Pupils en­gi­neer own bike track

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

BE­ING ABLE to de­sign a school bike track is some­thing most stu­dents don’t get the op­por­tu­nity to do.

But as a re­ward for their good be­hav­iour, the lucky stu­dents of Ma Ma Creek Pri­mary School were given the go-ahead to de­sign their very own bike track, and to top it off, the stu­dents have just com­pleted a cy­cling course.

With the six week pro­gram fin­ish­ing last Fri­day, all 16 stu­dents were able to prac­tice their new skills on the 1 km loop track built into the school oval.

Stu­dent Tee­jay, 10, said he loved the windi­ness of the track.

“I love rid­ing on it and get­ting to ride my bike more,” he said

“The lessons have been so much fun.”

Prin­ci­pal Ma­ree Rosier said the idea was planted af­ter the school needed a be­hav­iour plan put in place.

“We had some trou­ble with some quite ex­treme be­hav­iours so we im­me­di­ately de­signed a be­hav­iour plan and set goals so the kids could work to­wards them,” she said.

Ms Rosier said all of the stu­dents had a role in de­sign­ing the track.

“They all went down and talked about where and what they wanted,” she said.

“Then we got John Pin­nell from Adare Bike track to help us and then Mark Kenny built it for us.”

Be­cause some of the stu­dents had never been on a bike be­fore, Ms Rosier de­cided to re­ward them fur­ther with the cy­cling pro­gram.

“Through Sport­ing Schools we were able to get a grant to have a cy­cling coach come to the school once a week,” she said.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

CRUIS­ING: Ma Ma Creek stu­dent Tee­jay puts his new skills into prac­tice on the schools new bike track, fol­lowed by Jakobi and bike coach Dar­ren Rolf.

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