First WOW date for 2014 / 15 TBC
Children are encouraged to walk from the church to the school as part of our travel flag initiative. Parents who are not able to supervise their children walking to school should contact the KPA who will be available to help that morning. This date is provisional and will be weather permitting
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.
Participating schools set their own travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, park 'n' stride, carpooling or using public transport, which will ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates.
By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport), the schools will also 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 needed as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children's alertness. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
WOW - WALK ON WEDNESDAY OR WALK ONCE A WEEK:
WOW is a scheme which aims to promote walking to school on a regular basis. The scheme began in the UK and has been very successful with both primary and secondary schools. The idea behind the scheme is to dedicate one day a week to walking to school. Ideally schools promote walking to school on Wednesday, however if this isn't suitable schools can choose any day of the week once it's on a regular basis. The scheme is a great way to encourage children to walk and in turn it creates a walking culture within the school. If schools can't promote walking to school once a week they can hold a Walk Whenever day to increase awareness of walking amongst the school population.
KILCLOON'S WOW STATISTICS 2012 / 2013:
To date we have had approximately 6/7 WOW days and we hope to continue this on a monthly/bimonthly basis; this is very much weather dependant.
NOVEMBER 2011: 151 children out of the 196 children present parked at the church and walked to school and a large number also walked back to the church.
FEBRUARY 2012: 176 children out of a possible 203 parked at the church and walked to school
MARCH 2012: A total of 138 children parked and strode to school
OCTOBER 2012: 163 children parked and strode out of a possible 193, another 10 walked and 4 children cycled to school.
DECEMBER 2012: 166 children out of a possible 203 parked and strode on 5th December
MARCH 2013: 170 children out of a possible 188 children parked and strode on 6th December
On 20th of June 2012 we had our 'Action Day' which was also a 'WOW Wednesday'; on that day the Junior Infants gave a wonderful performance of 'Christopher Cricket' who had lost his 'bus' ticket. Sarah Fitzgerald from 'An Taisce' visited the school to congratulate the children and parents for all the effort they are putting into the 'travel flag' theme. A prize was presented to Gearoid and Morgan for their 'travel code' for Scoil Oilibhéir and to Lucy and Ava from Rang 2 for their lovely poem about walking to school. Sarah Fitzgerald will return to the school in September to conduct a second audit to compare with the initial one taken last October our application will be submitted on-line for our Travel Flag which occurs in March.
We have submitted our 12 page document to An Taisce, thanks to Ms. O'Connor Daly, and they will visit our school for the last time regarding the travel flag in January and we will then hopefully be on target to receive our Flag in March.
Bike maintenance classes are a good way to encourage children to use their bikes on the journey to school. Often children have bikes at home but are unable to fix a flat tire or attach their lights. By providing bike maintenance classes children gain new skills and will hopefully use their bikes regularly.
Kilcloon School held a bike maintenance workshop on February 27th 2012 which was very successful and helped the children who brought in their bikes to learn a great deal about maintaining them at home. Our thanks to the travel co-ordinator from An Taisce who ran the event for our school
The Golden Boot Challenge is a great way to promote alternative modes of transport on the school run. Students score points when they walk, cycle, carpool, park n ride or use public transport to school. The challenge is a great way to start some friendly competition amongst classes and the challenge can be run every month. The class with the highest score is awarded the coveted Golden Boot Award for their efforts. Boots awarded for the current academic year 2012/2013:
SEPTEMBER: Senior Infants
OCTOBER: Junior Infants
NOVEMBER: 3rd Class
DECEMBER: 1st Class
JANUARY: 1st Class
FEBRUARY: 1st Class
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