Posted on April 27, 2021 / Middle School
It’s always exciting to see the return of our students after a term break, and despite their tired eyes (most likely due to an earlier than normal wake up time), their sense of excitement and happiness to be back around their peers and teachers is always evident.
Our annual House Athletics Day was a different, but very exciting way to start a school term. It was great to see all students involved and participating enthusiastically and I express my gratitude to all involved for their high level of commitment toward their own events and to their respective House. The day itself provides many our students who enjoy athletics the opportunity to challenge themselves and their peers both on the track and in the field, whilst also providing the opportunities for those less inclined to still be involved with the inclusion of some fun novelty events that also contribute to overall House points.
The weather threatened from the beginning, however, refrained enough for most of the day so as to allow us enough time to complete approximately 85% of the events. By approximately 1:30pm the skies then opened and forced a safety-based decision to call a premature end to the carnival. Once all students were transported back to our CM Wood Centre it was then announced that the overall winning House for 2021 was Butterss-Cross, slightly in front of Gordon-Grant. I would like to give a huge congratulations to all members of the Butterss-Cross House for their win, whilst also praising members of all Houses for their efforts.
From an individual perspective there were so many wonderful achievements, times, distances, etc. throughout the day. I would like to congratulate the following students who through their participation and results were judged year level champions for 2021:
- Year 7: Amelie Scherer and Ryan Jayarathna
- Year 8: Millie Blank and Elijah Hanna
- Year 9: Ella Carboon and James Feng
At the time of publication of this article, our EISM athletics team was competing in the Division 3 Championships with the aim of winning overall and therefore returning us back to Division 2 for next year.
Athletics is just one of so many different co-curricular type opportunities available to our students whilst at school. From opportunities on the farm to the stage, in the STEAM Centre to courts, there will no doubt be something for every student to get involved in and connect with other students who have similar interests and likes. It is through these opportunities that students also develop a strong sense of belonging to school and enjoyment of school, helping to make these years so much more enjoyable and memorable for them.
Coming up this term we have our annual Cathedral Service on Friday 30th April at St Paul’ Cathedral in the city. This event will be during the school day with our Year 7s and 8s catching trains into the city (therefore needing a valid MYKI card), whilst our 9s – 12s will be bused in a little bit later. All Middle School students will be bused back to school in time for the completion of the school day.
We have our next Middle School GEM Day on Monday May 10th where our 7s and 9s will be involved in a variety of pastoral based sessions on topics relevant and appropriate for them, whilst our Year 8s will be involved in the wonderful 2-day program titled “The Smoothie Bar.” This event includes a parent evening on Tuesday 11 May in the Colebrook Hall at 7pm where our students will showcase their amazing work from the two days.
Some other key events this term include our Mother’s Day bowling on the Monday 3rd May (girls at 6pm and boys at 7pm), limited spots remain so bookings are essential. On Tuesday 4th May there is a parent presentation at school for The Resilience Project and how this can be encouraged and implemented at home to support both parents and students.
We are excited for what will be a great Term 2 across the Middle School.