Walk to School (WOW Challenge)
To help keep all children active and engaged, 'Living Streets' are creating free resources and activities. The activity this week is all about exploring your local area safely. The resource features two outdoor activities, eye-spy for the little ones and a snap happy one for older children, plus one special indoor challenge. Discover your local area whilst out on your daily walk and share your thoughts, snaps and videos on social media using #walkingfromhome and tagging @livingstreets. They'd love to know what you are discovering on your walks, finding parts you didn’t know before, or perhaps different routes to get you around. See below for the 'Discover-final' scavenger hunt.
What is the WOW Challenge?
This is an initiative run by the charity 'Living Streets'. Children and families are really putting their best foot forward with children walking to school as part of the WOW challenge, actively travelling to school – that’s walking, biking, scooting, or Park & Striding.
Children simply record how they get to school on the online WOW Travel Tracker each day and those who walk, scoot, cycle or Park & Stride at least three times per week for the month are rewarded with a themed badge, with a different badge each week.
The benefits are numerous for actively travelling to school:
- Instils life long healthy habits - encourages pupils and families to swap the daily ride for a daily stride and get some exercise.
- Reduces congestion outside the school gates with on average 30% fewer cars.
- Improves road safety at the school gates - thanks to the drop in car usage around the school.
- Promotes healthy mental wellbeing - improving behaviour and concentration levels in class.
- Family and friends time - it’s a great time for talking with your children and for the older children time to chat with their friends on the way to school.
- Independence - WOW builds healthy habits and road safety skills for life.
For families that live too far away to walk the whole way, or have onward travel to work, don’t forget that the Park & Stride site is the Huntsman Pub on Westerleigh Road, under a 10 minute walk from school. Alternatively, park anywhere else in the 5 -10 minute zone around the school, look at the Park & Stride Zone Map on the Travel Page of our website.
Modeshift Bronze Award!
St Augustine's has just been awarded the Bronze award from Modeshift, in recognition of our walk to school work, scooter, cycle and pedestrian training. A big thank you to Mrs Scott who leads this area and the children too, for being so active!
Parking safely near, and around school
You may have seen the school markings and yellow lines have been refreshed around the school entrance to ensure it is clear from cars and reduce the congestion around the school gates.
The Highway Code states that you should not wait, or park, on yellow lines. The double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time, and you must not wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on the school entrance markings.
In addition, do not stop or park in front of an entrance to a property, or on a bend which can restrict both pedestrian and other car users vision. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
By ensuring everyone abides by the above your children can have a safe and pleasant journey to school. If you see a vehicle that is illegally parked you can report it by emailing ParkLegally@southglos.gov.uk or telephone 01454 868000 during office hours.
- parking on double yellow lines
- parking on a single yellow line when restrictions are in place
- parking over a dropped tactile kerb or any dropped kerb on a pedestrian footpath
The police should be contacted on 101 for:
- parking on the pavement