After introducing Engineering to the school curriculum last September, the pupils at S. Anselm’s celebrated the end of a highly successful academic year by hosting the ‘Wheels in Motion Show’.  

The children were set a variety of challenges throughout the summer term to perfect their newfound engineering skills.  

The first challenge was to design and make a go-kart that relied on gravity to move. Months before the show, the pupils could be heard chatting to each other and working together, with the help of their families, to handcraft their very own unique vehicles.  


 Pupils could also enter the Wheels in Motion Exhibition by designing and making mini models of vehicles. Categories included making Lego and junk vehicle models, a labelled sketch of a futuristic vehicle, a painting of a classic car and making a self-propelled mini vehicle.  

Throughout the morning of the show, the older pupils participated in workshops provided by the amazing BMXtras team. They are a team of professional stunt riders who appeared in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and have since worked as stuntmen on several films. 

BMX biking, BMX triking and scootering professionals enabled all the pupils to learn a new skill and take a calculated risk.  

 (Pictured: One of the BMXtras professionals performing a stunt for the audience). 

Joe Sproat from BMXtras said, The students all had excellent attitudes towards the workshops, which made them great to work with. Everyone learnt a new trick or skill, so S. Anselm’s should be proud of them all! It’s great to see so many young people with such a positive attitude towards extreme sports. 

Parents and families arrived from midday to enjoy the Wheels in Motion Show, together with all the enthusiastic pupils and their teachers. 

They watched a variety of incredible stunts from the BMXtras stunt team on the half-pipe as well as the fabulous Soap Box Race in the school car park. Shrieks of joy could be heard from the competitors and the crowd as each vehicle manoeuvred along the chosen track. 

Certificates and rosettes were handed out to competitors, with the drivers of the fastest three soap box vehicles standing on the podium and popping some pretend champagne!  

The School House Stalls sold a variety of homemade items and invented some fun ‘wheel-based’ games to raise money for their chosen charities.  

The final part of the show saw the pupils, staff and parents all competing in the House Tractor Pull followed by a Classic Car Show parade around the school field.  


Miss Louise Flack, the organiser of the Wheels in Motion Show said, “It was wonderful to see how much effort the children had put into the show. It is thanks to everyone who took part, including the committed parents and dedicated staff at S. Anselm’s, that made the Wheels in Motion Show such a huge success.” 

Thank you to Miss Flack for organising such a wonderful event that was appreciated by all. We have already received requests for this to become an annual fixture in the school calendar. 

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