‘We like to ride our bicycles…’ Cllr Edgar too!

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Gomer Junior have been on a significant journey since December 2015 when it decided to become a Bike It! School. The Bike It! scheme aims to provide young people the skills and confidence to travel to school under their own steam – and their parents the confidence to let them. Working with BikeIt! Ray the school have hosted a variety of events including a Smoothie Bike Breakfast, a Bike Doctor Clinic for adults and children, a Bike Train for Y6 pupils around Gosport, cycling proficiency for those children who can not cycle, holiday sessions and a variety of safety assmeblies. Mrs Sarah Bottriell, one of our four Learning Mentors is also the school’s BikeIt! Champion and has coordinated these activities, with the full support of the Mrs Mulhall, and recently formed a pupil Bike Crew to further promote cycling into school. Mrs Bottriell said, ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed being the school’s BikeIt! Champion. It is been great seeing children’s confidence grow and an increased number of children cycling into school.

Due to the increased number of cyclists, the school have invested in a significant bike shelter for over 50 bikes. Sustrans have kindly donated some money to support the school. And the school’s PTA, FROGJS (Friends of Gomer Junior School) have contributed some funds. Interestingly, Sustrans are working with thousands of schools throughout the UK, enabling children to travel actively and safely.

To mark this significant journey and the construction of our super shelter (with thanks to Fordingbridge Construction and Barhill Grounds Work)  on Friday 26 June, at 2.30pm, Cllr Peter Edgar ‘opened’ the bike shelter alongside a Sustrans Representative, BikeIt! Ray, school governors and most importantly the children. It was a very happy occasion and the teachers’ flash mob bicycle choreography (including jumping over Mr Potter), in time with the teacher’s own version of ‘Bicycle Race’ by Queen was simply brilliant. Thank you also to PCSO Burton for tagging the children’s bicycles to increase our security. Y3, as part of our transition project with Y2 completed some super ‘bike art’. The Gomer Community is wearing non-uniform ahead of our fete tomorrow. Thank you to our families for sending in donations. Everyone had great fun. Go Gomer!