Sustrans

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.

 

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.

P4 Writing Project - Let's Walk To School

Over the past two weeks P4 have been completing a Writing Project which aims to promote sustainable travel and walking to school. They started this by exploring what persuasive language is, and gathered information and the pros and cons of saying that everyone should walk to school. P4 then spent time planning, looking at advertisement posters and the language used within them. Today, P4 got to create their own 'WALK TO SCHOOL' posters using illustrations and persuasive language. Some of these posters will be placed around school, which links in well with our SUSTRANS work and ECO SCHOOLS work.

Well done P4

Click 'READ MORE' to see some of the work in progress...and be sure to look out for some of the finished posters on the walls around the school

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)

 

 

 

 

We've achieved our BRONZE SUSTRANS AWARD

Today Dave Wiggins, the Active Travel Officer for our area, came into school to present some of our P6 children with their National Standard Cycling certificates and also present our school with our SUSTRANS BRONZE AWARD for all the work we've done this year to promote sustainable travel. We want to thank all of our staff, parents and pupils for taking part in the various initiatives and challenges throughout this year.

The School ECO Council were delighted to be able to present Dave Wiggins with a small gift to go towards a charity that he is raising money for...by cycling 100 miles on an old road bike! This is just a little acknowledgment to all the work Dave has done with us.