More than 70,000 Victorian primary school students walk as part of Walktober

Date: 06.11.09

Category: Walking and cycling

Over 70,000 primary school children from 372 schools across the state participated in VicHealth’s Walktober Walk-to-School activity held in October.

Walktober Walk-to-School aims to raise awareness of the need for children to make active transport part of their daily routine because it improves their health and fitness.

“An additional 50 schools participated this year and 11,000 more children walked as compared with last year.” said VicHealth Chief Executive Officer Todd Harper. “It’s a great result, but the challenge remains for us, as a community, to turn this into a regular, everyday activity.”

On the day of Walktober Walk-to-School this year, over 60 per cent of children from participating schools walked, while on the previous day only 33 per cent of children reportedly walked to school.

“It’s encouraging to see such commitment from students, teachers and parents on the day,” Mr Harper added.

In recognition of their efforts, participating schools will receive a certificate from VicHealth.  The winners of the Tabloid Sports Carnivals are St Aloysius Primary School in Caulfield and Tootgarook Primary School, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tootgarook Principal Wayne Whitworth says it’s the first year the school has participated in the event and students will be very pleased to have won a sports carnival for their efforts.

“What’s also great is we took the idea to the Junior School Council – which has representatives from every class - and the students decided they wanted to get involved,” Mr Whitworth added.

Penbank Primary School in Moorooduc and Whitfield District Primary School in Whitfield will each host a ‘golden shoe’ trophy for the next 12 months.

The following schools will receive a $300 HART sports equipment voucher:

Schools with up to 199 students enrolled
Edenhope College, Edenhope
Great Western Primary School, Great Western
Harrietville Primary, Harrietville
Jamieson Primary School, Jamieson
Jeparit Primary School, Jeparit
Piangil Primary School, Piangil
Rawson Primary School, Rawson
Sacred Heart School, Casterton
St Mary's Primary School, Hastings
Tobruk Street Primary School, Morwell 

Schools with between 200-349 students enrolled
All Saints Parish Primary School, Portland South
Ararat West Primary School, Ararat
Christ Our Holy Redeemer, East Oakleigh
Highvale Primary School, Glen Waverley
Manchester Primary School, Mooroolbark
Merrivale Primary School, Warrnambool
St Arnaud Primary School, St Arnaud
St James Primary School, Vermont
St. Joan Of Arc, Brighton
Surfside Primary School, Ocean Grove 

Schools with more than 350 students enrolled
Bayswater North primary School, Bayswater
Blessed Mary MacKillop Primary School, Keilor Downs
Brighton Beach Primary School, Brighton
Courtenay Gardens Primary School, Cranbourne
Mountain Gate Primary School, Ferntree Gully
Saint Monica's Primary School, Moonee Ponds
St Therese's School, Essendon
Thomastown West Primary School, Thomastown
Tinternvale Primary School, Ringwood East
Watsonia North Primary School, Watsonia

For further information click on www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/walktober

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