|Year 8 / 9 Football
Rain was threatening all day but thankfully it stayed away allowing good conditions for football. Our boys first lined up against Paralowie High School, and it was clear from the start we were there to play. Our forwards were peppering the goals without actually kicking true, but that didn’t last long. We hit an early lead and were looking comfortable until our defensive pressure fell away a little and we let Paralowie back in the game. We were never seriously threatened though, and ended up winning by 10 points.
It was back-to-back games for us and it showed in the first five minutes against Salisbury High School. After settling down we took control of the play and scored consistently. However, the lack of defensive pressure disease hit us again and their pint-sized forward line capitalised. At the final change we held a slender lead of only three points.
A spectacular final quarter however saw us pile on six goals while conceding only one point for a great win. Jackson Ryan and Dion Minopoulos were amongst the best players, with Max Robinson the best team on the day. Full credit goes to Mitchell Doyle whose leadership was vital in both wins.
Well done boys and into the next round we go.
Year 9 Camp
Year 9 Camp took place in Week 2 and was an outstanding success. The students ventured to Glenhaven Park, Stockport, in single gender groups for three days of challenge and excitement. Glenhaven is run by the YMCA and features a range of outdoor activities including a fabulous high ropes facility. I was privileged to be up at Glenhaven for elements of both the boys’ and girls’ Camps where I was extremely impressed with the attitudes of all our students. Witnessing students overcome genuine fear with the support of their peers, in an unfamiliar environment where teamwork is not just encouraged but essential, gives an insight in the true character of our Year 9s and they should be enormously proud of what they achieved.
Head of Middle School - Mr James Tamblyn
St Columba College Year 8 student Alix Harlington has had some recent outstanding successes in his chosen sport of Race Walking. Alix has been involved in Little Athletics since he was very small, competing in the U/6 division. He took up Race Walking in 2010 after a coach recognized his technique as being particularly suited to this type of racing.
Alix has won his age division of the SA championships four years in a row from 2010-2013. In 2012 he won silver in the U/14 division of National Road Walking Championship and gold in the National All Schools Championship held in Hobart.
Alix eventually hopes to compete in the Olympics but in the meantime he will be competing in another national event in Canberra over the June long weekend. The entire St Columba College community wishes Alix all the best for the competition.
Cans For Lent
Throughout Lent, students brought in cans of food and raised money to support Catholic and Anglican Charities with the donated money going to Caritas Australia and the Anglican Board of Missions. The cans collected were sent to St Vincent de Paul, helping to support local families struggling to feed themselves. Students, staff and support from the Parents and Friends association allowed us to reach past our goal of 4,000 cans and reached an amazing total of 4,235 cans!
As a celebration of the support that students gave, we ended the term with the annual Cans-For-Lent race, run by Reception - Year 12 students and staff. The event was a large success, with many students and staff participating to win the Charity Trophy, and points for the end of year Perpetual Cup.
As part of INDOfest 2013, Adelaide’s Indonesian Festival of Arts, Food and Culture, schools have been invited to produce giant, colourful bunting to decorate the parklands for the Family Fun Day. These will be displayed as part of the festivities in Rymill Park on Sunday the 14th of April between 10:30 am and 4:00pm. The theme this year is “An Indonesian Adventure”. We can be very proud of our Middle School students for their contributions this year. Each Year 7 class produced a flag with the themes of ‘Perjalanan margasatwa’ (A wildlife Journey), ‘Perjalanan Makanan’ (A Food Journey) and ‘Perjalanan kebudayaan’ (A Cultural Journey). I think you will agree that our bunting looks amazing. Well done everyone!