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Walk To School 2019 Program

About Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth collaborates with the Bass Coast Shire Council to deliver the Walk to School program in our schools. Walk to School encourages Victorian school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It’s a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. It also encourages primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.

Along with the health benefits, walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment!

In 2018, 147,000 kids across Victoria took part in the annual event, walking an impressive 1.7 million kilometres - the equivalent on walking to the moon and back twice, or walking around the coastline of Australia nearly 70 times.

We encourage all Victorian primary school kids and their families to get involved with Walk to School 2019 by visiting the Walk to School website.

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Walk To School Resources

This portal has been created as a one stop shop to find handy resources for parents and schools on Walk to School. Simply download and print, share or e-mail!

Walk Safe to School Maps

These Walk Safe to School maps show where around the following schools are school crossings, pedestrian crossings and refuge islands to assist families with planning their walking routes to schools.

Participating Schools

We have 12 schools participating in the program this year:

  • Cowes Primary School
  • Bass Coast Specialist School
  • Newhaven College
  • Inverloch Primary School
  • Powlett River Primary School
  • Bass Valley Primary School
  • San Remo Primary School
  • Wonthaggi North Primary School
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School
  • Newhaven Primary School
  • Wonthaggi Primary School
  • St Joesph's Primary School
Student Participation Resources
Fact Sheets

Learn all about Walk to School through these fact sheets!

The resource guide, created by VicHealth, has a range of resources and ideas on how to encourage active travel and provides a range of case studies from other Council areas on how they deliver the Walk to School program.

How you can win big during Walk to School 2019

During the Walk to School program, VicHealth is running two competitions!

The major competition is for schools to share how they’ve brought Walk to School to their community with an awesome footy clinic with an AFL or AFLW player up for grabs.

There’s also a Facebook competition on the Walk to School Facebook page families can enter to win an AFL prize pack including a personalised message from an AFL or AFLW player.

Click here to learn more - competition opens Friday 11 October 2019!

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Road Safety Resources

Council also works closely with local schools to educate children on road safety. The following resources have been strongly recommended for parents and schools to read.

VicRoads Safe to School Brochure for Parents

Download this road safety brochure to give out to parents. VicRoads also have case studies showing how some schools have improved the safety around their schools during drop off and pick up times. Click here to read more!

Kids on the Move - Road Safety Education Victoria

Road Safety Education Victoria's website to get "Kids on the Move" safely provides resources for teachers to teach a range of classes, including English, Maths and Science, about road safety. Click here to view the website!

Bike Ed

Bass Coast Shire Council also works in partnership with the community and schools to deliver Bike Ed - a program that helps children aged 9 to 13 years to develop skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.

Participating schools:

  • Newhaven Primary School (host school)
  • Newhaven College
  • Cowes Primary School
  • Bass Valley Primary School
  • Inverloch Primary School
  • San Remo Primary School
  • Wonthaggi North Primary School
  • Wonthaggi Primary School

If your school is interested in being involved in the program please contact us on on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au to register your interest.

To find out more, please visit VicRoads website by clicking here.