Terrific weather greeted our students, staff and families for our annual swimming carnival. It was great to see so many students, staff and families dressed in their house colours, and supported by their family’s attendance. It was also good to welcome our friends from Bindogundra and Home Schooling groups to participate in our carnival.

The focus for our carnival was participation, house spirit and sportsmanship. It was very pleasing to see student’s embrace this, with many students entering every race possible in their age group, and others supporting their house and encouraging their team mates.

The house swim event proved very popular, requiring as many students in each house to swim as many laps as possible in five minutes. Many students completed five laps, earning maximum points for their house. Results for this event were very close, with Haggai narrowly edging out Hosea, Habakkuk and Bindogundra. Bonus points were also awarded later in the day to our school house groups for house spirit and tidying up their house area, with Hosea setting the best standard, closely followed by Haggai and Habakkuk.

The house relays were another popular event, with additional combined relay teams being made up from representatives from each house, to ensure maximum participation for students. A big thank you to the leadership of our house captains for organising this and ensuring as many students got to swim in relay teams as possible.

After all events were completed, and bonus points applied for House Spirit, overall carnival results saw Haggai crowned House champions, followed by Hosea and Habakkuk.

House spirit champions for the carnival were:

Casey Lowe, Aaron O’Rourke, Alek Smith, Anabelle Van Wyk, Marcus Moss, Dylan Macdonald

High School:
Cassidy Collier, Latisha Shorter-Kliese, Caleb Hill, Bailey Boland, Mikeely Bermingham, Ethan Peters, Nick Strudwick

Age champions for the carnival were:

Primary School:
8 year boy: Toutai Lavaka; 8 year girl: Matilda Wells
9 year boy: Lachlan Unger; 9 year girl: Jade Chellas
10 year boy: Oliver Mayo; 10 year girls: Danielle MacDonald
11 year boy: Mitchell Unger; 11 year girl: Jade Harding
12 year boy: Steven Unger & Hudson Burgess; 12 year girl: Hannah Dun

High School:
12 year boy: Nate Francis; 12 year girl: Miranda McGrath
13 year boy: Nicholas Unger; 13 year girl: Leilani Lavaka
14 year boy: Ryan Sharp; 14 year girl: Ally Fryer
15 year boy: Joshua Davison; 15 year girl: Ally Francis
16 year boy: Jesse Magill; 16 year girl: Chelsea Johnson
17 year boy: Matthew Prow ;17 year girl: Madelynne Capple
18 year boy: Callum Byrne; 18 year girl: Rachel Thorncroft

I would like to praise the attitude and behaviour of all students for embracing the spirit of the swimming carnival, and thank the school staff for the effort and assistance in their various roles in providing a successful carnival. Thank you also to all the parents and families that attended to support your children.

42 students have qualified for the Far West Zone CSSA swimming carnival on Thursday 23 February, to be held at Wagga Wagga. I am looking forward to as many students as possible representing Parkes Christian School at this event.

Andrew Hardy
Sport Coordinator