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Volunteers and students maintaining bikes.
​A group of wonderful volunteers teaching students bike maintenance.

​It's raining men. Hallelujah!

We’ve had some good falls of rain lately in Inglewood, but nothing as awesome as the group of men that descended on our Inglewood State School P-10 recently who assisted with our “Bike Repair and Maintenance” Session with our Year 7-9 boys.

An outsider would have been forgiven for thinking that the large group of about 20 men had just dropped out of the sky, the sight was so fantastic!  The men were invited to assist with getting our school-owned bikes ready for the Bike Program being offered in the Term 4 HPE lessons.

Our school owns approximately 60 bikes (30 Junior and 30 Senior) and all were in varying stages of repair needs to ensure they were clean and ready for use next term.

Our high school staff have been focussing on how better to engage our young men and to give them connections in our community for career and mentoring opportunities.  What better way to achieve this than to have a group of great blokes work on the bikes with the boys, teaching them basic mechanics whilst getting to know them in a relaxed setting?

Our Year 7-9 youths checked chains, brakes, gears, tyres and anything else required under the careful supervision of their assigned tutor and the results were truly wonderful! Not only are the bikes oiled, glistening and ready for use, more importantly, the boys had a chance to learn new skills and talk to someone in the community with a job/career they may be considering.  They asked them questions about their jobs, but also what it takes to be a ‘good man’.

The success of the entire venture was extraordinary, thanks mainly to the overwhelming support from community members and organisations/businesses in the town.  We would especially like to thank Inglewood Police, BLASK Engineering, Goondiwindi Regional Council, WECAM  and various small business and farming enterprises for taking the time to not only help our school, but also for making the needs of our young men a priority in their busy schedules.  All would certainly agree that the success of our future depends on the success of our youth today.

Hopefully, this is the first of many successful ‘Mentor Men’ sessions with our high school boys and we thank the participants this time from the bottom of our hearts!