There were 10 bikes and scooters in the bike compound before 08:45 am. We had some very keen bike riders. The Your Move team were busy early putting out the banners, putting up some balloons and then began to welcome the bike riders. Students who rode or scooted got a ticket in the raffle. If they wore a helmet they got an extra ticket, and if they had brought a lock for their bike, they got another ticket.

We ended up with 66 bike riders today and 11 scooters which was a fantastic effort. This is more than Ride2School Day last year and the most we have seen in the bike compound this year, in fact, for many years. Sue, our nurse, is often seen walking around the outside of the bike compound counting bikes. Our new bike racks were put to good use today and it was good to see that with the new racks, we fitted everyone in and had room for more bikes. We did realise that we would fit in more if the new racks were spaced a little further apart. We will remember this when we get more racks installed!

We ran a 'Best decorated bike' competition today as well and we were excited to see some amazing, decorated bikes.

We advertised Ride2School Day and the best decorated bike competition in the Daily Notices, around the school with posters drawn by Kenji, PA announcements made by two of our Your Move team and our nurse had emailed staff to encourage students to participate. She included a word search, a colouring-in sheet and an information sheet on active travel and the environment.

We were lucky enough to have our local MP, Mr Chris Tallentire, ride to school today to judge the best decorated bike competition. We have some clever and talented students, so the competition was hotly contested. Mr Tallentire donated $500 worth of gift vouchers and we used some or our Your Move rewards to get other prizes like bike locks and helmets. Some 17 prizes were handed out! Student who decorated their bikes and did not win, got an Act Belong Commit frisbee.

The raffle was drawn during period 2 and the names were announced over the PA. The winners had to come to the conference room to choose their prize and get presented with it by Mrs McDonald, our Principal.

Here is Mrs McDonald giving $100 gift vouchers to the equal first winners of the best decorated bike competition.

The Your Move team and the winners of the raffle and the students who decorated their bikes got to participate in a yummy morning tea provided by the President and Vice President of the P&C and our nurse.

It was a very successful day. :)

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James (Your Move)

Well you have certainly answered my query about what you have been up to at Thornlie SHS this term! And what a day you had today 🥳. You have really shown here that NR2SD and the Dress Up Your Bike events can translate really well to high school environments. I get the feeling that there was a real party atmosphere going on. You have earned 40 points for your event, 20 for including the Dress Up element, 10 for your promotions, 10 points for your reflections on the participation rates and a final 30 for a downright brilliantly written story!

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Thank you James. It has been a very busy start to the term. We had last week, along with R2SD, Naplan and Harmony week so it was a little busy.

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