School Travel Plan News
'We are pleased to inform you that Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that your school has achieved 2017 Gold STARS (Sustainable Travel; Active, Responsible, Safe) accreditation. This is in recognition of all of the wonderful work you and your school has completed as part of your School Travel Plan to encourage safer and more sustainable travel and reduce car use.'
The Junior Travel Ambassadors held an assembly about Road Safety Week in November where they discussed how to cycle and walk to and from school safely. Children were taught how to safely cross main roads and how reflective clothing will help them be seen by other pedestrians and motorists. Another serious point that was discussed was the importance of children not using their mobile phones when crossing roads. Children must be aware of what is around them whilst crossing and should never be distracted by their screens or on the phone.
Year 3 will be taking part in Bikeability in the Spring term where they will have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike and develop their ‘safe-cycling’ skills.
Safe travel during COVID-19
Travelling while social distancing – important reminders:
One parent/ carer should do the school run, and should avoid mingling at the school gates. The safest and healthiest way to travel is outdoors: on foot, by bike or scooter. When travelling and dropping off/picking up, try to keep 2m away from other people. Everyone should consider all other forms of transport before using public transport. If public transport is unavoidable, as well as keeping your hands and face as clean as possible you might choose to wear a non-medical face covering. As of June 15th wearing face coverings is now mandatory on all public transport.
Consider walking and cycling if you can:
Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Many families have been enjoying walking, running, scooting and cycling as part of their daily exercise. It’s a great opportunity to keep this going when schools go back. Many of us have experienced how we can maintain distance from others while travelling actively, including making use of the quieter roads.
Anti-Idling campaign 2019
As Garden Suburb Junior and Infants are sustainable and active travel schools, we are working hard to improve the quality of air around our school in order to protect our health. Last week we undertook a survey to see just how many cars were idling outside the school gates. The number was significantly high, particularly during 8:45am and 9:00am.
In order to prevent this from happening, we have decided to run our very own anti-idling campaign. Our school will establish a No Idling Zone to improve air quality and create a healthier environment for students, teachers and parents. This zone is an area where all vehicle owners are asked to turn their engines off whilst they wait. So, if you are going to be sitting still for more than 30 seconds, please remember to turn your car’s engine off. You will not only improve our air, you will also save money in fuel and vehicle wear and tear costs!
Our JTAs have been working incredibly hard to promote an anti-idling environment. Please support our children during our campaign on Monday 2nd December at 3-3:15 by the green by not idling your cars. Idling harms our health and especially affects children, who breathe more and at a faster rate than adults. Please turn off your engines and stop polluting our air!