AST New School of the Year !!
We are very excited to announce that Mayfield State School has won the ‘School of The Year’ award, presented to us last Thursday by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Deputy Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. This award was judged on
o The school’s performance in increasing the number of students actively travelling
o The school’s commitment to the program and effective communication
o The effectiveness of the AST committee within the school
o The likelihood that the program will be sustained into the future
o Extra initiatives the school has implemented throughout the year.
Below is an excerpt from the presentation ceremony:
The 2016 AST School of the YearAward goes to a school that has incorporated active travel into business as usual and linked it with key school values. (PAWS) This school promoted a variety of different active travel modes through the year. Whilst walking is consistently strong at 50% each month, they also won the Golden Boot for scootering with 12% of students in August and tied for the cycling Golden Boot for cycling in July.
Improving skills has been core to success, with the school delivering bike and scooter skills training in school time, ensuring all students took part in the RACQ Streets Ahead Program, even hosting the RACQ Life Flight Helicopter. Fun is central to our School of the Year. Each term, themed events are planned to coincide with AST initiatives and have included the Winter Woolie Warm Up with a pancake breakfast, and the active travel map scavenger hunt which took parents and students literally onto the streets to find clues on their way to school.
They introduced AST to the school community with a superhero theme mirroring our AST Crew, complete with dress up and bunting. Teachers, students, parents and dogs have all taken on superhero roles this year. Our School of the Year was also instrumental in promoting the AST program across Brisbane, hosting a media opportunity to encourage other schools to join the program in 2017.
Everyone in the school community is included. Before school care students participate in regular AST events. Some fathers don't get to actively travel to school with their children, so Fathers' Day saw Dads and their children walking or riding together, sharing a BBQ breakfast and joining classroom activities for the first 30 minutes of school. Parent opinion has also been sought with an online survey seeking input as to how to improve AST from a parents' perspective. This inclusive philosophy, combined with great communication and fun has seen active travel increase from 26% at the beginning of the year to an average of 65% this year, a massive increase of 39%.
The Active School Travel team would like to thank and congratulate the entire Mayfield community for their hard work and commitment to this program. Without the support of parents, the enthusiasm of students and the action of everyone who attends our school, and OSHC, we would not have won this prestigious award.
Thank you also to Brisbane City Council for their support in our AST endeavours this year. Thank you to Lea Gamble, our AST officer; Councillor Ryan Murphy and Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
X photos coming soon :)