Swim Trials Complete

With the help of a dedicated bunch of parents we were able to get through all trials needed to place students into divisions for our swimming carnival on March 12th. Students were timed for 50m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Year 5 and 6 students will be able to nominate themselves for 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle next week.

It was obvious to see that a lot of students swim regularly. Their strokes and stamina were superb. I was pleasing to see many of our students come along to have a go at competitive swimming – to see for themselves if they are ready for swimming carnival races.

And how wonderful was it to see students encouraging their classmates to finish the lap when they were struggling with the distance! Gotta love the spirit amongst these kids!

Students who were not able to swim these trials, but would like to swim in our 50m events will be slotted into an appropriate division next week. The divisions will be posted up on the sports noticeboard asap.

Thank you to Mrs Terrell, Mrs Anton, Mrs Lilly, Mrs Fenwick, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Harrison and mr Kelleher for their help.

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Swimming Program

Here is the new front page of the program, designed by some of our faction leaders!

To view the program in full, click on the ‘Quick Search Notes and Info’ tab.


Calling Volunteers!

re: Parent Help at Swim Trials and Carnival

We would like to ask parents for some assistance with these events.

We require:

  • A few parents at the swim trials to operate a stopwatch and time our swimmers.
  • Place ribbon presenters at the finishing end at the carnival. We use an ipad to video the close finishes, and a teacher will be the ‘chief judge’.
  • Parent swimmers to assist in the water for our 25m swims and the novelty events. Bring your bathers and join in the fun!

If you can assist with any of these roles, please make yourself known to Mr B at the Leisureplex on the day. At Queenies we have always enjoyed wonderful assistance and participation from parents at our carnivals. Volunteering on occasions like this sets a great example for our students to follow.

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Save the Dates

It is wonderful to be back at Queenies for another year of learning, growth, friendships and achievements. I am excited to begin PE lessons this week, and looking forward to teaching science this year too.

As always it will be a busy year as we provide many and varied experiences for our students. Below are a list of dates for semester 1 to keep in mind to put in your diaries.

Swim Trials – yrs 4-6 (not compulsory) – Friday March 1st – 12.30pm – 2.00pm – week 4.

Faction Swimming Carnival – yrs 3 – 6 – Tuesday 12th March – week 6.

Yr 6 Camp – Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th March – week 7.

Inter-school Swimming Carnival – Tuesday 9th April – week 10.

Inter-school Basketball – selected players – Tuesday 21st May – week 5.

Eagles Cup – All yr 5 and 6 students – various Friday afternoons (TBC) in term 2

Lightning Carnival – All yr 5 and 6 students – Tuesday 25th June – week 9.


As dates for other events are confirmed they will be communicated.

Wishing you and your families the best in 2019.


Cricket Shield Winners!

Our year 5 girls team were triumphant in bringing home the CPSSA inter-school shield for their division last Thursday. They were undefeated in their 3 matches and had the higher runs for/runs against percentage to edge out Christ the King school to take the honours.

Also undefeated were our year 6 boys team, who played brilliantly to win their 3 games, taking many wickets while making a lot of runs along the way. However, their run rate wasn’t quite high enough to take top spot in their division.

Well done to our other teams – the year 6 girls (2-1) and the year 5 boys (1-2) who also played well against tough opposition. Once again Queen of Apostles showed that although we are smaller than the other schools, we play hard and work well together to produce fine performances whenever we compete at inter-school level.

Thank you to Gary Edmonds and Panchalingham Markandu for their expert coaching and vibrant enthusiasm – it made all the difference. Thank you to miss laity for helping the teams on the day, and to the many parents who came along to support our teams. I think once again Queenies had the best support crew!


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Inters Aths Improvers

Well done to our team for great performance at last week’s carnival. Over two days our athletes pushed themselves to achieve an improved 6th spot overall, and a third place in the APPS (average points per student) shield. This is a great result from the smallest school in the competition.

Queenies had many places in shot put, long jump, turbojav, 400m, 200m, sprints and relays. It was a fun couple of days and a great way for our students to gain valuable experience in competitive situations. In these events they learn to cope with anxiety, they learn to prepare themselves to perform their best, and to learn from mistakes. From all reports our team conducted themselves very well, showing sportsmanship and support for one another.

Thank you to Miss Laity, Mr Iannello and Mrs Barham for their help with, and to Mr Markandu for his help at training.

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Special mention goes to Mary Massoud  and Alice Cosmelli  for receiving medals (Yr 3 girls Gold and Bronze respectively).

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Faction Athletics

What a fantastic couple of days our school enjoyed last week – our annual Faction Athletics Carnival.

It took place over two days for our Pre-primary to year 6 students, participating in a wide variety of athletic and novelty events. Starting on Tuesday, our year 3-6 students travelled to Langford Oval for sprints, 200m, 400m, shot put, turbojav, vortex, long jump and novelty races in a fun filled day in the sun. There were many great individual performances, with several school records tumbling. The day finished with a parents’ race which was a lot of fun.

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On Thursday our Day #2 commenced with our ‘littlies’ marching onto the Annex oval with colour and excitement. A large turn out of parents and grandparents enjoyed the novelty relays and sprints, before joining in with the ’round-n-back’ relay. After lunch it was the yr 3 – 6 students’ turn to show their stuff. Many close finishes in the novelty relays and sprints made the day very exciting, with the mixed baton relays the highlight. Once again the parents entertained the students with a ladies and mens race, followed by faction captains vs teachers tug-o-war.

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Congratulations to Magdlen for their triumphant win, edging out Flynn to take the shield.

The final scores:

Magdlen 1359, Flynn 1221, Leummen 1146, Canning 1106

It was Magdlen who also won the ‘Bonus Points’ shield, with the greatest accumulation of points from faction tokens, training points and parent involvement.


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Our individual champs and runners-up were:

Yr 3 Champions – Mary Massoud and Kyle Willesen

Yr 3 R/up – Alice Cosmelli and Alex Terrell

Yr 4 Champions – Saumia Panchalingham and Deacon Hollow

Yr 4 R/up – Imogen Watters and Sonny Scriven

Yr 5 Champions – Sienna Lilly and Jo-Han Lam

Yr 5 R/up – Charissa Kheng and Nathan Watters

Yr 6 Champions – Summer McCann and Michael McFerrin

Yr 6 R/up – Julie Marmite and Flynn Clemo

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Thank you to the many parents and grandparents for helping create a fun and supportive atmosphere on both days. At Queenies we enjoy your wonderful support and it is much appreciated by the staff and students alike. Thank you for the many hands of help on both days too. Thank you to the P and F for all the work they do at Queenies – you are the best! Thank you to our leadership team of Mr O’Neill, Mrs Galbraith and Mrs Anderson for their support. To our wonderful teachers for their time, effort and dedication to providing enriching experiences for our students to enjoy.

And to our awesome students – well done on your efforts, sportsmanship, resilience and smiles. You are what we are all here for!

Thanks – Mr B.

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