Schoolchildren in Glasgow were joined by special guests on Thursday to celebrate the start of another active year.  

Castleton Primary School pupils are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets. WOW rewards pupils who walk to school at least once a week with collectable badges which are designed by pupils across the UK in an annual competition. 

Pupils at Castleton Primary School were joined by Strider, the Living Streets mascot, and Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty. The Lord Provost met with pupils and staff, and heard from them about the benefits of walking to school before taking part in a special assembly.

This was a great chance to celebrate the achievements of the school and to get excited about the year ahead. Castleton Primary School has been taking part in WOW for a few years and we’re thrilled that more schools than ever before across Scotland have joined up to WOW this year, meaning we can look forward to healthier and happier children all across the country.

Chris Thompson, Schools Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland
Pupils from Castleton Primary School stood outside with Strider mascot
A child using the Travel Tracker software in the classroom

Castleton Primary School is setting an excellent example to all schools by supporting pupils and families to become more active by taking part in Living Streets Scotland’s walk to school programme. Walking to school is an easy and achievable way for children to fit more exercise into their daily routines.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty

WOW has been proven to increase walking rates by an average of 23 per cent across Scotland and England, with a corresponding drop in car use.

This year sees the introduction of a new Travel Tracker. Living Streets’ Travel Tracker records how children travel to school; making it easy to award those who have walked once a week with a special badge. The first badge for the 2016/17 academic year - a depiction of Findhorn beach – comes from a Scottish pupil.

We’ve been encouraging pupils at Castleton Primary School to get active for many years and have seen some great results. Taking part in WOW has been a huge part of this and helps us keep our children healthy and happy. We’re really excited to be starting a new year of WOW and the pupils can’t wait to see what’s in store - and start collecting their new badges.

Paul Hardie, Castleton Primary School