Over the course of the first term Charleston Academy have been working closely with Velocity, a GoByCycle project that promotes and supports young people in cycling to school.
The aim of this partnership is to encourage Charleston Academy pupils to cycle to school more often. Volunteers from Velocity, and school staff, have been providing skills sessions for pupils during lunchtimes to develop their understanding of bike maintenance.
To launch this partnership, Charleston Academy pupils were given the opportunity to take part in a full day mountain bike trip on Thursday the 31st October. Pupils were able to bring along their own bikes but could also borrow a bike from Velocity for the day.
A group of 16 pupils from S1 to S3, along with Mr Buchanan (Geography), Miss Crawford (History) and 4 volunteers from Velocity left Charleston and joined the Great Glen Way. This gruelling ascent continued until we reached a point just beneath Dunain Hill. After this point the pupils were able to get some experience descending muddy tracks with expert guidance from Velocity staff.
The day was a great success. Above all else the pupils had a fantastic time and were excellent ambassadors for the school throughout the day, despite some temperamental Highland weather.
Our partnership with Velocity puts us in a position to offer this kind of event more regularly and we look forward to getting out on the bikes again soon.
Mr Stuart Buchanan, Teacher of Geography