In Esker ETNS we have launched W.O.W (Walk on Wednesday) for a second year! On WOW days students are encouraged to walk, cycle and scoot. These are all the sustainable ways of travelling to school and emit no greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Sustainable travel uses no fossil fuels. If your house is too far away you can park and stride. You park your car close to the school then walk the rest of the way. While all of this is only for one day, it encourages our students to do this for the other days of the week and slowly it will become a habit to walk to school. Now, you might be thinking, what is it is raining, then how do you expect me to come to school in a sustainable way? Well, our motto for that is "There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes". On Wednesdays, our Green School members come around to every single class taking a survey to see how many people came to school by foot, bike or scooter. The class with the highest points wins the Golden Boot award. We check for improvements every single week and we have noticed the bike and scooter rack getting fuller each week. Studies have shown that the air quality around schools during drop off and collection time is really poor. This is why we have launched our "No idling" campaign. We are asking parents to switch off their engines when sitting idle in the car. Especially during drop off and collection time. CO2 is emitted from running engines which ends up in our noses and lungs.
Remember WOW and No Idling By Hakan 5th Green
We have seven steps to compete to get our Travel Flag.
This theme aims to increase the number of students walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport or carpooling to school.
Step 1: Green-Schools Committee Who sits on your Green-Schools committee? How often does your committee meet? Upload an example of minutes taken from one of your Green-Schools committee meetings.
Step 2: Environmental Review Provide us with details of your Environmental Review. This includes actions such as carrying out travel surveys; undertaking walkability and cycleability audits and surveying traffic.
Step 3: Action Plan Please upload your current Action Plan with quantifiable targets (eg. 10% increase in students walking to school) where applicable. Remember to include future targets/planned actions alongside present and past actions. A template for your action plan can be downloaded from the Resources section of the Green-Schools website.
Step 4: Monitoring and Evaluation Describe how you monitor and evaluate progress for the Travel Theme and maintain the Litter & Waste, Energy and Water themes. In this section you are also asked to compare the percentage of journeys taken to school using various modes in years one and two and report on the number of WOW/COW/SOW days held.
Step 5: Curriculum Links Please give the ages/school years of students involved in curriculum work and information on the topic or subject areas addressed. You can find a template to upload your curriculum links information in the resources section on our website.
Step 6: Informing and Involving Describe your Day of Action. How is the whole school informed of and involved in the Green-Schools programme. How is the wider community informed of and involved in the Green-Schools programme?
Step 7: Green Code Please reproduce your school’s Green Code. Describe how the Green Code was agreed and how it has been integrated into school life.