Officially launched in October 2022 at the Telethon Family Weekend, the Talk N Walk app and program now features resources to support schools and community groups.
With 684 downloads (as at 5 Dec 2022) and a partnership with the Department of Transport Your Move Program, Talk N Walk has seen 12 schools and 2,000 students participate in Talk N Walk to School activities in Term 4, 2022.
Schools that took part received a Talk N Walk to School deck of cards – with the conversation starters and challenges from the app – and some Talk N Walk merchandise to use as prizes.
Some examples of the great Talk N Walk to School Day events and activities run by schools are outlined below:
Coolbinia Primary School
Our Year 4 Your Move team organised a Talk N Walk event. They prepared various forms of promotion – feet posters, feet stencils, PA announcements, items in the School Bulletin for parents and a staff PL. On the event day they greeted students at the school gates with giveaways promoting Talk N Walk.
As one parent commented as she left the school, “The Talk N Walk app was a great success. It stimulated conversation all the way to school this morning."
Read Coolibinia Primary School's Talk N Walk to School stories on the Your Move website:
Cue Primary School
Walking around the entire town to collect our students is such a positive start to the day. Best thing as a teacher, is the chance to find out my student's mind set and debrief them or make considerations for them to get through their day.
Eneabba Primary School
The Chaplain and the school principal walked laps of the oval in two separate groups, inviting all students to join. We then read the cards and scaffolded conversation around these ideas.
Eden Hill OSHC
We are an OSHC located close to a primary school so we chose to walk in groups to school that day rather than taking our usual buses. Before leaving we got the chalk out and had a discussion about how we were feeling that day and drew pictures to express these feelings. On our walk we chatted about what we were most looking forward to that day, how our morning was and our current feelings.
Tuart Hill Primary School
We held a Student Leader lead Talk N Walk. We designated four destination points to start from, and gave out Your Move slap bands to anyone that participated. The turn out was amazing, and the feedback was very positive too.
The turnout was so impressive from the Northside that our amazing lollypop man, Lester, stopped traffic on an adjacent intersection, to help the kids across.
Read Tuart Hill Primary School's Talk N Walk to School stories on the Your Move website:
Nine schools provided feedback about their Talk N Walk to School event with all of them indicating that they would be ‘very likely’ to run future Talk N Walk to School activities in 2023.