As a Way2Go school we are supporting Way2Go Walktober by encouraging our school community to walk or ride to and from school more often during October. The aim is to reduce traffic congestion around school drop off and pickups by encouraging families to walk to school more regularly. Scooting or riding is also encouraged.
Join Walktober at Woodend – October 22-31
We’ve got a schoolwide house challenge where students will earn points by walking/riding to school or after school, or even on the weekend! Each classroom will keep track of their points and the winning house will earn a prize for our school! The winning house will be announced at the school assembly on 7 November 2018.
What do you love about the walk to or from school? Show and tell us and you could win! Two winners will receive a $50 sports store voucher. The competition is open to all students/parents/carers of Woodend Primary school. It doesn’t have to be anything flashy, the competition is about showing your own walk to school story.
How to enter:
- Take a photo of your walk to/from Woodend Primary School. Photos can include the view from your walk or your children/family walking to or from school or something interesting you see along the way.
- Upload the photo to the Woodend Facebook page by the 31 October 2018. Include at least one benefit of walking to school.
- Winners will be selected by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Way2Go team on 1 November 2018 and announced at the school assembly on 7 November 2018.
- Please only upload photos of your own children, or be sure to have permission from anyone visible in the photo.
If you cannot walk with your children to/from school try pairing up with another family – the Parent’s Group on Facebook is a great place to connect with other families – we will be encouraging everyone to start or join a WALKING PARTY on Friday October 26.
Another idea is to go for a walk in the evening or on the weekend – weekend & evening walks count for the house challenge. So does scooting, skating, and biking.
If you live too far to walk the whole way you can always park the car nearby and walk part of the way to school.
For some helpful advice about your child’s readiness to walk independently visit Way2Go Walktober
- Active travel is good for growing brains, bones, muscles and imaginations
- Children arrive at school wide awake and ready to learn
- It ticks off some of the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children
- It can help you get daily exercise and give you a chance to chat with your children before and after school.
- More active travel = fewer cars on the roads = less traffic congestion and safer roads near schools