May 8

Knox HPV Race

Knox HPV Grand Prix report

On Sunday the 30th of May Beaconsfield Primary School’s Human Powered Vehicle team entered 3 teams in the Knox HPV Grand Prix.  The event was a 6 hour endurance relay held at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.  Storm and Ironman were entered in the Junior Secondary Open class and Rogue was entered in the Community Open class.

Storm was powered by a small team of riders; 4 from Beaconsfield PS, Ryan DL, Arthur W, Riley M, Casey A and Finn W who is now at secondary school.  Ironman was ridden by 6 students from our school; Kai S, Hunter F, Jeremey L, Mitchel K, Steven R and Ethan P.  Rogue was our parents and friends HPV once again and also had 6 riders, Stuart C, Trent W, Nicholas C, Liam D, Jason M and Anthony C.

Storm completed 121 laps to WIN their class by 9 laps.  Their best lap was a 2:08:01 minutes with an average lap time of 2:42:54 minutes.  Great riding boys!  Ironman finished on 98 laps and placed 4th in their class.  Another great result when the age and experience of the team is taken into consideration. Their best lap was a 2:31:16 minutes with an average lap time of 3:19:99 minutes.  Rogue finished 4th in its class on 113 laps.  Their best lap was a 2:11:08 minutes with an average lap time of 2:52:81 minutes.

All the students rode very well with a number of riders making their race debut.  This was a tight technical track and some of our riders learned how important holding our line and staying to the left is when sharing a track with faster HPVs.  Ironman had 1 roll over with only a bruise on the arm as a result which is a great testament to the safety of our designs. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chase Ryan DL for 5 laps in the middle of the race and while I could close the gap on the uphill sections of the track, I could only watch and admire his skill as he pulled away from me though the corners of the downhill sections.

I would like to thank all the parents and friends for their help with the many jobs that need to be completed in order to make a HPV team run smoothly.  It was great to see the experienced parents passing on their knowledge to our newer members and so many people willing to learn on the job.  Well done everyone.

If you are interested in more detailed results from the race they can be found at .  More pictures from the day can be found on face book at ‘Victorian HPV Series’.  Please note these are public sites and are not moderated by Beaconsfield Primary School.

Should any students and families be interested in joining the HPV team please contact Mr Cole for further information.  Please note that riders must be 10 years of age and demonstrate an ability to ride safely before being allowed to race.  Mr Cole will be at the school open day this Saturday 13th of May and have the HPVs out on the basketball court.

Our next race will be the Bendigo HPV Grand Prix to be held in August.  A reminder to team members that the expression on interest form for this race are due by 17th of May.

Mr Cole

April 18

Wonthaggi Human Powered Vehicle Race

On the weekend of 18th-19th two teams from Beaconsfield Primary school attended the Wonthaggi Human Powered Vehicle race.  The track in Wonthaggi is a 1.4 kilometres long street circuit and teams compete in a relay format with the winner being the team that completes the most laps.  The Junior Secondary team competing in Storm completed a split 16 hour race, 10 hours on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday.  The Community team competing in Rogue attempted the full 24 hour event.

Storm had 11 team members, Declan I, Aroha S-T, Arthur W, Kyle M, Ryan D-L, Casey A, Riley M, Kai S, Jeremy L, Hunter F and Harrison from Cobram Anglican Grammar School.  Rogue was an adult team and had 7 team members, Liam, Stewart, Gary, Ashley, Nicholas, Peter and Anthony.

Storm completed 227 laps, finishing 2nd in their class and 73rd out right.  The fastest lap went to Declan on lap 191 with a time of 2 minutes 45 seconds. The team’s average lap time was 6 minutes 20 seconds.  The most laps were completed by Ryan, 33 laps.

Rogue completed 286 laps, finishing 10th in their class and 68th out right.  The fastest lap went to Gary on lap 66 with a time of 2 minutes 39 seconds. The team’s average lap time was 5 minutes 02 seconds.  The most laps were completed by Anthony, 67 laps.

Track marshalling, time keeping, pit changes, feeding riders, setting up and packing up, all these jobs and more need to be taken care of and many hands make for light work. A massive thank you to all the parents and friends who helped out with the many jobs that go towards making a successful human powered vehicle race team.

Thank you kindly

Mr Cole


March 21

News from the music room: A day for our drummers

Thank you so much to Sandor Toth, one of our wonderful, talented parents. Sandor kindly offered his time to lead a series of drumming workshops with Grade 5/6 students last week. The students learned a great deal from his expertise and enjoyed the chance to develop their skills. One of the highlights was Sandor and Joshua E playing “Copy Cat” rhythms on the kits. You can view a snippet of this video on the specialist blog.

Stay tuned for some Blues Busters and Rapping Rhythms coming from Grade 3-6’s later in the semester.


February 21

1st HPV Race for 2017

There has been some confusion about the date of our first Human Powered Vehicle race for 2017.

The correct date is Saturday 25th of February 2017 at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.  The race will be starting at 10:00am and finishing at 4:00pm.  Spectators are welcome, so if you are interested in what HPV racing is all about, this is the closest venue we race at so come on down and have a look.

Further information will be provided to the HPV race team in the next few days.

Thank you kindly

Mr Cole

Please note: there is a WAFL game and AFL pre-season match taking place at Casey Fields on this date also.