Please meet our new Junior Travel Ambassadors. Last year's JTA did an amazing job at keeping the bike sheds tidy, organising safety activities and, most importantly, making sure that the children can safely cross the road outside school in the mornings. We are very proud of our JTA set up and hope that the new team will be as enthusiastic and responsible as their predecessors.
Modeshift Stars - Bronze Award received - March 2023
A huge congratulations to Miss Blyth and Miss Allan who have successfully gained us our Bronze Modeshift STARS Award. This shows we have a GOOD travel plan in place to support our children and community. Modeshift STARS is the Centre of Excellence for the delivery of Effective Travel Plans in Education, Business and Community settings. The scheme recognises schools, businesses and other organisations that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel. We are really pleased to achieve this Bronze award so soon after achieving the first accreditation (Green) last year.
We were very proud to appear as a case study in the Norfolk County Council's promotion of their Safer School Run Pledge this September. The case study highlights the amazing work that Miss Blyth and her Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) did throughout 2022-23 to help promote safer ways to travel to and from school as well as helping to improve parking around the school. See below for the information sent out to other schools to help The aim of the Safe School Run Pledge is to keep children safe when they travel to and from school.
The safe school run pledge is an effective strategy to support with:
1. Tackling parking challenges and promoting responsible parking.
2. Encourage more active travel by encouraging parents who can, to park further away from the school gates.
3. Improving the local school environment with air quality and creating less congested roads directly outside the school gates.
The school-led scheme offers flexibility in delivery, with advice support and guidance from the Norfolk Road Safety Partnership which includes the County Council Road Safety Team, Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.
The Case Study on Horsford Primary School, highlights how they successfully launched the Safe School Run Pledge which has had a positive impact on behaviours and attitudes towards parking around the school and creating a safer environment outside the school gates.
During worship last week our Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) explained that they would like to hold a Bike/Scoot to School Week at both sites next week (10th-14th July). They would like to encourage as many children as possible to make the most of our lovely weather and fresh air and bike or scoot to school.
In addition to this, they explained that there will also be two competitions running.
Decorate your Helmet: Children are encouraged to decorate their helmets in a Decorate Your Helmet challenge. Some ideas are pictured below.
Golden Lock: Every day, one lucky child will find that their bike or scooter has been locked with a golden padlock. When they find their bike is locked, they must go to the office where they will be given a key. Once unlocked, they will then find Miss Blyth (Mill Lane) or Miss Allan ( Holt Road ) who will give them a prize. The JTA look forward to seeing as many children (and staff) biking or scooting to school as possible!
This week has been Bike or Scoot to School Week, and we have seen a great turnout of children getting lots of exercise and fresh air on two wheels! The Golden Locks have been met with great enthusiasm and the children have all been looking out for the locks and congratulating one another on finding them. Well done to the ten lucky children who found the locks on their bikes this week.
This week has been our Walk To School Week. Unfortunately, the weather has not been kind, but well done to those that braved the rain, wind, sleet and snow to walk, bike or scoot to school this week!
To promote Walk To School Week, we have been running a competition to design the ideal trainer to walk in. We've had a great response from the children across both sites and judging the winners was very difficult. The Junior Travel Ambassadors looked at all the designs and came up with winners from each year group, they particularly liked designs that showed imagination.
Well done to all that entered and particularly our eventual winners: Year 1 - Isla Sadler Year 2- Jaden Brock Year 3 - Lauren Payne Year 4 - Jessica Lee Year 5 - William Stannard Year 6 - Charlie Whittred