It’s cool to walk to school

Published on 10 October 2018

Mt Eliza Primary School Walk to School

Mornington Peninsula Shire Briars Ward Councillors Bev Colomb and Rosie Clark, joined students at Mt Eliza Primary School today to officially launch Walk to School month and the first day of Term 4.

Walk to School month encourages Victorian primary school children to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October to help build healthy habits for life.

The Shire was again successful in securing a VicHealth Walk to School grant to support local primary school communities with 20 Peninsula schools signing up to get active and enter the running to win a great range of prizes.

The competition involves schools tracking their daily active transport rates using calendars in their classrooms.

The school with the highest average number of students using active transport over the month will win $1,000 towards a health and wellbeing initiative at their school, a trophy made by a local Men’s Shed and a whole school celebration dance party!

The Shire is also holding the It’s Cool to Walk to School drawing competition inviting local students to submit drawings detailing why it’s good to walk, ride or scoot to school or maybe something you see on the way to school like an animal or a house. You can be as creative as you like.

Winners will be chosen from different year levels, with prizes including tickets to the Enchanted Adventure Maze and the Arthur’s Seat Eagle. 

Last year more than 140,000 Victorian primary school students participated in Walk to School including 23 schools on the Mornington Peninsula.

Together students from these schools walked, rode and scooted over 2.2 million kilometres - equivalent to two return trips to the moon!

According to the Victorian Population Health Survey 2014, 17.3% of our community are obese; 32.7% are overweight and 53.3% do not meet physical activity recommendations (at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week).

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne commends all the schools involved in Walk to School month.

“This is a great opportunity to get active with family and friends and teach our children the importance of building a healthy community and environment.”

To learn more about Walk to School month, visit walktoschool.vic.gov.au.

PICTURE DETAILS: Names L-R: Mt Eliza Primary School students Ruby Morcombe, Scarlett Polley, Oliver Heber, Catie Lange-Ward, Mackenzie White and Isabelle Polley joined by teachers Amy Hille, Beverley Harvey, Brett Bell and Briars Ward Councillors Rosie Clark and Bev Colomb at the Mt Eliza Primary School Walk to School launch.