St Catherine’s School best on public transport in the east

Added: 3 May 2012

The ACEG team from St Catherine’s School has taken out the east qualifying heat of the Great Transport Race, proving that when it comes to public transport, they know best.

Twenty-six teams from schools in Melbourne’s east 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.

Elysee Dubois, St Catherine’s School team captain, was over the moon with the win and can’t wait to take on the grand final.

“Experience was the key to their success. We used our local knowledge of the public transport network and made sure we read the maps properly as part of our race plan. Great team work and cooperation was also really important,” Elysee Dubois team captain said.

“We had lots of fun racing to all the pit stops, even in the wet and cold weather.”

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

First place: St Catherine’s School – ACEG – 135 minutes
Second place: Waverly Christian College – Waverly Boys – 130 minutes
Third place: Marcellin College – Marcellin All Stars – 125 minutes
Fourth place: Canterbury Girls Secondary College – The C.A.S.E – 125 minutes
Fifth place: Yarra Hills Secondary College – NKOTB – 111 minutes

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 Balwyn Library, Kew Cricket Ground and Deakin University, to Nunawading Station and the Ashburton Swim Centre. Completing fun activities along the way, teams gained point bonuses as they raced against the clock.

One heat has been held in Melbourne’s north, with two more heats in the west and south set to take place over the coming week before the CBD-based final on 22 May. The Great Transport Race is open to all Victorian secondary school students in years 7 – 10.