Everyday morning across the country, parents and children make their way to school – often rushing to avoid being late. In the car, on the bus or along the pavement, each family makes a choice about how to complete the school ‘run.’
This summer, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership held a ’10 day Active Travel Challenge’, encouraging school children across the region to choose an active way of getting to school over two school weeks. Walking, using scooters or cycling, or even parking and walking part of the way, children were challenged to ‘get active’ on their way to school.
Earlier this month, Oasis Academy Fir Vale in Sheffield, were delighted to receive one of eight whole school prizes for having the highest percentage of pupils completing the ‘Travel Challenge.’
The judges were particularly impressed by the Academy’s Road Safety Officers taking the lead in getting the children to promote their safe travel through the use of song whilst crossing the roads.
The Challenge was designed to:
· Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils and their families
· Encourage pupils and families to be more active
· Reduce congestion and parking problems around schools
· Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge!
Commenting on the Academy winning the award, Principal Helen Round, says:
“The pupils are delighted to win this award, which they richly deserve. At the Academy we were so impressed about their commitment to being active and walking and riding down to school, and they really enjoyed it.”
“I’m delighted to say that many of our children have continued to walk into school after the end of the challenge, making them more active and making the parking situation at the beginning and end of our school day safer.”