Hampshire County Council celebrated October International Walk to School Month, at The Great Hall Winchester, with children and teachers from St Bede’s Church of England Primary School.
400 children put together a giant mosaic comprising of nearly 500 tiles, created by twelve schools throughout Hampshire over the past month, as part of an art project to celebrate International Walk to School Month.
The mosaic revealed the number of fewer car journeys made to school each morning in Hampshire, compared to ten years ago, a total of 20,400.
St Bede’s C of E Primary School, from Winchester, has excelled in promoting sustainable travel to parents and pupils and through their efforts the school has now improved their walk to school rate from 60% five years ago, to 90% in 2014.
To mark this significant achievement a group of Year six children and the Headteacher, Louise Fitzpatrick, received a National silver Modeshift STARs award on behalf of the school, from Cllr Seán Woodward.
Cllr Seán Woodward Executive Member for Economy, Transport & Environment said: “Pupils, parents and teachers at St Bede’s have worked extremely hard over the years to travel to school without and car and it is encouraging to see increased walking rates, which will not only help tackle local congestion at busy times for residents and businesses in the area, but will also provide safer routes for pedestrians commuting to school. Walking, cycling or scooting to school is fun and helps children stay healthy and fit.”
Head teacher: “St Bede’s has really enjoyed participating in this project and contributing to the bigger picture in Hampshire. Getting the children to understand the impact of car use on their environment has encouraged them to think about how they travel and paid dividends for our school run.”
Hampshire has bucked the national trend in how children travel to school. According to the National Travel Survey 2013*, the numbers of children walking to school nationally are only 42%. In Hampshire, this figure rises to 52%.
Schools participating in creating the mosiac:
- Abbott’s Ann Primary
- Bramley Primary School
- Church Crookham Junior
- Tweseldown Infant School
- Wickham Primary School
- Merton Junior School
- Wildground Infants
- Aldworth School (secondary)
- Queens Inclosure Primary
- Fryern Junior School
- St Thomas More’s Catholica VA Primary
- St Bede’sCofE Primary