On Tuesday the 12th of August Mallacoota P-12 College held their annual Athletics Carnival. Even though the weather was going through an Arctic blast we were very lucky to have a sunny, but chilly day. Students were dressed in their finest Gabo and Bastion ‘feel good’ clothing. This year the athletics was merged with our ‘feel good’ days organised by our fantastic school nurse Helen. Points were awarded for healthy eating, drinking water, and supporting each other.
The secondary students moved straight to field events to see how far they could throw various things like discus, shot-put, javelin’s, and their bodies as far/high as possible. The event officially started with Mallacoota primary students welcoming Cann River and Noorinbee primary schools.
The Primary students attacked the 100m with vigour. You could not question the determination of any of our students putting in their best times, despite the fact that social running (looking where the others were/running into others lanes) seemed to increase as we moved to the lower age levels. After the 100 the Prep-Twos headed to tabloid games and the rest went to field events.
Most of the secondaries completed in the 100m, and bragging rights were on the line. The secondaries did a fantastic job of managing themselves and entering as many field events as possible. The running finished off with the 200m and the 400m, with many students pushing their limits.
The day finished off with our celebration games. The wheelbarrow and 3 legged race were the biggest fields of the day and were supported by Bastion and Gabo cheer squads. The fashions on the field was again pushing the limits of Milan fashion design. Great work students! Bastion won the Staff V Bastion V Gabo relay. A teacher took out the open to all 100m race (while nearly pulling his hamstring).
A big thank you must go out to the Parents and Staff who assisted and with the running of the day. Thanks to the parent supporters who came down, I believe every year the crowd is getting larger every year. Thanks to Don Ashby who set up a fantastic stage and speaker system. Thanks for Cann and Noorinbee primary schools for making the journey. Thank you to all the students who assisted the running of the event, without you it wouldn’t be possible. Lastly thank you to Kathy (and her apprentice Marty) and the House Captains for setting up and running the day.
– Simon Berry and Kathy Scott