By Mr Faccin
Term 3 has clearly been our busiest and most successful term of sport. This term we had representative teams in Netball, Dance, OzTag, Basketball, Futsal as well as the Athletics team all represent the college at various PDSSSC events.
Our Netball girls were challenged on the day playing against some very experienced and tough schools however with the limited resources to train in the lead up they showed tremendous spirit and improvement throughout the day. The dance girls represented the college with complete distinction choreographing their own dances in the Jazz and contemporary sections. The girls also sourced their own outfits and rehearsed throughout their break times to ensure they would stand out.
Both our boys and girls futsal teams achieved a first when they won three of their round robin games only to just miss out on a place in making the finals and playoffs. On the back of our futsal teams both boys and girls Oztag teams competed against some very experienced and challenging schools and came away learning a great deal about team work. It was great to see how our teams improved throughout the day. Our boys and girls basketball teams while struggling with some of the height of other teams also demonstrated great values of dedication, commitment and humbleness in defeat.
At the end of Week 6 twenty students went away to the PDSSSC Athletics carnival where they faced some very challenging conditions in the wind and the rain. Our runners performed exceptionally well with the highlight being Kenneth Tjhin who placed second in the Boys 12yrs 1500m. A massive thank you to Mrs Keyvar to also volunteered throughout the day providing support to all the students and working on the long jump stand with Mr Harb throughout the day.
Our representative sport for 2019 concludes at the end of this term and much of the opportunities provided to the students couldn’t be without the teachers and parents supporting them. Each of the teachers Mr Knight, Mr Castellino, Mr Magann, Mrs Boddy, Miss Magistrado, Miss Rubbo including our casual teachers Mr Harb and Mrs Duffield took on additional time and duties supporting our students running training sessions where possible, taking them to the gala days and carnivals. Thank you also to Ms Powell for her work in ensuring that team fees and transport were organised and Mr De Vries and Mrs Kalocsai for supporting the various activities throughout the year.
At the start of the year I challenged as many students to participate in at least one sporting team or sports carnival event. 55 students represented the college this year at various sporting events with a further 26 students setting or breaking a school record.
Representative sport next year looks to be very promising with nearly 25 different opportunities for representative sporting teams being offered. Sport isn’t always about being the best and not everyone wishes to compete at competitive levels. That is why we work to organise and allow students to participate in different activities throughout the school day during their break times as well as provide as many options as possible for sporting activities each fortnight.
Next year as we grow we will require some assistance in coaching and officiating at different competitions and we warmly invite any parent or family member who has expertise or experience in the various sports to support our students in being a coach or official. If you are interested please contact the school office.