Published on: 19 March 2020

Cycling has been the theme this week for our Preparatory and Senior School boys.

As part of a joint initiative led by our Student Wellbeing and Environmental Committees, students have been encouraged to ride their bikes to school this week as a way of driving positive cultural change in the school community.

The initiative has included some perks too to encourage participation.

“Senior School boys who ride their bike to school get their name recorded and entered into a raffle draw for the chance to win a $30 Rebel Sport gift voucher,” says Director of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing, Liam Casson.

“Quite simply, the more days students ride to school, the more luck they have.”

“Both committees have been running an inter-House and inter-tutorial competition, with the winning House being able to leave chapel early at a designated assembly and the top tutorial winning express cards to use at the Canteen.”

“Riding to school not only helps the environment, but supports student health and wellbeing by increasing their physical activity levels.”

“Exercise, particularly in the morning, helps to awaken the mind and sets you up for a productive and positive day at school.”

“The physical activity we are encouraging has numerous benefits. Aerobic exercise, such as riding your bike, raises your heart rate and increases blood flow to your brain.”

“Exercise results in an increase in neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically serotonin and norepinephrine, which boost information processing and mood.”

“We hope that the Ride to School Week initiative supports the terrific culture which already exists at Christ Church, in a way where riding to school becomes more of the norm within our community.”