Walk To School Wrap Up

Published on 06 December 2018

Cohuna Consolidated Walk to School Trophy Presentation 2018.JPG

Walk To School Wrap Up

Media Release

Pictured: Cohuna Consolidate School Walk To School Trophy Presentation.


The Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program has wrapped up for another year.

Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said it is wonderful that all ten local primary schools continue to support the annual campaign that has been running across the Gannawarra Shire for the past six years.

“This year the program ran from Monday October 8 to Friday November 2 with children recording their daily walking and cycling activities on Walk to School classroom calendars,” said Mayor Learmonth.

“The calendars showed that 747 children out of the total enrolled number of 780, or 95.8%, walked or rode 18,097 times during Walk to School month,” said Mayor Learmonth. “That’s about 12,993 kilometres; almost a circuit around Australia!”

“An added incentive is the awarding of a Gannawarra Golden Shoe Trophy to the classroom achieving the highest participation across the month,” said Mayor Learmonth. “This is a competition ran in the seven largest primary schools and there is always great excitement when we return in November and December to announce the winners and present the trophies.”

The winners of this year’s Gannawarra Golden Shoe trophies are listed below:


Winning Class / Teacher

School total distance travelled

Kerang Primary School

Grade 2/3/4 – Peter Adams


Kerang South Primary School

Grade 2/4 – Jason Williams


Koondrook Primary School

Grade 1/2 – Caty Altimari


Cohuna Consolidated School

Grade 1/2 – Kate McGillivray


Kerang Christian College

Grade 5/6 – Bronwyne Van Leeuwen


St Mary’s Primary School

Grade 2 – Sarah Toll


St Joseph’s Primary School

Grade 3/4 – Jessica Arceri


The three smaller schools at Leitchville, Murrabit and Lake Charm engaged the students through a range of other activities to encourage increased physical activity throughout the month, walking a combined distance of 1,098 kilometres.

“A good sign of a healthy community is when children are outside being active,” said Mayor Learmonth. “When children are outdoors they take notice of their surrounds, connect with other people and learn so much about the environment in which they live.”

“Council thanks all schools and families for continuing to support children to be active and healthy communities right across the Gannawarra Shire.”

The Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program is delivered in partnership with the Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting (GLAM). This is a partnership made up of Council, Northern District Community Health, Kerang District Health, Cohuna District Hospital, Mallee District Aboriginal Service, VicPolice, Mallee Family Care and the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership.

The annual implementation of the program across the Gannawarra Shire is supported by a $10,000 VicHealth Walk to School Local Government Partnership grant.

The Walk to School program is an initiative of VicHealth. For more information go to www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.

To view Walk to School photos from October and November visit www.facebook.com/HealthyGannawarra


Date: 6 November 2018
Contact: Communications Officer
Email: media@gannawarra.vic.gov.au
Phone: 0409 616 627 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.