Thursday 2 April provided wet conditions for our school’s
annual Inter-House Cross Country and Mini-games carnival. Unfortunately this
meant that the mini-games component of the carnival had to be cancelled.
However, only extreme weather conditions were going to stop the cross country
component from going ahead!
As if someone had planned the most epic of practical jokes,
the heavens opened up and the rain began to pour just as the cross country
races were about to begin. Fortunately, as committed students prepared
themselves for racing in the wet, the rain subsided and overall conditions
improved dramatically. This is enabled all races to go ahead successfully,
allowing for a range of very competitive races across the age groups. Student
participation and spirit was tremendous once again.
The winning House is yet to be revealed, as we look forward
to an upcoming full-school assembly presentation but our Age Champions and
first place getters can certainly be acknowledged. Congratulations to Ashlee
Attenborough (12 Girls), Lachlan Fay (12 Boys), Des’Ree Barnes (13 Girls),
Connor Duffy (13 Boys), Katelin Parkes (14 Girls), Corbin Gibbons (14 Boys),
Jade Ellenger (15 Girls), Luke Harvey (15 Boys), Myka Arthur (16 Girls), Devon
Shoobert (16 Boys), Emily Gage (Open Girls), and Luke Bellamy (Open Boys) on
their outstanding individual efforts.
Friday 24 April featured the very first combined Primary and
Secondary schools District Cross Country Carnival, which also included two more
secondary schools recently added to the Bayside district. This meant that
competition was raised to a new level but as always VPSHS arrived at this event,
held at Capalaba Regional Park, with a committed group of students ready to
give their best for the school. They certainly did not disappoint, with every
team member putting in a huge effort in their respective races.
At the end of the day, although tired and sore, each student
could be proud of their efforts. Our school’s final overall finishing place of
9th out of 12 schools was perhaps not a true indication of overall
results, given that there was only a handful of points that separated us from
schools as high as sixth.
Particular congratulations must go to Connor Duffy (Year 8),
Luke Harvey (Year 10), Devon Shoobert (Year 11) and Luke Bellamy (Year 12) who
all finished inside the top 10 in their respective races, gaining them
selection in the District Cross Country team. Special mention must also go to
Scott Marriott (Year 9), Corbin Gibbons (Year 9), George Edwards (Year 11),
Stephanie Kirk (Year 8), Des’Ree Barnes (Year 8), Katelin Parkes (Year 9) and
Emily Gage (Year 12), who all finished inside the top 20 in their respective
races. Well done to all students.