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Newman News Term 4 Week 6 – Latest Outdoor Ed & Sport News

20 Nov 2019

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Exhibition

On Wednesday 13 November, 70 students from Year 10 Australian Bush Outdoor Education completed their three-day expedition in the Wellington Dam region. Students were challenged to some hot temperatures with all three days in the mid-30s. The first day saw all classes complete different hikes on the Munda-Biddi trail over 15km long, a tough task in hot conditions. For the next two days the classes rotated between rafting, abseiling and team building activities. These activities enabled students to develop their interpersonal and personal skills in the natural environment. Overall it was a brilliant camp and I hope all the Year 10 students gained many memories from it.

Michael Van Der Heever, Outdoor Education Coordinator

“The Year 10 Outdoor Ed Camp started very early on Wednesday morning at the ODE shed to do any last-minute packing and to weigh the bags. The bus ride consisted of listening to music, playing cards, talking and just mucking around in general. My classes first activity was hiking. It was a long and tiring hike on the Munda-Biddi trail (which is a mountain biking track). We ended up walking 16km to Honeymoon Pool which was our main camping spot. By this time we were all hot, sweaty and tired, all anyone wanted to do was have a dip in the stream. The next morning, we were all up and ready to go for our second activity by 7.30am. This activity was based around team-building and the aim was to get all of our hiking bags across the river, using ropes and the knots we have learned in class, without letting them get wet. Our third activity was rafting. It was so much fun, people ended up swimming from one raft to the other and trying to capsize each other. We then had to walk back to Honeymoon Pool carrying all the boats! Once there we caught a bus ride to our final campsite, Potters Gregory which is right on the Wellington Dam’s edge. On the morning of the last day, we had to hike to the Wellington Dam Wall to do our final activity which was abseiling. We did it in the Quarry Wall which was 16 meters high and had a wonderful view (I recommend having a go even if you’re scared of heights!). I managed to do a 720-degree spin (2 spins) on the wall but one of the boys beat me by doing a 1080-degree spin (3 spins). After a few hours, we left on the bus and headed home, and that ride consisted of sleeping, lots of sleeping.

All in all, I loved the experience and would do it again and again. I do have to say a big thank you to all the teachers that put up with our classes, and a huge thank you to Mr Gregory who put so much thought and effort into this camp that he only managed to remember to pack one change of clothing. If you are interested in doing Outdoor Education in the years to come, I 100% recommend you do it. The opportunities are once in a lifetime and you will love it all the way.”

Caitlyn Vile, Year 10 Student

Junior Water Polo Competition

Well done to the Junior Girls and Boys Water Polo teams which competed in the Junior Water Polo Competition this week at HBF Stadium. The girls were new to the game and were competitive throughout and really enjoyed the day. The boys were Runner Up Champions, narrowly losing the Grand Final to CBC 6-5. A big thank you to Nathan Carbone and the Newman Water Polo Club for their expert coaching and support.

Marist Cricket Carnival

The 1st X1 Cricket Team play two fixtures next week against Bunbury Catholic College (Monday) and John Forrest SHS (Wednesday) in preparation for the 47th Marist Cricket Carnival. The Carnival is being held in Lismore, NSW and the team is at the business end of their preparation. The boys fly out on Saturday 30 November. All players are primed to give their best and are driven to uphold the Marist values of participation, friendship and enjoyment both on and off the pitch.

Marist Sporting Carnivals are National elite competitions. Newman students have the opportunity to represent the school and tour interstate with basketball, netball and cricket. All younger students involved in these sports should have an ambition to work hard and persevere to one day be a part of the tradition.

IPSHA Athletics Competition

At the recent IPSHA Athletics Competition, Newman College was represented with outstanding performances by two students who convincingly broke the IPSHA record for their events. Ty Patterson (Year 5) set a Turbo-Jav record with a throw of 30.32cm and Annabelle Lynch (Year 3) set a new triple jump record with a jump of 6.81m. The Year 5 4 x 100 relay team also completed their event in record time. Well done!

IPSHA Touch Rugby Carnival

Last Thursday 14 November, Mrs Jemma Bulmer and Mrs Renae Zelich took our interschool team to participate in the IPSHA Touch Rugby Carnival at John XXIII College. 24 students from Year 6 formed two teams and played seven fast-paced, action packed games in 40 degree heat. I extend my thanks to Mrs Bulmer and Mrs Zelich for leading our wonderful students throughout the day.

“We played against many schools with a high level of sportsmanship. Both teams played exceptionally well across the day, developing our skills and tactics throughout every game. One team finished the day undefeated while the other team won all games except for one. We all had lots of fun.” Leo Mason, Year 6 Student

Individual Accomplishments

  • Congratulations to Elsie Laming (Year 12) and Thomas Ariti (Year 11) who play for the Newman Knights Hockey Club on being selected to play in a team for the upcoming 2019 FHE Cup later this month at the Perth Hockey Stadium. The FHE Cup is a tournament targeting U16 players to experience hockey on an international and professional stage with teams from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. This year they have included an U18 Girls competition. Best of luck Elsie and Thomas!
  • Congratulations to Anthea Todman (Year 12) who received the prestigious Australian Olympic Change-Maker Award in recognition of demonstration of the Olympic Spirit through leadership and driving positive change in her community.
  • Sarah and Grace Mitchell (Year 11) will be leaving Newman College at the end of this year. The girls have earned a place with Bristol City FC, a professional soccer club in the UK. They will be joining their Academy program in the new year. We wish the girls well as they follow their dreams.

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