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The benefit of exercise before school is felt by the boys at Thorpe House School!

Published Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:36:18 PM

This week marked the start of a new initiative at Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross with the first Cycle to School Week introduced to the Junior and Senior boys.

Their challenge was to cycle to school every day instead of coming by car and if they were successful they would be rewarded with a special Biker Breakfast next Friday. There was much excitement amongst the boys, not only at the chance of a bacon and egg butty but at the opportunity to join forces with their friends and do some good for the environment.

As roads become more congested and pollution levels rise, the fact that these boys are embracing this alternative mode of transport is important. Not only does cycling help ease congestion at school drop off and pick-up times, the early morning exercise is a great brain booster. Exercise releases a chemical cocktail of hormones that have been shown to improve concentration and learning, hence making the boys at Thorpe ready for a day of learning!

Ian Plunkett is the teacher at Thorpe House who arranged the cycling initiative:

Cycle to School Week may be a new initiative at Thorpe House, but it is one we are going to run every half term in a bid to get our Junior and Senior boys using pedal power to get to school. Even though this is the first time we have run it, the scheme has had a really positive response from parents and boys and by the summer term, when the weather is more favourable, we hope to have even more boys participating. The weather this week has reached minus 4 some mornings so we are really proud of those boys who have braved the frost and freezing temperatures to do their bit for the environment!
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