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September 20, 2013

Friday 20th September 2013 – New Walk to School Project Launch:

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:44 am

We are excited to tell you about a new walk to school project that our school will be running this year with national charity Living Streets and Hampshire County Council. It will be introduced to all pupils on Monday 23rd September – when Helen Corkery (Living Streets) will lead a special whole school assembly.

Who is involved?
Selected schools in Hampshire have been invited to participate in this project. Everyone at our school will have the chance to be involved including pupils, parents and teachers.

What is involved?
The main focus of the project will be the ‘Walk once a Week’ (WoW) initiative which all of our pupils can participate in.

What is WoW?
WoW is a scheme run by Living Streets, the charity behind the national Walk to School campaign, which encourages families to walk to school at least once a week. At the end of each month, children who walked at least once every week will receive a special collectable pin badge shown below. There is a different badge to collect for each month of the school year.

What if we can’t walk to school?
Even if you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, all children can participate in WoW by walking at least 5-10 minutes to school. We will recommend places to ‘park and stride’ where you can park your car nearby and walk to school from there.

Why are we encouraging walking to school?
Under half of UK children walk to school and this number is decreasing, while the number of children being driven to school has doubled in the last 20 years. Our school is taking part because of the many benefits we believe it will bring to our children and the community.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Mr Campbell or visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschool for more information. We hope that you join in with this fun project so your family can enjoy the benefits of walking to school!

TRAVEL SURVEY:
In conjunction with the Living Streets Charity we are also working with Hampshire County Council (HCC) to update the school’s TRAVEL PLAN. Your child should have brought home a TRAVEL SURVEY this evening which I really hope you will complete and return to your child’s class by Friday 27th September. The YEAR GROUP with the most % of returns will earn an extra-long BREAK TIME. The purpose behind the survey is to assess the amount of pupils that walk/cycle to school in comparison to those that arrive by car. The aim of the project is to increase the amount of pupils/staff who walk/cycle/park and stride to school. HCC will be liaising with the relevant local council departments to allow parents to be able park in the village car parks during peak school times. They can only do this if they can provide the council with the evidence that parents would APPRECIATE this facility – hence the travel surveys.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.



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