St. Christopher's The Hall School
Independent Preparatory School for Boys and Girls 3-11 in Beckenham

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A Note from TfL - January 2012

I am writing to remind you that if you drive in London, leaving your engine idling unnecessarily can contribute significantly to local pollution levels.

If you know you are going to be stationary for more than a minute, turning off your engine will reduce harmful emissions. This small change can have a big impact so please help by turning off your vehicle's engine whilst parked or waiting at the roadside. By doing this we can all breathe cleaner air.

We have updated our website with information relating to engine idling and improving air quality. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/switchoffengine

Yours sincerely,

Keith Gardner,
Strategy Director

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School Travel Plan Update - March 2011

Climate Change Week AssemblyWe started the term with the news that many councils were considering cutting the finance for School Crossing Patrols, which would possibly mean the loss of Jacie Bolt, who currently works every day whatever the weather to ensure that you and your children reach school safely. Many of you wrote wonderfully supportive letters stating the importance of maintaining the funding, which we sent to Bromley Council, prior to their main funding meeting in February. At this meeting it was decided that £ 230,000 could be saved if 'lollipops' were scrapped, although this will not be implemented immediately, but will be looked at again in 2012. As a result of this, we as a school sent a letter, a copy of which has already been published on the website, to Bromley Council, TfL, Mayor of London, The Prime Minister, Road Safety charities, newspapers, radio stations, our local MP – and anyone else who we thought might be interested, or have influence. We are yet to receive replies from most of them !

Climate Change Week AssemblyAt the same time, we met, and carried out a consultation survey with our local neighbours, many of whom have been experiencing incidences of anti-social, or dangerous parking by parents at St. Christopher's. As previously reported by letter, some have suffered verbal abuse, and quite arrogant attitudes – which we find disappointing, as we try to instil manners and good behaviour in our pupils from a very early age. The comments received from the surveys have been collated, and will form a large chunk of our Travel Plan document, which is currently being reviewed and rewritten, and will be submitted to Bromley Council within the next few weeks.

Walk on WednesdayOur children are continuing to walk to school at least once each week, as part of the Walk on Wednesday, and Walking the World Schemes. Even if you are unable to walk on a Wednesday, you can walk any day and it will count towards the monthly total. We also have a Park and Stride zone, which means parking outside the first half mile and walking the rest of the way. The Mead is not included in this zone !! Our JRSOs, Rosa Houston and Jack Cernoch collect the figures for each pupil every month, and badges are then awarded. We have recently participated in a competition to design a badge for the 2011/2012 WoW range – the winners of which were Kaeshan Goberdhan and Josh Hutchings. Their designs will now be submitted to the London wide heat, the winners of which will actually see their badge designs being used!

Zig Zag Banner AssemblyWe now have a lovely new banner warning you not to park on the zig-zag lines outside school. Congratulations to Freddie Stafford ( 2 ) who designed this. Please do observe the times when the zig-zags are in operation, as there is a very heavy fine, and the council do have undercover photographers out snapping offenders – as some of you may have discovered to your cost.

Last week, Mr. Organ, Mrs. Anderson ( Governor ), Jack and Rosa attended the STAR Awards in Bromley Civic Centre, which recognises the work being done in schools throughout the borough. They came back with lots of ideas for things we can do in school, so we hope to implement some of these in the coming months.

Several of you have indicated that you might be interested in a Walking Bus as a means of travelling to school, if we were to organise one. Unfortunately those who have shown interest do not live in the same direction as each other, so it would not be feasible at the moment. However, if anyone else is interested, this is something that could be reconsidered in the future.

RecyclingWe are still busily recycling paper, and ink cartridges ( not Epson ), and are looking in to other schemes, including the jewellery recycling that we will be holding from 28th April – 6th May. It's not quite Cash for Gold, but will raise money for our charity next term, and a there will be a draw of all the names of children who participate, with a valuable prize being awarded. 

Mrs Purton

 

 

 SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN 2010

We have chosen 2 Junior Road Safety Officers from Year 5 who will be trained during this academic year and will then themselves train 2 new Year 5 JRSOs once they move into Year 6.  The lucky pupils this year are:-

Rosa Houston

Jack Cernoch

We are currently undergoing a full rewrite of our existing Travel Plan in which we will address new issues that have arisen during the past 2 years.  Attached is a Parent survey which we urge you to complete and return to Mrs. Purton or Mr. Organ (not the school office) by Friday 15th October (the start of half term).  We will then be able to look at your comments and suggestions and hopefully find some useful information within them.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider any forms received after this date.

We would like to draw your attention to the Zig-Zag restrictions outside school.  Our Crossing Patrol, Jacie, has noticed that the times have once more been altered and restrictions are now enforced between 8.00-9.30 am and 2.30–4.00 pm.  We are still campaigning for additional restrictions to make home-time for KG at lunchtime safer and to extend the restrictions at the end of the day to incorporate club collections at 5.00 pm.  Please make reference to this on your Parent Survey, if you feel it is appropriate, as the more people who mention it the more likely we are to be successful!

Whilst our building works are underway this year, we have had to move our drop off and collection points to the car park and front of school.  Please therefore be extra vigilant and keep a hold of young children in your care as there could be vehicles moving in and around these areas.  The builders are very careful not to move vehicles during these busy times but we cannot account for the arrival times of delivery vans and vehicles.  May we also politely request that parents do not sit or lean on staff cars in the car park whilst waiting for their children!

During the past year we have acquired a full set of High Visibility vests for all pupils and staff, so look out for us when we go on school visits and walk to church at Christmas!

Three members of staff are regularly cycling to school this term and several pupils are coming either by bike or scooter.  Our lockable storage facility is, at the moment, inaccessible but we have repositioned the freestanding rack between the Reception huts and Year 3 cloakroom storage container.

We are once again participating as a school in the Walk on Wednesday Scheme (www.walktoschool.org.uk) and would encourage you and your child to walk whenever possible and to park outside of the Car Free Zone and walk the remainder of the way (Park & Stride).   Colourful badges are available to all children who complete the monthly requirements and the new set for this year are just as desirable as those in previous years.  Once it is launched in October, we will also join with the Walking the World Scheme (find the interactive website on www.schoolswalkingtheworld.com), which was very successful last year and saw us completing the entire circuit before the end of the year and finishing in 8th place out of 27 schools with an impressive total of 65,000 miles –  just 10,000 behind the winning school.

During the course of the year, we will also be considering our applications for Eco and Healthy Schools and are currently in consultation with Bromley Council regarding our waste and recycling profile.  Where possible, we would ask you to use sustainable products such as School water bottles and Tupperware style boxes for break/lunchtime drinks and food, rather than those which need to be thrown away.  We will keep you informed of any developments regarding any of these profiles.

Regards

Mrs. A. Purton / Mr. C. Organ

Travel Plan / WoW Co-ordinators

 


 

Dec 2009

SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN ACCREDITATION & UPDATE

 

 

In October we received the Higher Standards Award for the work that we have been doing in connection with our Travel Plan.

St. Christopher’s and Farnborough Primary School representatives
with the Bromley School Travel Plan Advisors

 

Since we first wrote the Travel Plan, we have worked hard to increase the number of pupils walking to school. This is done by using the popular Walk on Wednesday ( WoW ) Scheme, where children may walk all the way to school, or Park & Stride the final ½ mile. This eases congestion around the school area, and also encourages fitness in our pupils. This academic year we have also introduced the Walking the World Scheme – with your help we can all reach our target destinations!

We have four Year 6 pupils who have been appointed as Junior Road Safety Officers, and they will be sharing their ideas and knowledge with other pupils throughout the school by leading assemblies and competitions on themes such as Road Safety and Road Awareness. Early in the term we hosted a training afternoon for JRSOs from 8 Bromley Primary Schools.

In November our Prep. School pupils are participating in the annual Zig Zag banner competition – so look out for a new sign outside school in early 2010!

We have also recently taken delivery of a fantastic new all weather locking bike storage unit, paid for by TfL as part of the scheme.

 

 

 

This is equipped with racks and lockers, so the older pupils who are cycling to school will be able to leave their bikes and safety gear in a secure, and dry environment during the day.

We hope to have an official opening of this within the next few weeks. The old rack is now positioned on the grass, and is for the storage of scooters – we counted 14 in it last week!

You may also have noticed our new lighting around the outside of the main building. This is helping to make it safer for pedestrians when entering the site, as well as making it easier to see parents when they collect pupils in the evening.

 

 

We would like to thank all parents for their support and co-operation in the delivering of the Travel Plan, and look forward to seeing more walkers and cyclists, and many less drivers as the weather improves.

We started the term with the news that many councils were considering cutting the finance for School Crossing Patrols, which would possibly mean the loss of Jacie Bolt, who currently works every day whatever the weather to ensure that you and your children reach school safely. Many of you wrote wonderfully supportive letters stating the importance of maintaining the funding, which we sent to Bromley Council, prior to their main funding meeting in February. At this meeting it was decided that £ 230,000 could be saved if ‘lollipops’ were scrapped, although this will not be implemented immediately, but will be looked at again in 2012. As a result of this, we as a school sent a letter, a copy of which has already been published on the website, to Bromley Council, TfL, Mayor of London, The Prime Minister, Road Safety charities, newspapers, radio stations, our local MP – and anyone else who we thought might be interested, or have influence. We are yet to receive replies from most of them !

 

At the same time, we met, and carried out a consultation survey with our local neighbours, many of whom have been experiencing incidences of anti-social, or dangerous parking by parents at St. Christopher’s. As previously reported by letter, some have suffered verbal abuse, and quite arrogant attitudes – which we find disappointing, as we try to instil manners and good behaviour in our pupils from a very early age. The comments received from the surveys have been collated, and will form a large chunk of our Travel Plan document, which is currently being reviewed and rewritten, and will be submitted to Bromley Council within the next few weeks.

 

Our children are continuing to walk to school at least once each week, as part of the Walk on Wednesday, and Walking the World Schemes. Even if you are unable to walk on a Wednesday, you can walk any day and it will count towards the monthly total. We also have a Park and Stride zone, which means parking outside the first half mile and walking the rest of the way. The Mead is not included in this zone !! Our JRSOs, Rosa Houston and Jack Cernoch collect the figures for each pupil every month, and badges are then awarded. We have recently participated in a competition to design a badge for the 2011/2012 WoW range – the winners of which were Kaeshan Goberdhan and Josh Hutchings. Their designs will now be submitted to the London wide heat, the winners of which will actually see their badge designs being used!

 

We now have a lovely new banner warning you not to park on the zig-zag lines outside school. Congratulations to Freddie Stafford ( 2 ) who designed this. Please do observe the times when the zig-zags are in operation, as there is a very heavy fine, and the council do have undercover photographers out snapping offenders – as some of you may have discovered to your cost.

 

Last week, Mr. Organ, Mrs. Anderson ( Governor ), Jack and Rosa attended the STAR Awards in Bromley Civic Centre, which recognises the work being done in schools throughout the borough. They came back with lots of ideas for things we can do in school, so we hope to implement some of these in the coming months.

 

Several of you have indicated that you might be interested in a Walking Bus as a means of travelling to school, if we were to organise one. Unfortunately those who have shown interest do not live in the same direction as each other, so it would not be feasible at the moment. However, if anyone else is interested, this is something that could be reconsidered in the future.

 

We are still busily recycling paper, and ink cartridges ( not Epson ), and are looking in to other schemes, including the jewellery recycling that we will be holding from 28th April – 6th May. It’s not quite Cash for Gold, but will raise money for our charity next term, and a there will be a draw of all the names of children who participate, with a valuable prize being awarded.