Restorations forge links
Some Sadadeen Primary School students are building relationships and community connections as they renovate old bicycles.
Led by year 5/6 students, the project involves mechanics, stencil art, marketing and retailing, and the development of social and communication skills.
Teacher Frazer Mckinlay said the enterprise includes “shared problem solving, teamwork, and relationship navigation in a real world experience”.
“They must connect with the community to source bikes and equipment, fundraise, and work constructively together,’ he said.
“The program, which largely focusses on disengaged students is not solely bike driven, and the goals of the group may alter if their ideas change.
“It is a curriculum motivated by students’ interests and passions — and these boys are devoted to bikes.
“They buy broken bikes from the Alice Springs Rediscovery Centre — the recycling centre and salvage yard.
“The students will invite local bike mechanics to teach them advanced skills such as tuning gears and casing cables for brakes.”
Mr Mckinlay said the students are being introduced to marketplace principles. But the venture is also a fundraiser for school equipment and organisations such as sports clubs and social justice advocates.
“The boys are guided by mentors and discuss topics such as culture and future planning as they overhaul the bikes,” he said.
“It is an environment of personal growth.”