Cycle Parade – Parent Notice

Thomian Cycle Parade 2020

Effective from 11/03/2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Thomian Cycle Parade 2020 will be held on the 11th of March 2020 (Wednesday), and the flag-off will be at 10.30 a.m. from S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Kollupitiya. The Parade will conclude at the College premises in Mount Lavinia.

Please note that even though the 11th of March is a school day, the students taking part in the parade are required to be present at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Kollupitiya by 9.00 a.m. and not at the College in Mount Lavinia. However, please send an excuse letter through your son on Monday the 16th of March, for non-attendance if you are not allowing your son to take part in the Cycle Parade.

Arrangements have been made for all bicycles to be left at the Prep School premises at Kollupitiya on the 10th of March for anyone who is interested. The Cycle Parade committee will be there to receive the bicycles from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and security will be provided to ensure the bicycles are safe. Due to the zero plastic and polythene policy currently active in the School, we must insist that all students bring their own reusable water bottles which could be filled at various water supply points en route.

Please note that we have enforced a ban on all motorcycles on the parade and all private vehicles driven by present boys. Further, we have enforced a strict restriction on any present boy of the School from driving any vehicles taking part in the Parade. All trucks MUST be covered and fitted with protective railings to ensure safety of the students in the truck. No vehicle will be allowed to enter the Parade without a valid registration sticker. At the point of registering the vehicle a copy of the valid driving license of the driver of the vehicle would need to be provided. All those who register their vehicles will be expected to sign and accept the “terms of reference”. Private cars of vans that register for the parade will be allowed on the condition that boys and others traveling in them will be seated securely in the seats of the vehicle and not leaning out of the windows of hanging out of the back of the vehicle. Vehicles being driven in any reckless manner or where the instructions given are not adhered to will be asked to leave the Parade by the marshals of the Parade and the Traffic Police.

The route of the parade will be as follows:- The Cycle Parade will turn Left on to the Galle Road (Northbound) and then take a U- Turn in front of Cinnamon Grand and proceed Southbound. It will then follow the traffic onto R.A De Mel Mawatha (Duplication Road) in front of Liberty Cinema and will proceed along R. A. De Mel Mawatha (Duplication Road) and return to the Galle Road in front of the Savoy Cinema in Wellawatte. The Parade will then follow the Galle Road to Mount Lavinia and will end up at the Big Club Grounds where there will be a mini carnival and the introduction of the 1st XI Cricket team.

The Old Thomians Cadet Union, that was responsible for helping us with the last few sponsored walks and as well as the Thomian Parade in 2018 and the Cycle Parade 2019, will be assisting the School Prefects in organising the Cycle Parade and the Police from the different areas have assured us traffic assistance for the entire parade.
As the Cycle Parade has always been part and parcel of the school lives of every Thomian, we write to request that permission be granted for your Son / Ward to participate in this traditional event and that they be encouraged as much as possible to use cycles rather than ride in vehicles.

I wish to inform you that at a recent briefing for Heads of Schools at the Ministry of Education, we have been informed of the following :-
• The Cycle Parade and the participants should at no point cause a hinderance to the general public. We are allowed a single lane on the road, and the parade should at all times refrain from using an additional lane or the pavement for the parade. – The Prefects and the organisers have been briefed about this rule and have decided to adhere to same at all times.
• No one without a valid driving licence should be allowed behind the wheel, and no vehicle without licence and insurance should be admitted in the parade. – The organisers will be registering each vehicle intending to be part of the parade and a sticker will be put on the windscreens in order to admit the vehicle into the parade. At the point of registering, all relevant documents will be checked before the sticker is pasted. Even in the past we have found underage students driving vehicles and motor bicycles. I request the parents to please refrain from allowing your children getting behind the wheel. This leads to indiscipline and other injuries. The sentence for violations range from 2 months to 2 years jail time and a fine for anyone over the age of 16 as indicated by the police at the said meeting.

• Travelling vehicles in the parade in a reckless and irresponsible manner, sitting or standing outside / on vehicles in an unacceptable manner etc… – There is a high risk for such students to injure themselves and others around them. The police has warned that students caught doing such acts will be taken in by them, and charged. While we will strictly monitor this during the Parade, parents will have to take full responsibility for what may happen outside of the Parade and on days before and during the Big Match.
• Students should refrain from jumping into schools on the run up to the Big Matches. – I wish to inform you that we DO NOT allow any students to go trucking on the days leading up to the Royal Thomian Cricket match as this causes a public nuisance and disturbs the smooth functioning of other schools. The police have indicated that they will take stern action against boys who are caught breaching these expectations and if students are arrested and locked up, the parents will have to take responsibility for getting them released as the College will not do so. We must teach our children to enjoy their freedom without infringing on someone else’s right to freedom and peace.

Students are expected to be present compulsorily in School on all working days from today until the 11th of March and attendance will be strictly monitored. If anyone is absent on a particular day, the parents will be informed, and medical certificates will have to be submitted to the class teacher by noon on the same day. Absence without permission will be considered as a violation of the above expectation and will be dealt accordingly. Parents are advised to monitor the actions of their children and ensure that the children are not taking a change of clothes unnecessarily or skipping school in order to disrupt the functioning of other schools. The Police have indicated that they are allowed to reprimand students as young as 16 years of age for the violation of the public act.

We expect the fullest support of all parents to have a Royal Thomian event without any disturbances or regrettable incidents.

Thank You
Yours Faithfully,