14 Oct 2019
Happy Walk to School month!
This year VicHealth has partnered with Spark Health, an Aboriginal owned and led health promotion social enterprise to create a more culturally inclusive Walk to School that incorporates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture into Walk to School activities throughout October.
The team at Spark Health have created a tip sheet on practical ways you and your school can acknowledge and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture while you walk, ride or scoot to school this month:
- Know and learn about the Traditional Custodians of the land you and your family walk, ride or scoot to school on.
- Learn local Aboriginal language words associated with Walk to School (do you know the local language word for “Walk”?)
- Perform a student-lead Acknowledgement of Country at assemblies and other Walk to School events, such as organised walking group meet-ups.
- Include an Acknowledgement of Country on websites, newsletters and flyers when advertising Walk to School activities.
- Support and partner with local Aboriginal businesses and organisations for Walk to School promotion and activities
Spark Health also understands that not everyone can walk to school, so getting active at school is a great idea too! A fun way to get active at school is by playing Traditional Aboriginal Games. Traditional Games can be played by anyone and everyone, as long as we all play in the spirit of the game! You can find out more about Traditional Games in the Yulunga resource below. Yulunga is a Gamilaroi word meaning ‘to play’.
Visit www.sportaus.gov.au/yulunga to find out more