HPV Homework

With our first race less than 2 weeks away, we are making the final changes to our vehicles. Many other black vehicles will be on the track so we wish to personalise our two so we can recognise them when we fly down the home straight.

By Monday next week, each team member is to create a sticker design for the front of their teams vehicle.

I will be getting some Blue, Red, Yellow, White and Black sticker material that can be used.

Students can create any design, as long as we can cut it out and they use the above colours.

Designs may include:

Diagonal lines of varying widths, Circles, waves etc.

Designs need to be handed in by next Monday 14/8 so we can decide on which one to use.

Forum Page and Poll

The 2017 forum page is now open….

This page is designed for students to ask questions and make design and construction suggestions. We want to know everything about the vehicles especially things that you think might be able to be improved. Comfort, seating, noise, brakes, water bottles, walkie talkies, pedaling, vision, horn, safety, gears! Any topic can be included. Chances are if you’re thinking it, someone else may be too and besides you are the ones who are in the bike……

Check it out on the left hand side of the home page. Click on the link, give your topic a title that makes it obvious what it is about, then write a review, question, complaint, suggestion etc.. The design and construction portion of the event is crucial to the overall success and the more evidence we have of your input into vehicle improvements the better.

Whilst you’re here fill out the poll for the favourite vehicle….

After school Thursday training- STARTS TOMORROW 20/7/17

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On Thursday afternoons, it is our intention to run 2 training programs side by side. One is for the Pushcart teams and the other is for the HPV teams. Training will run immediately after school until 4:15pm (Pushcarts) and 4:30pm (HPV’s).

  • The Pushcart training is designed for fitness and skill development of pushing and steering the pushcarts through the variety of events they will be involved in. Students will need to ensure they have their bike helmet and something to eat for a snack after school and they will be picked up from the oval. If your child is required to walk home or go with another parent, can you please email Melissa Mcleod (m.mcleod@jpps.vic.edu.au) to inform her.
  • The HPV training is fitness and exercise based with some fun and teamwork built in. We run a series of different programs with a particular focus on improving cardio fitness levels and leg strength. It will include a range of different activities such as hill runs, physical games & relays, bootcamps and general running. On a few occasions we may try and also do a bike ride over to Jells Park (permission form to follow). As above students are to be picked up at the oval or notification of arrangements to Darren Jenkins (d.jenkins@jpps.vic.edu.au)

Whilst we encourage all kids to participate in as much training as they can, we recognise that other commitments also exist and we don’t expect you to forego prior commitments. If your child is unable to attend either one specific week or permanently, or if you have further questions, please just shoot Darren or Melissa an email.

 

Off and Running- 1st holiday training sessions

And so the journey begins again. Under a typically gloomy (but slightly brighter than normal)  Casey sky, many of our successful HPV applicants got their first taste of riding a HPV at our first Casey Fields training session yesterday. All 3 vehicles were on the track along with the new vehicle belonging to the Fellows family. Some short stints on the short circuit in order to get a taste for steering and handling, gear changes, passing and stimulating new muscle groups. This will extend to the big circuit with timing over the holidays and the subsequent challenge to improve and maintain speed and times.

Welcome to 2017

(As per Mr Zach’s email…..)

Welcome to this years’ RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge. It was fantastic to have so many interested students wanting to participate in the program. It is going to make the selection of teams very difficult. 26 boys and 18 girls have nominated to be racing competitors in the program, along with 2 male support crew. With such a larger gender imbalance, I have asked permission from the organisers to enter an all boy push cart team. They have allowed this which is fantastic news, Although this team will be ineligible to win any prizes if they come first. This means, that at this stage, ALL students will participate and come away to Maryborough in November. YAY!!!!!! In saying that, If you are planning to come along and support in Maryborough, I recommend you get onto organising your accommodation as soon as possible. I will require around 8 parent helpers to camp with us at the event. A notice will go out for this later next term.
We have a large number of boys interested in the HPV program. This means many of them will be disappointed when the teams are selected toward the end of Term 2. We have a very detailed selection process which takes into account all aspects of the program, as well as their effort, behaviour and responsibilities at school. This is an extra curricular activity, so their effort in all curriculum areas will also be considered. Once the HPV students have been selected, we then look at placing the rest of the students into the three push cart teams.
HPV Program

The HPV program will initially involve 5 boys and 5 girls per team. These students will train in the vehicles and race in Bendigo (August) and Casey Fields (October). After these two events, we will then select the best 4 Boys and 4 Girls for each team for the Maryborough event. The remaining students will become members of one of the push cart teams. They will also be emergency HPV riders for the Maryborough event. I know this can be a very tough situation for students and parents and it is always very tough on us teachers as well. We have found this to be the best way of selection and the students have been made aware of this.
Fitness Training

Your child has already completed the Beep test and 30 minute run at school and should now be recording extra fitness training at home in their log books. We have made a decision about the log books that involve many children who carry out many training sessions (eg. Soccer, football, Basketball) throughout the week. We would like the students to record them in their log books and also record the time the training went for. Please Do Not record the distance travelled. This will not be included in their total distance travelled, but will show us the amount of fitness training they are doing in a week.

If there are any questions you would like answered about the program, please come and see me or email. jppsracing@gmail.com