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With freshly marked lines, the oval full of colour and faces full of smiles, the stage was set for the 2016 Salisbury East High School Sports Day.
After weeks of extreme weather conditions and the possibility of a postponement looking imminent, Mother Nature was kind to us on Thursday, 10th March, meaning our annual event could go ahead.
Throughout the day students competed for ribbons, medals, and house points, with the ultimate prize of winning the coveted Sports Day Trophy.
Our four houses - Fenden (Blue), Harvey (Red), Laurence (Yellow), and Moss (Green) - were proudly displayed on the day through coloured clothing, hair spray, body and face paint, streamers and balloons, proving that house spirit was alive and well at SEHS!
For the first time in many years, parents were also allowed to be present to watch the competition, and it was great to see their support on the day. We hope that we will have even more next year.
There were many individual achievements on the day, however the following students (pictured here) were named ‘Champion Athlete’ for their respective year levels:
Year 8 Boy: Kyle Cotton (Fenden)
Year 8 Girl: Jade Walas (Moss)
Year 9 Boy: Feyai Banyankindagiye (Harvey)
Year 9 Girl: Esther Kananga (Laurence)
Year 10 Boy: Noah Tuyihimbaze (Moss)
Year 10 Girl: Tanay Decrea (Fenden)
Senior Boy: Michael Walters (Moss)
Senior Girl: Qetsia Kananga (Laurence)
Although we had these individual champion athletes, all students must be congratulated for their participation and enthusiasm on the day. A special mention must also be made of the house captains and staff who helped out in the general running of the day, and ensured that things ran safely and smoothly.
When the event finally came to a close and the scoring had been finalised, Laurence House came out on top, breaking a drought that has lasted for many years.
The final standings were as follows:
Corey Ottey, HPE & Sports Coordinator, said: "Sports Day 2016 was a huge success and attendance and participation rates were outstanding for all activities including athletics, tug of war, rock climbing, and catering for the event.
"Our successful athletes will now go on to represent our school at the Northern Zone and Secondary School Sport SA athletics carnivals. We wish those students all the best.
"I want to thank all staff and students who were involved in making this Sports Day a successful and memorable day, and I look forward to our next Sports Day in 2017."