School makes strides to a healthy future

Dave Wigans presents Bocombra Primary School with a certificate marking the schools participation in �"The Big Pedal�" campaign. The certificate is accepted by pupils Mike Flack and Kate Ward.  INPT1915-409
Dave Wigans presents Bocombra Primary School with a certificate marking the schools participation in �"The Big Pedal�" campaign. The certificate is accepted by pupils Mike Flack and Kate Ward. INPT1915-409
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A special outdoor celebration assembly was held recently to officially open a new bicycle shelter at Bocombra Primary School.

A couple of keen pupils cut the ribbon on the Department of Education funded shelter as pupils and staff were entertained by local student Jacob Bleakley on his unicycle.

Active Travel Officer, Dave Wiggins described how the school is progresing in terms of health and education.

He said, “During this school year Bocombra have been participating in the Sustrans Active Travel Programme and are making huge strides towards being one of the first schools in the ABC area to achieve their bronze award

“The health and learning benefits of pupils travelling actively are obvious and the reduction in traffic around the school is also an added benefit with less impact on the environment too.

The school has also benefitted recently from a new Tucan Crossing being installed as part of the Craigavon Community Greenway Scheme and this has provided a link to the traffic free walking and cycling greenway.

Active Travel Champion for the school, Mrs Craig explained the thinking behind the scheme.

She said, “We are trying to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to get to school on their own two feet or two wheels and have provided opportunities for them to do this by organising activities and events such as a ditch the dark day, on road cycle training, walk to school Wednesdays and monthly whole class active travel competitions where pupils have travelled on bicycles and scooters.

“The positive change is there for all to see with many more pupils now regularly walking, cycling or scooting to and from school, making the journey more enjoyable.”