Monday, July 14: Pupils' parking ticket blitz outside school
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010
ST Peter's Primary School pupils turned traffic wardens and issued parking tickets as part of the school's healthy-active week. The school spent a week promoting the benefits of healthy living by encouraging the youngsters to take to the fresh air and get
ST Peter's Primary School pupils turned traffic wardens and issued parking tickets as part of the school's healthy-active week.The school spent a week promoting the benefits of healthy living by encouraging the youngsters to take to the fresh air and get exercising.The week was kick-started by teachers and parents leaving their cars in the Public Hall car park and stepping out with the children to walk the 10-minute distance to school. The aim of the morning school walk was an attempt to reduce congestion outside the school gates and to highlight to drivers the danger vehicles parked in a haphazard way can pose to children. To help hammer the message home, the pupils teamed up with Budleigh Salterton police community support officer Chantalle Major to hand out specially-designed parking tickets to offending drivers.The youngsters took part in a host of outdoor activities, including hockey, skipping, football and sports.Sit-down lessons were replaced by dance, swimming, juggling and judo.Children taking part in the park and stride walk to school, or who cycled, were entered into competitions where they could win a host of prizes to outdoor attractions.Parents were invited into school during lunchtimes. St Peter's headteacher Sally Roberts said the week had taken a lot of organising but had benefited the whole school. Mrs Roberts thanked Mrs Kilburn-Thompson for drafting in extra help. The headteacher said the week was a continuation of the school winning a healthy school award and she hoped to repeat the activities in the future."After all that activity some of the children are finding it quite hard to sit still this week," said Mrs Roberts. "We had the whole field and playground full of equipment for football, hockey, juggling and dance. It was amazing and there was a lovely atmosphere.