Students at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newcastle have walked away with the top prize in a Tyne and Wear walking challenge.
The Year 7 and Year 8 students beat stiff competition from three other schools in Tyne and Wear to be named Tyne and Wear Spring 2015 Walking Challenge Winner, as part of the Schools Go Smarter Programme.
The challenge formed part of a ‘transitions’ project, developed to help students moving from first to secondary school make informed choices around sustainable travel.
The challenge was delivered on behalf of Schools Go Smarter (gosmarter.co.uk) by Living Streets (livingstreets.org.uk), and saw teams of students at Boldon School (South Tyneside), St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School (Newcastle), St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy (Sunderland) and Sacred Heart Catholic High School (Newcastle) log the number of steps and miles walked over a four week period.
More than 200 Year 7 and Year 8 students at Sacred Heart Catholic High School took part in the challenge logging a total of 4,152 miles, which put them at first place. As well as claiming the title of Tyne and Wear Spring 2015 Walking Challenge Winner, the students also won a £300 cash prize for their school.
Alison Fisher, Transitions Project Coordinator at Living Streets, said: “From the very start of the challenge it was clear the students at Sacred Heart Catholic High School were really engaged in the project.
“They produced posters to promote the challenge in school and they also helped plan and deliver school assemblies to encourage more students to take part.
"The Sacred Walking Team also held lunch time sign up sessions to show fellow students how to sign up to the challenge online and how to record their steps with the help of a pedometer or free smartphone app.”
The Tyne and Wear Spring 2015 Walking Challenge aimed to address the 25% drop in student walking rates from primary to secondary schools. It was also designed to encourage more students at secondary schools to walk regularly.