Pupils rise to 'Walk to School' challenge

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

MORE families are walking to The Tynings School in Staple Hill this spring following the launch of the South Gloucestershire Living Streets Challenge.

The children have been encouraged by a visit from Strider, the Living Streets mascot, and by their new school crossing patrol officer Derek Holbrook.

Mr Holbrook is at the Station Road entrance to the school at the beginning and end of the school day.

Living Streets is a UK charity that has championed walking for 85 years and its campaigns led to the country's first zebra crossing and the introduction of speed limits.

The current Walk to School Challenge uses 21st century technology. If children walk, scoot, cycle or "park and stride" to school three times a week for a month, they earn a badge.

Every day, the children in Years 1 to 6 record how they travelled to school using an online dashboard.  There are two monitors in every class who check to make sure the teachers and children have completed it correctly.  They are also responsible for making sure the badges are handed out at the end of every month.

Head of School Angela Berger is pleased that the new initiative is already showing results. 

"Since we started in February, we can already see that fewer children are coming to school by car each day. This is great news. Not only are the children receiving more exercise, hopefully local residents will also notice a reduction in the number of cars coming to and from the school," she said.

Mrs Berger also welcomed the recruitment of Mr Holbrook, which she said should encourage even more people to leave their car at home and walk to school.

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