From the Director of Co-curricular, Steve O’Donnell
Welcome back to Term 3 and it has been a very busy break with also a very busy term coming up. We also finished Term 2 with a fantastic House Athletics Carnival for all students in Years 5-12 and well done to all staff and boys on their efforts.
We have continued to have a number of successes in a huge range of Co-Curricular areas.
This Friday our Year 8 Debating team is competing in the semi-finals of the CSDA Debating Competition. Led by Ms Alice Walker and Mrs Cassandra Foster, these young men are down to the final four teams out of 70 and we wish these boys and their coaches all the best in their tremendous efforts in this prestigious competition.
We had many boys, staff and families involved in huge range of activities during the break. I want to thank all of the staff and coaches that recently attended the EREA Basketball tournament in Brisbane, as well as the staff who gave up a lot of time in their holidays for rugby and football training.
Congratulations to Mr Scott Coleman as one of the coaches of the Combined States Rugby team that competed at the national rugby championships as well as Mr Kyle Newbury for his efforts as manager of the NSW Schools U16 Rugby team. We also had a number of boys involved with these groups and other representative teams:
Combined States – Conor Molloy (captain), Harry Whiteman and Lathan Hutchinson-Walters
NSW 1 – Luca Moretti
CAS U16 Rugby: Aisiea Aloholei, Ronald Volkman, Will Baker, Zac Smith-Karim, Miles Amasotero, Jordan Swann, Oliver Ferguson & Emmanuel Di Bartolo
NSW U16 Schools team: Jordan Swann & Miles Amosatero
Sydney City U16 Rugby: Aisiea Aloholei, Oliver Ferguson & Ronald Volkman
NSW CIS League: Davvy Moale & Aaron Dimovitch (U15’s)
NSW CIS League: Luca Moretti, Levi Milford, Marco Moretti, Lathan Hutchinson-Walters & Jarrod MacAskill
We also had a number of other boys representing in an impressive range of other areas:
Nikita Strbac – captaining the Australian U17 Water Polo side at the Pan Pacific Games
Max D’Agostino – NSW U17’s AFL squad
Ned Weiland – completing the triple crown in marathon swimming in the USA
Dane Towns – breaking his father’s 34 year old record in U14’s High Jump (180cms) at the House Athletics Carnival at the end of last term.
I also want to highlight Luca Moretti’s efforts in being selected in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union and Australian Schoolboys Rugby League sides. This is the first time in the College’s history that this has occurred and is an extremely rare feat for any schoolboy from anywhere in the country – well done!
We also played a touring Welsh team from Coleg Gwent in the holidays and I want to thank all of the families that billeted and assisted with this match. It was great to see a number of boys have their first run in the Double V as well as host these fine young men.
This is a busy term coming up and I want to highlight some important dates:
- Summer Change of Sport requests are due by the end of week 3
- August 4th – Year 11 Supporters Duty at Queens Park
- August 10th – AFL Presentation Evening in the Gym
- August 11th – Year 9 Supporters Duty at Queens Park and Back to Queens Park Day
- August 11th – Football and Tennis Presentation Evenings at the College
- August 13th – commencement of the Track and Field season
- August 17th – Rugby Presentation Evening at Easts Rugby
- August 27th – Summer Sports Check
- August 30th – Winter Co-curricular Awards Assembly (12pm)
- September 3rd – Pre-season for Summer sport commences
- September 4th – 8th – Year 9 Camp at Somerset
- September 20th – CAS Track and Field Championships at Homebush (compulsory attendance for Years 7,9 and 12)
I want to wish all students and in particular the Year 12 cohort for their final three rounds of winter co-curricular activities for 2018. Good luck and ‘Go the Waves!’