Build healthy habits for life

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

The Walk to School program promotes regular physical activity in Victorian primary school students. It helps kids and their families establish active routines for life. It also supports primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.

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AFL players

Official Community Partner - AFL Players

Walk to School 2018 is proudly supported by our Official Community Partner, AFL Players

The AFL Players' Association the representative body for its male, female and past AFL player members. The AFLPA is an advocate for its members, and is passionate about instilling a sense of integrity and belonging, and showcasing its members as people first and athletes second. 

AFL Players will be supporting Walk to School with a range of exciting prizes and opportunities.

 

Bendigo Bank

Official Corporate Partner - Bendigo Bank

Walk to School 2018 is proudly supported by our Official Corporate Partner, Bendigo Bank.

 

 

Bendigo Bank is more than just a bank. With a long history of close connection to the communities in which it operates, Bendigo Bank focuses on the partnering for success and creating positive opportunities to help local communities thrive.

 

FAQs

Have a question about Walk to School? Before contacting us, have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions and answers.

My child’s school isn’t registered. Can I still get involved?

Yes! Even if your school isn’t registered, you can still participate. Make your child’s walking, riding and scooting count by having them register as a student on the Walk to School website – with your permission, of course. Your child can keep track of how often they walk, ride or scoot to and from school and be part of the state-wide movement.

How does Walk to School work?

A student, teacher or Walk to School coordinator will record how many times a student walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, using a classroom calendar.

 

Schools with the highest participation levels are eligible for some fantastic prizes. So every time a child walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October they increase the school's chance of winning!


Why does Walk to School go for a month?

Studies show that it takes 30 days to build a habit. The longer we do something healthy, the more likely that healthy habit will stick. That’s why Walk to School lasts for an entire month, rather than a single day. It’s about building healthy habits for life.

Why do schools use classroom calendars?

The calendars are a bright, fun way to record how many times students walk, ride or scoot to and from school in October. At the end of the month, schools use the calendars to provide a summary of data to VicHealth, so they can give prizes to the most active schools in each region. Schools can also use the calendars to reward students or celebrate the most active class at school assembly.

Why does VicHealth collect information about school and student Walk to School participation?

VicHealth collects information to help find new and better ways to encourage children to be active.

Collecting data lets us measure the impact of the Walk to School program and see how many people are getting active on the way to school. VicHealth uses aggregate data for individual schools, schools within a region, and schools in the state. VicHealth may publish Walk to School results at a school or state level.


What does a school need to report?

Schools need to report a summary of school participation on the Walk to School website. They only need to report school-level data. Do not include any individual student details. 

Remember results submitted by 11:59pm, Friday 16 November 2018 will be in the running for a regional school prize.


 

What if my schools need help?

As a funded council coordinating local Walk to School activities, you may be required to assist schools with tallying and reporting their data online.

What do I need to tell schools?

Everything schools need to know can be found on the ‘School fact sheet’. You can order or download and print the fact sheet from the Walk to School website. Simply hand them out to your schools.

What do I need to tell parents and carers?

Everything parents and carers need to know can be found on the ‘Parent and carer fact sheet’. You can order or download and print the fact sheet from the Walk to School website. Simply hand them out to your schools to provide to their parents and carers.


What if a parent or carer refuses to participate?

Participation is entirely voluntary. If a parent or carer does not want their child’s participation recorded on a classroom calendar, please don’t include the student’s details on the calendar.

What’s so good about active travel options?

National guidelines recommend kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and walking, riding and scooting are ways to help them get there. It’s also a great way to connect with family members and your community. Active travel options to and from school provide more time for conversation and is less stressful than driving. Not to mention it helps the environment, reduces traffic congestion and demand for parking!

How can our family start walking?

There are lots of ways to get started, but the best option is always the one that suits your family. You can:

  • walk to school with your child and enjoy the chance to talk and teach road safety skills

  • arrange for your child to walk to school with trusted family friends or neighbours

  • drive part of the way to school and then walk the rest

  • mix it up! If your child likes riding or scooting, those are great options, too!

Is walking to school risky?

We encourage parents and carers to walk with their child until they feel their child is ready to walk alone. Ultimately, you know your child best!

Some of the common concerns parents and carers have actually fade away when you start walking with your child. You can teach them about road safety, stranger danger and how to be confident when walking independently. Your child will gain all the benefits of active travel, along with the benefits of travelling more independently – like self-esteem, social skills, motor skills and more.

  

Learn more about helping your kids with safe travel to and from school by downloading VicHealth’s practical guide: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/parental-fear


Why does VicHealth collect data and information?

VicHealth collects information to help find new and better ways to encourage children to be active.

Collecting data lets us measure the impact of the Walk to School program and see how many people are getting active on the way to and from school. VicHealth uses aggregate data for individual schools, schools within a region, and schools in the state. VicHealth may publish Walk to School results at a school or state level.


What data do schools collect?

If your school is registered for Walk to School, your child’s teacher will use a classroom calendar to record:

·       your child’s name

·       how many times they usually walk, ride or scoot to and from school

·       how many times they walk, ride or scoot to and from school in October.

Your school will provide a summary of this participation data to VicHealth in November 2018.


What data is collected on the website?

If you register your child online, you will need to provide your child’s name, and email address, username and password. We won’t ask for your child’s date of birth, phone number or address.

 

To understand your child’s walking activity, we’ll ask:

·    the distance you live from school

·      how many times they usually walk, ride or scoot to and from school

·      how many times they walk, ride or scoot to and from school in October.

Who can access this data?

Information recorded on the classroom calendars will only be accessed by the student, the teacher and the school’s Walk to School coordinator. VicHealth or the local council may access this data if your school asks for help with tallying and reporting.

 

VicHealth may also collect a sample of classroom calendars to understand student walking patterns. All classroom calendars will be securely stored and destroyed at the end of the Walk to School program.

 

VicHealth will also share de-identified data with our evaluation team at ORIMA Research to help analyse and report on the outcomes of Walk to School.

 

Information collected on the Walk to School website will only be accessed by your child and VicHealth. We only collect your child’s name or username to help manage the student portal and create aggregated participation reports. Your email address will be used to update you with information about Walk to School or to help you recover your username and reset your password.

 

We host competitions on our website and social channels. We will ask you for permission directly before posting your child’s entry online.

 

Once the results are in and analysed, VicHealth will securely store and destroy classroom calendar. We only report aggregated data, so no individuals will be identified. All personal information about your child will be securely stored and destroyed by June 2019.