We hold a special 'Bling your bike' day to encourage families to dig out the bikes and have a go decorating them and importantly bringing them into school for the first time. It was at the start of the national 'Big Pedal' in which pupils were encouraged every day.
We were thrilled at the numbers of pupils who took part and the overall quality of the designs. From ipads to space rockets, Tim who runs the bikeIT clubs in Cardiff said he was really impressed with the standard. In the 'Spring 2011 Cardiff BikeIt update' it was described as "the event of the term." The members of the BikeIt club helped Tim in the very difficult job of judging the winners of the different age groups.
Millbank is well known for it's environmental work and we are proud to be a BikeIT school as we want all children to be able to get the many benefits of cycling to school each day. Encouraging people to walk or cycle to school is part of the Green Code that the whole school agreed & signed up to so it was great to see so many taking part in this competitions.
The following week the bikeIt club organised a DR BIKE session on Tuesday 15th March – in which they encouraged families to "bring your bike to school for any repairs that need to be made, replacement parts, or just a check up". The gentleman from Cycle Training Wales checked over some 22 bikes
Millbank can be quite proud of its effort for the ‘Big Pedal’ competition. We managed to come in 5th place in Cardiff and as a reward we got a fantastic stunt cycle performance at the school. "It was amazing!"
You can see the Cardiff Road Safety Team putting some of the children through Cycle training as well as the BikeIt Assembly given by Tim at the start of term by clicking the picture to the left.
You can see the BikeIt club page and just some of the articles in the weekly newsletter by clicking the picture to the right. We do try and put something in every chance we get but the newsletter quickly fills up.
It is recommended that children get at least 1 hours physical activity every day. With TV, computers and game consoles eating into their free time the trip to and from school can be a great way to make sure your child stays healthy. We at Millbank certainly think that’s a message worth peddling!