The children had been asked to bring their bike or scooter to school all decorated up for Christmas. And the children did not disappoint! Tinsel, Christmas trees, Santa, snowmen, reindeer – all sorts of Christmas decorations were used to festoon cycles and scooters!
The children were very excited about displaying their Christmas bikes and scooters and some had gone to great lengths to be the best! But those children without a bike or scooter were not left out – they had a chance to win a prize for being the best-dressed self!
Amanda Barnett, Headteacher at the school, explained that there was a serious side to the fun. By asking the children to bring their bikes and scooters to school for the event, it provided an opportunity to check them for safety. Generally, the school hoped to encourage more biking and scooting, but ensuring greater levels of safety awareness and proficiency whilst riding was an essential part of this.
The Christmas competition and safety event involved Humberside Police Community Support Officer Simon Cook and East Riding Council Road Safety Officer Lynne Thomas checking the bikes and scooters for safety. Lynne said that up to 50 bikes and scooters had also been coded during the morning, which means that if they are lost or stolen and recovered by the police, they can be returned to their rightful owners. Those children with bikes, but no lights, were given a set for free.
Hedon Primary School’s marvellous new website says: “We believe that a school should be an interesting and exciting place to be; where children are encouraged to ask questions, seek solutions and in general, enjoy learning.” There certainly was lots of interest and excitement at the school yesterday – and it definitely was a learning experience!