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Post card challenge

Eva Gannon came to Holy Trinity School. We made post cards about coming to school. Emily won and Saskia came in second place. We all got  stickers  and Tom, Daisy, Darragh and Sean  got badges for walking everyday. Robert won the postcard in the senior room.  

By Daniel, Daisy and Tom.

2009, Working Towards our 4th Green Flag for Travel                                  

Holy Trinity school has been awarded 3 Green Flags by An Taisce.
These green flags are a celebration of all we do to protect the environment. Each flag focused on a different theme.
1) Litter and Waste
2) Energy
3) Water
All of these efforts must be maintained and we are now planning to begin working towards the Travel flag.

Our car dependence is reflected in our children's travel patterns, with school-related congestion becoming a significant problem in Ireland.
The figures speak for themselves:
Percentage of Primary and Secondary school pupils travelling to school
2002 1981
Car 42% 16%
Walk 26% 41%
Cycling 2% 7%

How can we work towards earning the travel flag?

At school
Transport, traffic, road safety, bus safety, climate change, health and fitness are some of the topics which will be covered in many of our SESE, SPHE, maths, art and PE lessons over the coming months.

At home
In order to play our part in improving our environment we are encouraging every family to consider travelling to school in a more sustainable way.

WOW days (Walk on Wednesday)
We want every child to make an effort to travel to school sustainably on Wednesdays (beginning on February 25th).

Please consider some of the following sustainable options
" Take the bus to school
" Walk to school
" Car pool (share a lift)
" Park n' stride ( drive part , walk part of your journey)

Park n' stride
As many children attending Holy Trinity NS live more than 2km from school this may be an option you will consider.
E.g. If you are travelling in the leenane Rd you could park at the Octagon and walk to school.
If you travel in the Castlebar Rd consider parking at Fr. Angelus Park .
If you travel in the Newport Rd consider parking at King Hill or Deer Park East.

Clearly safety is the major concern for everyone, so if you are considering any of the walking options parents will need to accompany all young and inexperienced walkers.
On balance it is hoped that the health and environmental benefits will out weigh any negatives.

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