St Catherine’s School wins Great Transport Race final

Added: 22 May 2012

St Catherine’s School has won the Great Transport Race final today, beating 19 teams in a race around Melbourne’s CBD on public transport.

Racing across the city, 20 teams of year 7-10 students set out from Federation Square this morning and raced on trains, trams and buses to as many as 30 secret pit stops, taking on challenges to earn time bonuses and win prizes.

Winning team ACEG from St Catherine’s said that travelling fast and planning was the key to their success.

“Our motto and race strategy was to keep calm and go to the furthest pit stops first, then travel back to the CBD pit stops. We are now much more confident travelling on public transport in our local area and the CBD” team ACEG said.

Public Transport Victoria Director of Communication Matt Phelan said that today was a showcase of Melbourne’s most public transport savvy students.

“We’ve all had a fantastic day. It was great to see so many students from all over Victoria travelling on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and they showed us that they all have what it takes to get around Melbourne independently on public transport,” Mr Phelan said.

“Students used map reading, navigational and problem solving skills to come out best on public transport today. Hopefully we’ll see more students out and about on public transport in the future, using the knowledge they’ve gained through this event.”

Setting out from 9am at BMW Edge, teams were challenged to visit CBD iconic attractions as far reaching as Queen Victoria Market, the MCG, Harbour Town in Docklands and Station Pier in Port Melbourne. Completing fun activities along the way teams gained point bonuses as they raced against the clock.

As well as taking home the trophy, St Catherine’s School received $2000 for their school and each student won various vouchers.

First place - St Catherine’s School
Second place - Mordialloc College
Third place - Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School