This term the Year 9.1 class have been engaged in a bike ed program in preparation for their PES camp on Rottnest at the end of the year. After initially spending some time in the school grounds refining their general cycling skills and learning to ride safely in a group, something that most were unfamiliar with, they eventually ventured further afield for several lessons and re-familiarised themselves with the local surrounds in Dianella and the dreaded Cresswell Hill.

The course culminated with 3 rides starting at the Maylands Yacht club and ranging in distance from 15 – 20km, exploring the Swan River from the Tonkin Highway Bridge south to the Narrows. The rides took in historical features such as the old brick kilns, Tranby House and Peninsula Farm in Maylands, environmentally sensitive areas around the Baigup wetlands and bird sanctuary in Bayswater and the new developments at Elizabeth Quay and stadium at Burswood.

Most students had a modicum of fitness and enjoyed the rides, the camaraderie of their peers and were pleasantly surprised at the new experiences. Students are all to be congratulated for their courteous behaviour and respectful interactions with the general public on the cycle paths and their helpfulness loading and unloading the bus and trailer.