Thames Ditton Pupils Walk to School Week

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By stlawrence2 | Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 10:02

Pupils from Thames Ditton Infants School, aged 4 to 7, were encouraged to use their own energy to get to school from the 6th February for a week. Walking, cycling and scooting were promoted as eco friendly ways to reach the school gates without polluting the environment. On the 9th February, children, their parents and carers joined teachers in a special playground 'Wake and Shake' event.

Every morning children at Thames Ditton Infant School join their teachers for ten minutes of invigorating and fun dance style exercise in the playground. The 'Wake and Shake' sessions are designed to get children prepared for the day ahead and add to the school's commitment to providing a healthy environment. The special 'Wake and Shake' event on 9th February pictured above involved parents and carers, all the teaching staff and lasted for 30 minutes.   

As part of its Green Flag status, Thames Ditton Infant School promotes ecologically friendly initiatives throughout the year which help to educate children about the environment and how to play a part in protecting it.  From onsite paper recycling bins, to water conservation tubs, the children and teachers are continually looking for ways to make the school as sustainable as possible.

Head Teacher, Mrs McCallum-Allen said:


"It has been brilliant seeing so many of our parents join us for our Wake and Shake morning exercises, I hope they all enjoyed themselves. I am so pleased to see so many of our families making the effort to walk, scoot or cycle to school. It is not only an opportunity to emphasis with pupils that we want to reduce our CO2 admissions but also to how important exercise is. Well done to everyone who participated!"


In addition to being an ECO school, Thames Ditton Infant School has also been given the government's Healthy Schools Award. Boasting a grass playing field, fully equipped playground and environmental garden, pupils at the school are given many opportunities to get outdoor exercise.  Throughout the year children are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school as part of their daily fitness routines and included in the curriculum children in Year 2 are also taken for swimming lessons at the Colet's swimming pool.



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