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Listening out for sounds is fun for pupils

Date: 19/05/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Photo call x 2 1. Noise Action Week: Members of the media are welcome to meet pupils from Skinner Street School as they arrive at the school at 8.30am on Thursday, 22 May to find out what noises they heard on route. 2. Walk to School Week: Members of the media are welcome to attend the road safety award presentation at Sherwin Knight Infants at 9.15am on Friday, 23 May. *********************** What noises do you hear when you walk to school? That’s the question Medway Council’s ‘Sound Detectives’ will be asking school children this week. As part of Noise Action Week (19-23 May) and Walk to School Week, the council’s Environmental Protection Team will be joining pupils on their walking bus route to raise awareness of noise issues. Environmental Protection officers will meet walking bus pupils from Skinner Street School, Gillingham on Thursday, 22 May at 8.20am (at 3 Garfield Road Gillingham ME7 1QG). Members of the media are welcome to meet the walking bus as it arrives at the school at 8.30am and speak with the officers and pupils to find out what noises they heard on route. The children will be encouraged to identify sounds and officers will use monitoring equipment to show the different noise levels the sounds can reach. Once at the school, officers will give a talk and encourage children to investigate sounds and relate their findings to noise pollution in the home and the wider environment. Resource packs will also be handed to each school with information on noise pollution and the way that noise can affect quality of life. As part of Walk to School Week Medway schools were asked to get creative and come up with activities to celebrate walking. These included an art competition to design a walking bus outfit, decorating the walking bus tabard, poetry writing and sponsored walks. The winning school is Sherwin Knight Infants (Cedar Road, Strood) where pupils and staff have enjoyed dressing up as local landmarks such as traffic lights and post boxes. Medway Council’s road safety officers will present the school with a certificate. Members of the media are welcome to attend the certificate presentation at a school assembly at 9.15am on Friday, 23 May. Editor’s notes: This year’s Noise Action Week is set to highlight street sounds by working in partnership with Walk to School Week. The walking bus provides an ideal opportunity to encourage and raise children’s awareness of different sounds and noise on the streets. Walk to School week is led by ‘Living Streets’, a charity that campaigns to create better streets and places for people on foot.