Pedal power makes students smile
Children from several Karratha schools took to the streets with decorated bikes and big smiles last Friday to celebrate national Ride2School Day.
Karratha Primary School encouraged its students to cycle instead of being driven in and let them decorate their bikes as an incentive.
There was a bike parade at the school assembly, with the bestdecorated winning prizes.
Deputy principal Felicity Lampard said it was the first year the school had been involved in Ride2School Day and it had plans to do more on bike safety.
“We received bike locks from the City of Karratha last year, and from there we’ve developed a bit of a bike safety program,” she said. “We’ve started today with Ride2School Day, and next week we will be talking about the safety aspects of riding bikes and scooters.
“When children live in the vicinity of schools, it’s important they learn how to use their bikes in a safe way so they’re not in the aim of traffic and they are courteous as well.”
Millars Well Primary School celebrated Ride2School Day with a similar parade, and principal Daryl Mansfield said it was a fun way for children to be more active.
“There are probably 20 to 30 students who regularly ride to school, but today we have well over 100 and we even have staff getting involved,” he said.
Karratha Primary School students Darcie Coventry, 8, and Ella Ravat, 10, with their decorated bikes for Ride2School Day.