Music flooded the fields and students soaked it up as they took to the arena on a sunny Thursday morning, eager to represent their respective houses in an athletics carnival that would coincide with the Olympics. With a newly designed program this year, competitors were more able to participate in a range of events, while finding it easier to spectate and support friends and fellow House members. The program was packed and the competition was fierce, with almost all events filled to the brim. Seniors joined in at second break and got straight into it, with High Jump and the 400m among their opening events. At the end of Day 1, points were close, with a full programme still ahead.
Friday morning came with some moisture, but not enough to matter, and so begun the costumes and face paint and house-garb of all-sorts. The Junior age groups spent most of the morning on the track, while the Seniors took to the field events. Amazing athletes and memorable moments were in abundance, including an outstanding performance from Year 7 student Jorja Drake, who took out Age Champion and looks set for great things. With a range of records broken throughout the carnival, Friday saw an 11 year old High Jump record smashed by an unbelievable 13cm. Parer’s Macaulie McNeil had already won the event, but continued jumping, shattering the existing record. Incredibly, this record was held by our very own Ms Jade Pollock, who set it when she was a student at Chisholm, and who was delighted to be able to share such a great moment with Macaulie.
Our carnival DJ’s did a cracking job throughout the two days, and the tradition of the impromptu Nutbush continued. The senior students even got the chance to challenge the teachers in the mixed relay, with the Nama team bringing it down to the line (video umpire still to confirm). At the end of it all, the points from first to fifth were close and reflected the high level of participation and competition across the carnival. Oodgeroo House put in a massive effort to push up and claim second place overall, but in the end it was Flynn House that got up and took the crown. Well done to everyone involved in what was a truly fantastic carnival.
- Mr. Andrew Ryan