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Harpenden pupils roll into school on scooters and bikes for Walk to School Week

PUBLISHED: 13:39 06 June 2019

Cllr Annie Brewster visited Sauncey Wood Primary School during Walk to School Week. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

Cllr Annie Brewster visited Sauncey Wood Primary School during Walk to School Week. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

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Harpenden children had a wheelie good time rolling into school on their scooters and bikes.

Buster the Steposaurus with Sauncey Woodd Primary School pupils on Wheelie Wednesday.Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolBuster the Steposaurus with Sauncey Woodd Primary School pupils on Wheelie Wednesday.Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

Pupils at Sauncey Wood Primary School were encouraged to bring in their bikes, scooters, skateboards and rollerskates for a special Wheelie Wednesday.

More than 70 youngsters took the opportunity to ride to and from school and during breaktimes.

The children were also greeted by the Herts County Council (HCC) active travel mascot Buster the Steposaurus when they arrived at school.

Headteacher Steve Lloyd said: "Part of my responsibility as headteacher is ensuring that we educate our children to be the best they can be, including being healthy and active people.

Buster the Steposaurus with a pupil on Wheelie Wednesday. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolBuster the Steposaurus with a pupil on Wheelie Wednesday. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

"We provide both our children and their families many opportunities to be involved in being active and taking part in sport, learning the all-round benefits it can bring."

This initiative was brought to the school to help families get out of their cars on the school run and to reduce congestion on Pickford Hill.

It was timed to coincide with Walk to School Week from May 20 to 24, in which all the weekdays had their own theme - Moving Monday, Trainer Tuesday, Wheelie Wednesday, Follow Me Thursday, and Fitness Friday.

Cllr Annie Brewster visited Sauncey Wood Primary School during Walk to School Week. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolCllr Annie Brewster visited Sauncey Wood Primary School during Walk to School Week. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

On Follow Me Thursday, pupils were encouraged to make the school journey with a friend or group.

Following Walk to School Week, the pupils will be urged to continue walking, scooting or cycling in anticipation of Clean Air Day on June 20.

Deputy executive member for public health and prevention at HCC, Cllr Annie Brewster, was invited to Sauncey Wood on Friday morning to join in with the activities.

She said: "I love the fact Sauncey Wood has blown open the Walk to School Week and added an additional active theme each day.

Buster the Steposaurus with headteacher Steve Lloyd on Wheelie Wednesday. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolBuster the Steposaurus with headteacher Steve Lloyd on Wheelie Wednesday. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

"I am so impressed with their creative thinking and making keeping fit fun.

"I was lucky to experience Fitness Friday with them and enjoyed learning from the pupils how to shape up on their cool playground gym equipment."

Last year Sauncey Wood Primary School opened a Daily Mile track on its school field, and since then pupils have run around the course five times each weekday. This adds up to a mile jog five times a week.

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