On Friday, 15thFebruary, the SMGS community headed to the Berridale Pool for the 22ndannual SMGS Swimming Carnival.

The swimming carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the school calendar. This year, the swimming carnival did not disappoint, with an incredible display of the SMGS spirit of support, encouragement, sportsmanship and participation, and of course some impressive athleticism too.

House competition

The House Shield and House Spirit Shield were hotly contested this year, with each of the four houses in close contention over approximately 127 events. In the end it was Kiandra who came away with the House Shield, with Twynam taking home the House Spirit Shield.

Of Kiandra House winning the House Shield in 2019, House Captain Saskia Dutch said, “I loved watching everyone jump in the water and give it their best shot. Listening to my house cheer everyone on regardless of whether they were in Kiandra or not was what made my day. I was so proud when everyone swimming from Kiandra competed in the butterfly events, as it showed that they were there for their house and to have some fun as well. I’ll never forget that moment when it was announced that Kiandra won the swimming carnival. My whole house broke out into our chant – it was the best thing that could have happened.  I’d like to thank all of my Kiandrians for their hard efforts, both in the pool and on land, cheering.”

The House Shield and House Spirit Shield results were as follows:

Swimming Carnival House Shield

4thCascades with 314 points
3rdTwynam with 410 points
2ndMowamba with 427 points
1stKiandra with 452 points

Swimming Carnival House Spirit Trophy

4thKiandra
3rdMowamba
2ndCascades
1stTwynam

A warm welcome!

Our Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students were welcomed to the swimming carnival with a tunnel of high fives! The K-2 students then went on to participate in the piggy-back event with their Year 12 buddies and the kick board event, during both of which they were cheered on enthusiastically by the student body, parents and staff.

Director of Activities, Martin Philpott, was proud of our school community and how they welcomed the K-2 students to the swimming carnival, saying, “This school spirit and connection that exists between students from K-12 is a unique and positive feature of our school. This was clearly demonstrated in the K-2/Year 12 buddy piggy-back and kickboard events. It was great to see the excitement on the faces of the youngest members of the school as they were presented with a participation medal by their house captains.”

Year 12 fundraiser

This year, our Year 12 students collected coins, raising money for International Childhood Cancer Dayin support of the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). They had a bit of help from our K-2 students in lining up the coins in participation of the “longest coin line”.

Records were made to be broken!

This year Luka Pasalich broke a very old record in the 11 Year Old Boys 50m Butterfly, with a time of 51.13 seconds. The record has been held since 2002 by Mitch Forbes with a time of 52.91 seconds.

Age Champions

 8 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores   1          Gibbons, Kaden           K

 8 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores   2          Borthwick-Higgs, Ashton        K

 9 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores    1          Diver, Alessia  K

 9 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores    1          Philpott, Willow          M

 9 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores    2          Hosie, Addison            M

 9 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores    3          Ince, Katya      K

 9 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores   1          Bell, Kieren      C

 9 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores   2          Lyster, Axel     T

10 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Burns, CharleyM

10 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Scott, Tristan  C

10 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Glasson, Tom  C

11 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Philpott, Georgette     M

11 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Smith, Stella   T

11 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Smith, HelenaK

11 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Pasalich, Luka  T

11 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Lyster, Jack      T

11 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Browne, Tom  M

12 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Stynes-Garratty, SamC

12 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Rumball, Georgia        K

12 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Dunn, Betty     K

12 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Bell, Blake       M

12 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Weston, Cody  K

12 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          McKay, Will    T

12 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Smith, Thomas            K

13 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Wieland, TippiK

13 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Paske, Jesse    M

13 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Philpott, Elise  M

13 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Cook, Cassidy  T

13 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          French, Sebastian       M

13 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Maxwell, Taj   K

14 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          McKay, Hannah          T

14 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Bell, Sophie     M

14 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Smith, Ruby     T

14 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Broe, Patrick   T

14 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Gould, Alex     T

14 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Willsmer, Harry          M

15 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Oyada, Kesha  M

15 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Jones, HannahC

15 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Stynes-Garratty, Catherine     C

15 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Thew, Fletcher            K

15 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Rumball, SamK

15 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Roche, Sam     C

16 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Thomas, Rani  T

16 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Burke, Olivia   M

16 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Sinclair-Smith, Keaulana        K

16 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Zylinski, Felix   K

16 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Laird, Hudson  K

16 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Walker-Broose, Spencer         K

17 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   1          Joyce, LucindaC

17 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   2          Davies, Julia    K

17 Year Old Girls – Individual Scores   3          Hansen, Ambrose       M

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  1          Baldwinson, Willem   M

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  2          Maclean, Cameron     M

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Rea, Archer     K

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Wilkinson, Eli  M

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          Buckley, CaseyK

17 Year Old Boys – Individual Scores  3          McMenamin, Tom      T

18 & Over Girls – Individual Scores     1          Mawkes, Jamie           T

18 & Over Girls – Individual Scores     2          Donnelly, Eve  T

18 & Over Girls – Individual Scores     3          Bradshaw, Anastasia  K

18 & Over Boys – Individual Scores    1          Woolley, Alexander    K

18 & Over Boys – Individual Scores    2          Machin, Jack   C

18 & Over Boys – Individual Scores    3          Oatley, Campbell        M

Thank you!

A massive thank you to the SMGS staff for their support in 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, as well as our Year 12, whoseBBQ was again a great success, with delicious sausage sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Swimming Carnival Photo Gallery

 to view the entire 22nd Annual Swimming Carnival photo gallery, please visit: 

https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/photo-gallery/2019-swimming-carnival/