Year 9 Coordinator, Colleen Devitt, decided the best way to explore the indigenous culture was to get the students outdoors and organised a bike ride to Mount Tibrogarden. “This way the students could see, smell and feel the culture of the indigenous people up close,” she said.
The first stage of the adventure was a bike readiness session. Many of the students hadn’t ridden a bike for years and some of the loaned bikes were a little worse for wear. We were fortunate enough to have Erek Smith from Beerwah Cycles and Rob Patinga from Beerwah Bicycle Users’ Group to help us with our bike readiness as well as GCCC Board Chairman Erik Dodwell and our wonderful maintenance guys, Mark Becker, Tim Siggs and John Vreeling. After the bikes were made roadworthy, the students tackled a safety and obstacle course to continue their bike education.
When the big day arrived, the grey, leaden skies didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits but the following rain did dampen a few backs later on in the afternoon. For such a big ride, we involved the help of the local police who escorted the group for some of the way and closed a section of the road for us to increase the safety of riders and drivers.
We were also grateful for volunteers from Beerwah Bike Riders’ Association which included Corry and Frans Mens, grandparents to students at the College. Once again we had the help of Erik Dodwell as well as the lovely Year 9 PC teachers and Head of Middle School.
The students loved the experience, pushed themselves really hard and had ear to ear grins at the end of the day.