2 October 2015

Children from Sheffield schools will be stepping out over the next two weeks to show that walking to school can be fun as well as healthy.

The walks are part of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 Day Active Travel Challenge starting next week.

Primary school pupils from Whiteways (Monday 5th), Waterthorpe Infant/ Emmanuel Junior (Tuesday 6th) and Watercliffe Meadows (Wednesday 7th) will be setting the pace by showing it’s fun to walk to school. They will be joined by performers from the popular Green Top Circus, who will walk with the children and entertain them once they arrive safely at school.

Helen Stokes, head teacher at Waterthorpe Nursery Infant School said: “We are all excited to be hosting one of the Green Top Circus walk to school events and to be part of the 10 Day Active Travel Challenge. I am sure the children will be keen to learn some new skills and many of the children will be encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school more often in the future.”

Pupils from Oasis Watermead Academy will take on a pirate theme as they set sail on a Histrionics hosted walk to school on Thursday 15 October. Leaving Herries Road next to the Devonshire Arms at 8.20am, they will arrive at school in time for registration and then have a themed interactive assembly at the school linking pirates to walking to school.

Councillor Terry Fox, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: “We wanted to make these fun events to encourage greater participation by many more parents and their children. It will not only be much healthier for those taking part, but also help to reduce the amount of traffic on local roads at peak times of the day, and reduce pollution levels in our city.

“It is important that children learn some road safety awareness before they transfer to secondary school, when they will normally begin travelling to school alone. We have targeted the schools in areas with higher levels of road accidents amongst young people and hope this will result in fewer road accidents in the future.”

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Notes for editors:
Whiteways (S4 8EX) walk to school (5 October) – begins at 8.10am from Rushby Street via Earl Marshal Road, arriving at school on Whiteways Road at 8.35am.
Waterthorpe NI/Emmanuel Junior (S20 7JU) walk to school (6 October) – begins at Owlthorpe Greenway at 8.15am via Thorpe Drive to the schools at 8.35am.
Watercliffe Meadows (S5 7HL) walk to school (7 October) – begins at 8.20am from Busk Meadow through the park to the school on Boynton Road at 8.35am.
Oasis Watermead Academy (S5 8RN) walk to school (15 October) – begins at 8.20am from Devonshire Arms on Herries Road, arriving at school for registration and then interactive assembly on pirates theme.

Green Top Circus:
Greentop is a hub for circus arts education in the North of England. Greentop uses circus arts to transform lives and bring about positive social and individual change.
Some fascinating Greentop facts:
•Greentop’s Community Circus Centre is the only circus centre in the Yorkshire region including the only custom-fitted trapeze rig in the region.
•Greentop runs the UK’s foremost Circus Arts full time foundation course in the UK
•Greentop was established in the 1990’s through hard work by local circus artists including Swamp Circus, and by Anneka Rice’s TV makeover programme Challenge Anneka.
•In a typical year, Greentop works with over 6,000 children and young people, and over 21,000 people are taught circus skills at our classes or see our performers in action!
Greentop is a driving force for circus arts education in the North of England. We believe that circus skills can be a tool to improve people’s lives and help bring about positive social change- and that’s just what we’ve been doing for the past two decades.
For more information visit: http://www.greentop.org/

Histrionics:
At Histrionics we pride ourselves in being able to make a present of the past. Bringing history to life with live performance, stage combat and interactive workshops.
Histrionics will bring pirates of the past to life using the skills and drama talents of the pupils and show the importance of staying active. (www.allthehistory.com )