Victoria Park Primary School's stories

Leanne Lee

All Aboard!

This story is related to Walking School Bus - Term 3

We are very excited to see the commencement of the Victoria Park Primary School Walking School Bus Service (WSB) this term. We have four WSBs operating in difference locations two mornings per week.

Whilst keeping kids active is our goal, the WSB also provides an opportunity for the children to socialise, and develop their road safety awareness. The feedback from parents has been extremely positive.

We are very grateful to the parent volunteers who have made this valuable service possible. We couldn’t do it without them!

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Valerie Thompson

Ride2School Day

This story is related to Run an event

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Traffic congestion?? Not a problem on our Ride2School day held last Wednesday! Over 75% of our school population walked, rode or scooted to school making for a most successful day. On arrival, students from PP-Yr 6 ticked off their name on their class list to go into a lucky dip prize draw where one student per class won a Ride2School gift pack. Students were given a sticker before enjoying fruit and yoghurt to celebrate their healthy start to the day.

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When asked about the event day, the overwhelming message from the students was that they found it quicker and easier to cross the road and felt safer doing so. They also enjoyed meeting their friends along the way as they used active transport to come to school. We already have many families who come to school using active transport on a regular basis. Hopefully our successful event day encourages more families to do the same on a more regular basis.

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Valerie Thompson

Ride2School event planning

Next Wednesday, March 14 we are holding our first Your Move event for Kindy to Yr 6. It will compliment our weekly Walk,Ride, Scoot to School Wednesday with a few extra goodies added in! The students will receive a sticker on arrival and enjoy some fruit and yoghurt to celebrate their efforts. All students who participate will go into a lucky dip prize draw as an extra bonus. We have used our reward points to obtain an IGA voucher for the breakfast foods and we will use the stickers etc provided when registering for Ride2School. Next step is to meet with our Yr 5 & 6 student volunteers who will help tick off the names of the students as they arrive, give out stickers, help with the breakfast and take some photos of the big day. Fingers crossed for some great weather for riding, scooting and walking!

 

Check out the neat poster we made to promote the event.

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Valerie Thompson

Wise words indeed!

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The most interesting thing I've learnt from walking to school is that you can have some fresh air in the morning and it can wake you up so that you arrive at school feeling fresh. Also you can enjoy the scenery. From Jesslyn Yr 5

Advice I would give to other families who have not tried walking to school is

it's a good way to spend some time with parents walking to school and look at birds and nice gardens. We meet many friends on the way and also, if we are early, we get to play in the park for a while. From Anoushka Yr 4

I loved walking to school. Advice I would give to other families who have not tried walking to school is it`s lots of fun to walk to school, I also have a short play in the park and meet many friends on the way to school. Aarnav Yr 3

Q1: What is you favourite way of getting to school: walking, riding or scooting?

Nea: Walking!

Aksa: Walking!

Q2: What is the best thing about walking, riding or scooting to school?

Nea: We can skip, and dance around while walking! Aksa: We can run!

Q3: What advice would you give to other families who haven’t tried walking, riding or scooting to school before?

Nea: You should try it because it is fun! Aksa: Try! It’s fun!

Q4: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learnt from walking, riding,or scooting to school?

Nea: To wait for an adult with you to cross the road and to look for the cars before crossing.

Aksa: Same!

The best thing about walking, riding and scooting to school is that it builds camaraderie between me and my grandpa. I never grew up with my grandparents. They are here in Australia for a holiday and he drops and fetches me from school every day so this is my chance to become closer to him and also I get to know him better. Along the way he tells me lots of stories and I enjoy his company. From Aadi Yr 4

Common monster: I would advise you to use a bus or park 2 blocks away from school and walk the rest of the way.

Uncommon monster red: The best thing about walking, riding or scooting to school is that you get to see your friends on the way to school.

Uncommon monster green: Our favourite way to get to school is scooting.

Rare monster blue: It is important to walk, ride or scoot to school because it is good for the environment and it is healthy to walk, ride or scoot to school.

Super rare monster orange: we should make going to school easier by making a special place to park your scooter or bike. From Christopher Yr 6 and Christian Yr 2

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Valerie Thompson

Make Your Move Week

This story is related to Hands up survey

The Make Your Move Week Scavenger Hunt has seen many of our students on the look out for monsters! The aim of the game is to get active by walking, riding or scooting to school with family and search for 25 monsters along the way. Once found,families are encouraged to take a photo with the monster and post it online to earn points for our school.

 

Behaviour Change Results

Our results for Make Your Move Week to a usual day are as follows:

-17%Decrease in driving

18%Increase in walking

-29%Decrease in public transport

-6%Decrease in cycling

Our thanks go to Natasha for co-ordinating the week and to the Dept of Transport and the Town of Victoria Park for making our week filled with monster mayhem!
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Valerie Thompson

Walk, Ride, Scoot to School Breakfast

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On Wednesday, May 24 we held another Walk, Ride ,Scoot to School Breakfast event with an added focus of involving the parents in activity stations on their arrival at school. Many thanks to Natasha for all her great work in co-ordinating the event with the Public Transport Authority. We promoted the event through a poster designed by Design Works, our daily announcements as well as our newsletter and through emails to the parents. From there parents could register for the event. The response was excellent! The weather cleared nicely for parents and students to use active transport on the day. As they arrived they were greeted by Smartrider Man, a huge hit on the day! A delicious breakfast of yoghurt, fruit and scones was enjoyed with students receiving stickers and parents being involved in 4 activity stations where they could take a quick commute quiz, map safe routes to school, personalise their journey plans and make a pledge to use active travel. An added incentive was the $20 Smartrider given to parents who made a pledge. There was a long line for this one!! A Transperth bus was also on-site and all classes from Pre-Primary to Year 6 were involved in a 15 min familiarisation lesson on the bus.The Transperth Ed Team provided a most worthwhile session for the students to the point where each time a Transperth bus goes past the school now the students all start waving! Our Hands Up survey was fantastic with an average of 83% of students per class being involved. By sharing the success of this event on social media and through the Community Newspaper as well as our own newsletter we hope to keep on encouraging our school community to keep using active transport. It certainly eases the congestion before and after school as well as making our school a healthier and happier place!

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Valerie Thompson

Walk-a-thon

This story is related to Write your first story

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Joggers on, hats on, sunscreen on.......let`s walk! Our Walk-a-thon, an annual fundraiser, saw the entire school from Kindy - Year 6 walk a variety of distances last week. We were joined by many parents and grandparents as we made our way along the foreshore. Even the dolphins joined in the fun as they swam beside us. A wonderful day was had by all!

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Valerie Thompson

Congestion in the UCA!

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Our 'Your Move' event saw many, many families walking, riding and scooting to school today. On arrival they had their name ticked off so we knew they had arrived safely. Each participant received a sticker and enjoyed some fruit and yoghurt before heading off energised and happy to their classroom. Thank you to Natasha for lending us the 'Your Move' flags- a welcoming addition to our day. The final piece to the puzzle is to now draw the lucky winners of our prize packs for each year level. What a wonderful way to start the day!

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Valerie Thompson

Your Move Workshop

This story is related to Identify activity options

Great opportunity to share ideas with schools within our local community. Congestion seems to be a common problem. Our goal is to educate parents to reduce congestion through a variety of campaigns. Thank you to the "Your Move" team for their guidance, expertise and support. We look forward to working with you in the future.

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