Records tumble at sports carnival

The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School (TSHPMPS) was finally able to hold at least the majority of its sports carnival on Wednesday 19th July. Whilst once again the weather was not on our side the teachers, students and parents braved the conditions to come out and enjoy the spirit of the day. The children completed any unfinished events on Friday at school.

Prior to the day’s event starting teachers made the decision to time events - so there was not a need to run finals. This decision made it a lot easier to complete events on Friday at school.

Dennis Hillary and Peter Coker were up early to ensure all areas were set up and ready to go when students arrived shortly after 9am to start competing in all sorts of events from high & long jump, shot put and discuss and of course all the running events.

All teachers and other school staff were on hand to assist Debbie Thomas and Emily Ryan to get through the program of events as quickly as possible. Many parents were also on hand to assist staff as required time keeping, measuring and scoring as required. About 20 students were on hand from the Tenterfield High School to help with events like the long and high jump and the javelin and shot put. The kinder to year 2 students enjoyed all sorts of events like tunnel ball, rob the nest & relays. They really had a fun time.

Jen and her team in the canteen were on hand to serve a hearty healthy pumpkin soup with garlic bread, hot dogs, sausage and steak sandwiches and a beautiful selection of home baked goods and fresh fruit salad. A big thank you must go to Dennis Hillary and Wayne Lusty who were left out in the cold  cooking the BBQ. The children loved the sausage sizzle.

All students who competed on the day tried very hard with freezing cold wind gusts almost knocking some of them over. It was lovely to see the comradery and the good spirit shared by the children cheering each other across the line.

It was amazing to see three records broken in this year’s carnival with many students just missing out on breaking previous records. In the 12/13 years 100-metre sprint year six student Rosie beat the previous record of 14:78 seconds with a time of 14:75 seconds. Bonnie wasn’t far behind with a time of 15 seconds flat.

Year 4 student Adele threw both the junior shot put and discus records out the window. In the discus, she threw huge 17.36-metres, the previous record was 17.23-metres and in the shot put she threw 7.8-metres smashing the previous record of 6.91-metres.

Year 4 student Elly almost beat the previous shot put record missing out by 1cm. Congratulations to both students, what a fantastic achievement.

Luci, Braith, Hedley and Cameron came close to beating records in the 100-metre sprint only missing out by a few split seconds. Well done to all students who put in a remarkable effort.

It was great to see the sportsman ship held by all our students, they enjoyed cheering each other on and weren’t afraid to show each other what skills they were bringing to the carnival. We are incredibly lucky that we have a school community that thrives off sport, it makes our carnivals and sporting events exciting as we watch our students thrive off the competitive nature.

Our junior and senior relay teams were chosen based on the fastest time in the 100-metre sprint.  Our junior boys’ team consists of Hedley, Cameron, Darcy and Oska, and the junior girls Elly, Larissa, Myiekah and Beth. Our senior boys’ team consists of Braith, Will, Fletcher and Tom, and senior girls Rosie, Bonnie, Luci and Zali. Congratulations to those students, I am sure you’ll do us proud.