Newsletter article for March 2021

Sue James
Thornlie SHS
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We had a very successful Ride2School day on the 18th of March, and that day ended with much fun and laughter with the colour run. Some 76 students rode or scooted to school on the day. They were greeted with smiling faces, a piece of fruit (donated by the Manolas Family) and a raffle ticket. If they had worn a helmet to school they got a second raffle ticket. We had a range of prizes that were drawn at the end of lunchtime by Mr Chris Tallentire, MLA for Thornlie. Prizes included 5 K Mart vouchers of $50 each donated by Mr Tallentire, 10 canteen vouchers donated by the Nelson Family, 5 bike drink bottle cages donated by Trek Bicycle Cannington, a Your Move backpack donated by Mr Beecham and a range of Your Move merchandise including bike locks, pumps and drink bottles.

We had 86 students ride or scoot to school on the Ride2School day and 2 staff. On our Hands Up survey the week before, 76 students said that they had ridden or scooted to school but we only counted 52 bikes and scooters in the bike compound.. There may have been a couple of skateboards or scooters in staff offices as well but we think only 3. This means that we had an extra 31 students riding to school on the day. We had a number of students riding for the first time which was excellent.

The Your Move working party organised the Inaugural Ovens Road Challenge this year with our neighbouring primary schools. The winner, with 26.6% of students riding was Sacred Heart Primary, second with 18% of students riding was South Thornlie Primary and TSHS was third with 7.7% of students riding. The schools are keen to compete again on Walk to School Day in May. Students need to dust off their walking boots.

We managed to get a drone photo of the students who had ridden to school, with their bikes, on the oval in the shape of a 50, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school this year. It is a great photo!

Our new visitors bike rack and a bike repair station has been installed at the front of the main administration block. We have already had some visitors use the bike rack.

The Your Move working party has welcomed Taylah on to the working party. She is a year 7 student who is a keen bike rider and wants to help.

We have already reached Gold Status this year which is fantastic. Other events that we are planning for next term are Earth Day, 22nd April, in week one and walk to school day in May. Students, staff and parents who would like to be involved can contact Sue in the Health Centre for more information.

Bike rack changes

The Your Move working party is currently working on making the bike racks more suitable for students by lowering the rails and making them more secure. Please let us know what you think and if you have any ideas on making them better.

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Natasha

Hi Sue, thank you for the detailed follow up on Ride to School Day, we've added 20 points for the detailed steps and 5 points for providing participation numbers. It sounds like exciting things are happening. Congratulations on achieving Gold Status, keep up the great work!

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