Finally we got to have our Ride2School day for this year after postponing it in term 1 for reasons all to due with Covid! The morning dawned with clear skies and a cool easterly breeze. A perfect day for a ride to school.

Our Principal, Mrs Donna McDonald came out to see how we were going. Our Your Move students and the P & C President, Michelle, arrived in their Act Belong Commit t shirts ready to start writing out raffle tickets. Students who rode to school got a raffle ticket and those who wore a helmet got a second raffle ticket as a reward for looking after their heads. Soon we were unindated with students on their bikes and scooters.

We ended up with 61 bikes, scooters and roller blades, which was more than a 20% increase in bikes and scooters from Wednesday when we had 50 in the compound. We also had less students at school on Friday, 76% compared to 78% on Wednesday.

We even had a year 7 student ride her roller blades to school on Friday. We were very pleased to see her with her helmet. See the photo below. It is hard to make out the roller blades in the photo though.

We drew out the prize winners during period 1 and then hand delivered invitations to the winners, to the Official Opening of our new Bike Shelter which was being conducted at 10:30 am. The winners were then presented with their prize one of our special guests, Mr Chris Tallentire MP at the morning tea after the Official Opening. We had $800 worth of prizes to give away. Mr Chris Tallentire, donated $500 worth of gift vouchers to the school for Ride2School day. See below for some photos.

Winners of $100 gift vouchers to a local bike shop, donated by Mr Chris Tallentire MP.

Here is a photo of the winners of a variety of bike equipment which was a Your Move reward from 2021. Going on the smiles, the prizes were appreciated. After the formalities we then enjoyed a lovely morning tea.

The day was a lot of fun and I think with the 20 percent increase in bikes and scooters at school from Wednesday, amidst dropping school attendance, the day was a success in meeting the goal of increasing the number of students riding to school.

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