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Free Your Feet Challenge


During the week 29th February to 4th March all Year 7 and 8 students were given the chance to take up the “Free Your Feet Challenge” offered by Living Streets. The idea behind this challenge is to encourage students to walk to school if possible. Students were introduced to the challenge with an assembly explaining the benefits that walking has for a person’s health and wellbeing. Walking is not only good for your physical health but has been shown to improve your mood, give you a chance to talk to friends as well as reduce the air pollution that would be created if travelling in a vehicle. All students who took on the challenge had a chance to win one of 3 prizes of £25, £15 or £10 by simply filling in a postcard with the totals of their walking for the week.

The prize winners were:

£25   Callie Thornley-Veal 8EV

£15    Cassie Rivers 8WT

£10   Caitlyn Jennings 7SW



In addition to this challenge the Eco Group carried out a survey of 10 teachers and 10 students to see who walked the furthest during the course of a school day. Each were given a pedometer provided by living streets and asked to record the number of steps from 8.40am until 3.15pm. The results were really interesting. On average the teachers walked 6754 steps whereas the students averaged 3760 steps in the same time. Perhaps not surprisingly Mrs Slater, Mr Healey, Mr Bryant and Mrs Austin all walked over 8000 steps. The furthest walked however, was by Miss Shuttleworth with a massive 11,102 steps which is the equivalent of 5 and a quarter miles! Annabelle Pointer in Year 9 walked the furthest for the students with an impressive 5179 steps.



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