Hundreds of local students rode, scooted or walked as part of this year’s National Ride2School Day on Friday, March 24.

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Foundation students Alby Saunders, Edward Stobie and Levi Saunders.

The national annual event was well received by students and parents of St Mary’s Primary School Maffra, first-year Ride2School Day participants, with physical health and education teacher Rebecca Stobie blown away by the efforts of her school community.

“Ride2School Day at St Mary’s was a huge success,” Ms Stobie said.

“We had an average of eight bike riders that week, and on the day of Ride2School, we had over 90 bike riders and over 20 students walk to school, which is an amazing effort for a small school.”

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra students Bay Oldham (Grade 1) and Payton Robson (Grade 4).

Ms Stobie said it was fantastic to see the entire school community involved with last month’s event.

“There were so many parents who actively travelled to school with their child, children,” Ms Stobie said.

“At school, our staff members came out and ran some active games to encourage students to be active before school.

“There was basketball, skipping, dancing and hula hooping. In particular, students loved riding on the oval, which was set up with a bike obstacle course. It was so great seeing all students being active together and having fun.

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Grade 5 student Mia Potter sets off home on her bike.

“In the lead-up to the event, I was contacted by local Catholic parish member Peter Smyth, who used to run a similar event at the school for many years.

“In the past, Peter and other community members not only encouraged students to ride to school but conducted bike checks and had local Police involved in teaching students about road and bike safety.

“This is something we hope to incorporate into our future Ride2School Days.”

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Foundation student Mia Vardy clips her helmet up in preparation for her scooter ride home.

After a wildly successful Ride2School Day in 2023, St Mary’s will undoubtedly be registering for next year’s event.

“Our school will definitely participate in future Ride2School Days as the event created such a positive atmosphere in the yard and helped encourage lots of students to be active,” Ms Stobie said.

“From the event, I hope to see more students actively travelling to school on a regular basis.”

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Foundation student Jobie Bramich and Grade 2 student Jimmy Stobie.

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel, and one of the most anticipated days on the St Thomas’ Primary School, Sale school calendar.

St Thomas’ sport coordinator Grace Duffield was thrilled with the high level of participation in this year’s event.

“This year’s Ride To School Day was exceptional, we had over 100 students and families participating and choosing active modes of transport,” she said.

“The bike shed exploded out into the schoolyard and was full of a variety of wheels of all makes and models.

St Thomas’ Primary School Sale students Louis and Lila Bristow were among the hundreds of students who rode their bikes to school on Friday, March 24.

“All students had the opportunity to participate in an obstacle course around the oval, which was set up and run by our amazing house captains.

“This enabled all students, including our bus travellers, the opportunity to participate in the day.

“We hope to see many more students and families taking up the opportunity to ride, walk, scoot or skate to school in the future.”

Jack Morris, Archer Dyer, Sam Duffield, Oli Bateman and Lachlan McMaster arrived at St Thomas’ Primary School Sale together on Ride2School Day.

Bicycle Network, Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, supported by nearly 50,000 members nationwide, formed Ride2School Day as a solution to combat the significantly increasing number of children who are not physically active for the recommended minimum of 60 minutes each day.

“In the 1970’s, eight out of 10 students rode or walked to school, but today that number has dropped to just two out of 10,” a Bicycle Network spokesperson said.

“Students who ride or walk to school contribute to their minimum physical activity level of 60 minutes per day; they are also more focused and ready to learn compared to those who are driven.

A big grin from St Thomas’ Primary School Sale student Laura Salerman.

“Ride2School is a nationwide program delivered by Bicycle Network, designed to support schools to encourage, empower and enable more students to get physically active on their journey to school.

“To do this, we work with schools, students, parents and local government to cultivate active and healthy school communities.”

Check out these happy Ride2School Day participants – 

St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Grade 2 student Sailor McQuillen walks her bike through the school gates.

St Thomas Primary School student Raffa Gunn.
Walking her bright pink bike into St Thomas’ Primary School Sale on national Ride2School Day is Emme Sanders.
A big grin from St Thomas’ Primary School Sale student Laura Salerman.
St Thomas’ Primary School Sale students Jessica Heffernan and Scarlett Pini.
Liam Fraser jumps off his bike as he walks into school at St Thomas’ Primary School Sale on Ride2School Day.
Brother and sister Thea and Chevy Stubbe show off their bikes as they arrive for school at St Thomas’ Primary School Sale.
St Thomas’ Primary School Sale classmates and sisters Addison and Peyton Morelli.
Arabella Fowler and Isla Millier rode their bikes to school at St Thomas’ Primary School Sale, on National Ride2School Day.
St Thomas' Primary School students, brother and sister Kailin and Jack Smith on Ride2School Day.
St Thomas’ Primary School students, brother and sister Kailin and Jack Smith.
St Thomas' Primary School Sale student Audrey Wilson on Ride2School Day.
St Thomas’ Primary School Sale student Audrey Wilson on Ride2School Day.