Oasis Academy Fir Vale's dedication to sustainable travel wins gold!
After a number of years of teamwork and commitment, pupils at a primary school in Sheffield are celebrating after they have been recognised for their dedication to protecting the environment.
The children at Oasis Academy Fir Vale have won the Modeshift STARS Gold Award for their work to raise awareness about sustainable travel, and making changes to their daily travel to and from school.
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that recognises schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
Rashad Hassan, Senior Learning Mentor at Oasis Academy Fir Vale commented, saying; “We are excited to be working with local partners and the community to ensure we are doing all we can to look after our environment.”
“Our children are so engaged with the challenge of global warming, and what small steps they can take to improve things like air quality locally. We hope that this award will be the launch pad for our pupils’ next ideas.”
In 2016 Oasis Academy Fir Vale signed up to the STARS programme and entered the 10-day Active Travel Challenge for the first time and were one of eight schools across South Yorkshire to win a prize.
Since then, the pupils and staff have gone from strength to strength receiving a bronze and silver award, then winning a further two prizes for the work they are doing to raise awareness and educating children and the community on the importance of looking after the environment and improve sustainable travel.
Helen Round, Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, added; “We are proud to receive the Modeshift STARs Gold Award, which is thanks to the dedication of our pupils and Mr Hassan.”
“This work is part of our wider commitment at Oasis Academy Fir Vale to provide our young people with the opportunities to consider their place in the world, how they can be model citizens, and how they can make a positive contribution.”
Staff have continued to work with local partners and have joined the Burngreave Clean Air Campaign to highlight pollution in the community.