We support Hampshire’s Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) Scheme and have our own JRSO Team. This initiative gives pupils the opportunity to lead on promoting road safety to their school communities – in a fun way, while getting serious road safety messages across. Our JRSO Team is coordinated by Miss Lawson, one of our Teaching Assistants. The team are busy all year round and are successful with their key messages impacting on our community.
The Road Safety team decided to complete a leaflet drop within the community on Friday 10 January. The JRSOs went house to house, posting leaflets informing people about air pollution and ways to improve air quality. The team thoroughly enjoyed this outing and thought it was an effective way to communicate the importance of clean air.
Our super JRSOs prepared an led a safety assembly to help remind us of the importance of being visible when out and about first thing in the morning, at dusk and in the evening. The JRSOs also helped with Mrs Bottriell’s leaving assembly. Mrs Bottriell has been our JRSO Champion for 7 years and has done a superb job. We wish Mrs Bottriell every happiness in her new role in Southampton and are grateful to Miss Lawson for continuing the great work.
On October 21 Mrs Bottriell and one of our JRSOs attended the Hampshire annual JRSO Conference. They travelled with another local school which was a great way to exchange ideas. Our representatives had a great day and are now full of good ideas for the coming year – to enhance further our super JRSO work. Our JRSO really enjoyed the Heart radio session where she joined together with other JRSO’s to make a radio advert. It was lovely to see BikeItRay also who worked with us when we secured our Sustrans awards.
This year the JRSO team are challenging pupils to WOW (Walk Once a Week). In partnership with Living Streets, children (and staff) are challenged to walk, scoot, cycle or park and stride to school at least once a week every day of the year. Ditching the car and getting out in the fresh air helps our brain to get working, lets us chat to our friends and adults and helps us to exercise. It also puts less pollution into the air. We know it might be getting a little chilly so to help Living Streets have produced monthly badge for those who walk at least once a week.
As further encouragement, we are also taking part in Walktober ‘Walking to Wellbeing’ this month (more details on the website). Children and families are encouraged to take part in the NHS “Five Steps to Wellbeing.” There are lots of fun activities and the chance to win some great prizes for yourself and the school. Please check the website for more details.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Gomer Junior School have been nominated as one of Hampshire’s Champion schools and have therefore been given the opportunity to compete for the title of JRSO Champion of Champions. This is testament to the consistently creative work of our JRSO Team and the support they receive from the Gomer community. Eight children will represent the school on 28 June where the JRSO Team (Junior Road Safety Officers) will have their efforts celebrated and find out if they are to be crowned Hampshires Champion of Champions.
Hampshire’s Economy, Transport and Environment Department were really impressed with our efforts this year in teaching of our key road safety messages through a variety of activities and they particularly liked our ‘be bright be seen day’ and our ‘bicycle helmet competition.
March is busy with another national event—The Big Pedal. Children are encouraged to cycle to school for a two week period. This year it is tied into the science curriculum through how the human body works and how to keep ourselves healthy. We have also worked it into the computing curriculum through route planning.
January and February 2019
January and February also saw the JRSO’s go out into the community again (with the local Councillor), this time doing a leaflet drop. They thought it was important that local residents knew about all the wonderful things they did to promote road safety.
The team were back out on parking patrol in December, even though the weather was not very good! Not ones to shy away from the challenge that is road safety, they met with local Councillors and parents to gain their views and engaged in communications with Hampshire Traffic Management to discuss how we could work together to make the roads near school safer.
To make the month fun for the other pupils, the team introduced a ‘Design your own bike helmet’ competition over the Christmas holidays. Winners were chosen in January and will be given the chance to paint their 3D printed (on our own 3D printer! Designing took about an hour, printing took 33 hours each. We printed 8 of them(!) in January
Our Little Modeshift STARS – November 2018
It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Gomer Junior School was nominated for the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards. Hampshire were able to nominate only three schools and we are one of them. Gomer Junior School has been recognised as showing best practice in the promotion of walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to and from school. Of the 3,500 schools that are signed up to participate in Modeshift STARS, we are just one of just 75 school across the country that have been nominated for this year’s Awards. Our JRSOs will attend the celebration event in November 2018.
November saw the JRSO team talk about being bright and being seen. After an informative assembly delivered by the team, the pupils were then asked to accessories their uniforms so they could be seen on their journey to and from school. During the day, there were several class activities the children took part in that promoted staying safe, including road safety snakes and ladders.
Remembrance was something the JRSO’s wanted to take part in this year. Following lots of discussion and lots of ideas about how they could tie remembrance and road safety together in a fun but respectful way they decided to create poppies with a fact about the war written on them. These were then hidden in different locations on various walks to school. Children were encouraged to collect as many facts as they could on their journey to school and tell their teacher when they arrived at school.
Walk to School Month in October is a national event that the JRSO’s have organised for a few years. Each year gets more creative. This year they started by holding an assembly to encourage pupils to walk to school, have set various class challenges and this year challenged pupil to do something different on their walk to school each week – find Basil Bird, Sing a song with a friend, wear a silly accessory.
Three challenges, one per week.
Challenge 1: find Basil Bird pictures on the way to school.
Challenge 2: sing a song on the way to school with your adult or friend and share this in school.
During October half term, the JRSO’s asked pupils (and staff!) to take Basil Bird on a healthy, sustainable travel adventure. He took part in lots of fun activities including pumpkin picking, walking in Cornwall, visits to the zoo and lots of trips to the beach for picnics!
The JRSO’s have introduced parking tickets to adults who park dangerously or inconsiderately near school. The JRSO’s go out on parking patrol, talk to the adults about how they are parking and when necessary issue a ‘parking ticket.’ Other tickets they have introduced, include ‘turning your engine off’ and ‘parking on a bend.’
Parking patrol is something that the JRSO’s do on a regular basis and have recently approached the Infant School, who are now supporting this.
Gomer Rocks! – May 2018
During our walk to school week our school community found our 125 Gomer rocks each and everyday. With thanks to the parents/carers who re-hid them everyday too. Great fun!
Gold STARS for Gomer – January 2018
After considerable dedication and innovation we were delighted to receive our Gold Modeshift STARS award. ! Having received our Modeshift STARS Gold we celebrated by wearing gold, holding a celebration assembly and inviting important people (Bikeit! Ray, Helen Harris, The Mayor and previous JRSO’s) back to help us celebrate. This was featured in the local newspaper and we have had our school logo made into gold to commemorate this occasion and have had our school logo made into a giant G and placed on our bicycle shelter. Go Gomer!
That’s Solent TV Feature Our Road Safety Team – December 2017
Dangerous Parking Monitoring – November 2017
After only two days of the monitoring we received very positive feedback from one of our parents who reported:
‘The parking patrol is really effective. Nobody has parked on the white lines by the road ‘crossing’ on St Helens Road (by the entrance to Amersham). Crossing this quite busy road at such a busy time has felt safer for us and we are more able to see cars approaching. Thank you to all involved. Especially as it is getting so chilly now!’ 8.11.2017
Green Cross Code Awareness Day – November 2017
October 2017 – BBBS day
Video Presentation to Governors – October 2017
link to follow…
Be Bright Be Seen – October 2017
JRSO Training September 2017
Walk to School Week – 15 May 2017
Every day w/b 15 May we will have a focus on walking to school. Mrs Botriell, with the help of the JRSO Team have re-launched our Park and Stride scheme. With thanks to The Seahorse Pub for providing their car park as an official Park and Stride stop at the start of the day. Parents/carers – please do not forget to ask school for a permit so that The Seahorse know you are official. Basil the Bird will look forward to walking the children to school at the end of the week.
Be Bright Be Seen – Spring 2017
Thank you to our JRSO Team for organising a very successful Be Bright Be Seen day on Friday 13 January 2017. The day saw lots of children accessorsing their uniforms with hi-vis clothing. Children entered the JRSO poster competition and learnt more about the importance of BBBS. We were delighted that the infant school took part too and helped raised lots of pennies for a road safety charity. The News were impressed too so covered the story in their paper. We think that Mrs Mulhall (left) and Mrs Bottriell (right) look fabulous in neon colours!
For more information on the Hampshire based Junior Road Safety Scheme, please look at the Hampshire website:
A presentation produced by the team outlining the work of the JRSO Team.
- Be Bright Be Seen Day – January 2016
- Attendance at the Autumn Term JRSO conference – October 2016
- Attendance at the Autumn Term JRSO conference – October 2015
- Attendance at the Autumn Term JRSO conference – October 2014
- Booster seat awareness stand during the November Parents Evening – 3rd and 5th November
- Be Bright be Seen Day – 28th November
- Bike It! Assembly: 2nd December
Children who attended parents evening recently did not have time to be bored or to think about what their parents were being told as the JRSO’s organised lots of activities for them.
Children completed word searches, spot the hazards and scrambled words all related to road safety. Some were trickier than others, but JRSO’s were on hand to help out and give advice. Once completed, the JRSO’s marked their peers responses and pulled six winners out of the box. Congratulations to Michael Lyons Fitzearle, Morgan Wyatt, Owen Godbold, Sophie King, Sabina King and Lucy Storey who all collected a their prize in our celebration assembly on Friday 7th November.
The JRSO’s responsibility didn’t stop there! They also spent time measuring children to see if they were tall enough to travel in a car without a seatbelt and explaining the importance of this to parents; handing out leaflets and talking to parents / carers about how dangerous it is to park on the zig zag lines outside school (informing them that it is illegal and the police can issue a parking ticket), and quizzing adults on road signs (they were very impressed that Head Teacher Mrs Mulhall got 100%!). It should be noted that she is an Advanced Skills driver…
All children attending enjoyed the activities and all learnt something new about road safety. Keep an eye out for future BikeIt! developments. You may like to look at the BikeIt! page under the children’s tab.