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Pupils take part in mass London walk

Published Friday, 08 October 2010

Enfield primary schools are taking part in two ‘Walk to School’ events during October which is national ‘Walk to School’ month

 The first is the 'Big WOW' (Walk Once a Week) which is introducing an international dimension with a mass relay walk across all 32 London boroughs heralding the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Starting in Havering in the east, children are walking across borough boundaries delivering a baton to a school in the next borough. The baton is filled with pledges to save the environment.

As the relay moves in an anticlockwise direction it reached Enfield from Haringey at 1pm on Tuesday 5th October and finishes in Greenwich on Friday 22nd October.

Children from Haringey's Bounds Green School passed the baton to pupils from Enfield 's Bowes School who are passed it on to Garfield 's pupils.

From there the Garfield children walked to Holly Park School in Holly Park Road , Barnet arriving at 2pm, when Enfield 's Mayor, Cllr Jayne Buckland received the baton and passed it to Barnet's Deputy Mayor Cllr Lisa Rutter.

The children from the two schools performed short plays to demonstrate their Olympic values.  The 1948 London Olympic Torch was also be on display.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education and children's services, said, "I am delighted that our schools are taking part in this activity. Walking to school is a good way for children to get some exercise and enjoy being with their friends.

"This London-wide event also means that children can relate to the whole of London , learning that they live and go to school in a major world city. It also teaches them that we can cut down on unnecessary car journeys. Most of all they will learn how to cross roads safely."


Thousands walk to school in Enfield relay

On Friday 22nd October, Enfield Mayor, Cllr Jayne Buckland will be welcoming pupils from four Enfield primary schools who will be delivering their scrolls from Enfield's local 'Walk to School' relay which starts on Monday 11th October.

Primary schools from the borough's four Children's Partnership areas are taking part in area walking relays. 

Passing a scroll from school to school in their area, each school will stamp or stick their school logo to the scroll before passing it on to the next school.

Cllr Orhan, said, "From all parts of Enfield children will be getting the walking habit enjoying their walk to school. I hope this becomes a regular activity

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