The swimming carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the school calendar. After twenty-five years as a Kindergarten to Year 12 carnival, owing to COVID restrictions (in place at the time) and school population growth, our Junior School community hosted its very own swimming carnival.

In its inaugural year, the Junior School 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.

All our Kindergarten to Year 6 students are to be commended on their participation across all events, as they vied for points for the House and Spirit Shields. When the ripples in the water ceased, Mowamba House won the inaugural Junior School Swimming Carnival House Shield, while Twynam were the ecstatic recipients of the inaugural Junior School Spirit Shield.

An opportunity to “give it a go”

The new schedule of events allowed for additional Junior School events, where even our youngest learners had multiple opportunities to compete and strive for their personal best. This was evident with the mixed house points races where every lane had a starter!

From donning their house colours for the first time to taking the bus to their first carnival, our 2022 Kindergarten cohort thoroughly enjoyed cheering on their classmates and house teammates, cooling off in the wading pool and participating in the novelty events. The piggyback races were a fan favourite!

Student leadership at work

Thank you to our prefects and newly appointed Year 9 Middle School leaders who were fantastic role models to our Junior School students – from supporting our K-2 swimmers in their events, handing out water to staff and volunteers, to leading the way for the house chants. A new family to SMGS remarked, “We were extremely impressed with how (the Senior and Middle School students) carried themselves, the initiative they displayed, and especially the patience and encouragement they showed towards the little ones. They totally set the tone for the day and their enthusiasm and school spirit trickled down to the younger years.”

Records were made to be broken 

Congratulations to the following students who broke some long-standing age group records:

Joseph Pratt: 10 Years Boys – 50 m Freestyle – 38.19, 100m Freestyle – 126.51 and 50m Butterfly – 65.09

Addison Rogers: 9 Years Girls 25m Backstroke – 25.22 and 25m Butterfly – 25.84

Jack Philpott: 10 Years Boys Backstroke – 48.35.

Junior School Age Group Champions

Place 9 Year Olds Girls  House Place 9 Year Olds Boys  House
1 Rogers, Addison Kiandra 1 Davis, Loki Twynam
2 Hampton, Ashleigh Mowamba 2 Brauer, Banjo Twynam
3 Sacco, Vivienne Twynam 3 Vowels, Archie Twynam
Place 10 Year Olds Girls  House Place 10 Year Olds Boys House
1 Brauer, Lilly Twynam 1 Pratt, Joseph Mowamba
2 Begg, Cleo Cascades 2 Philpott, Jack Mowamba
3 Wickham, Lucia Cascades 3 Rowe, Joshua Cascades
Place 11 Year Olds Girls – House Place 11 Year Olds Boys  House
1 Lloyd, Madeline Kiandra 1 Hill, William Cascades
2 Tarasenko, Lyla Cascades 2 Cuss, Logan Kiandra
3 Potocki, Ivy Twynam 3 Vowels, Jeremy Twynam
Place 12 Year Olds Girls House Place 12 Year Olds Boys  House
1 Diver, Alessia Kiandra 1 Bell, Kieren Cascades
2 Philpott, Willow Mowamba 2 McVeigh, Archibald Cascades
3 Hosie, Addison Mowamba 3 Lyster, Axel Twynam


Thank you to all staff, parents and carers for contributing to such a successful event.

Good luck to all students racing at HICES.



Junior School Swimming Carnival Photo Album: 

2022 Junior School Swimming Carnival