17 Nov, 2010 Last updated: 29 Nov, 2014

This year, 70,000 primary school children from 363 schools across the state participated in VicHealth’s Walktober Walk-to-School activity held on 20 October.

This year, 70,000 primary school children from 363 schools across the state participated in VicHealth’s Walktober Walk-to-School activity held on 20 October.

Now in its fourth year, Walktober Walk-to-School Day aims to raise awareness of the need for children to make active transport part of their daily routine to improve their health and fitness.

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.

“Congratulations to all schools that took part this year. The challenge is to make walking to school a regular, everyday activity to improve health, help the environment, broaden social networks and build self confidence,” VicHealth Chief Executive Officer Todd Harper said.

In recognition of their efforts, participating schools will receive a certificate from event organisers, Kinect Australia.

Two lucky schools, Cairnlea Park Primary School in Cairnlea and St Margaret Mary’s School in Brunswick North, won a sports carnival each for their schools, run by Tabloid Sports Carnivals.

Apsley Primary School and Oxley Primary School were each awarded ‘Golden Shoe’ trophies. The two schools had the biggest increase in students walking to school on Walk-to-School Day compared with the day before.

The top 10 schools with the most students participating in the event, will receive a $300 HART sports equipment voucher.

Top 10 schools with up to 199 students enrolled:

  • Apsley Primary School, Apsley
  • Amphitheatre Primary School, Amphitheatre
  • Jeparit Primary School, Jeparit
  • Leitchville Primary School, Leitchville
  • Marysville Primary School, Marysville
  • St Brendan's Primary School, Dunnstown
  • St Malachy's School, Edenhope
  • Stawell West Primary School, Stawell
  • Tobruk Street Primary School – Morwell, Morwell
  • Whitfield District Primary School, Whitfield

  Top 10 schools with between 200-349 students enrolled:

  • Appin Park Primary School, Wangaratta
  • Belmont Primary School, Belmont
  • Burwood Heights Primary School, Burwood East
  • Christ Our Holy Redeemer School, Oakleigh East
  • Clayton North Primary School, Clayton
  • Diamond Creek Primary School, Diamond Creek
  • Heidelberg Primary School, Heidelberg
  • Kerrimuir Primary School, Kerrimuir
  • Surfside Primary School, Ocean Grove
  • Warrnambool West Primary School, Warrnambool

Top 10 schools with more than 350 students enrolled:

  • Brighton Beach Primary School, Brighton
  • Courtenay Gardens Primary School, Cranbourne North
  • Elsternwick Primary School, Brighton
  • Holy Name School, Reservoir
  • Overport Primary School, Frankston
  • Princes Hill Primary School, Carlton North
  • St Joseph's Primary School, Warrnambool
  • St Mary's School, Ascot Vale
  • St Monica's Primary School, Moonee Ponds
  • Tinternvale Primary School, Bayswater 

For more information: www.walktober.com.au