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Below you will find the latest news from Modeshift STARS and Suffolk Roadsafe. 
Look out for the Modeshift STARS accreditation symbol in the top corner of certain posts. If you see this it means an accreditation is available to get you one step closer to your next STARS award. There will be details on how you can unlock these accreditations within the post, however if you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact one of the Active Travel Officers at The Way To Go Suffolk. The team are there to help and support you and your school with your Modeshift STARS account.
schooltravelplans@suffolk.gov.uk 

Big Walk & Wheel
 
Sustrans Big Pedal is back but it's got a new name. Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s largest inter-school walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling challenge. It aims to inspire hundreds of thousands of pupils to get active on the school run. This year's challenge will take place from 21 March to 1 April 2022.

All resources have been designed to be interactive, fun and flexible to ensure as many pupils as possible can take part. The Amazing Journeys theme will encourage pupils to see their local area from a new perspective whilst learning about the benefits of active travel. Active journeys taken from home or physical activity completed at home counts as one journey in the challenge for pupils learning remotely. 

Not only is it completely free to participate but there are daily prize draws for all schools who are signed up. Taking part in the Big Walk and Wheel will also earn your school a Modeshift STARS accreditation to get you one step closer to your next award.

Click the link below if your school are interested in taking part in Big Walk and Wheel.
Register Now
Earn Your First Award

Be Safe. Be Seen.

It’s a familiar message, but still one that gets overlooked by children (and adults!).

Many of our Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) have been busy making sure that it’s not overlooked in their school or community.   

One school that have been especially active on this topic is Gislingham CEVCP School and especially Eamon, Iris, Thomas, Neve, James and Ellie.

The pupils there have been putting their JRSO prizes to good use, running poster competitions.  Other activities by this enthusiastic team  include their JRSOs contributing to the school newsletter and website and getting an article published in ‘The Messenger’ the local Parish Magazine, a great achievement and brilliant way of sharing this important message within their community. 

Other JRSO schools’ activities include taking part in non-uniform ‘Brightness Days’ where pupils (and staff) dress up in their most colourful, reflective and fluorescent clothing! 

We have JRSO schools that have managed to get some of their posters up on noticeboards in supermarkets, local shops and village noticeboards. They have also made sure they remind cyclists the importance of working lights and clean reflectors and even given a mention to horse riders and pet owners (there are some great reflective collars and dog coats about!)  

So once more our Suffolk JRSOs are doing a great job brightening up their communities and keeping everyone safe. 

If your primary school would like more information on joining the Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme please contact ann.battershill@suffolkhighways.org  

         
Keep Moving Suffolk - Walk to School Week challenge (16th - 20th May)
 
Join over 100 Suffolk primary schools who took part in last year’s Keep Moving Suffolk walk to school week challenge and receive a package of fantastic FREE resources (Visual) to encourage and inspire your parents, pupils, and teachers to all get active and walk to school.
 
Just a few of the comments we received from teachers last year  
 
“Thank you, a great resource and encouraged children to take part, even if it was raining!!!”
“The children enjoyed filling in the cards. Helping them to be Active on their walks.”
“The children enjoyed the resources, and it is a super way to have them involved and thinking about the benefits of walking to school”
“Positive feedback from both pupils and parents regarding the week and the benefits of walking to school. It was also noted by parents how much quieter the road was outside of school at drop off and pick up times. For the week we had 86% of pupils walking, scooting, and cycling, which is a fantastic achievement and prompted healthy lifestyle choices.”

Plus this year we are rewarding one lucky school brand new playground equipment worth up to £1000. Find out how to win by clicking the link below.
 
To register your school for the FREE resources and to join the many schools who took part last year, simply click on the following link, it’s that simple!
Sign Up Now

SCP Praise

It is often the case that the only time we get to hear about a school Crossing Patrol (SCP) is when something bad happens. However, recently we received a message from a member of the public who had gone out of their way to contact the council to say well done and thank you! We all love receiving praise, and on this occasion, it was directed toward Nigel for doing his job well every day come rain or shine. He tells me that he just tries to make it work, without upsetting too many people, bit of a balancing act sometimes!

Across the county we have approaching 60 patrols who operate each morning and afternoon. They all do their best every day.   

If you have a patrol working near your school maybe you would like to tell us how they make a difference to your day? We like to get good news stories to share! 

#schoolcrossingpatrol #scp Twitter:@suffolkroadsafe 

Road Worker Heroes

Thank you to all the many schools who sent entries for our Primary schools ‘Road Worker Heroes’ Poster Competition during Road Safety Week. 

We had so many fantastic posters sent in, it was hard to choose only 3 winning schools!   

However, we have now chosen our winners: 

North Area - JENNA from Corton CEVCP School 

South Area - LUCY from Stratford St. Mary Primary School 

West Area - TED from Norton CEVCP School 

With so much interest in our Road Worker Heroes topic we are pleased to offer all schools the chance of an online or in-person visit from members of the Highways Team to tell children more about the work they do and how we can all help to keep everyone safe around road works. The 30 minute presentation is available for all primary schools. 

To book your session or find out more details please contact:  ann.battershill@suffolkhighways.org 

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We are offering FREE scooter or cycle pods to all schools who achieve their next award on Modeshift STARS. Not signed up to Modeshift? No worries! Get in touch with the Active Travel Team today and we'll help you get started. All Schools who complete their initial survey within 4 weeks of registering will also receive a scooter / cycle pod totally free of charge!

For more information and to find out how close your school are to receiving their pod, contact the Active Travel Team:  schooltravelplans@suffolk.gov.uk
Schools across Suffolk are being asked to show off their creative skills to help people understand the dangers of air pollution. Primary school students can create a comic strip explaining how fellow pupils, teachers and parents can take action to make the environment around their school better for everyone. Alternatively your school could come together to create one video to highlight the actions you can take for cleaner, safer air. Both primary and secondary schools are welcome to submit a video entry to be in with the chance of winning a range of prizes.

Prizes include: Scooter pods and £200 towards new school equipment. 

For more information or to submit your entry please email:
suffolkroadsafe@suffolkhighways.org

Closing Date: Monday 23rd May 2022
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