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Active Travel to School

December's copy of STRIDE Newsletter

How about catching a bus into the City Centre?

Travel on the Bluestar bus or City Red for just £1 after 6pm, available on all routes and all zones. For more information check out Southampton City Council’s website:

For bus routes go to:




Platinum Award Celebration Assembly

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This is the video that was made by Southampton City Council for our Celebration Assembly on achieving our Modeshift STARS Platinum Award for sustainable travel.

Air Quality Sensor

 We have been lucky enough to have received an Airly air quality sensor from Southampton City Council to monitor the air quality in our area.

Download the Airly App and you can track the air quality at any time of the day in Sholing, Southampton, the UK or anywhere in the world that has an Airly  sensor.

Our air quality is so important as it affects our health and our environment so we all need to do our little bit to reduce the pollution levels. Let’s all repair the air together.

How does the Airly system work? Let's repair the air.

We have been given the most amazing piece of equipment, supplied by Southampton City Council. It is an air quality sensor. We have installed the Airly Sensor on the side of the workshop in the car park. Watch the video below to see how it works then download the Airly Mobile app and you will be able to find out what our air quality is like at any time of the day. There are other sensors popping up across our city, the UK and across the world. We know we have to all work together to improve our air quality so let's repair the air together.

Walktober 2021

Walktober is all about pupils, staff and their families finding opportunities to walk and be outside as often as possible: whether it’s to and from school or work; finding other opportunities to enjoy spending time outside with household members or others; or encouraging and inspiring others to do the same.

Even though the weather is not the best at the moment, let's not be put off walking, scooting and riding our bikes. Just wrap up warm and let's get actively travelling to help reduce pollution, get active and save money. 

We are Modeshift STARS school in the South East of England

Thank you to the Bike Drs - Montys Hub and Bike It Ray

Bike To School Week

Dear Sholing Juniors,

                                    Next week is Bike To School Week! So get your bike out if you want to:

BE Active and feel more energised

Help the environment by replacing a car journey

Improve local air quality and reduce congestion

The Golden Lock

The Golden lock will take place on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. If you bring in your bike, one will be chosen at random and have the Golden Lock placed on it. If you find the Golden Lock on your Bike at the end of the day, then find Miss Rickards and she will unlock it for you and you can choose a prize.

Wednesday 29th September – The Bike Dr

If you would like your bike checked over, free of charge, then bring in your bike and leave it in the South playground for the Bike Dr from Monty’s Hub will see to it. A massive thank you to Monty’s.


Remember to ride safely, wear a helmet and lick up your bike. Check out our website to give your bike a safety M check:

Let’s all get active, reduce pollution and help improve our environment.



Bike To School Week Monday 27th - Friday 1st October

Scooter Challenge Monday 14th June - Friday 18th June


We have signed up for Scooter Challenge again this year.


Scooter Doctor

On Wednesday16th June we will have Bike Rachel in school who will check over your scooters to make sure they are ok. Just leave them in the South playground in the morning, in the designated area, and she will check them over for you. This is a free service.


The Challenge

To get as many children as possible scooting to school every day from 14–18 June 2021. The schools   the highest average number of children scooting will win a Scooterpod.


Scoot From The Boot

Throw the scooters in the back of your car if you live too far away to scoot all the way to school. Then park sensibly 5-10 minutes away from the school site so that you don’t cause unnecessary congestion and danger to children around the school gates. Scooters are fairly compact so don’t take up much space at home or in the car. Even younger children can go a reasonable distance at a good pace. They are a great option if you are short of time on the school run.


Top Tips For Scooting

If your child has a scooter and you wish them to participate, please keep them safe scooting to
school by ensuring they understand our tips for a safer scooting experience:

1. Pedestrians have priority on the pavement.
2. Stay close to your parent/carer.
3. Be aware of other people using the pavement and be polite and considerate to them.
4. Take extra care when crossing vehicle entrance/exit points e.g. driveways, and remember that the person there first (car driver, cyclist, pedestrian etc) has priority.
5. Look all around before you start moving, stop moving or change direction, and look where you are going.
6. Keep away from the kerb.
7. Wear a helmet and bright, fluorescent clothing to ensure you can be seen.
8. Walk with your scooter when crossing the road, in crowded areas or other busy areas e.g. the school playground.
9. Carry things in a rucksack, not balanced on the handlebars.
10. The Highway Code tells us that the speed limit on pavements is 4mph.

The Golden Lock

A massive thank you to the  Year 3 and 4 JTAs who ran the Golden Lock daily over the 2 weeks. There were 10 lucky winners of the Golden Lock, so well done to those people

Well done to the winner of the Bling your Bike/Scooter Competition, here are a few of the entries:

A huge thank you to The Bike Doctors from Monty's and Bike it Jenny from SUSTRANS

JTA's completed a daily Scooter and Bike count

Results Of The Big Pedal

Well done to everybody actively travelling during The Big Pedal: pupils, parents/carers, staff and the JTAs  who organised it. Here are some of the results:

2,254 Schools took part

759,893 pupils participated

We came 148th on the leader board with a score of 76.56%

There were 4,361 total journeys

We were 21st in the South East of England

We were 5th in Southampton


Let's keep up the great work and help reduce the pollution levels in Southampton.


The M Check For Your Bike


Click on the link below to show you how to check your bike is safe to ride using the M Check.


The L Check For Your Scooter


Click on the link below to show you how to check your scooter is safe to ride using the L Check.


The Big Pedal Family Competition from Bike It Jenny at SUSTRANS

The Big Pedal family competition gives parents and guardians the chance to win one of three amazing prize bundles for their family. All you need to do is take a photo or a short video of your child(ren) taking part in Big Pedal between 19-30 April. Post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tag @Sustrans and use #BigPedalWin. Families whose children are remote learning can still take part from home. Find out more information. (

JTA The Big Pedal Poster Competition

We ran a poster competition for the JTAs to design a poster to promote The Big Pedal in school. There were so many fantastic entries however I could only choose two winners and here they are below. Well done, a fantastic job.

JTA The Big Pedal Poster Competition

The Big Pedal 19th -30th April


We have registered for the Big Pedal again this year. The challenge runs from Monday 19th April to Friday 30th April and we will try and get as many children, parents, carers and staff cycling, scooting and walking to school. This is a national competition so we are against schools across the UK.

The theme for Sustrans Big Pedal 2021 is Amazing Journeys. As well as getting active, children will be encouraged to see their local area from a new perspective, learn about the benefits of active travel and discover amazing journeys to school from around the world.

Events over the two weeks

The Golden Lock – Every day the JTAs will place the Golden Lock on a bike or scooter. If you are that lucky person to find it on your bike/scooter, find Miss Rickards at the end of the day and she will give you a prize.

The Bike Doctor –Wednesday 21st April. Have your bike checked over by The Bike Doctor and they will make any small repairs needed FREE OF CHARGE. This is for both adults and children’s bikes. Leave your bike against the fence inside the South Playground in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day.

Poster Competition – Design a poster for bike or scooter safety to be used in school. Return it to school by Wednesday 28th April and there will be a prize for the winning poster.

Bling Your Bike/Scooter/Helmet – On Wednesday 28th April decorate your bike/scooter/helmet. The JTAs will decide a winner for each category and they will win a prize.

Have fun and let’s all get active and enjoy some amazing journeys.

Flying Fergus


If you enjoy bikes and cycling then click on the link below to go to the homepage of Flying Ferus and his friends. Check out his cycling  adventures through the activities and learn more from Sir Chris Hoy.

Great books to read online


Click on the links below for some great books to read online. Click on the arrows to turn the pages.





Bike it Jenny's Adventure Challenge

Are you ready to get outside more this winter? Would you like to write a pledge to encourage you and your family to get outdoors more during the Christmas holidays? Click on the link below to see Bike It Jenny's Adventure Challenge.

Road Safety Week 16th -22nd November

We all want to be able to walk safely on our streets. This year Road Safety Week is running from 16th – 22nd November and the road safety theme for this year  is No Need To Speed. It would be a good opportunity for everyone just to consider their speed when driving in their cars, especially in and around residential areas.For more information follow the link

Babs Is Back!

The JTAs are going to be sending out the brand new Babs bags starting from Friday 13th November.

For those of you who haven’t met Babs yet, she is one of the My Journey characters for Southampton City Council. Once a week, the JTAs randomly choose someone from each year group to take home Babs for the weekend to go on an active journey eg a walk to the park, a scooter or bike ride somewhere or a bus journey. Then either write about the adventure or draw a picture and send Babs back into school on the Monday and we can add the adventure to Bab’s diary.

Due to the current situation we will be taking extra care of Babs:

Each week, after she has been returned to school she will go into the washing machine.

The bags will also be washed weekly.

We will be just providing paper in the bags.

Instructions sent out in the bag will be recycled and a new set sent out for the following week.


Babs bags have been very popular in the previous two years and she has been on so fantastic journeys. So fingers crossed that you will receive a visit from Babs soon.

Clean Air Day Thursday 8th October

This Thursday we have signed up to be part of Clean Air Day.  Please click on the link below for more information and why it is so important we all play our part in reducing pollution levels.

Walk To School Week 5th-9th October

This week is Walk To School Week, so let's all try and be that little more active and walk, scoot or cycle to school. Ditch the car and enjoy the fresh air.

Walktober, Walking For Wellbeing


This month we have signed up to join all the thousands of other pupils across the country for Walktober. Last week everyone was sent a Pupil Pack with lots of great ideas for walking. If you have mislaid yours please click on the icon above. In addition, have a look at the powerpoint that has lots of information and ideas for waking this month.

Bike To School 28th September - 2nd October

Bike To School Week 28th September -2nd October


Walk, cycle or scoot to school and discover a new way to travel. We have signed up for Bike To School Week. 

Challenge your friends and family to join you.

Enjoy exploring new routes to and from school.
Help the environment by replacing a car journey.
Improve air quality and reduce congestion.


The newly appointed JTAs will be running the Golden Lock  every day so there is a chance to win a prize. Each day they will place the Golden Lock on a bike or scooter. Whoever receives the Golden Lock will go and find Miss Rickards and she will unlock your bike/scooter and they can choose a prize.






The M Check

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Active Travel Events

Welcome back everyone. This week we are starting Travel Tracker again. Have a look at the link below:


Let's all enjoy our active journeys to and from school.

Useful Advice for actively travelling to school when we return.

Southampton City Mission Food Bank

The Kiddie Cones Have Arrived

The Junior Travel Ambassadors have been liaising with Hazel Agombar, the  School Travel Officer at Southampton City Council, to receive some Kiddie Cones to go outside our school to remind people not to park on the zigzags and to keep our children safe. They have arrived safe and sound, thank you Hazel. So many people have made positive comments about them and how eye catching they are, so fingers crossed they will help reduce the parking issues outside our school

Parking Advice Tickets

What a successful launch of the JTAs Parking Advice Tickets. They have handed out some Awesome Parking Tickets to lots of people who have parked thoughtfully away from the school gates. However, they have also had to hand out Parking Advice Tickets to people who are parked right outside the school gates, on the pavement or on the corner of Middle Road and Heath Road. As you are aware this is where there are two School Crossing Patrol Officers, who are there to make sure everyone crosses safely so it is really important  they can see the roads clearly and not have lots of parked cars near them. We all need to work together to make sure it is as safe as possible to walk to school and to be able to cross the road safely, Thank you to everyone that we spoke to when we handed out all the parking advice information, everyone was so polite. The Junior Travel Ambassadors are such a motivated team who are determined to make our pavements around are school as safe as possible. Well Done JTAs.

A massive thank you for all the harvest donations.  Southampton City Mission came and collected all the food and it will be put to really good use within the community.

Here is a very interesting BBC clip explaining one of the reasons why it is better to walk or cycle to school rather than use the car.

Walktober - Walking For Wellbeing


For the month of October we are participating in Walktober.  The Walktober challenge is about walking to improve your wellbeing. We would encourage you to walk as much as possible during the month – to and from school and work, for example, but try to find other opportunities to walk too. Have a look at the Challenge cards that have been sent home.

Scooter Challenge - Monday 17th June to Friday 21st June

Yes it really is that time of year again! We have registered to participate in the Scooter Challenge again this year. So let's see if we can get as many children as possible scooting to and from school this week. Not only is it fun, great exercise but it all helps to reduce the pollution problem. Remember to scoot safely, always wear a helmet. The children were shown a scooter safety video last week but if you want to see it again just follow the link below:

Stay Fit and Healthy Week Monday 17th June - Friday 21st June

Let's all Move in March

Let's all get a little more active this month. For events that are going on around the city and to be able to plan your journey, take a look at the My Journey website at: