The City of Belmont generously provided two of our classes with the opportunity to attend an excursion at Constable Care Safety School in Maylands on August 9. This excursion has become an annual traditional at St Augustines and plays a crucial role in promoting and educating our students in safe active travel habits.
The school chose to send the Yr 3 and 4 classes this year, differing from previous years where only 4s, 5s or 6s were selected due to the level of bike riding ability. This change is small acknowledgment of our changing bike culture over the years.
Feedback from staff, students and parent helpers was that it was a fabulous experience. Apparently everyone was having such a great time outdoors in the purpose built cycling and pedestrian facility that they forgot to take pictures! Luckily one parent helper sent me this picture of the indoor education setting, where the students receive a presentation from the Safety School staff about bike checks and helmet safety.
We really are so grateful to have this opportunity. With Belmont’s TravelSmart Officer position still vacant, Healthy Communities Officer, Carly Grapes, took up the mantle of helping to arrange this adventure for our students. We really appreciate that Carly took on the extra responsibility of advocating for this initiative to continue. She researched the funding arrangements, sought approvals and organised purchase orders. We couldn’t have had this oppotunity this tear without her can-do attitude. 😍
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