Friday 6 March saw another successful event, bringing all students from P-12 together for a day of fun physical activities.
Before school even started, an army of volunteers were busy setting up the team marquees, putting out the cones and bunting around tracks already prepared by our Grounds team, firing up the BBQs, welcoming the coffee vans and market stallholders, preparing displays and ensuring all equipment was on standby.
Finally the moment arrived. Families gathered to watch each team march in, primary and secondary students united by their colours and house chants, which they sang with great enthusiasm.
They were welcomed to the opening ceremony by School Captains and MCs Jack F and Ava C and Principal Caroline Green who introduced the house captains.
Special guests in attendance were Mr Barry Temme, Chairperson of our Governing Council; Ms Lucy Brooks, School Community Rewards representative from Credit Union SA and Ms Nat Cook MP, Member for Hurtle Vale. Guest speaker was Che Thomas, South Australian state cyclist and cycling coach, also a former Reynella East student and current intern teacher here at the College.
Ms Cook then declared the Carnivàle open, and the ribbon was cut by oldest student Ashley W and youngest student Sofia K. Everyone was now keen to do their best to try to win the House Cup as they moved off to their events.
Primary students displayed excellent teamwork and positive attitudes in their class events, including hurdles, sprints, basketball shoot, plus the popular (and wet) car wash relay. They also enjoyed sprints, long jump and indigenous game Purla, a popular and enjoyable ball game of the Walbiri people of central Australia. After lunch the R-6 year level relays were held before everyone moved across to watch the high school relays.
Within the high school there were some outstanding athletic performances from many students across the age ranges and six students broke College Athletic records:
• Tait P broke the Year 7 Boys Javelin record with a throw of 15.58 metres;
• Zak H broke the Year 8 Boys Triple Jump record that had stood for the past 11 years. He smashed the 2009 record of 10.03 metres by jumping 10.55 metres;
• Choekyi T beat the Year 8 Girls Javelin record by throwing a further 5 centimetres. The new record is 23.20 metres;
• Brielle C set a new record for the Year 8 Girls Long Jump of 4.62 metres. This record was previously held by AFLW Crows player Montana McKinnon;
• Summer C shaved 11 seconds off the previous record for the Year 9 Girls 800m, running a time of 2 minutes and 51 seconds;
• Tayla C set a new record throw of 25.21 metres in the Year 10 Girls Javelin AND broke the 2009 Year 10 Girls 400m, running a time of 1 minute, 14.84 seconds.
In other individual achievements:
• Brielle C won the Year 8 Girls Triple Jump, Long Jump, Shotput, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
• Zac H won the Year 8 Boys High Jump, Triple Jump, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
• Olivia J won the Year 9 Girls 100m, 200m and 400m
• Silas H won the Year 10 Boys 100m, 200m and 800m
• Blake J won the Year 10 Boys High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
• Tayla C won the Year 10 Girls Javelin, High Jump, Triple Jump, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
• Lachlan W won the Year 11 Boys High Jump, Triple Jump, Shotput and Javelin
When not competing, students soaked up the house spirit, had their faces painted, bounced on the inflatable slides and targeted their teachers in the dunk tank. By participating in athletics events and volunteering at stalls they had the opportunity to earn more points for their team. During the day our new PA system helped keep everyone informed about the events coming up and assisted in the smooth running of the day.
As the whole school gathered to cheer on the final relays, the anticipation built to find out who won the House Cup. And while every athlete team tried their very best, there could only be one winner – and for the third year in a row, Bates took out the title! A sea of green cheered loudly as their team captains were presented with the House Cup, before everyone headed home after a wonderful day of school spirit.
The final scores were:
Thank you to all the parents, caregivers, grandparents and others who came to cheer on our students on the day. We are grateful to the families who donated goods and/or volunteered their help and to all the staff who worked tirelessly to feed the masses, plus coordinate and run events. We thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts by purchasing lunch from our many stalls, resulting in over $3000 raised towards the new gymnasium. Bring on 2021!