Schools in every township of the Southern Grampians region are participating in VicHealth's Walk to School Month! Fifteen schools are currently engaging with the program, using the month as a catalyst for more sustained increases in student walking.
Even our most rural and remote schools are participating by adapting the program to suit their individual school community. From encouraging students to walk a number of laps of the school prior to the bell, to having the school bus drop students off away school gates, and implementing a drop off point to encourage students to walk the remainder of the way to school together, there are heaps of strategies our schools have been trialing!
St Mary's Primary School Hamilton 3300 are breaking down barriers by encouraging students to meet at a point close to school each morning and walk the remainder of the way together! And look at the turn out!
Meanwhile, students at Branxholme Wallacedale Community School get out and complete as many laps of the school oval as they can between being dropped at school and entering class. Branxholme students feature here with the GenR8 Change/Walk to School branded umbrellas that are allocated to schools as program prizes, making sure habits continue - rain hail or shine!
Three of our regional schools, Penshurst Primary, Cavendish Primary and Dunkeld Consolidated, have also been lucky enough to participate in some extra Walking activities with the Bendigo Community Bank Dunkeld Branch, one of the key sponsors of the 2018 program.
Walk to School month is certainly in full swing and we look forward to watching these newly formed habits grow over the remainder of the 2018 school year and beyond!
Key contact for more information or queries: Ebony Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, (03) 5551 8475