Walk on Wednesdays (W.O.W.)
Walk on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) is an initiative to encourage Scoil Úna Naofa students to walk, cycle, scoot, skate or take public transport to/from school every Wednesday. Scoil Úna Naofa is both an Active and Green school, so W.O.W. will reduce the school’s carbon footprint by decreasing car usage and will also make students healthier by increasing activity before and after school. Everybody is a winner!
Before & After School Walks
W.O.W. will launch in Scoil Úna Naofa on Wednesday 6th February and it will run every Wednesday until the end of term. We are encouraging parents to help their children participate in W.O.W. by positively promoting W.O.W. to your children and allowing enough time to walk, cycle or scoot to school. If you live too far away from school or are in a rush to get to work, perhaps you would consider parking near the school and getting your children to walk some of the way to school or sharing your car with others who are attending the school.
Starting from Wednesday the 6th February at 7pm, the parents association are introducing 45min walks starting at the main entrance of the school. We aim to do a walk every Wednesday evening at 7pm until the end of term. We will post route details on the school website. We would like to make this a community walk with our children - so invite your neighbours, friends, other family members, take your dog along for a brisk walk or join us with the baby in the stroller. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to take part.
We try and change the route every week
27th February Route 3.56km
Start from Scoil Úna Naofa main entrance Armagh Road, Cashel Road,Ravensdale Park, Kimmage Road Lower, Kimmage Road West, St. Theresa's Road, Stanaway Avenue, Saint Agnes Road, Armagh Road, Finish at Scoil Úna Naofa.
13th/20th February Route 2.6km
Start from Scoil Úna Naofa main entrance Armagh Road, St Agnes Road, Kimmage Road West, Lorcan O'Toole Park, Stannaway Road, Cashel Road, Armagh Road, Finish at Scoil Úna Naofa.
Benefits of walking to school
Walking to school is beneficial for children, the whole school community and the environment. Children who walk some or all of the way to school will experience more opportunities to be:
- social – meet friends and other children,
- independent, and
- part of their community.
Children also experience increased levels of confidence and concentration. By increasing the amount of physical activity, there are also many health benefits including:
- more energy,
- less stress and anxiety,
- greater sense of well-being,
- improved muscle tone and bone strength, and
- reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as adults.
Benefits to the environment and wider school community include:
- reduces the level of traffic around school gates and surrounding areas,
- making it safer for all to get to the school;
- reduces the level of traffic in general which results in less air pollution;
- gives the opportunity to teach road safety skills; and
- helps children and their families become more familiar with the school neighbourhood.
So get those walking shoes on and we will see you all every Wednesday starting from the 6th of February.
We want to make sure that all children walk safely to school so make sure you wear high visibility vests or arm bands and use Safe Cross Code.