Supporting active lifestyles in local communities

Every year, councils around Victoria support their local schools to participate in Walk to School. It’s a great way to get students’ and their families more active when travelling to and from school. VicHealth recognises councils have an important role to play in the Walk to School program and by receiving Local Government Area (LGA) Partnership funding, councils can help more Victorian children get active and build healthy habits for life.

What is the Walk to School LGA Partnership?

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school students to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. We love seeing councils work with their local community and that’s why VicHealth’s Walk to School LGA Partnership gives councils funds to support active travel initiatives at a local level.

Councils who receive the funding encourage their primary schools to actively participate in Walk to School. Plus, they undertake local initiatives to help their community become more active when travelling to and from school.

Walk to School 2018 funded councils

Walk to School is all about making active travel easy, safe and accessible. Meet the councils going above and beyond to help their local schools and community get active.

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Banyule City Council
  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Whitehorse
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Wodonga
  • City of Yarra
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Manningham City Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Stonnington City Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Wellington Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

FAQs

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.

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.