WoW! We Met Joe Irvin CEO Living Streets UK!


Joe Irvin Living Streets

Joe Irvin CEO Living Streets UK meets JRSOs and ECO Team

After Assembly, on Friday 18th May 2018, our JRSOs, ECO Reps, parent Anna Salman, Angela Christie, Miss McGrouther, Mr Hutchison  and Mrs Noble had an opportunity to meet Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets UK, visiting from London to gather views and lend support to City of Edinburgh’s School Streets programme. Thank you very much to Mark Symonds, CEC Road Safety and Active Travel Liaison Officer and Rebecca Simpson from Living Streets Scotland for this great opportunity and also the exciting chance to participate in a Walk to School Week photocall on Walk on Wednesday (WoW) 23rd May.


Joe Irvin CEO Living Streets UK

Joe Irvin listening to pupils’ views on Active Travel

Before meeting Mr Irvin, at Assembly JRSOs encouraged everyone to join our Living Streets Walk to School Week next week. We explored the benefits of walking to school and asked what everyone enjoyed about their own walk to school. We were joined by parent Anna Salman who will be working with JRSOs and ECO Reps next week issuing leaflets encouraging more parent volunteers for our School Streets road closure and badges for Active Travel. Miss McGouther is leading another Cycle to School Day on Friday 25th May and we hope the weather stays glorious for an excellent turnout. Meet 8.15am at King’s Buildings or join en route.



Josh explained how school will again be participating in National Clean Air Day and we have been invited to take part in an exciting event on the Mound on the day!

ECO Reps Paloma, Camille and Alejandro updated us on their plans for Litter and Bug Hotels and encouraged use of the ECO Suggestion box.

The theme tune for Walk to School Day is ‘Walk This Way’ and the children in the Hall were visibly bemused by the Aerosmith and Run DMC video but all enjoyed the music.

After a very successful Mental Health Week and Outdoor Classroom Day, pupils were reminded to keep filling in their Sleep Diaries over the long weekend. We sang ‘Bad Times Won’t Last’ and promoted walking to school as an excellent coping strategy.

P5s told us about their exciting enterprise plans for the Year of Young People Summer Fair on Saturday 26th May 12.30pm-3.00pm and all pupils who are available on the day are still welcome to come along to help lead coding sessions.

Chiara and Amelia spoke very well about their efforts to promote Human Rights charity Amnesty. They are holding a bake sale on Saturday 19th May 9.45am -10.45am and hoping to draw the attention of hungry Sciennes’ footballers on the Meadows!

P5 pupil Qingyang was warmly congratulated on her amazing achievement in being crowned Scottish U11 Badminton Doubles Champion.

We hope everyone enjoys the long sunny weekend!

Joining us on Walk to School Week? Walk This Way!