opening from Kindy- Year 6 in 2018 we were in search of ideas to create a whole school health program. SDERA provided relief to release two staff members to attend the PL.

The conference "Destination Well-being" focused on expanding teacher knowledge and skills in delivering best practice resilience, road safety and alcohol and other drugs education with the purpose of keeping young people safer.

SDERA programs and resources build young people's resilience and empower them to make safer choices on the road and in alcohol and drug related situations. The programs are mapped to the WA Curriculum Health and Physical Education Syllabus and General Capabilities and supported by the Department of Education

While attending the conference we were informed of a program run by SDERA called "CHAT"- Changing Health Acting Together. When we returned to school we sent an email to SDERA asking for more information about CHAT.

A consultant from SDERA replied to the email and a meeting was organised to provide us with more information on the CHAT process.

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Bike Safety

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Year 5/6 students watched a video clip showing them how to correctly fit their bike helmets. This included the straps, the dial at the back, and position of helmet on the head.

The students then participated in a "think, pair, share" exercise of excuses they thought children would give in trying not to wear a helmet. They suggested complaints of a wet helmet, the helmet is too babyish, friend doesn’t wear a helmet and it messes my hair.
They then discussed how they could overcome these types of excuses. E.g. Keep your helmet with your school bag so that it doesn’t get wet.

The students were then given two stickers each and directed to choose what they felt was the best way for bike injuries to be reduced.
Once they all had a turn, they orally justified their choices, exposing how they thought their choice would lessen injuries.

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Whole School Survey

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During a whole school assembly the students were told about the hands up survey we wished to conduct on how students travelled to school.

The students were asked to put up their hand according to how they travelled to school that morning.

The categories were explained to the students- walked to school, travelled by bus to school, travelled by car to school and rode a bike or scooter to school.

Students raised their hand according to how they travelled to school that morning. Senior students helped to count the responses and record the numbers.

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Wheels on Wednesday

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Students from years 1-6 are encouraged to bring their bikes to school every Wednesday. During first and second break students are allowed to ride their bikes or scooters in a set direction around the school.

Students must have signed permission form from their parents and must wear a helmet if they are to participate.

Students are also allowed to use roller blades or roller skates, but again only if they have a signed permission slip from their parents and are wearing a helmet.

The bike police also attended one break and joined in on the fun. At the end of the break they gave a brief talk to all students on bike safety and road rules.

Every Wednesday we have a high percentage of students riding to school to participate in Wheels on Wednesday.

A story and video about our 'Wheels on Wednesday' initiative was featured on the ABC Perth Facebook page. Unfortunately we don't own the content but you can view the story by following this link.

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Points earned last month 278
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Points earned this year: 1694 Lifetime points total: 2622
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