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Artigarvan Primary School 31 Berryhill Road Artigarvan Strabane

The big pedal celebration

Ronan came to school to share some exciting news- our school has won a brand new bike for one child within the school to receive! We had some fantastic efforts during the big pedal, some children managed to cycle every day, to and from school accompanied by their parents. To decide who will be awarded with the brand new bike, Ronan is assessing our results, looking carefully at which children took part every day and continue to develop their cycling skills and getting to school by cycling or walking. 

The final day of the big pedal was a non-uniform day, where the children brought bikes or scooters to school and rode them around the school playground. Each child was asked to bring £1 on the day. This was a great success as we managed to collect £130 which we have donated to Sustrans. They have been a great help to our school this year teaching children in Foundation Stage to ride their bikes without stabilisers and learning KS2 children necessary cycle skills developing balance and co-ordination. 

We appreciate the hard work and time they have dedicated to our school. We hope to achieve our Bronze Sustrans award in September, we will then begin to work on achieving the Silver award. 





The big pedal Winners

Here is Kyle receiving his brand new bike. Kyle cycled to and from school every day of our Big Pedal event, his Dad also cycled with him. Three children from each class also received a prize for their contribution during the event. We hope that next year children will bring their bikes and scooters more often to school. 


Ditch the stabilisers for Year 2

In February Ronan delivered a fantastic programme 'ditch the stabilisers' to the year 1 children. We are delighted to now offer this to Year 2 children in school following the previous success. This is a practical session lasting around 45 minutes, held during the school day, where parents come along and support their child in the process of riding without stabilisers. Ronan will be leading the session, supporting parents on what to do at home in relation to your child's progress throughout the day. This is a fantastic opportunity in preparation for the Spring, to enable your child to learn to ride their bike independently.

Due to the nature of the programme only 10 children will be able to take part in this activity over 2 sessions. Sandra will be sending out a letter in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled as places will be secured on a first come basis. If demand is high for this programme we will consider running another session. Please note, this is specifically for Year 2 children however if places become available Year 3 children will then be offered.

Parents must attend the session as it is tailored towards supporting parents in this process. Children must bring their own bikes and helmets to school on the day.


Ditch the Stabilisers


Cycle skills



This year we have been shortlisted to take part in the fantastic, "Active School Travel Programme". Our school applied to take part in this initiative and fortunately we are one of the few schools to have been chosen. Throughout the year, Ronan, our leader from Sustrans, will be coming into school to deliver assemblies and workshops such as Dr Bike, which will allow children throughout the entire school to bring their bikes to school to have them checked over, to ensure they are cycle-safe.

As with the Eco award, our school must now fulfil certain criteria in order to achieve a bronze, silver and gold award. Ronan has been out in school and has identified barriers to our success such as the lack of cycle paths in the village. With his help, we hope to be able to address this issue, enabling the children of Artigarvan Primary School to become more active in their everyday lives and on their journeys to and from school. 

I look forward to updating you more on this exciting programme within our school, for now, why not take a look at the Sustrans website where you can read about the results and testimonies from current and previous participating schools.