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Dandenong High School best on public transport in the south

Added: 10 May 2012

Dandenong High School has taken out the south qualifying heat of the Great Transport Race, proving that when it comes to public transport, they know best.

Thirty-one teams from schools in Melbourne’s south went head-to-head today in a race around their local area on public transport. Five teams gained a coveted place in the Great Transport Race grand final which will be held at Federation Square on Tuesday 22 May.

Robin Phoeng, Dandenong High School team captain, was over the moon with the win and can’t wait to take on the grand final.

“Our strategy was to run fast, spiral outwards and then come back in to reach as many pits spots as possible using trains, trams and buses. We managed to reach nine pits to win our spot in the grand final. We had lots of fun and feel more confident travelling on public transport now in Melbourne.” team captain Robin Phoeng said.

The top five teams that will represent the south in the grand final are:

First place: Dandenong High School
Second place: Shelford Girls Grammar School team one
Third place: Shelford Girls Grammar School team two
Fourth place: Bayswater Secondary College
Fifth place: Mordialloc College

Public Transport Victoria Director of Communication Matt Phelan said the Great Transport Race shows students how easy it is to catch public transport to places in their local area.

“While brushing up on geography skills, students learn safe and independent travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. We hope that participants will now use public transport to more places in their community and continue to gain confidence in using Melbourne’s extensive public transport network.”

Teams were challenged to visit 20 pit stops as far reaching as Prahran Market, St Kilda Botanical Gardens and Oakleigh Centro, to Monash University in Caulfield and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Completing fun activities along the way, teams gained point bonuses as they raced against the clock.

Three other heats have been held in Melbourne’s east, north and west before the CBD-based final on 22 May. The Great Transport Race is open to all Victorian secondary school students in years 7 – 10.