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Schoolchildren have marked their school’s 50th anniversary by holding a themed walk to school.

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, in Waterlooville, held a double celebration as 435 children took part in the ‘Time Machine’ walk to school, dressed in fashion from the past 50 years. After their walk to school, the children enjoyed a travel theatre show and then opened a time capsule, which was buried 25 years ago.

St Peter’s has increased the number of people travelling to school, without a car, from 9 per cent to 35 per cent in a year. The school is continuing to look at ways to encourage more staff and parents to leave the car at home.

Headteacher Lorraine Phillips, said: ‘Children, parents and staff have really embraced the initiative despite the challenges of our wide catchment area and location on a busy road.

‘We have worked hard but also had great fun with many of the activities and appreciate the tremendous support from the wider community, the Hampshire team, local police, businesses and residents.’