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Bike Education Program

The Bicycle Education Program is compulsory for all students from grades 4 to 6. The program runs each year in term 3 for about 3 - 4 weeks.

The grade 4 students spend their time learning road rules and bicycle competence by riding around a number of courses and intersections within the school grounds. The grade 5 and 6 students begin their course in the school yard but move out onto the road once they are competent.

The students learn road rules, how to ride correctly on the road through roundabouts and intersections. They develop excellent riding skills through practice on the Bike Ed challenge course. This involves riding slowly, tight turns, over and under beams, slalom and straight riding with scanning.

A number of students from grades 4 to 6 are then chosen to represent our school at the local Bike Ed Challenge. This challenge has been running for many years and Cowes Primary School has progressed through to the State final for the past 7 years.

The Grade 5/6 Bike Ed culminates in a bike ride to Rhyll and back (about 10 km) from Cowes along bike paths and through park reserve. The Parents Club provide a sausage sizzle and the students rest and recover before riding back to school. The grade six students also undertake an individual road test at the end of their program.