Proud Of Our Cross Country Team

Well done to our team for the super effort they put in at Tuesday’s carnival in Spearwood. In such challenging races, against tough opposition, our runners made us proud by pushing themselves to the brink of exhaustion. Although we finished in 9th place, it certainly didn’t feel like that, as we had many students finish in the top third for their race.

We won the first race of the day through Bailey Minderman (yr 3 boys) and the last race of the day through Alicia Herbert (Yr 6 girls).

Special mention must go to 4 runners who filled in at the last minute for original squad members who couldn’t run on the day. We appreciate their effort and team spirit: Seraphina Andrew, Sam Norrish, Isabella Detata and Jayden Haryman.

Thanks you to Miss Laity for helping train the squad, Mr Iannello for helping on the day, and the many parent helpers and spectators who supported our team.

I commend our team once again for their effort – it is sign of great character in our students to bravely push themselves to their limits. Well done Queenies!


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Save the Date(s)

Below is a list of points about the 2017 Athletics carnivals. Students and parents can read these details to be informed about the events. 
Athletics practice:

  • Commences Week 9 on Tuesdays (field events- Yr 3-6 only) and Fridays (running events – PP-6) all at 8.20am on the Annexe oval.
  • Each student who comes along to training earns points for their faction towards the ‘Bonus Points Shield’.


Carnival #1:

  • Thursday 12 October from 9.15am @ Langford Oval (Wingrove Ave, Langford) for all years 3 – 6.
  • Events include sprints, 200m, 400m, long jump, shot put, turbojav and novelty events
  • Trials for these events take place at school prior to the carnival during P.E./Sport lessons.
  • The top 8 boys and top 8 girls in each year compete in shot put, long jump and turbojav.
  • All students participate in a sprint, vortex and team turbojav.
  • All students compete in 200m races.
  • Students can nominate for the 400m races on the day.
  • All competitors participate in the tug-o-war and ‘Lifesaver Relay’.
  • A programme with bus permission will be available later this term.


Carnival #2:

  • Friday 20 October @ Queenies for PP – 2 (9.30 – 11.30am) and Yr 3 –6 (12.30 – 3pm).
  • Events include 4 novelty events, sprints (50m for PP-2, 70m for 3-6), and shuttle relays.
  • There will be Kindy and toddler races in the morning session.
  • There will also be races and activities for parent involvement!
  • A detailed programme will be available later this term.

Champion events for year level champion and runner up medal winners are:

  • Yr 3- Cross country, long jump, turbojav, 200m, 400m, sprint (A division only).
  • Yr 4-6 – Cross country, long jump, turbojav, 200m, 400m, sprint (A division), shot put.


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WACA Visit

Josh and Rob from the WACA spoke at our Monday gathering assembly to promote the upcoming cricket season, and encouraged all students to consider having a go at cricket.

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Following this, our year 5 classes were treated to cricket clinics. The students were taken through some cricket skills and fun bating and bowing games. The sessions were thoroughly enjoyed and even extended out into recess for other students to join in during the break.

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Effort the Key.

Last Thursday saw our year 3 – 6 students push themselves in a physically and mentally challenging event – Faction Cross Country.

The weather was kind and the support was huge, with many parents, grandparents and siblings turning out to cheer on our runners. There were plenty of nerves before each race, but they were overcome and replaced with determination. It was such a rewarding experience for teachers, parents and classmates to see students dig deep and show resilience to complete the course. It is through events such as this that we can build resilience in our students – to give them the opportunity to face challenges, both mental and physical, and prove to themselves that nerves, discomfort and self doubt are temporary. Tough times pass, but tough people carry on.

Thank you to the many supporters for not only cheering for your children and your faction, but for supporting every last runner in each race too. You made each student feel worthy of admiration and kindness. Thank you to our wonderful staff for their efforts in helping in a variety of roles. Our new faction captains played an important part in the event, and I look forward to more of these opportunities this semester. Finally well done to our runners for accepting the challenge, facing their fears, pushing themselves past discomfort and showing such spirit.

Canning won the day with Luemmen collecting the ‘Bonus Points’ shield. For a list of our top 5 place getters, click here: team list 17


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Good Luck for Cross Country

Good luck to all our competitors for our carnival on Thursday. Whilst it is a challenging event, it is one that can be just as rewarding as it is tiring. It takes courage just to even start the race, and there will be ample support for all our classmates, teachers, parents and grandparents as they trek their way around the course. We enjoy a supportive community at our sporting events and I am expecting the same this Thursday.

Some students have been training hard at our ‘lap-running’ mornings which has been pleasing to see. These sessions will continue right up until the inter-school cross country carnival in week 8. For those amongst us who are not natural runners, the challenge may simply be to finish the race.

The great thing about athletics is that you can compete against yourself – set yourself a target and discover what you can do. Cross country races are just as much a mental challenge as a physical challenge – after all, it is the mind that must tell the legs to keep going. Such a test on one’s resilience and persistence is a great learning experience for our students, which is why we have cross country events. To accept life’s challenges and take them head on is a life skill we want our students to develop at Queenies.

Good luck, think positive and try your best!

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Our Pre-Primary to year 5 students have been thoroughly enjoying the Edu-dance lessons so far, and from all reports their routines are coming along nicely. It is such a great program for our students – exercise, rhythm, balance, coordination and of course – fun!

Our Edu-dance concerts (one for the .1 classes, and one for the .2 classes) are scheduled for Tuesday 19th September (week 10) from 1.30pm. The finer details will be communicated once confirmed.

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Faction Cross Country

We have had a wonderful turnout of enthusiastic runners before school on Tuesdays and Fridays in recent weeks. It is a pleasing sight to see students exercising and socialising, completing as many laps a s they can and recording those laps on their ‘lap card’.

Next week our Faction Cross Country carnival takes place. The message being given to all students in the lead up to this event is an important one. Although distance running is a great challenge for most of us,  the reward comes from proving to one’s self that with persistence and resilience – ‘WE CAN DO IT.” It is important to expose children to these challenges to experience nerves, self doubt and physical discomfort, so that they learn how to overcome them. By preparing their bodies pre-race, pacing themselves, practicing positive self talk, and receiving encouragement from their parents, teachers and peers, they will see that just to finish the race is a triumph.

We hope to see many supporters there for a fun and rewarding day. The details are below.

Faction Cross Country Carnival

Training: Tuesdays and Fridays – 8.20am on the Annexe oval.

Carnival Details:

  • Thursday 10 August, 2017.
  • Queen of Apostles – school grounds
  • Yr 3 – 6 students
  • Yr 3 = 1.0km, Yr 4/5 = 1.5km, Yr 6 = 2.0km
  • Students wear their faction coloured t shirts, sports shorts, sports shoes.
  • Includes a parents, toddlers and teachers’ ‘Fun Run/Walk’ (500m) that will earn points for their faction.
  • Everyone earns faction points when they participate!
Approx. Start Time Event
12.30 Lunch
12.40 Toilet, prepare etc
12.50 Opening address
1.00 Yr 3 Girls
1.10 Yr 3 Boys
1.20 Yr 4 Girls
1.30 Yr 4 Boys
1.40 Parents and Teachers’ ‘Fun Run’
1.50 Yr 5 Girls
2.00 Yr 5 Boys
2.10 Yr 6 Girls
2.25 Yr 6 Boys
2.45 Presentations

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