Author: Mr Martin Philpott, Head of Student Programs and Development

Berridale Pool was the perfect location for a fantastic swimming carnival on Thursday, 15 February. The warm weather welcomed swimmers and spectators and allowed everyone to enjoy the camaraderie displayed by each of the houses. Older students encouraged and cared for their younger house members, and swimmers were motivated by chants from their peers. Twynam earned first place for House Spirit, following their loud and enthusiastic house chant.

It was great to see students in all houses challenge themselves to participate in as many races as possible and obtain valuable house points – even in the butterfly races.

Congratulations to all students who participated and especially to Kiandra who, after 125 events, won the House Shield this year.

Special congratulations to each of the age champions:

9 Girls: Stephanie Connell

9 Boys: Kobi Buechner

10 Girls: Georgette Philpott

10 Boys: Jack Lyster

11 Girls: Georgia Rumball

11 Boys: William Brown

12 Girls: Elise Philpott

12 Boys: Charlie Deacon

13 Girls: Hannah McKay

13 Boys: Patrick Broe

14 Girls: Catherine Stynes-Garratty

14 Boys: Fletcher Thew

15 Girls: Rani Thomas

15 Boys: Felix Zylinski

16 Girls: Annabelle Forster

16 Boys: Zachary Bell

17 Girls: Eve Donnelly

17 Boys: Jack Machin

18 Girls: Cora McCloskey

18 Boys: Tom Tugwell

Many long standing SMGS records fell on the 16th of February, with the following athletes establishing new standards for the SMGS swim carnival:

Georgia Rumball – 50 m Butterfly (11 Girls) – 40.94

Catherine Stynes-Garrety – 100 IM (14 Girls) – 1:30.84

Sam Stynes-Garrety – 100 m Freestyle (11 Girls) – 1:23.72

Patrick Broe – 100 m IM (13 Boys) – 1:24.16

Sam Roche – 100 m IM (14 Boys) – 1:42.19

Patrick Broe – 50 m Freestyle (13 Boys) – 30.56

Georgia Rumball – 50 m Freestyle (11 Girls) – 36.41

A highlight of the day was the arrival of the K-2 students, and their excitement as they ran through the human tunnel to enter the carnival. I am sure none of them will forget their special welcome and the piggy-back races with their Year 12 buddies.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff for running the day. Their help with marshalling, supervision, bus-driving, cheering and time-keeping was essential for such a successful carnival. Thank you also to all the parents for taking the time to attend and support students, and to Year 12 for their delicious barbecue.