St Pius X School at Salisbury are ready and excited to begin their second year on the AST program in 2019. Before starting the program, the school had 14% of their student population actively travelling. By the end of their first year, they successfully increased this rate to 43% of the school walking, riding, catching public transport and car pooling to school. Their biggest increase was in walking, but interestingly, they achieved a massive increase in families car pooling – from 5% to 14%! So, what’s the key to their success?
The school has a motivated committee with their membership from all sections of the school community including the Principal, Assistant Principal, teachers and parents. Everyone contributes to address active travel challenges, including how to streamline surveying and running fun and inclusive events that encourage active travel.
From a sustainability perspective, St Pius X School are no longer offering students individual rewards earned through passport stamps. They’ll now focus on a class competition only, with the reward being the trophy and the glory of winning!
Their first active travel day was at the beginning of March, and the school organised a Park & Stride from their local park, where parents could buy a coffee to sip on the way. Parents were also offered the chance to incorporate some exercise into their day by joining the group.
St Pius X students were excited to decorate their bikes and scooters in their Bling Your Ride event for National Ride2School Day on Friday 22 March. Teachers supervised a lunchtime riding activity, where students put themselves to the test and raced some of the teaching staff. Well done St Pius X!