To celebrate the fact that Talbot Primary School has achieved Mode Shifts: Bronze Award for our work on sustainable travel, the Leeds Road Safety Team came in and did two assemblies and pantomimes (one for Nursery-Year 2 pupils and the other for Year 3-Year 6 pupils).
Each assembly started with a celebration of the initiatives school had done in the last year to promote walking, cycling, scooting and skateboarding to school. For those that had to drive we encouraged car sharing and park and stride initiatives. The children heard that these actions had led to a measurable shift in how pupils travel to school – thus promoting safer parking, health and fitness. Each assembly also featured a giant, three foot Christmas pudding, which the children unwrapped to reveal presents for each year group: board games, DVDs and the like.
However, the highlight was undoubtedly the hilarious Christmas pantomime, with integrated messages about the Green Cross Code. The laughter levels were phenomenal and the children recapped important messages, whilst enjoying the traditional fun of a classic pantomime. Even the staff got into the Christmas spirit.
Talbot Primary School also supported a campaign by the local police to encourage parents to have designated drivers over the Christmas period to reduce drink/driving offenses and keep everyone safe.
By Mr Rivers (Deputy Headteacher)