National Ride 2 School Day

Bella Vinten
Wellard Primary School

Wellard Primary School finished off Week 7 by celebrating National Ride 2 School Day. Wednesday's Dress Up Your Bike celebrations were a tough act to follow but we tried our best to continue bringing awareness to the benefits of walking and riding to school.

Beaming with cheerful smiles our student leaders greeted their peers and handed out double raffle tickets to our active travellers as they wheeled their bikes and scooters through the school gates. The students were very excited to see our special guests assisting our student leaders.

Thank you so much to Sergeant Gary and Sergeant Antony for coming to welcome our students in the morning and going even further to carry out a few tests on the students helmets as they arrived. Our younger students were so excited to see the police at the gate and couldn't wait to meet them. Parents and students loved the community involvement and we have received a few emails from parents telling us how much they are loving this new initiative!

At Room 11's assembly, we were lucky enough to have our two guests come up and present to the school. The sergeants interactive presentation discussed the benefits of walking to school and how it decreases congestion and the importance of wearing helmets.

In Year 4, we used the SDERA Safety on Wheel's program to test out our helmets and learn how to wear them safely. Some students were very surprised to find out that they had not been wearing their helmets safely enough.

It was so great to see so many families walking or riding through our gates to receive double raffle tickets. The sense of community that was felt throughout the week has been awesome!

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James (Your Move)

Well I think Wellard did a stirling job at following up the successful Dress Up Your Bike event! Great to read about the WA Police involvement at the gate and their presentation - how did this come about? Was it initiated by the school or the Police? You have earned 40 points for your R2SD event, 25 points for the Police incursion, and 60 points for doing SDERA road safety activities in Term 1. Also the "great read" factor has earned you another 10 points.

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Wellard contacted the Kwinana Police station and one of their sergeants got back to us straight away! I got the idea when reading through other schools stories from last year and thought it was a great idea!

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James (Your Move)

Great to hear that you proactive approach was rewarded with success!

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