This week in the Prep, the Junior Travel Ambassadors (or JTAs for short) led a really inspiring assembly on Wednesday morning in which they reminded us of the core functions of their roles. These boys in Year 5 are keen to ensure travel to and from school is as sustainable and as safe as it can be, as well as helping us all to remain mindful of bigger picture environmental issues. It’s a big job for a 10 year old!
Highlights from the boys in their assembly were:
- Wherever we can, we should endeavour to walk, cycle or scoot to school, if we reasonably can.
- If that is not entirely possible, we should adopt the ‘park and stride’ approach. In other words, aim to park a short distance away from school and walk the last little bit.
- When out and about, always remain road and traffic aware especially when on a bicycle, as well as looking right and left before crossing safely when on foot.
Ms Busby is doing an excellent job leading the JTAs in their endeavours this year, and in fact she was able to bring in via video link her very inspiring adult daughter, who has just completed some very high-level studies in environmental science. It was a great pleasure for us all to hear from her about this important topic, and to learn how she is aiming to influence the Local Authority’s approach to large scale construction projects underway across the Borough, so as to ensure they meet all sorts of important low-carbon targets. The JTAs also shared their own individual efforts to lead environmentally sustainable lives, in their own homes with their own families, every day. The clear message was ‘a little and often’ and no effort to live as sustainably as possible should ever be seen as too small. I felt suitably reassured that my obsession with my compost heap/worm farm at the bottom of my garden is not misplaced!