The Go Active 2 School project aims to encourage and support primary school students (and their families) to choose physically active and safe travel options to get to and from school. The project also promotes safety outside schools.

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​Health Promotion has been working with Ryde Council for a number of years, reaching many schools. Working in partnership with Ryde Council, Cancer Council NSW, NSW Police, and NSW Department of Education and Communities helps us work on:

  • environmental concerns (such as the lack of crossings or footpaths) through engineering solutions
  • enforcement by working with NSW Police and Council’s Rangers to
  • reduce unsafe behaviour around schools
  • education on safe ways to get to and from school

A range of strategies are used to work closely with each school to develop systems that work for them. These may include developing Transport Access Guides (TAG), surveys and walkability audits etc.

Schools

Each year sees new schools join Go Active 2 school (up to 3 per year).

Participating schools so far include:

  • Meadowbank Public School
  • Denistone East Public School
  • Eastwood Heights Public School
  • Eastwood Public School
  • Holy Spirit Primary School
  • North Ryde Public School
  • Putney Public School
  • St. Charles Primary School
  • West Ryde Public School
  • Ryde Public School
  • Kent Road Public School
  • Gladesville Public School

Resources

Each participating school receives a range of resources to help them promote active ways to get to school. The major resource developed is a school specific TAG. TAGs are maps that show walking, cycling and bus routes to school, including the best and safest places to cross roads. Where appropriate, TAGs are translated into other languages to suit the school community.

Resources provided to schools are always changing, however, other resources provided in the past include:

  • water bottles - to help students remain hydrated and promote water over not so healthy drinks
  • pedometers - to promote the number of steps students take (fun class activity!)
  • reflective fluoro safety arm/wrist bands and bag tags - providing visibility when walking to and from school
  • road safety information packs.

Visit the City of Ryde for school TAGs and more project information:
www.ryde.nsw.gov.au (Go Active 2 School)

 

 Check out our tips on getting an active travel program going at your school:

Ideas for Go Active 2 School

 

Other Schools

From time to time Health Promotion assists schools in other areas of Northern Sydney implement Go Active 2 School activities:

Narrabeen Lakes Primary School

Health Promotion received a NRMA grant to work with getting Go Active 2 School started at Narrabeen Lakes Primary School.

Narrabeen Lakes Primary School Transport Access Guide

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