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Athletics Day 2024

Friday of Week 5 marked the first Athletics Day held at the St Michael’s College Henley Campus since 2008. The day brought about some welcome changes for students, including the popular additions of Soccer, Netball and Volleyball.

Students were able to demonstrate immense determination and resilience across the track and field events throughout the entire day. The novelty events and sporting games were also well attended, as students from all year levels were able to participate for their House in various games across the day.

Students demonstrated enthusiasm, fair play and enjoyment throughout all the games, and it was wonderful to see some Old Scholars attend the day as volunteer referees. The addition of the dance floor in the house tent arena was also a big hit with the students. Music teachers Mr Donovan and Mr Musci ensured that all students not participating in events had a way to dance and enjoy themselves.

The House Captains were outstanding in their commitment to ensuring students filled events and displayed encouragement towards others throughout the day. They were able to theme their house tents with colour, create banners and sing traditional house songs to make the day as special and enjoyable as possible for all students.

The 4x100m Relay and the Champions of Champions races were filled with anticipation and excitement, as the College’s fastest 100m runners put on a show for everyone. It was Lachlan S (Year 12) who was crowned champion for the boys, ahead of Will K (Year 12) in 2nd and Matthew D (Year 10) in 3rd. Lily C (Year 10) ran a brilliant race to be crowned the champion girls runner, ahead of Anelise B (Year 10) in 2nd and Sienna G (Year 12) in 3rd.

The top of house leader board, as displayed on our new electronic scoreboard, rotated between Soloman, Lasalle and Miguel for the entire day, but it was Miguel who narrowly took the win and claimed the Brother Chris Gorringe House Cup by only 30 points. Turon, although not at the top of the points leader board, ensured all their events were filled, and displayed remarkable spirit until the final event to claim the Geoff Cornish Spirit and Sportsmanship Cup.

Congratulations to all students who participated on the day and thank you kindly to all the staff that made it such a wonderful day for everyone involved.

Ned Heath, Head of Department – Health & Physical Education