Cycle Training – A Plea from our cycling proficiency coach Pany Koliatsa

Dear Parents/Grandparents/Carers,

I have had the pleasure of teaching the Cycle Training course at St. Aloysius’ for the past three years and I am about to embark on my fourth year. All Year 6 students will have the opportunity to take part on this course and it is an excellent preparation for independent and safe cycling.

There are two playground sessions with a small theory test on the Highway Code. We will learn some basic bicycle maintenance and how to check whether your bike and helmet are roadworthy. There are five on road sessions, followed by an on road test with an external examiner. There are usually two to three groups of twelve children.

I really love teaching this course, the kids are keen to learn and fun to work with and take the training very seriously. I just have one BIG problem…. I need one, ideally two new people, to learn the ropes. You don’t need to ride a bike but you do need to have free afternoons over a week in May or June between 1.30pm and 3.00pm and a little bit of extra time to observe the tests. The training is free for the children and the instructors are volunteers.

The parents of the students help start and finish the children on the roads but as many of them will be leaving the school in the summer, they would not be around the following year to help train.

We have had a 100% pass rate for the past 4 years and we want that tradition to continue! It would be great if this scheme could continue to thrive and all the younger children in the school will have the opportunity to undertake this fantastic course.

Anyone interested? Please contact me with any questions via the school office

With Kind Regards

Pany Koliatsa.

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