Thunderous drums, enthusiastic singing, fancy dress, multi-coloured face paint and free sweets (for those showing enthusiasm) filled the Herbert Hurd Aquatic Centre on Friday, 23 February 2018 at the annual senior Inter-House Gala. All pupils from Grade 4 through to Grade 7 were able to escape classroom learning for an enjoyable day of cheering on their house peers and swimming to earn house points.
The backstroke and breaststroke events were pre-determined during each pupil’s Phys Ed lesson. However, on the day of the gala, all learners had the opportunity to earn points for their respective house by participating in the freestyle events from which the final heats were then determined.
Unluckily, this year saw the unfortunate event of the staff coming off second best to the Grade 7’s in the staff vs pupils’ race. The staff felt that they would have won if they had been ready on time to begin the race. The pupils, determined to win, were focused and ready at the sound of the starter resulting in their victory. The staff are adamant to regain their victory in 2019.
Well done to Chapman for winning the Lily White Trophy as the overall victors of the day while Kennersley enthusiastically won the Unwin Trophy for best house spirit.
The following trophies were awarded for the mixed freestyle relays:
Stirk Trophy (u10 relay) - Chapman
Broekman trophy (u11 relay) - Weymouth
IJ Trophy (u12 relay) - Chapman
Stirk Trophy (OPEN relay) - Weymouth
1st place – Chapman
2nd place – Weymouth
3rd place – Kennersley
4th place - Albury
Five records were broken throughout the duration of the gala:
Danielle Pienaar (u11 Girls 25m Breaststroke and u11 Girls 25m Backstroke)
Myra Viduya (u11 Girls 25m Freestyle)
Chapman (u12 Girls & Boys mixed 4x25m freestyle relay)
Weymouth (OPEN Girls & Boys mixed 4x25m freestyle relay)