Children walking to school

Getting to and from school

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Better Moves to Schools maps

These maps are designed to help you and your child/ren have an easy place to park and walk to primary school.

Walk to School in October

Each year we support VicHealth's Walk to School month by challenging all school aged children in Moonee Valley to walk to and from school in October.

Walk in a group, with your parents or jump on board one of Moonee Valley's Walking School Buses. It's free, fun and there are fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Find your school on the map and then work out your best walking route to school. If you click on the bubble on your school, there is also a PDF version of the map that you can print.

Last year 16 schools participated in Moonee Valley, with over 5000 students walking, cycling or scooting to and from school in October.

Watch this space to see what Moonee Valley will have in place for 2017 but your kids can walk to school all year round. 

With many more children walking to school in October, look out for school children, drive slowly, safely and within the speed limits when travelling in a school zone or around a school area.

Walk to School in October is a VicHealth initiative.

For more information see your school's Walking School Bus Coordinator or contact our Transport Project Officer Lisa Bagnati by email lbagnati@mvcc.vic.gov.au or by calling 9243 8762.  

Calling all schools to take part, its not to late!

Your school will receive: 

  • a new permanent "Park and Walk" location
  • map showing walking routes to your school
  • promotional posters
  • classroom calendars to collect student data
  • certificates and stickers for students

Win a Big Day Out for your school

The three schools with the highest participation rate will win a BIG DAY OUT at Ascot Vale Leisure Centre with pool activities and inflatables, group fitness activities such as zumba and boxing, and novelty races and games.

The first school to register that has not registered before will receive free family passes for each family in the school.       

What do kids get?

Children who register receive a ruler or wristband and a bingo card throughout the month of October. They also have a chance to win a sports store voucher valued at $150.

Schools registration

There are 16 schools participating, with over 5000 students walking, cycling or scooting to and from school in October. If you haven't registered yet, its not too late. 

You can contact Lisa Bagnati by email lbagnati@mvcc.vic.gov.au or by calling 9243 8762

Your kids can walk to school all year round

Jump on board one of Moonee Valley's Walking School Buses. See your school's Walking School Bus Coordinator or contact our Transport Project Officer.

With many more children walking to school in October, look out for school children, drive slowly, safely and within the speed limits when travelling in a school zone or around a school area.

Walk to School in October is a VicHealth initiative.

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is a fun, healthy and safe way for primary school-aged children to travel to and from school.

The Walking School Bus is not a real vehicle but a group of children who walk to school accompanied by two adult leaders (one ‘driver’ and one ‘conductor’). Picking up and delivering children at ‘bus stops’ on the way to school.

It aims to increase physical activity amongst children and reduce traffic congestion around schools.

The Walking School Bus is a free program run in collaboration with VicHealth, Moonee Valley City Council, schools, traders and community groups.

Walking School Bus routes are marked on the Better Moves to Schools maps.

Many schools in Moonee Valley have a Walking School Bus, here’s a handy list of schools so your kids can walk supervised with their friends.

  • Ascot Vale Primary, Ascot Vale
  • Essendon Primary, Essendon
  • Moonee Ponds Primary, Moonee Ponds
  • St John Boscos Primary, Niddrie
  • St Marys Primary, Ascot Vale
  • St Monicas Primary, Moonee Ponds
  • St Peters Primary, East Keilor
  • St Therese’s Primary, Essendon 
  • St Vincents Primary, Strathmore
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar, Essendon
If you are interested in starting a Walking School Bus at your school please contact our Transport Project Officer on 9243 8888.

Join your school’s Walking School Bus

Walking School Bus route

The Walking School Bus follows a specific route on the days selected by your school and volunteers. These routes have been carefully planned by the volunteer coordinator and have been audited by council to ensure the safety of your children.

Safety precautions include a 1:8 adult to children ratio. All volunteers are expected to undergo safety training, hold a valid Working with Children Check and registration.

Benefits for children

The Walking School Bus program delivers numerous benefits including:

  • improving children's overall health
  • improving children's road safety skills
  • developing their physical and social skills
  • building friendships
  • gaining a sense of independence
  • decreasing traffic congestion around school
  • reducing greenhouse gas pollution
  • strengthen community/council relations

Safety

Safety on the bus is of high importance with the route thoroughly checked to traffic hazards. Volunteer drivers and conductors complete an induction program that includes information on road safety, duty of care and emergency procedures.

 

Starting school? 

This is an exciting time for you and your child, to help you find the best way to get to school we have developed several resources to encourage you and your child to walk, cycle or walk part the way to and from school.

Cycling and Walking to and from school (pdf, 5.33MB) is a flyer for parents of children who are about to walk or cycle to and from school for the very first time.

Find your school on the map and then work out your best walking or cycling route to your new school. If you click on the bubble on your school, there is also a PDF version of the map that you can print.

We’ve also identified some park and walk locations around Moonee Valley primary schools to help you walk to school, even if it’s too far to walk from home.