Good news from Hampton Hill School in Tawa, Wellington, where the school has become one of the latest around the country to plan a new Bikes in Schools project. Inspired by the success of the project at Titahi Bay School, Boards of Trustees member Jill Day thought that something similar would work well at Hampton Hill too.
School principal Kelly O’Leary (above left with Jill) agreed that the project would fit in well with the school’s goals – “We want healthy, engaged children and we want children who risk take”, she said. An added advantage is that a new cycle trail through Tawa itself has just been completed, so the school sees the opportunity to teach kids to ride in the safe environment of the school grounds, then let them loose outside school to take full advantage of the new trail outside.
It sounds like the Tawa community are already getting behind the scheme, too – one parent has already offered to teach children how to service the bikes.
Best of luck, Hampton Hill school in your fundraising efforts – we’re really looking forward to seeing the completed facilities!