It was a cold blustery day here in Albany on Friday with temperatures below 10 degree at 10am yet we still had some very brave students ride and walk to school. They got hailed and rained on but that still didn't stop them. With 11 students riding and another 18 walking. Well done to all of them.
Mount Lockyer Primary School's stories
Friday 23rd March was Ride to School day and what a day it was. It had been raining all night and morning and it was looking like it wasn't going to stop any time soon.
But it takes more than that to stop the students and parents of Mount Lockyer Primary School. We had over 150 students and their parents brave the weather and either ride a bike, scooter or walk to school. A few groups got a bit wet but no one complained and the students thought it was great.
Every student received a sticker and a ticket into a raffle for some fantastic prizes that was drawn after lunch.
Luckily the weather cleared up and it was fine sky's for the way home after school. A huge thanks to Mr Small his help handing out stickers and raffle tickets.
Lockyer Primary School was the first school in Albany to take advantage of some free cycle education for their students provided by the City of Albany thanks to some funding from RAC.
Five sessions of approximately 50 minutes were run during the day by Albany Leisure Centre staff member and qualified Mountain Bike Coach Matt Walker with almost 80 students participating during the day.
Matt will be returning to Lockyer PS on 15th March to run some more sessions for some additional students as well as visiting other Albany Schools over the next two school terms.
Students who rode or walked to school over the last two weeks of term had their names put in a prize draw to win vouchers to Icky Finks and Orana Cinemas. There were six small prizes, plus a grand prize of a cinema voucher for two children and one adult including refreshments.
The first prize draw took place at an assembly early on in the two weeks which promoted the competition and encouraged more students to join in. The final draw was made on the last day of term, when the bike racks showed that several hardy students had ridden to school despite plenty of rain that day!
After a wet week we were glad the rain held off for Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 19 May. Starting at the local cinema, 45 students (with supervising parents and teachers) joined a walking school bus for the 2km journey to school. Other students walked from home to school along different routes.
Thanks to support from Your Move, students who rode their bikes and scooters on Ride2School Day took part in bike skills lessons with Tammy Stone from Pedal Revolution. They practised stopping safely, riding in straight lines, signalling, weaving and learnt about helmet, path and road safety. The slow race was a highlight.
Ride2School Day was a huge success at Mount Lockyer PS and the bike racks were overflowing. One hundred students rode bikes and 20 rode scooters! This was even more impressive given that the Year 6 students were away on camp. Enthusiasm was high and students arrived looking forward to the bike skills activities to be held throughout the day. Ride2School Day was advertised in the school newsletter, on Facebook and by announcements over the PA.
We took our first Hands Up survey of students and were impressed to find that more than 30% had arrived by bus, bike or on foot. We have lots of students who live within 5km of school, but also many who live quite a distance away so it's great that the bus is an option. Looking forward to seeing that number grow during the year!
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