Bike Riding Lessons

Maria Clapsis
Phoenix Primary School

I was delighted to receive an email from Jillian from Cockburn City Council inviting us to have a bike skills course at our school. The course would be funded by the Local Projects Local Jobs State Government Funding and the City of Cockburn.

An expression of interest was put out to the school community with regards to suitable days etc. Monday was chosen as the most popular option.

I placed the following info in our school newsletter:

“Your child will have the opportunity to take part in three Bike Skills sessions to be held at school on the 12th, 19th and 26th November from 3.15 till 4.15. To take part your child needs to have a bike ( please remove trainer wheels prior to the sessions), a helmet, suitable footwear and a parent/guardian present at the sessions. Places are limited so get your place ASAP.” Maria Clapsis – Travel Smart Co-ordinator

Members of the Travel Smart team made posters to promote the event and these were displayed around the school.

Thanks to Jillian, we were fortunate to have Christina, a qualified bike instructor from People on Bicycles, to coach the participants. During the first session we had one year two girl able to ride her bike without trainer wheels for the first time. The expression on her face was wonderful. The children enjoyed the three sessions learning to ride confidently (without trainer wheels) and the parents could not believe how much was achieved in such a short time.

All the children who took part chose a prize at the assembly.

Thanks to everyone involved. You have made it possible for our children to have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence which will make their future bike riding safe and fun.

Thanks again

Maria Clapsis

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James (Your Move)

Thanks so much Maria for sharing all those extra details - the funding, the posters and the assembly - that has earnt you a bonus 20 points on top of the 80 points received for the bike ed sessions. Great stuff!

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