By Angela Norval
Encouraging the students to get out and about and enjoy the great surrounds of the school, Childers State School once again held its Bike-a-Thon and Walk-a-Thon on Friday 19 November.
This event has happened annually for 21 years and is not only a fun day with a focus on full student and staff participation, but also a fund-raiser for the school’s Outdoor Education Program.
The Outdoor Education Program gives all students the opportunity to participate in an excursion in Prep or Year 1 or a camp from Years 2 to 6.
Childers State School’s Roxanne Harvey said this event allowed the students and staff to have a relaxing and enjoyable morning of activity together.
“It is wonderful to see all the students engaged in an outdoor and active event like this,” she said.
“The teachers are heavily involved in the event either walking with the students or some ride and others are positioned around the courses for safety and encouragement and to tick off laps.”
As part of the Walk-a-Thon and Bike-a-Thon, Prep to Year 2 students walked an engaging obstacle course around the oval and surrounds, while Year 3 to 6 rode their bikes or walked.
Year 3 students had a flat track of a 400m circuit to ride on the oval, although the older students had a challenging 1.5km circuit up and down the school’s hills.
Students completed as many laps as they could in 90 minutes.
“It is just such a happy and excitable atmosphere that the event generates each year and we have many parents and carers who come along to watch and encourage the students,” Ms Harvey said.
“We are very grateful for the community support for the fund-raising aspect of the event.”