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Walk to School Week – 10th to 14th June 2019

As part of our Wellbeing Week in school next week, we will be taking part in the Living Streets ‘Five Day Walking Challenge’. The challenge is aimed at raising the profile of walking to school as a way of improving the wellbeing of the whole family, as well as benefiting the local community through reducing traffic pollution and congestion

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Walk to School Week – 10th to 14th June 2019

As part of our Wellbeing Week in school next week, we will be taking part in the Living Streets ‘Five Day Walking Challenge’.  The challenge is aimed at raising the profile of walking to school as a way of improving the wellbeing of the whole family, as well as benefiting the local community through reducing traffic pollution and congestion.  The aim of the challenge is to encourage families to walk to school every day for one week.  If you have to travel to school by car because you live out of the village, please plan to park further away from the school than usual – maybe down by the church, at the Village Hall or even on the car park by the chip shop – and then walk in to school.

We intend to introduce the idea to the children in assembly later this week.  Each child will be given an activity diary on Friday, with challenges and games to complete throughout the week.  Daily stickers will be given out in class next week for those children who have walked to school or walked further from the car.  The children will track the numbers in their class each day who walk to school on a large poster and there will be a prize for the class with the most walkers at the end of the week.  Special stickers and badges will be given out on Friday to all of those children who walk every day and complete all of the challenges in their activity diary.

 

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Here is a copy of the Living Streets ‘Family Walk to School Kit’.  This is a really helpful guide for parents to support where you are on your walk to school journey; sharing ideas, offering support, and giving you tools to make walking to school a safe and realistic choice from where you live.

 

 

 

 


Happy Shoes Day – Monday, 10th June 2019

To kick off our Walk to School Week in style please join in with Happy Shoes Day on Monday, 10th June.  Happy Shoes Day is an annual fundraising event for primary schools organised by Living Streets, the UK charity which works to promote everyday walking and safer, walkable streets.

Children are invited to wear their happy shoes and walk to school or park and walk further from the car. Happy shoes can be anything from trainers or wellies to slippers or their own creatively changed-up shoes – add different laces, sparkles, beads, wings or stickers!  Please make sure that the happy shoes chosen are safe, suitable and comfortable for school.  We’re looking forward to a really fun way to educate the children about road safety and the benefits of walking every day. If you would like to make a contribution to this important road safety charity, please bring in a £1 voluntary donation on the day.  Download a template for the children to turn their shoes into shoe-per-heroes at: www.livingstreets.org.uk/happyshoesday.  Return these designs to school next week as there will be prizes for the best entries in each year group.


We really hope that you will support us with this important initiative.  It would be great if families were able to use the challenge as a way of making a difference to their long-term daily walking habits for the benefit both their wellbeing and the local environment.

Kind regards

Helen Ashe
Headteacher