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.