on Wednesday 18th May
Westport Walking “Carbon Buster” Bus Initiative
WOW! There was plenty of sunshine and smiles on the morning of the 13th of May in Westport! Over 250 pupils took part in 2 giant "Carbon Busting" walking buses along the Greenways to St. Colmcille's NS and Scoil Phadraig. The schools celebrated National WOW (Walk On Wednesday) Day. It was a really fun morning and an excellent achievement to all who took part. Lots of parents, pupils and teachers joined in the walking buses to school. The buses were full of colour with especially made banners, balloons and coloured hi vis vests. Some fun characters like Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo and the Westport Smarter Travel mascot Sir Walk-a-Lot were great company during the morning stroll. Each bus had a special driver and conductor to make sure the journeys ran smoothly.
"The event was a great success, lots of children and parents loved taking part in the walking buses and look forward to lots more walking on our greenways and streets to school"
Eva McIntyre, Westport Smarter Travel
“The walking bus was a brilliant idea and the sun was shining!”
Margaret Kennedy, a parent from St Colmcille’s NS
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Westport Smarter Travel Schools Review 2014/2015
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Westport Smarter Travel Mascot receives his new name!
The Westport Smarter Travel Mascot has been without a name since St. Patricks Day. A competition was open to the public to come up with a suitable name for the mascot . Over 200 entries were received with all sorts of fun names included. However, the winning name was submitted by Louise Murphy, 4th Class, Scoil Phadraig. The name incorporates the fun, fit and healthy aspects of Smarter Travel and on Friday last Louise met the mascot and officially crowned him Sir Walk-A-Lot! Thank you Louise for a great name and thanks to everyone that entered the competition and if you see Sir Walk-A-Lot out for a walk or cycle with his bag on his back make sure to give him a hi-five.
WST Limerick Competition
Westport Schools took part in the We love Westport Smarter Travel Limerick competition in the run up to Valentine's day. The judges had a very difficult time choosing winners from the 100's of entries received. Winners were chosen from each school and received a prize. All entries were put on display in the town library for March.
Walk to School Week
Westport pupils took part in National Walk to School Week from May 12th - 16th. Over 70% of pupils in some schools walked or used Park n' Stride to travel to school during the week. Check out the gallery here
Bike Week: Westport Bike Fun Day
Westport Primary Schools celebrated Bike Week with a Fun Bike Day. Over 150 pupils participated in the event. There was a sponge balance race, slow bike race, spud lolly race, Simon Says game, cycle circle game, bike quiz, unicycle demonstrations and try outs and face painting. Tesco provided refreshments of fruit and water for all pupils and teachers. The event ended with a mass cycle along the Greenway. A great day was had by all. The event was organised by Green Schools Travel Officer Eva Gannon and supported by the Westport Smarter Travel team including Noel Gibbons RSO.
Westport Smarter Travel
June was a very busy month for Westport Smarter travel Schools. Lots of events and activities took place. The first Follow On surveys were completed in Scoil Padraig, Quay NS, Holy Trinity and Gaelscoil Na Cruaiche. The surveys will be collated and graphed in July.
On Tuesday 11th June Eva Gannon completed Cycle training with 5th class as part of their Sports Week. On Sunday 9th of June Eva Gannon held a Westport Smarter Travel display in the Quay NS as part of their Family Fun event and raising of their 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity.
All schools participated in the Bike Fun Day to help celebrate and promote Bike Week. Hundreds of pupils cycled to school in Westport on National COW day. The event was a great success and it will run annually. Feedback from all pupils and teachers was very positive and they said it was the best event yet! On Friday 21st June – there was the opening of Northwood Greenway & family Fun event.
Sonia Inspires Students in The Sacred Heart School
The Sacred Heart School welcomed Sonia O’Sullivan to their school on Friday 3rd of May. Sonia was invited to Westport by Mayo Sports Partnership and Westport Smarter Travel. Sonia never heard of “Smarter Travel” before and she was very interested in the initiative. The visit started with Sonia meeting the Smarter Travel Committee, the Active Flag Committee and the Athletics teams from the school. Each committee briefed Sonia on what they have achieved in their school. Sonia stated that she practiced Smarter Travel while growing up in Cobh by walking and running to and from school and how this helped her fitness levels. She would run home at lunch time so she could enjoy the full hour break! Sonia stressed the importance of incorporating fitness into your daily routine by walking or cycling to school or work. Today Sonia walks with her daughter Sophie to school as much as possible and if they drive she parks a distance away from the school to get some exercise and fresh air. Sonia’s eldest daughter now gets the bus to school but used to walk to primary school. After meeting the committees Sonia went to the school gym where she got a very warm welcome by all staff and 600 students! Sonia gave a very inspirational talk about her career, achievements and the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Sonia was presented with flowers from the Student President and with a special Westport Smarter Travel T-Shirt from Ann Moore. Lots of students got photos and autographs from Sonia while she chatted to them. It was a wonderful occasion and really inspired students and staff to maintain their Smarter Travel habits and increase their participation in sport. The SHS are running an Active week this week so it was perfect timing to celebrate their event.
Rice College Cycle Training
Eva Gannon and Noel Gibbons gave cycle training to Third Years. It was a full one day initiative and 25 students were trained on and off road. The students completed training as part of their CSPE class and will then train all First Years on the 21st of March.
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