Our school has been involved in the Active Travel program in a partnership with Wyndham City Council since 2015. This program aims to increase the active travel rate of our students and reduce traffic congestion/safety concerns around our school environment, during key drop off and pick up times. Some of the benefits of active travel include:
WHEEL AND WALK WEDNESDAYS
Every Wednesday we track our school's Active Travel data in an effort to maintain a rate of at least 50% of students travelling actively to school each week. Our weekly class winners receive a reward each Friday at recess (P-2 winner on the red slide playground and Grade 3-6 winner in the Matlock Street Gaga Pit).
ACTIVE TRAVEL PATHS
We have four Active Travel paths. Students are encouraged to travel to school actively via their closest path. If families live too far away from school, parents/carers are encouraged to drop students off on one of our paths and students can walk the remainder of the way. Refer to the document below to see the location of our Active Travel Paths.
Our Grade 5 students participate in a Bike Education Program. This program is delivered as part of the Grade 5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) program. Students learn about the mechanics behind bike technology, as well as honing their key riding skills. They start off with in-class safety workshops, where students learn about bike checks, general safety rules and how to safely fit a bike helmet. Outdoor Bike Education sessions occur each term in the school grounds, where students work towards refining their skills in preparation for a road safety circuit later in the year.
At Bellbridge, we promote a holistic approach to the wellbeing of our students. The Achievement Program is aligned to the World Health Organisation's model for Health Promoting Schools and Healthy Workplaces. The program is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria. Since working through this program since 2016, we have achieved statewide recognition in all 8 areas, including:
When the UV level is below 3, it is important that we allow ourselves to absorb the Vitamin D from the sun. However, when these levels go above 3, sun protection is recommended. In Term 1 and 4, students wear hats in accordance with our Sun & UV Protection policy and daily UV announcements occur. In Terms 2 and 3, the UV levels are generally below 3. When the UV level is beyond 3, students are encouraged to follow SunSmart recommendations, which include: