Stu­dents join staff to ride to school

Cockburn Gazette - - BUSINESS -

MORE than 100 Kennedy Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dents, staff and par­ents jumped on their bikes for the morn­ing com­mute as part of Na­tional Ride2S­chool Day ear­lier this month.

While the em­pha­sis of the day was on pro­mot­ing a healthy phys­i­cal life­style, the mass ride also added a sense of be­long­ing and com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents dressed up their bikes, sci­ence teach­ers wore their lab coats and phys­i­cal education teach­ers Scott Britza and David Orr thrilled spectators on their tan­dem bike.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the school all par­tic­i­pants en­joyed a healthy break­fast to­gether be­fore head­ing off to class.

Prin­ci­pal Mark Ashby rode in with the stu­dents and de­clared the morn­ing a suc­cess.

“This was a great op­por­tu­nity for the Col­lege all to get in­volved to­gether and it was won­der­ful to see so many fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

Ride2S­chool Day is an ini­tia­tive run by Bi­cy­cling Western Aus­tralia, in con­junc­tion with sim­i­lar east­ern states or­gan­i­sa­tions.

By rid­ing and walk­ing to school, stu­dents con­trib­uted to their min­i­mum phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity level of 60 min­utes per day.

Re­search shows that stu­dents who ride and walk as part of their jour­ney to school are more fo­cused and ready to learn when com­pared with those who are driven.

Kennedy Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dent Ge­or­gia McCabe rides to school.

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