Physical Education

physical education

This year some of our year 10 and 11 students are completing a Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation. This requires students to apply their knowledge in a practical setting. This year the students will be developing their coaching skills by taking sessions with various age groups. This term we have been lucky to be able to coach the Prep-One’s in soccer. Pictures below.

Big Bash Cricket – Mallacoota

On Tuesday the 17th of March 9 of the bravest cricketers you will ever find attempted to win it all in Bairnsdale. An so close they can. Except for winning a game, they won it all. Some highlights:

Tyson – Captain courageous. Best cover drive since Mark Waugh. “I think that everyone went great. The player of the day I think was Ryley, taking 3 wickets in one over. Good job everyone!!!
Kelby – Ripping eye, smashed some fantastic shots (double points). “This one time, I hit the ball”
Mikey – A mini Glenn McGrath, spot on every ball. “I managed to bowl someone out!”
Rene – The Aaron Finch of the team. Hit a huge double pointer six (12 runs). “It was a fun day and it was good, everyone went well”.
Harry – The retirer! Dominated with the bat and ball. 25no and a removed hatrick. “I played an amazing shot for 12. Everyone was going nuts. But Ryley was player of the day”.
Archie – Speed demon, would give Mitch Johnson a run for his money. “Razzle Dazzle (Ryley) got an amazing 3 wickets (almost hatrick). Harry almost got a hatrick but couldnt make it. Everyone was positive and played amazing”.
Joseph – Hands like mittens. Took the catch of the day with a spekkie like Buddy. “It was good, nearly won towards the end, we might have won if harry got the hatrick”.
Bryce p – Dominated with the bat. Top scored twice. Was our Dave Warner. “I scored 12 touch downs and caught two hail marys”. He might need some work on his cricket terminology.
Ryley L – Shane Warne eat your heart out. 3 wickets in one over, on a hatrick, fantastic celebrations. “I almost scored a hatrick! and went out!!!”.

It was a fantastic day. They boys had heaps of fun while developing their team work, resilience, and effort. We are all very proud of them.

Simon Berry

Aquatic Surf Safety

Students from 7-10 at Mallacoota P-12 College participated in our annual four week Aquatic Safety program at the beginning of this term supported by the Mallacoota Surf Lifesaving club. Students used Bastion point as a venue this year and conditions weren’t always perfect, but the students took to the water like ducks. Student’s from Mr. Molan’s advance crew lead the way; teaching, coaching and instructing. Students were developing:

– Knowledge of hazards and dangers in an open surf environment
– Surf, protection and rescues skills
– An appreciation of our natural environment

All of the students who participated improved their skill and knowledge, did so with a fantastic attitude and should be commended. Programs such as this are unique to Mallacoota. We may not have a $2 million dollar heated indoor pool like some schools, but we have the priceless ocean; with its waves, tides, wind and ever changing moods.
Thanks to the Mallacoota Surf Lifesaving club for providing equipment and expertise, the Advance crew for leading, Nicole Migotto-Brown, Luke Molan, Cass McNamara and Jo Greetham for running the program.

– Simon Berry

Mallacoota 4-12 Swimming Article.

T’was a horrible day! Weather wise at least. But what fantastic, energetic and resilient students we are lucky to have.

On Monday the 9th of February students and staff crammed into the busses in the pouring rain and sang their way up to the Eden pool. Spirits were high with Gabo achieving 70/100 and Bastion 73/100 points for cheering.
The day started with the 25 meter races, which were packed full of contestants. The cheering was almost as loud as Mr. C’s starting pistol. The walking lane was a big hit with many students racking up the points for their houses. After the 25 meter events Gabo was leading by about 100 points. But during the lunch period a breakaway Bastion leadership group managed to organise human lettering spelling the word BASTION on the front hill for an arranged 100 points. Gabo countered by creating a human pyramid, which unfortunately fell down gaining only 25 points. It was close to even again.

The 50 meter races held fewer contestants, many drawn over to Pete and his fancy dress and hand stand contest. In the pool the serious swimmers had come out to play. The effort of the athletes and cheerers was supreme. Many records fell. In a stroke of brilliance (for the later staff/family V students relay) our senior bronze students were encouraged to swim their 800m pool time. At the end of the 50 meter races Gabo had once again pulled away by about 125 points. However the cheer brigade led by the Bastion house captains was in full swing dragging back some of the points.

The noodle race was a big hit with many primaries eagerly competing in this unique pool event. I am proud to announce that finally (after 4 years) the Staff/Family relay team held on for the big V. Once the counting was done, the day belonged to Gabo who scraped over the line 70 points in from of Bastion.

In reality the day really belonged to all the students, staff and families that participated. What could have been a horrible day was made memorable by the energy of all involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank:
– ALL students who participated, ranging from swimmers, marshals, score keepers, Djs, announcers. Without you a day like this would not be possible.
– Families who made the journey down, it’s great to have such support.
– Kathy Scott and all the staff who assisted with the smooth running of the day.
– The Secondary and Primary House and School Captains: Alanna, Brodie, Steven, Kahli, Haydn, Jaidyn, Ras, Ashlee, Tegan, Natasha, Sarah

For Full colour photos please visit:

Simon Berry
Sports Coordinator

Nippers program 2014

For the third year Primary students from Mallacoota P-12 College participated in the Nippers program at Bastion Point hosted by the Mallacoota Surf Life Saving Club.

Primary students were led by the Secondary Advance crew, most now with Bronze Medallions. This year the older primaries embarked on an Intro to Bronze course with Kai Allison and Tom Reichelt (our new Junior Club Captain!). The rest of the primary students participated in safety/ocean awareness, competitive flags and surf skills. There was a huge improvement in all the skills and knowledge of the kids. It’s great to see their development over time.

A big thank you must go to the Mallacoota Surf Life Saving Club for putting on such a great event. Another big thankyou must go to the school for allowing the club access to nippers and facilitating the Bronze Medallion course (nationally recognised) in the Advance program (and Luke for running it). Thank you to Cassie McNamara, Kathy Scott and Luke Molan for arranging the Nippers program. Thanks to all the SLSC members and parents who assisted with the running of the day. The largest thanks must go to our Bronze stars. Tom M and Tyson (leaders of the day), Arrow, Kahli, Haydn, Brodie, Hannah, Bryce W-P and Max. These are exceptional young leaders in our community. Fantastic job!

– Simon Berry (VUS Coordinator / MSLSC Captain)

East Gippsland Mountain Biking Teams Championship

On the 26/11/2014 Mallacoota P-12 College hosted the 2nd East Gippsland Mountain Biking Team Championship. The year before Mallacoota won in all fields of this event, but this year there were more schools and that meant more competitors. The community learning project (CLP) group, Mr Berry and some handy year 10 and 11 students helped out on the day with the setup. At 11.00 am the schools started arriving at premier track. The excitement was palpable.

After the welcome and safety speech the under 15’s kicked the event off followed by the over 15’s. The race started with a slight uphill followed by a steep downhill with the ambulance to the left of the track to keep the race safe and SES truck at the turnaround point. The surf lifesaving polaris was on roving patrol. Competitors started slogging up the gigantic hill around the bend which slowed everyone down. One lap of the race was 3km the race went for two whole laps of the circuit which roughly took 25-45 minutes.

The winner of the under 15s was Tom Fisher and the over 15s winner was Liam Nichols both from Nagle.  The main team competition results were; Orbost came 5th with a time of 157.21, Swifts came 4th with a time of 156.17, Nagle came 3rd with a time of 155.26, Mallacoota came 2nd with a time of 140.4 and the winners Lakes Entrance with a time of 138.5. Congratulations to Lakes!

A huge thank you to the Mallacoota SES, Ambulance, surf lifesaving! It is fantastic to see what great events our little town can put on, completely supported by volunteers. Thanks also to all the teachers and competitors who drove down to our beautiful part of the world.

– Community Learning Project Team (Bryce P, Jacqueline H, Max G, Tom M, Tyson J)

For full colour photos go to the link below.

On Friday the 7th of November a few of the secondary girls travelled up to Merimbula to participate in a girls learn to surf day/competition. See below for comments from the team.

Maisy – Really friendly people, really friendly competition and the best part…you didn’t even have to be good at surfing. It was a really positive day. The surf wasn’t that big so it was good for beginners and it wasn’t too small for the pros so it kept us both happy. I would definitely do this again and more girls should join!

Chiara – I really enjoyed meeting and making new friends and old friends. All in all it was a really chill as day.
Emma – Had loads of fun surfing and meeting people from other schools. It was a really good day.

Jorja – It was a great day and everyone had fun! I loved meeting new people and the water and waves were great.

Envy – Really chill day, heaps of fun and good people all in all it was a perfect day.

Haydn – The day was great fun to be able to get out of school for a whole day and go surfing (editor note: OR was this school – Mallacoota style?). Amazing! I will look forward to days like this in the future.

Eugenia – I had such a good day!! It was so much fun to try and surf with some friends from school and some other girls from Eden. I’m going to miss days like this when I go back.

Belle – I achieved my goal of getting a step closer to be able to stay on a wave while standing. We should have these days more frequently. The day went by fast and I really enjoyed it.

Alanna – Such a positive day! Everyone was cheering each other on. The water was so magical, crystal clear and glassy. I cannot wait for a day like this again, so many good vibes.

Brodie – It was such a good environment, wasn’t competitive and just a fun day meeting new people and surfing a different beach was awesome.

It sounded and looked like everyone had a fantastic day and enjoyed surfing and socialising. A big thanks to Mr. Berry and Nigel Allison for taking us! And to Eden Marine high school for organising the event. It was an awesome day.

– Alanna and Brodie.

Congratulations and thanks to the girls. They were a fantastic representation of our town. Those new to surfing really pushed themselves and those advanced surfers were super positive and encouraging. We also had an expression session with Brodie winning and Jorja coming third. Congratulations! Big thanks to Nig for volunteering his time as our surf coach, Janet Hornsby for organising and Simon at Merimbula surf shop for all the prizes.

– Mr Berry

House Championships 2014: Gabo Glory.

Gabo has won the house championships for the second year running. It was a much closer affair this year with Bastion almost stealing the win during Health and PE Week with double points on the line.  The Bastion House Captains were extremely gracious in defeat and were satisfied with building a platform for the future. Gabo House Captains congratulated their team by winning with sheer participation.

A huge thankyou to the House Captains that organised and assisted with the running of sport all year. And thanks to all the students who participated in these healthy, fun and hopefully lifelong encouraging events.

Below our House Captains; Leanna Severs, Luci Warren, Amy Preston and Tom Reichelt. Absent: Steven Clarke

– Simon Berry

Gabo Glory for 2014

On Tuesday the 2nd of September the Might Mallacoota P-12 College Secondary ‘Pelican’s Athletic’ team contested with the elements to participate in the East Gippsland Athletics Carnival.

It was HORRIBLE weather…..However, our students took to it like ducks in water. Shane and I did not hear anyone complain the whole trip. The students took a fantastically positive ‘Mallacoota’ attitude with them. Smiles and laughter all round.

Our team was made up of Haydn Fellows, Brodie Scott, Steven Clarke, Bryce Pearce, Kelby Pearce (assistant coach), Chiara Migotto-Brown and Michael Stevens. Descriptions of the event by the students below.

Chiara: I completed in 5 events. I came 2nd in Discus, 3rd in Shot-put and 3rd in Long-jump. I really enjoyed it and made new friends and saw old friends. – Really great day.

Bryce: I did Shot-put and came 4th and discus and came 2nd. I also saw a few friends from Snowy.

Brodie: I participated in the 800m and came 2nd, I also completed in the Shot-put and placed 4th. I missed out on the Triple-jump and Long-jump and they didn’t run High-jump due to the horrible weather.

Steven: I completed in the Shot-put and came 3rd. I also did the 100m, Long-jump and Discus. I also made new friends.

Michael: I cam 5th in the Long-jump, missed Javelin due to misunderstanding of time (but he would have smashed it – Brodie). All up it was a good day, except I was disappointed in missing Javelin.

Haydn: I participated in Discus and Shot-put. I placed 4th in Discus and 3rd in Shot-put. All in all it was a good day, except for the horrible weather which included a lot of rain and hail.

Kelby: I participated in nothing as I have a broken arm. (Editors note: Kelby helped all day at shot put and was vital in its running efficiently…Thanks). I won the measuring competition.

Big thanks to Shane (our student teacher) who assisted on the day. Thanks also to the parents and school who supported this adventure.

– Simon Berry