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Pelican : June 2009
CO-CURRICULAR Fun and games St Edmund’s College offers over 20 cocurricular activities throughout the year to the students, with about half of these being sporting activities. There is continual pressure from the student body to introduce new activities, but unfortunately these requests are rarely granted due to our already stretched resources. All members of staff, as well as all students, are required to be involved in at least one co-curricular activity each year. The College relies heavily on the involvement of members of the wider College community (parents, ex-students etc) to cater for the needs of the students. This support is greatly appreciated, especially in view of the hours these volunteers contribute to the program. There are many students at the College who still find time on top of their academic and co-curricular pursuits to participate in activities not offered by the College. Among these boys we are proud of the achievements of those who have represented the ACT or even Australia in sports like cycling, mountain biking, gridiron, diving, yachting, taekwondo and rugby league, to name just a few. Away from the sporting arena, the College hit the ground running early in the year. First term saw the successful staging of a cabaret night by the very talented Performing Arts students. Meanwhile, the College bands received tremendous accolades for their performances at the Government House Open Day and the Australian Catholic University Graduation at Parliament House. The Debating teams competed successfully in the Ford and Dowse debating competitions; rehearsals are already well underway for the Rock Eisteddfod, and the Duke of Edinburgh boys have already completed a sea kayaking weekend on the South Coast as well as a weekend camp in Namadgi National Park. College Championships for both Middle School and the Senior School have been held in swimming, cross country and singles tennis. Dragon Boat Team 2009. 11 In January, the First XI cricket team took part in the annual Christian Brothers’ Australasian Cricket competition in Brisbane. During term 1, the College fielded teams in the local cricket competitions and the First and Second XI’s competed in the Associated Southern Colleges competition. Fifteen teams competed in the junior basketball competition in term 1. The number of students involved in dragon boating continues to increase, and this past season saw these boys compete in local regattas as well as in regattas at Sydney’s Darling Harbour and in Jindabyne. During terms 2 and 3, activities on the sporting field gather pace. This year, the College has more than 50 teams competing in local competitions every week, including 21 rugby teams, 14 Football teams, 10 basketball teams, 5 Australian football teams and 2 hockey teams. The College’s winter co-curricular program was well showcased recently at the College Open Day. On that day in early May, the bands were performing and 19 rugby and 10 Football games were played on the College’s five ovals. John Windsor Co-curricular Co-ordinator Dragons fly After a break of approximately 10 years, dragon boating is once again on the St Edmund’s co-curricular horizon. Dragon Boat racing is a team sport involving 20 paddlers, a drummer and a sweep all attempting to move an 11-metre long boat down a stretch of water as quickly as possible! It’s great fun and encourages teamwork, co-operation and a great deal of school spirit. The Dragon Boat season runs through the summer terms and boys from Years 9-12 are invited to participate. Training sessions are held twice a week and, according to the boys, these are ‘hard work’! The season consists of very keenly contested local regattas as well as a couple of interstate events. The highlight on the calendar is the Chinese New Year Regatta held at Darling Harbour each February which is always a very colourful and exciting event. The boys combine with the girls from St Clare’s to compete in any of the mixed events, which is considered by the boys to be another bonus for the sport! This year has seen two of our Year 11 boys, Sam Iverson and Eric Fallon, selected in the ACT Junior Team which competed very successfully at the national titles held on the Sunshine Coast over the ANZAC Day weekend. Cate Mitchell Co-ordinator