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Congratulations Starkey House

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Week 3, Term Three, 2018

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Starkey House members were crowned winners at the Inter-House Athletics Carnival this term, in the overall house points race for the Bassingthwaighte Cup. The passion that was evident from all students was overwhelming.

Every house filled every lane and regardless of ability, all our students had a go.

I was impressed all day, watching our students participate to the best of their ability regardless of whether they were contesting an “A” division event or an “F” division event. Our students treat the event with respect, and it is that attitude of which I am most proud.

My highlight was the Year 4 100m event where Hamish Peters was our first winner of the wheelchair event. Another highlight was Alice Neale racing on crutches to get an extra house point.   Our Inter-house athletics week is, physically, one of the toughest periods during the year. This is clearly true for the athletes but also for the less fit staff who must bend over thousands of times measuring every throw or jump with IAAF precision. I am grateful to our staff who ensure to the best of their ability that the results are fair and correct.   One of the hallmarks of a great school is the passion students have for participation and effort in representing themselves, their house and ultimately for many, their school. A select group has been announced to represent Somerset next week at our annual APS championships hosted Wednesday at Somerset. As reigning champions we have set a high standard in athletics. Best of luck to all involved.   Special thanks must go Mr Shane Lunniss who has a passion for athletics and has sourced some the best external athletics coaches to assist our students in their training. He also co-ordinates the Carnival which is often a thankless task.

Along with Mark Pitura in the Junior School and Candice McKenna in both Junior and Senior School, looking after the middle distance programme, we are growing a formidable coaching team into the future.    

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