Sustrans

THE BIG PEDAL begins on Monday

 

On Monday THE BIG PEDAL begins, and runs through to Friday 04 May. The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

On each day two of our senior pupils will go around each class and record how many cycled and scooted to school. These results will be uploaded to www.bigpedal.org.uk. Basically, we compete with other registered schools to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our best five days will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win!

For more information about the event go to www.bigpedal.org.uk

 

 

 

A Bright And Creative 'Ditch The Dark Day 2018'

As part of the Sustrans Active Schools Travel programme we had a 'Ditch The Dark Day' on Friday 26 January 2018.

Many of our pupils walked, scooted or cycled to school.  They also wore bright and colourful clothing.   Accessories were bright and creative, even bicycles and scooters were reflecting the theme!

A whole school assembly was led by Mr Dave Wiggins, he reiterated the importance of being bright and seen during the winter.  Mr Wiggins also carried out a 'Bike Check' on many bicycles brought into school this morning, it was a very busy day as you will see by browsing through our photo gallery: 

Ditch the Dark Day FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2018

As part of the Sustrans Active Schools Travel programme we are holding a DITCH THE DARK DAY on FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 2018.

This is a day where we are encouraging our pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school, to accessorize their uniforms in a bright and creative way (hi vis vests, hats, scarfs, leg warmers, gloves etc) and to decorate any bikes and scooters in a safe manner.

We will hold an assembly to discuss the importance of being bright and seen on darker days and prizes will be awarded to some pupils who make a special effort.

Parents are encouraged to actively travel with their children on the morning of Ditch the Dark Day.

** If you are unable to walk, scoot or cycle the whole journey from home, please consider a ‘Park n Stride’ option where you are encouraged to drive part of the journey to school, find a safe and suitable place to park up, meet friends and walk the final part of the journey (7-10 mins) – you may find this more relaxing than sitting in traffic. Our suggestions would be to park either close to the Nisa Service Station or close to the Post House Café and Trader D.**

This will be a fun day whilst highlighting the importance of being seen while travelling to school. We would ask for a small donation of £1 per pupil, which will be used by our School ‘Eco’ Council for ECO SCHOOL activities in the future.

Ditch the Dark Day – CHANGE OF DATE

 

Ditch the Dark Day was supposed to be tomorrow, Friday 19 January. Due to the weather warning that has been put in place, we are postponing it until next Friday, the 26th January.

This is a day were we are encouraging our pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school. The previous note had said that children may ‘accessorize their uniforms in a bright and creative way.’ To make it easier, we have changed this to a full non-uniform day (wear bright clothing) and decorate any bikes and scooters in a bright, safe manner.

We will hold an assembly to discuss the importance of being bright and seen on darker days and prizes will be awarded to some pupils who make a special effort.

Parents are encouraged to actively travel with their children on the morning of Ditch the Dark Day.

This will be a fun day whilst highlighting the importance of being seen while travelling to school. We would ask for a small donation of £1 per pupil, which will be used by our School ‘Eco’ Council for ECO SCHOOL activities in the future.

 

SUSTRANS Update and key dates

 

Please use the following link https://www.sustrans.org.uk/NIschools to see what SUSTRANS have been up do in local schools. We have many SUSTRANS activities taking place over the next few months, with some dates included below (notes will follow);

  • Friday 19th January - Ditch the Dark Day (whole school)
  • Friday 26th January - Dr Bike Day (KS2 pupils may bring in their bikes to be checked by Dave Wiggins, our Active Travel Officer)
  • Monday 5th February until Friday 2nd March - Active Travel Superhero incentive (encouraging pupils and parents to actively travel to school)