Congratulations to Class 3 students Oliver Heath and Finley Pichler (pictured above) who won the Australian Schools Marbles Championships held recently in Brunswick Heads. Oliver then went on to win the Junior Australian Marble Championships. Oliver and Finley were the youngest competitors in the event, along with Liminal Casidy, also Class 3, who came second in the individual event. Well done to all the Shearwater participants!
Not all classrooms have walls. The Year 11 Marine Studies students have been working towards gaining their boat licences. Students have been working through the theory content online while also receiving real-life lessons from wise man Nick Thorne. Practical boating experience, in the company of an experienced skipper, is a key requirement for obtaining a boat licence. so it is great the students can gain this experience during class time. A boat licence allows students to operate a power-driven vessel on NSW waters over 10 knots and is an important step to obtaining employment in the marine industry.
Speaking of life experiences, students from Years 11 and 12 have also been working towards gaining their Advanced Open Water Dive certificate. This course is designed to advance diving skills and confidence from the Open Water Dive certificate students gain in Year 10. The class recently ventured out to Julian Rocks, in clear, crisp conditions, to clock up some diving time. Diving to 20m for almost an hour, the students hung out with some grey nurse sharks, rays, mulloway, big grouper, eels, and a vast array of other species enjoying the crossover seasonal currents. Those that were not diving enjoyed expanding their lungs doing some free diving on the north side of the rocks, getting up close and personal with a friendly turtle.
Thanks to Sundive for taking us out, Gerard for organising the scuba trips and Nick for being an all round legend. Let’s “sea” what adventures we’ll go on next term.
Marine Studies Teacher
Congratulations to Class 6 student Shalev Haver (pictured above) and Class 5 student Pleiades Kerry, both of whom were selected to represent the Far North Coast region in the soccer State Championships in Coffs Harbour over the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Both teams came out on top - marking the first time that the Far North Coast has won this championship - a fantastic effort.
It was a fresh autumn Friday at Pop Dennison Park in Ballina last week, as students from across the region laced up their runners for the NCIS Regional Cross Country Carnival.
Shearwater had 41 runners represent the school in a happy and humble manner. It was a great day, and all competitors should be proud of their efforts of qualifying for the regional team. The students cheered each other on with genuine enthusiasm, weaving a strong sense of belonging between the primary and secondary runners. Six students qualified for the state championships at the Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney on the 14th June. What a fantastic achievement! We wish Sam Darbyshire, Wyana Pietramale-Sewell, Charlie Heath, Matilda Vial, Star Eichler and Rosa Tansely-Beckerman all the best for the next stage of the competition.
Congratulations to all runners, it was a joy to take so many energetic and engaged students to an inter-school sporting event. Big thanks to Nick Thorne, Magnum Brotto and Beau Devonshire for helping out on the day and all the parents that came along to offer their support.
High School Sports Coordinator
The annual Shearwater Swimming carnival happened this week on Tuesday. The High School carnival started off with the Great Year Level Race, whereby each year level had 10 minutes to swim as many laps as possible. This allowed time for some students to warm up, some students to cool down and the Year 11 PDHPE students in charge of time-keeping and tallying to get switched on.
The 50m freestyle was next on the schedule with some fast times across the board. Oliver Pickering from Year 8 clocked the fastest lap of the day with 32.76 seconds. The breaststroke saw many participants and some smooth, slick styles. The butterfly event is often exhausting for participants and entertaining for the crowd but Year 12 student, lifeguard and long time swimmer Luca Tansley-Beckerman dove in and showed the younger students how it’s done. The backstroke saw some fresh faces crossing the finish line first.
The 100m freestyle offered the keen beans a chance to really kick things up a gear. Ariel Jeffreys from Year 9 swam the fastest time with 1 minute 26 seconds for two laps. The day ended with the year level relays. The teachers even submitted a team which was looking good for gold before some allegedly cheeky transitions from another team. Third umpire footage is still being reviewed.
The energy and participation levels greatly increased as the Primary School carnival took over layter in the day. There was lots of splashing from the pool and many squeals from the excited crowd. Mallee and Wyana from Class 6 tied for the fastest lap of the day of 40 seconds in the 50m freestyle. The breaststroke event had many participants and some close finishes, even requiring finals as times were so tight. The students did well with the butterfly and backstroke event, some even giving the 100m freestyle a go. It was great to see some beautiful swimming technique in the 25m novelty events as well.
At the end of the day 45 students qualified for regionals, which will be held at the Tweed Aquatic Centre in Murwillumbah, next Tuesday February 27. This is a great achievement and the students should be very proud of their efforts. We wish them all the best.
A big thank you goes to the Year 11 PDHPE students who helped time keep all day and were great role models to the younger students. Thank you to the parent volunteers and to all the staff who helped out before, during and after the event. Special thanks to all the happy and humble swimmers. It was a fun day with a strong focus on participation not podiums.
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