15 Mar 23

Sports Day 2023 Wrap Up

We had perfect weather for last Friday’s Sports Day Carnivàle, where the whole college from Preschool to Year 12 came together to enjoy a day of fun physical activity.

The traditional house march out provided a colourful array of crazy hair, costumes and props as students and staff cheered and celebrated house pride. They were welcomed to the opening ceremony by College Captains Vincent C and Sarah H. We also had a number of special guests:

  • Principal Warren Symonds
  • Chairperson of the REC Governing Council Ms Brooke Koenecke
  • Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, from the University of South Australia
  • The Honourable Nat Cook MP, State Member for Hurtle Vale and Minister for Human Services
  • The Honourable Amanda Rishworth MP, Federal Member for Kingston and Minister for Social Services
  • Councillor Colt Stafford, representing Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga, Ms Moira Were, AM

New Aboriginal Community Education Officer Kiah Smith brought Haylie S and Nirvana O to read the Acknowledgement of Country, followed by the National Anthem, sung by Jayden P, Hannah G and Monique F.

After house captains were introduced by Mr Symonds, representatives from last year’s winning team, Rigney, read the athletes’ oath. We were then thrilled to welcome Lester Irabinna-Rigney to the stage to say a few words about his mother, Alice Rigney, after whom the house was named.

Each house then sang their chants, before Ms Rishworth and Ms Cook declared the Carnivàle open. They were assisted in cutting the ribbon by oldest student Absalom B and youngest student Phoenix M.

Let the games begin!
Primary classes spent the morning enjoying events such as the car wash relay, sprints, hurdles, parachute and indigenous game Kalq, along with new Japanese event kobi. After lunch the R-6 year level relays were held before everyone moved across to watch the high school relays.

In the high school events we congratulate the following Athletic record breakers:


Year 7 Girls High Jump Abbey M (Rigney) 1.33m 1.28m
Year 7 Boys Long Jump Talyn K (Spence) 4.07m 4.01m
Year 7 Girls Shot Put Issy B (Florey) 9.05m 7.38m
Year 7 Girls Triple Jump Abbey M (Rigney) 8.27m 7.72m
Year 7 Boys Shot Put Lachlan K (Rigney) 7.55m 7.34m
Open Boys Triple Jump Absalom B (Rigney) 11.53m 11.48m
Open Girls Javelin Charli Y (Spence) 27.76m 26.85m
Open Boys Shot Put Drew D (Florey) 13.20m 10.93m
Open Girls Shot Put Brielle C (Florey) 9.14m 8.36m


The popular speed cup stacking competition was back for the second year, and was enjoyed by students between events. They could also get their faces painted and enjoy the delicious food and drink on offer from the BBQ, cake stall and the coffee carts.

The entire school gathered to cheer on athletes in the final relays, before finding out who the overall winner was. In only their second year of competition, it was back to back wins for Rigney!


5th: 1836 MAWSON
4th: 1865 FLOREY
3rd: 2066  SPENCE
2nd: 2238 BATES  

An event of this scale could not happen without the support of many people: the organising committee for planning and logistics; the Grounds team for set up and pack down of the courses; our staff who worked non-stop to feed the crowds, plus coordinate and run events; our student volunteers who made coffee, painted faces and mentored primary students and the families who came to cheer on our athletes.

Thanks also to everyone who purchased food and drinks from the variety of stalls to support our fundraising efforts.

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