A big thank you to pupils and parents from North Petherton, St Joseph’s, Wembdon St George’s, and Westover Green primaries for recently taking part in the first Bridgwater Schools Travel Challenge.

Every little step helps!
Schools went head-to-head in an effort to encourage pupils to walk, cycle or scoot all, or part of, their journey to school. Pupils recorded how they travelled to school using an online platform, scoring points for using more active modes. Each school’s overall score was logged every day for three weeks in a bid to be the travel challenge champions.

And the winner is…
Wembdon St George’s Primary School came top of the leaderboard, winning the £750 cash prize, although every school made a fantastic effort.

Jayne Pond, teacher and Communities Liaison, who coordinated the challenge at Wembdon St George’s said:

“The Travel Challenge was a great opportunity for our children to think about how they travelled to school each day, and the prize motivated them to travel more actively.

She added: “The visuals, including pie and bar charts showing proportion and numbers of children who travelled in different ways, were used in Maths lessons to compare totals and make comparisons and made classes and teachers competitive in a positive way!”

The children had a great time participating:

“It was exciting, I liked the pictures” – Mikey
“It was fun clicking the buttons” – Elise
“I liked it. No I loved it, especially winning” – Noah

Research shows that children who do some form of exercise, like walking or cycling, before school arrive more alert and ready to learn. This means happy children and happy teachers!

We look forward to more schools from across Bridgwater participating in next year’s challenge in September 2019. Getting involved couldn’t be simpler – if you’d like more information please contact Helen Bonner on helen.bonner@steergroup.com.