A 1986 postie bike has delivered great outcomes for a group of students at Woodberry Public School in the lower Hunter.
The school purchased the vintage bike and then embarked on a year-long project to restore it to its former glory as an innovative way to improve student outcomes.
Woodberry Public School principal Joanne Burrell said the process of researching, sourcing parts, cleaning, replacing, rebuilding and repainting the bike has allowed students to benefit from hands-on learning.
“About 10 students have spent an hour a week on the bike over the last year, with a condition of their participation being a proper effort to improve all areas of their education,” Ms Burrell said.
“We’re delighted that the project has done just that – from attendance rates to better outcomes in the classroom.
“It’s been a real motivator and we’re looking at what other hands-on, long-term projects may be possible to replicate the postie bike’s success.”
The finished immaculate bike is now on display at the Beresfield Bowling Club, which provided a grant of $4500 to enable the school to purchase the bike and the materials needed to restore it.
As an additional benefit, raffle tickets to win the bike are being sold to raise money for Woodberry Public School.
Local motorcycle businesses Classic Motorcycle Restoration at Gateshead, Hunter Paint Centre at Broadmeadow and SC Moto at Salamander also supported the project.