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Sarah Adams

Locks for Loan Launch!

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Happy New Year!

In 2019, KSHS found that some students had concerns about cycling to school. We interviewed students about some of the obstacles that stopped them from choosing to use their bike and the issue of forgetting a lock, and therefore not being able to secure their bike, was worrisome. The Bike Lock Loan Scheme was soon devised with the Sustainability Committee allocating funds from our participation in 'Your Move' to get the program off the ground.

We circulated a new 'Cycling 2020' brochure to all students enrolling at the school, including over 250 Year 6 students attending orientation. Within this brochure we announced the locks would be available from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

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A $50 Officeworks voucher was all we needed to fund the program.
We chose three different coloured keyed bike locks as our student population choosing to cycle is still relatively small. The selection of keyed locks ensures everyone can use the locks and we don't need to worry about forgetting or changing combinations.
The bike locks were $14.60 each ($43.80). We also purchased an A5 clipboard ($2.27) and a small plastic container to store the locks in ($4.29). Bringing us to a grand total of $50.36c. We've labeled it, supplied sign in/out sheets (along with a Your Move pen of course!), and it's now enjoying its new home in Student Services.
The new scheme is being promoted via our daily notices and signage near our bike racks.

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We're looking forward to seeing how the locks are accessed over the course of the year and to see if our focus on cycling is reflected in our Hands Up Survey planned for later this term.

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Sarah Adams

Welcoming our Year 7s

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It's Orientation Week at Kalamunda and hundreds of Year 6 students are visiting, preparing themselves for the 2020 school year.

In collaboration with the wonderful team that organises our Orientation Day, we have implemented a great way to encourage new students to cycle to school and choose active travel. We designed and printed a new brochure called "Cycling to School 2020" which explains to students everything they need to know about riding their bike to campus.

We included:
Information about where to park with a map
Access points to the school
Details of our new emergency bike-locks
Security and the Bikelinc website
Safety information and expectations of students as part of the broader community.

Students also receive Transperth brochures so they can make informed choices about public transport. We also promote the Transperth App so students can check when their bus will arrive and their estimated travel time to and from school.

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We were also able to work with the Orientation Day Team to include prize packs for Year 7s students participating in a Treasure Hunt activity. We used our bonus points from posting here in the community to purchase drink bottles, smart rider wallets and pens for winners in each group. We feel we can promote active travel to our new students this way as they learn about their new school and our culture at KSHS.

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Sarah Adams

Making Cycling Easier

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As we reflect on our feedback from students and the school community we have found that there are some perceived barriers to cycling to school.

One student told us that they didn't ride their bike to school mainly because they were worried about being able to secure it once they were on campus. "What if I forget my lock?" came the question - and this sparked an idea.

Using our Your Move bonus points from posting here in the community, the sustainability committee has gained permission to donate bike locks to our student services team. Using one of the Office Works vouchers, we found keyed bike locks that are supplied with 2 keys. This way if a student forgets their lock and is already at school, they can sign out an emergency bike lock for single-day use through our amazing student services team. The locks come with two keys so one can stay at student services (just in case) and the other can go with the student, to be returned at the end of the day. We felt opting for combination locks would be more difficult to manage and that it might be problematic if combinations were forgotten.

We look forward to monitoring the use of these locks. If there is demand, perhaps we will look at a bike-lock scholarship where we could potentially provide locks to students if there is an ongoing trend of needing access to our emergency supply.

Along with promoting the security of riding to school, we have used Bike Month as an opportunity to encourage students to access the new Bikelinc website and register ownership of their equipment.

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We have also encouraged our staff to join the Department of Education Team on the Bike Month site through daily messages of encouragement.
We look forward to next year's Bike Month, where hopefully students can be actively involved in the registration on the website!

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Sarah Adams

Our 2020 Vision

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We've hinted over the last few posts that we are actively making a plan for the 2020 school year. We have set our SMART goals and considered how we will achieve each milestone during the year. We have consulted staff and students to create this list and worked with classes to consider what will be viable. As this has been our first year participating in Your Move we wanted to use this time to get our bearings. Now that we have some solid data thanks to Hands Up Surveys and student involvement to inform our plans, we can start to make steps towards positive change.

1. Improve biking infrastructure and increase the number of students cycling to school.
We have already begun to see positive improvements in this area and have worked hard on our You Move accreditation to hopefully access a grant that will support this goal. We have planned activities to educate students and acknowledge and reward cyclists.

2. Improve the education of students about the positive benefits of active travel across all year levels, including incoming students.
We are planning to develop a set of education sessions to help support students' awareness of the benefits of walking, cycling and taking the bus as well as the potential consequences of reliance on cars. We have also devised a plan to reach our to incoming Year 7s during Term 4 orientation and help the next generation of KSHS students to be active travel aware.

3. Evaluate safe walking routes to school and network with appropriate authorities to support student travel options.
We have identified through discussion with students that walking to school can be seen in a negative light due to the limited crosswalks and heavy traffic on the main road. We would like to assess if modifications can be made to accommodate local students who want to walk safely to school.

These goals form part of our broader 2020 Sustainable Schools Plan.
Alongside these goals, we have also identified a range of calendar dates that provide the opportunity for us to put the spotlight on active travel and raise awareness around the school. We feel that each of these opportunities if used effectively, will allow us to move closer to reaching the goals above. We have our tentative 2020 Active Travel Promotion calendar attached.

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Sarah Adams

Debating the Benefits of Car Travel

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We have been working through some of the activities on offer here on Your Move and recently had one of our Year 10 English classes debate the benefits of driving to school. This cohort is excited to get their P Plates in the near future so it's a relevant discussion for them to be involved in. There is a great resource already available via Your Move that details some great steps for students to take to prepare for the activity. We created a few to support students in the classroom that we wanted to share with you.

Because this was held in English it was designed to align with the following points of the curriculum:

Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)

Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)


This was a group activity where students collaboratively researched and developed arguments ready to be shared with their peers. We focused on the concept of rhetoric and the ways students could strengthen the expression of their ideas by choosing appropriate devices.

Attached created a few different resources:
An ethos/logos/pathos/kairos sheet
A list of rhetoric devices (students should record definitions in each box)
A group research sheet
A group planning sheet.

All the materials are attached as a download.

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Sarah Adams

End of Year Student Team Meeting

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We held an end of year meeting today with a group of Year 8 students. We had a bit of a 'sustainability marathon' which kicked off with a review of transport options and planning on ways we can improve our use of active travel in 2020.

Firstly, students were provided with our newest Hands Up Travel Survey data from earlier this term. We discussed areas of improvement as well as areas of potential growth. We have avid walkers and cyclists in this group of students which is a real bonus as their interests in active transport are infectious!

After considering the travel data students were broken into groups of 3-4 students and provided A3 paper. We then completed a brainstorming activity that asked students to consider different methods of travel and how we could promote student uptake within our school community.

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Students were asked to consider the following:
- What is enjoyable about the method of transport
- What are the benefits?
- What are the perceived disadvantages?
- What are the ways we can make it more attractive to students?

It was great to see students consider this carefully and come up with some excellent ideas. Students spoke about the current bike infrastructure and that more security would make them feel more comfortable having their bikes at school. Others talked about the social benefits of walking with a friend or being able to chat with others on the bus.

Overall, many students felt education, promotion, and reward were key ways to improve the number of students walking and taking the bus. One student suggested a pedometer challenge where students who walked to school could prove they walked by the number of steps they had taken. Others agreed a raffle would be a great way to get more students on their bikes (this is already planned for the coming weeks as part of Bike Month).

The information collected during our student meeting is really valuable and we are now very close to finalising our 2020 goals!

An outline of the meeting design (which doubles as a lesson plan) is also attached.

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Sarah Adams

Term 4 Newsletter

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Once again we have taken time to reach out to families to let them know about our progress with active travel at school. In this edition, we were able to celebrate the exciting news that we had obtained GOLD accreditation here at Your Move.

We also shared the recent interview with our Outdoor Education students which will hopefully encourage others to consider this course and ensure more students are enrolling. In our next installment, we will be able to share the findings of our most recent Hands Up Travel Survey, just in time for the summer holidays. We're considering a parent survey at this time to which will help inform our 2020 plans.

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Sarah Adams

Wednesday Wellness Walking Group

We are so lucky to have an amazing Chaplain at Kalamunda SHS who volunteers her time every week to promote walking with our students. Last term the 'Wednesday Wellness Walking Group' began appearing in our school notices with all welcome to join.

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(Above, the Wednesday Wellness Walking Group appearing in the notices)

Run by our lovely Chaplain Desi, the group meets once a week and promotes walking at lunchtimes. Walking in the fresh air aims to support student wellbeing, encouraging individuals to take some time out from the day and to reflect and improve their mindset. With a group of like-minded walkers taking to the oval on Wednesdays, it's also a great opportunity to talk about things that might be on your mind.

Thank you to Desi for being such a great role model for our students and promoting the benefits of walking to our community!

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Sarah Adams

End of Year Hands Up Survey

Earlier this week we completed our End of Year 'Hands Up' Travel survey and have begun reflecting on our results. As mentioned in recent posts we are in the process of reflecting on the different ways we are educating students about active travel and these survey results provide a fantastic way to see evidence of positive change.

We completed the survey via our online survey link once again and reinforced the process with whole staff emails and messages in the daily notices. As we have dozens of mentor groups across the school, this reduces the needs for paper and allows all staff to quickly and easily send their data through. It also makes it much easier for us to collate it and we can easily refer to it in years to come.

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Our Year 12s have finished now and our population of kids has shifted. Of course many more of our Year 11 students are driving, so this may account for the increase we have seen in students arriving by car. One student asked if there were different categories for how many students were in a single car which is a great thought. It really shows they're thinking about efficient travel and "ride share" options.

Our data for the end of the year shows an increase in both students walking to school and those walking. This is really rewarding as it shows that our efforts to promote these methods of travel are paying off, particularly in terms of students on bikes.

According to the data there were less students arriving by bus on the day of the survey but it remains our student's main method of travel. One mentor teacher reported that students asked why they were only asked how they arrived and not how they planned to get home. They said they might get dropped off at school in the morning but then take the bus home. This really reflects student's attitudes about wanting to show their sustainable practices which was a wonderful thing to hear. We are considering adding this question next year to see if there is a large difference between our AM and PM travel choices.

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Overall we are really pleased with the gains made.The fact we have double the number of students riding to school is a great result as this is a key area we are planning around for 2020. It means the smalls steps taken already are effective and we're on the right track!
It will be interesting to see how next year compares.

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Sarah Adams

Creating a Digital Suggestion Box

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We are working to create a more sustainable school and part of this is, of course, promoting active travel and educating students on its benefits. To do this well we feel having a strong connection with our community (staff, students and families) will allow us to establish priorities and ensure we're focusing on areas that matter most and need the most attention.

One thing that has become clear when talking to students about sustainability is that they have SO many ideas about what we can do. While interviewing students about bike education sessions recently they were brimming with ideas to improve our existing "bike parking" zone and ways that we could make it more attractive for students to use. It was clear that we needed a way to collect this information so we could use it to inform planning.

And so, the idea of a suggestion box has been born. Of course, we could create a physical box that lives in a central location such as our canteen or library. But because of the size of our student population, the logistics of collecting responses, and the worry of the box going for a walk with precious suggestions inside (not to mention our commitment to reduce waste) - a digital suggestion box has been our way of addressing this.

So how did we do it?
We have established an account with an online survey creation website (we chose survey monkey) with a specialised gmail address unique to our committee. This is to ensure accessibility and flexibility. We want our student committee to be able to use it as required for new projects and initiatives and for our staff committee to be able to collect and analyse data. If we use a staff email unfortunately this would mean all the results are accessible by a single person due to privacy restrictions and would limit our ability to share the workload of managing suggestions and collating data.

Survey Monkey provides you a url link that students can use to complete their survey so collection online is easy, secure, and waste free. However, we found that it is a little complicated for students to remember the link with the random string of numbers and letters it generates. So, we created a simpler version by accessing an online url shortener. As we have been using basic accounts to keep costs down there were limited options, if you have paid access or existing software for this you may have more options. We chose bit.do because it allows customisation not just a shorter link. It also generates a QR code that can be put in the school newsletter to collect ideas from parents!

Our survey is very simple so that it doesn't deter students from sending through a suggestion. It is five questions only and will take around two minutes for a student to complete. If we need more information we can always go and speak directly with the student to clarify their ideas.
1. Name
2. Mentor (Year, class, form group etc)
3. What area does your suggestion relate to? (check boxes)
4. What is the problem you have identified? (comment box)
5. What are your suggestions to address this? (comment box)

We plan to involve our student committee to put posters around our existing bike racks and scooter racks so that we can target students who already use their wheels so we can improve infrastructure. We will also be displaying posters in high traffic areas such as our canteen so we can reach more students and will also reinforce this message through our student and staff daily notices.

In the next few weeks we will be completing our end of year Hands Up Survey which provides us a great opportunity to officially launch the suggestion box. We will be asking all students across the school to consider sending suggestions at this time. Collecting information in this way will help us refine our planning for the 2020 school year! Our next newsletter is also due for publication so we will trial our mobile friendly QR code. We look forward to sharing our results soon!

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Students on the Move!

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We are really fortunate at Kalamunda SHS to have a HOPE Department that have developed rich programs that actively support our students understanding and appreciation of active transport options.

As part of our reflection on the 2019 school year, and planning for 2020, we have been evaluating the different ways we meet targets to educate students about active travel. One of the great opportunities available to our students is enrollment in our Outdoor Adventure program available to students from Year 7 through to Year 10. The program launched in 2007 and we are really proud as the sole provider of a course of this nature to have this course endorsed by the Department of Education. All students involved undertake dedicated bike education units in each year of study.

Currently the Year 8 OAP students are completing a cycling unit with twice-weekly bike education sessions, a skill set they started developing in the Year 7 program. We took the opportunity to speak with a group of students currently enrolled in the program about their experiences.

"We ride throughout the local area and develop an awareness of bike safety" - Max L

"It's very fun because you get to spend time outdoors being active" - Noah G

"It's fun, educational and provides us with a really valuable skill set" - Caitlin S

"Each year progresses allowing us to learn essential skills including bike safety." - Siobhan S

Students spoke enthusiastically about the different learning opportunities (and challenges) that they were afforded in the program. They explained that they not only learn how to safely and effectively ride the bikes but also how to maintain and repair them if issues are experienced. They learn how to check the tyre pressure, change or repair tyres, how to safely brake and change gears and how to effectively take care of the mountain bikes. All the students who participated in the interview emphasised how fun the class is and how much they enjoy the different activities they undertake. They also spoke about the fact they were more confident riding to school because of the skills they developed while undertaking the OAP journey.

A big thank you to Mr Stott and his class for making themselves available to be interviewed!
(Pictured below, students from the 8OAP class)

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Sarah Adams

Encouraging Students to Walk

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We have been reflecting on different ways that our school encourages active transport, starting with promoting walking.

Our HOPE Department (Health, Outdoor and Physical Education) offers students some wonderful opportunities to be active and effectively promote student use of active transport. In Term 3 the annual Cross Country event was held which promotes students getting outdoors and to either walk or run the course. Our whole Year 7 cohort participate along with competitors from Year 8 through to 12. At our end of Term 3 assembly the students who have excelled are celebrated with our whole school community. Of course this is complemented by our separate House Athletics Carnival each year. By offering the opportunities such as the Cross Country event each year, our HOPE Team is giving students a great opportunity to be outdoors and promotes them viewing themselves as their own vehicle!

Not all of our walking events are competitive, though. We’re very lucky at Kalamunda Senior High School to be located near some amazing walking tracks, none as well-known perhaps as the Bibbulmun Track. The Northern Terminus is just a few kilometres from our campus in the Kalamunda Town Centre. There is a long-established tradition at KSHS that when you’re in Year 8, you take on the Bibbulmun Challenge. This is a student-focused adaptation of the Bibbumun (it’s over 1000km long!) and a valuable team-building exercise experienced with your mentor class. All students, along with their new mentor teachers assigned at the beginning of Year 8, take part in the challenge which is approximately 10km long. They tackle kilometre after kilometre through the beautiful bushland reserve and undertake some small team focused activities along the way. The Bibbulmun Challenge presents a really wonderful opportunity to improve student wellbeing, enjoy the fresh air and build relationships. It also allows us to promote active travel, demonstrating to students just how enjoyable and achievable walking is as their preferred method of travel from A to B. Around our local area there are a number of routes available to students walking to school such as the Kalamunda Heritage Trail. Our local council also provides a great list of bush walks that are nearby which we are planning to include in a planned information pack for students about active transport.

Below are some photos from students enjoying the Bibbulmun Challenge, an accomplishment celebrated with the whole school community annually on our Kalamunda Day.
When on the track, students take photos in teams (with the ethos of take only memories, leave only footprints), images not showing student faces have been selected.

In 2020 we are planning to celebrate ‘Walk Safely to School Day’ in May and will run a campaign via our daily notices in the lead up to the event to encourage students to find a friend and walk together to school.

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Keeping our Community Informed

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When we embarked on our Your Move adventure it was clear from the beginning that communication was going to be key for success. Not just at a committee level but with staff school-wide, our students, and of course our broader community. We want our focus on sustainability to be known so that we can build a foundation of support at home and of course this includes our progress with the Your Move program.

At school level we have been regularly using our daily notices via our school Intranet to keep in contact with our student body and staff, supported by posters around the school and staff emails as appropriate. We used this predominantly in the lead up to our Kalamunda Day celebrations to ensure our students knew of the incentives on offer.

Reaching the homes of students is equally as important to us so we have also been regularly using our school newsletter which gets emailed to all families. It has proven a great way to include information about things like our Hands Up Travel Survey results and reaching new levels of accreditation with the program. We were able to share the exciting news of becoming 'Bronze' level members with Your Move and this gave us a wonderful opportunity thank the staff and students who have been supporting our initiatives. We also shared photos, and details of the winners, for our SmartRider Raffle and Scavenger Hunt. This was a really great way to not only keep parents and carers informed but to celebrate the success of students who participated in these initiatives.

Our next job will be to announce our move up to 'Silver' level!

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Active Transport | 20 Minute Poster Challenge

Over the course of Term 3, our whole Year 8 cohort have been studying Sustainability during their English classes. To support student reflection at the end of term, students in 8.01 were set a series of challenges that encouraged them to stop and think about what they had learned during the unit regarding sustainability in every day life. The focus was to make students think about applying their knowledge to the world they live in and how they personally could take simple steps to improve their local community.

As part of this activity, students were asked to work in pairs to create a 20 minute poster. Students were encouraged to consider aspects such as visual representation, colour and composition, and slogans that would engage their audience.
They were also asked to have a focus on three key elements; audience, purpose and context.

Audience: Teenagers/High School Students
Context: Suited to KSHS and the surrounding Hills community
Purpose: To promote active transport.

With only 20 minutes on the clock, students had to identify appropriate methods of transport that would be recognised as "active", brainstorm ideas, search for images that conveyed their central message, create their poster and submit it online. Not an easy task! This only allowed them 5 minutes to plan, 10 minutes to create and a few minutes to edit, save and submit before moving on to their next activity.

This proved to be a really fun and effective task with students openly discussing how best to promote the message of active transport to their peers. It was also really interesting to see that riding and walking to school (along with roller-skating and dancing) were favoured in posters while most students are currently travelling to school by bus.

Here are a handful of their creations!

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How To: Designing a Scavenger Hunt

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Following up on our recent SmartRider Raffle and Scavenger Hunt post, we wanted to share more detail about how we navigated this process. We hadn't attempted this before but would highly recommend it as a highly engaging method of promoting sustainable practice!

How we designed our Scavenger Hunt:

1. Decide the scope.
How much time is there? How large will your teams be? What age are the students? How much help will be available? What are the rules? Who will run it?

We wanted to be able to manage multiple teams so this meant having a very specific time restriction. We chose for 30 minutes with a points penalty to ensure students returned on time. We let students know they could ask for help throughout the Scavenger Hunt and also provided a map and listed a firm set of rules on their sheets. We had students and staff teams to help run the activity.

2. Decide the method of collection.

Will they take photos? On whose camera? Do they need to collect tokens for finding particular locations?

We wanted photographic evidence of what students had found and had a set of school cameras available. It would be an option for students to use their own devices depending on their age and ability, but restricting this to one device per group would be ideal or it could get difficult collecting their final entry. Alternatively if cameras are difficult and you have a larger number of staff you could have students collect a token from a designated staff member after answering a question or finding a particular location.

3. Decide the focus.
What will they need to find? Will it be a list of items/objects/places? or clues they need to decipher?

We were working with high school students with teams from Year 7-12 eligible to enter. We limited their search to 30 minutes so didn't give too many items. However we chose to provide a list of clue rather than specific items. This allowed for interpretation which meant some groups didn't accurately identify all of the items and we had a way to decide a winner. We tackled sustainability on a broader level and integrated our active transport focus in to the activity. Depending on your school's context you could look at different modes of active transport. One idea we didn't do this year was to order Your Move temporary transport tattoos from the rewards store and ask different staff to wear them. Students could have searched for these staff members with clues and had their photo with them.

4. Decide how many points will be available.
Will there be bonus points? penalties? Are these capped?

We initially awarded points for identifying the correct item(s) or providing accurate information.
We gave bonus points for images that involved group members and had a list of extra challenges for teams to tackle. This included things like miming an active method of travel but could also be unscrambling key words related to the Your Move program. We deducted points for groups that took too long and could have awarded a time-bonus for groups that returned more quickly.

5. Decide how you will collect team entries.

We used cameras with SD cards and were prepared with a laptop to copy files. As each team registered and was given their 30 minute window we created a folder ready for their images upon their return. The last photos in each group were their finished entry forms with any written responses - just in case they got lost!

6. Decide how long you will need to decide the winner.

You might think you can decide this after you finish receiving entries but every single team wants to know when winners will be announced! We were able to tell students to wait for the daily notices and published our winners there the very next day.

7. Create your forms.

We made one page, double sided, entry forms. A copy of our 2019 scavenger hunt is attached for you to see how we delivered information to students. It's not perfect and there are changes we would definitely make! But it was an effective starting point and competition was fierce! Students were provided this on a clipboard along with a school camera and pen.

We hope this is helpful if any other schools want to give this activity a go!


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SmartRiders and Scavenger Hunts

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It's been a very busy term with so much happening around our school! Late in Term 2 our student sustainability committee decided that Kalamunda Day, celebrated every August, would provide an excellent opportunity for us to engage with the student population and promote sustainability. We organised two activities, a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and a SmartRider Raffle for students to enjoy and we ensured they were published in our Daily Notices in the lead up to the big day.

The SmartRider Raffle was designed to promote student understanding of active transport options. Earlier this year we completed a Hands Up Travel Survey which shows travel by bus is the main method of travel to our school. Approximately 60% of our students travel by bus, so it's important that their SmartRider is carried on a daily basis. We used our points from the Your Move program to purchase prizes and created a stall for students to visit. If students could produce their SmartRider then they were granted entry to the raffle (we did not collect SmartRiders!). Each entrant completed a quick and easy form that asked them to view the data from our Hands Up Travel Survey and correctly identify the most commonly used mode of active travel. We had dozens of students queuing up to enter the raffle and many more who were disappointed to not have their SmartRider with them! This provided a great opportunity to discuss the benefits of SmartRider travel and encourage individuals to keep it with them on a daily basis. Our winner walked away with a $50 Rebel Sports voucher and a runner up won a Your Move drink bottle prize pack.

In addition to our raffle, we also organised a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt. Our student committee has a broad focus, looking after sustainability across the school, so our scavenger hunt considered water, power, waste, ecosystems and travel methods. Students formed teams of up to five students, were armed with cameras and given a set of cryptic clues. They explored the grounds looking for evidence of sustainable practice at our school. Aligning with our commitment to the Your Move program, we asked students to locate and count the school's bike racks and offered them bonus points if they could mime active methods of travel in some of their photographs. This allowed us to encourage more students to reflect on our Hands Up Travel Survey data and of course suggest they enter our SmartRider Raffle. We had two teams of Year 8 students tie for first place with winners receiving prize packs that included a Your Move drink bottle.

Both these activities were successful, particularly given it is the first time we have attempted anything like it. Next year we would like to organise 'sign ups' for the scavenger hunt before the day of the event so we can assign timeslots and create signage around the school to help guide teams. With some further planning we could increase the number of students entering the raffle by putting up posters in addition to our use of the Daily Notices. The feedback from students was really positive and students were excited to participate! It proved a very valuable exercise which can grow with time.

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Establishing our Student Committee

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I'm happy to report that our Student Committee has officially been established and met in the last week of Term 2. We are lucky to have a large student council at our school and decided to align our sustainability committee with these students. Each cohort has several Student Councillors and we have now established 'Sustainability Representatives' for Year 8 through 12. Our Year 7s have decided to rotate this role so that all Councillors can have the opportunity to participate.

To add to this, we are also thrilled to have our Kalamunda Education Support Center peers on board. As we share a campus we have representatives from both schools on our Student Committee so that we can work collaboratively on new initiatives.
Our next meeting will be held in Week 2, so that we can finalise all our activities planned for the annual 'Kalamunda Day' held this August. Students are planning to run a sustainability scavenger hunt to encourage students to consider ways we can be environmentally responsible including active methods of transport to and from school. We will also be nominating students to become 'Your Move' representatives so that students can share their perspectives about changes occurring at the school.

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Sarah Adams

Responding to our first Hands Up Survey

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We have officially undertaken our first survey as part of our involvement in the Your Move program and the results are in.
We chose to create a survey link for all our Mentor Teachers across the school. Through a combination of whole school emails and use of our 'daily notices' we ensured all staff were aware of the survey day. We had 42 Mentor groups respond which represents 75% of our school community.

The Results
Overwhelmingly, our students are taking public transport to school with 60% arriving by bus. We have no train services locally and our enrollment catchment is spread over a large area so it isn't surprising that most students are choosing this option. Many students travel more than 10km to school and the 'up hill' journey make walking and bike rides more difficult.

Our second largest travel demographic is those arriving by car. Our survey showed that almost 30% of students arrived by car on the day of the survey. In a High School this includes some students who drive themselves and their friends, but predominantly this was shown in our middle school population. The students arriving by bike and scooters are certainly in the minority, representing just 1% of those surveyed. It is possible that the weather in Term 2 makes these transport methods less desirable so it will be interesting to compare with our end of year results.

Our survey shows that we have a large group of students who could be selecting more active transport options.
It also shows that we are very reliant on buses. Feedback from some students is that these can be packed and make public transport less attractive.

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So where to from here?
1. We need to identify the reasons why so few students are choosing bikes.
Is it awareness of where to store their bikes? Is it a visibility or access issue? Is it a perceived safety issue? Do we need maps or education sessions?

2. We need to encourage students to select active transport options.
Our student committee will be guiding our effort to increase awareness of these options and will be having their first official meeting shortly!

3. We need to establish a conversation about sustainable travel within the broader school community. We have a range of avenues to reach the school population such as our daily notices and newsletters. We can explore ways to use these to our advantage.

4. We need to support students arriving by bus to make sure they don't opt out for less sustainable methods. Are we encouraging and rewarding this option? Do we have enough buses, or buses with sufficient capacity, to service this number of students?

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Sarah Adams

Our First Move

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Sustainability is a growing focus at our school in 2019 and we're looking forward to getting things moving!

In late Term One, our Sustainability Committee met and discussed being involved in the Your Move program. We know that our school is unique in that we have two separate high schools operating from our one shared campus. We also have a large enrollment catchment where distance and geography makes traveling to school a complex process for some pupils. As we're on the outskirts of the metropolitan area, public transport is relied on by many students... exactly how many we're yet to confirm.

Being a large high school, simple things like a survey take a little bit of juggling in order to find a day when 'most' students will be in class. After officially registering for Your Move at the beginning of the term, we have now made some excellent progress!

Our Leadership team has approved our next steps.
Our Student Council is engaged and ready to start.
Our 'Hands Up' survey is on the calendar.

Over the next few weeks we're looking forward to gathering the responses from across the school and getting a better understanding of how students are choosing to travel.

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