Transport Minister Danny Kennedy visited Waringstown Primary School in Craigavon and Hart Memorial Primary School in Portadown as he announced the winners of the recent Travelwise NI ‘My Walk to School’ competition.
Fifteen schools from across Northern Ireland were named as winners in the sustainable transport initiative which took place during Walk to School Week 2015.
A record number of schools in Northern Ireland registered to take part in Walk to School Week this year and all primary schools were asked to encourage pupils, parents and teachers to get active and to take part in a competition to be in with the chance of winning high viz vests for all pupils in the school.
To enter the competition, pupils were asked to use words and images to describe their walk to school with three categories to enter; Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy said:
“Walk to School Week offers a positive platform to improve the travel habits and health of our young people and it is fantastic to see so many schools from across Northern Ireland getting involved.
“I would like to congratulate all fifteen schools on winning the competition and also thank all the pupils, parents and teachers that walked to and from school and took the time to enter the competition.
“Encouraging children to walk to school has major benefits for the whole community. It reduces vehicle pollution, decreases traffic congestion and helps to keep children fit and healthy. This year’s prize of high vis vests for pupils also helps to highlight the importance of safety while walking to young school pupils.”
The winning schools and pupils for the ‘My Walk to School’ competition were;
Foundation: Group entry, St Catherine’s Primary School, Strabane
Foundation: Mollie Baron, Lisbellaw Primary School
Foundation: Maggie Konkiewitz, Spires Integrated Primary School, Magherafelt
Foundation: Group entry, St Comgall’s Primary School, Antrim
Foundation: Aaron P2, St Ronan’s Primary School, Newry
Key Stage 1: Yasmin Natur, St Mary’s Primary School, Dungannon
Key Stage 1: Emma Kelly, Termoncanice Primary School, Limavady
Key Stage 1: Dearbhla O’Neill, St Patrick’s Primary School, Rasharkin
Key Stage 1: Lyla Grace Thompson, Waringstown Primary School, Craigavon
Key Stage 1: Reuben Montgomery, Ballymagee Primary School, Bangor
Key Stage 2: Ellie Mae Doherty, Longtower Primary School
Key Stage 2: Viki Gelle, Omagh Integrated Primary School