Gardiner Street Convent School put their best green foot forward and launched their weekly WOW Days (Walk on Wednesdays) on the 21st November. It was a great success and up to 97% of pupils and parents made a huge effort to leave their cars at home on the day.
The school’s new walking initiative encourages pupils, parents and teachers to walk or park ‘n‘ stride to school every Wednesday to kick-start a greener and healthier approach to travel on the school journey.
Pupils wore their hi-visibility vests to school and showed great support for our first WOW day. Those who walked, cycled, car-pooled, got the bus or used park n’ stride placed a green leaf on our ‘Green Tree’ and got a special green travel sticker. Anyone who came by car placed a brown leaf on the tree but of course there weren’t many brown leaves on the Green Tree!
In preparation for the launch of the school’s WOW days, Pupils learned about road safety, the benefits of walking to school and carried out travel surveys. The school’s Green-Schools Committee also carried out a ‘walk-ability audit’ of the local area to assess the safety of walking routes to the school.
The WOW day launch is an important step for the school towards their fourth Green Flag from An Taisce for the theme of sustainable travel. Gardiner Street Convent School is looking forward to creating a culture of using sustainable travel for the school journey.