Primary and secondary schools across Jersey have embraced a new initiative that began this week, encouraging children to travel to school in a healthier and more sustainable way.
Pupils and teachers have organised a range of innovative activities for the ECO-ACTIVE Walk to School Fortnight, which culminates in a Schools Green Travel Day supported by HSBC on Friday 27th May.
Primary schools are participating in a variety of ways, including:
• Plat Douet and Grouville are running walking buses to school throughout the two-week period, collecting children en-route so they can walk together safely. In addition, teachers at Plat Douet have also committed to travel to school on foot, bike or bus wherever possible.
• All pupils at St Peter’s are being allowed to wear their PE kits to make walking and cycling easier. They will also be enjoying a range of activities focusing on healthy and active travel.
• Janvrin is making use of class resources provided by ECO-ACTIVE, logging how pupils travel to school and how long it takes them to walk, so they can make long-term reductions in traffic at drop-off and pick-up times.
• Parents of pupils at Trinity are being allowed to park at the RJA & HS so they can walk to school together through the Petit Pres Woods Nature trail.
• And it’s not just walking… St Martin’s are running their cycle proficiency training over the next two weeks so that their year six class can cycle in on Green Travel Day.
In addition, students from Jersey College for Girls, Les Quennevais and Victoria College are taking part in a ‘Free Your Feet’ challenge, a competitive national initiative that encourages schools across the UK to increase the number of students walking to school.
Senator Freddie Cohen, Minister for Planning and Environment who spearheads the ECO-ACTIVE campaign, said:
“Now that the Walk to School Fortnight is under way, it’s clear to see that the response from schools, both primary and secondary, has been overwhelming. It’s great that so many schools are encouraging participation whilst also creating educational opportunities about the environmental, health and social benefits of walking and cycling to school.”
Nigel Hair, Chief Technology and Services Officer, HSBC Bank International, added:
“HSBC has worked in partnership with Eco-Active to help make Jersey’s roads safer and greener for a number of years now, so it’s fantastic to see the mounting enthusiasm there is for green travel initiatives from teachers, pupils and parents. Witnessing the range of creative and innovative activities organised by the schools over the coming weeks will be fascinating and I’m really looking forward to the Green Travel Day later this month.”