Travel is the fourth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The Travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supported by the National Transport Authority. The ultimate aim of the theme is to increase the number of students walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport or carpooling on the way to school.
In May 2016 we were awarded our 4th Green Fag on the Travel Theme. You can read the news story here.
The Golden Boot Award was launced in 2015 and is given every month during a whole school assembly to the class who has made the best effort to travel to school by walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport. We want to ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates. We promote our WOW (Walk on Wednesdays) initiative to all pupils and parents, and monitor/audit the figures to come up with a winning class every month.
By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport), we hope to improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness. Furthermore, we will lessen the overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
Below are the safety tips from Green Schools Travel for walking to school
– Always be bright and be seen
– Always stay on pavements or footpaths
– Always use pedestrian crossings or lollipop wardens
– Always be responsible near roads
– Always remember the Safe Cross Code
– Always take care when crossing cycle lanes