Walk to School in October

Each year we support VicHealth's Walk to School initiative by challenging all school aged children to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school in October.

It’s a fun, free and easy way to get active, win awesome prizes and get to know your neighbourhood.

This year, 17 Moonee Valley schools have registered to take the challenge in October. That means nearly 6,000 kids walking to and from school and a lot less cars on the road during peak hour!

Find your school on the map and then work out the best walking route to school. If you live too far to walk all the way you can park at one of our designated Park and Walk locations and walk, cycle or scoot from there.

Walk to school and VicHealth logos

What do schools get?

Your school will receive:

  • a map showing walking routes to your school
  • promotional posters and classroom charts
  • provision of Smart Steps lesson plans to incorporate during the month of October

Don’t miss out on the early bird prize

All schools that register for Walk to School by Tuesday, 8 August will go in the draw to win a Hart Sport voucher valued at $500.

School Champion

Each school champion who ensures that all the results are complete and sent to Council on the date specified will receive a $30 voucher.

Win a Supreme Incursion (and more) for your school

The school with the highest participation rate will win the first prize of a healthy mind and body incursion from Supreme Incursions, where children will enjoy a range of engaging and energetic activities like hip hop, orienteering and billy cart building.

Second prize: The delivery of three Active Paths and a launch that will include a coffee cart with free tea, coffee and hot chocolate for parents and free breakfast for students.

Third prize: An Ascot Vale Leisure Centre family swim pass for each family in the school.

Fourth prize: A worm farm for the school.

What do kids get?

Challenge Card
Children who register will receive a Challenge Card to track their progress. At the end of the month, completed cards can be returned to school for a chance to win:

  • 3 x $150 sport voucher
  • 5 x Bounce Essendon pass
  • 5 x $50 Westfield voucher

Walking to school in style
We are encouraging all kids to get creative and deck out their shoes, bike or scooter for Walk to School month! You can even win cool prizes by sending your designs to walktoschool@vichealth.vic.gov.au or sharing them on VicHealth’s Facebook page.

If your school has a uniform policy, you can get ideas for decorations that can easily be removed during school hours on the Walk to School website.

Poster challenge
Council will be holding a Poster challenge for all students participating in Walk to School month.

The poster should show:

  • students and their friends walking to school
  • something funny, pretty or interesting that students have seen while walking to or from school
  • a slogan about why kids should walk to school
  • if students are too far to walk all the way, their poster could highlight park and walk locations

To enter, students should complete their poster and put it up in a visible position at school, then email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au with their name, phone number, school, a photo of their poster (a photo taken on a phone is fine) and its location.
The three most creative designs will be framed, displayed at a Council venue and on Facebook, and three Council staff will choose a winner.

The winning artist will receive a sports store voucher valued at $150.

Where do I sign up?

Talk to your school, email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call the Transport team on 9243 8888 to get started.

Which schools are taking the challenge in 2017?

  • Ascot Vale West Primary
  • Avondale Primary
  • Essendon North Primary
  • Essendon Primary
  • Flemington Primary
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar
  • Moonee Ponds Primary
  • Moonee Ponds West Primary
  • Niddrie Primary
  • St Brendan’s Primary, Flemington
  • St John Bosco Primary, Niddrie
  • St Marys Primary, Ascot Vale
  • St Monicas Primary, Moonee Ponds
  • St Therese's Primary, Essendon
  • St Vincents Primary, Strathmore
  • Strathmore North Primary
  • Strathmore Primary
Last updated: Thursday, 2 November 2017, 12:50 AM