Road safety the fo­cus of an­nual Ride-A-Thon

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Ed­ward Pub­lic School’s an­nual Ride-A-Thon in Septem­ber saw stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties based around road safety.

It in­cluded talks from De­niliquin po­lice of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble Paul Eb­sworth, and Michael Ed­wards from Ser­vices NSW.

Stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers par­tic­i­pated in a 40 minute bike ride around the school and prac­tised their road safety skills.

Some stu­dents walked around an ob­sta­cle course set out in the school grounds while oth­ers par­tic­i­pated in ro­tat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a scooter track which the stu­dents de­signed with road signs, safety videos, role plays, and posters and bi­cy­cle art work.

Ed­ward School re­liev­ing prin­ci­pal Rhonda Blacker said safety to­kens were given out for safe, re­spect­ful and re­spon­si­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion and many prizes were awarded.

‘‘It was a suc­cess­ful day with ex­cel­lent sup­port from the com­mu­nity. We fin­ished with a bar­be­cue lunch and danc­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the sun­shine,’’ Ms Blacker said.

De­niliquin High School teach­ers and stu­dents vis­ited the school and spoke with the stu­dents about the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride, and lo­cal bike rider John Trist spoke about and demon­strated how to ride a penny-far­thing bi­cy­cle — de­signed in the late 1800s and eas­ily recog­nis­able by its large front wheel.

■ Katy Grady, Erica Hayes and Makayla Finn ready to head off on the cy­cling laps.

■ Aria Tay­lor, Mi­ley McCully, Braelie We­sier­ski and Hazel Glowrey donned Care Barein­spired cos­tumes for the Ride-A-Thon.

■ John Trist turned heads on his pen­ny­far­thing bike as part of the event.

■ Shaylee Price joined in the whole-school Ride-A-Thon ride around the school.

■ Rory We­sier­ski and Ri­ley Ives learned about road safety while rid­ing scoot­ers.

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