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Pelican : November 2009
10 No dull boys here -- combining work and play Once again, St Edmund's College has been well represented by its students in the many fields of co-curricular endeavours during the winter months. Activities in which the boys have been involved include basketball, football, AFL, hockey, rugby, water polo, snow sports, Tournament of the Minds, the various College bands, mountain biking, track and field, Duke of Edinburgh camps and Rock Eisteddfod, to name just a few. The magnitude of the students' involvement is reflected in the statistic that on most weekends in winter the College had close to sixty teams competing in various sports. To be able to field such a number of teams and provide the students with first-class support requires tremendous involvement from staff, parents and Old Boys. All of these people sacrifice their time generously, and without them the co-curricular program at the College would be in trouble. In saying this, more volunteers are always needed. Here's a brief summary of some of our key co-curricular achievements in second semester: • In the July school holidays, St Edmund’s felded two football teams (U12's and U13's) in the 2009 Kanga Cup. At the recent conclusion of the football season, the annual MARSEC trophy was contested by the football teams from Marist and St Edmund's Colleges. It was a most successful day, with all games played in tremendous spirit. And for the first time since 2002, St Edmund's College was victorious by one game. • On the same weekend, our Under 14 AFL team collected the College's first trophy in the competition for many years. In a grand final of a very high skill level, the boys defeated Weston Creek by 18 points. The victory was even more amazing considering that during the season they had never been ahead of this team in any game, let alone been able to defeat them. • The basketball season has just been completed and the College was represented in grand finals by four of our 12 teams. Earlier in the season, the Year 7/8 team and the Year 9/10 team were victorious at the annual Associated Southern Colleges tournament. • On the rugby feld, 17 of the College’s 23 teams made the semi- finals and, of those, nine progressed to the grand finals, with five claiming the title. • At the end of term 2, over 40 students participated in the ACT Rock Eisteddfod, to rave reviews. The performance was a tribute to Michael Jackson -- a theme that was decided upon long before his untimely death. • Our ever-increasing band of mountain bikers continues to train on a weekly basis. They participated with success at the ACT Schools Championships at Mount Stromlo, winning the ACT Junior High School Category. • This year, 17 students represented the College at the annual ACT and Southern New South Wales Schools Snow Sports Championships at Thredbo. A number of the boys performed well enough to progress to the national titles. • After starting a water polo program last year, the number of teams continues to grow. In the coming season, the College may have two teams in the local competition. • Our intrepid group of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme students undertook a three-day camp at Ben Boyd National Park, completing the 'Lighthouse to Lighthouse' walk during the winter months. • The College bands performed with success at the National Eisteddfod and were once again acclaimed for their performance at the Moruya Jazz Festival during their annual camp at Tuross. • Both cricket and basketball competitions started at the beginning of term 4 and are well under way. Initial planning is also taking place for a College musical in 2010. On behalf of the College, I would like to publicly thank all those people involved in the winter co-curricular program. Your contribution and support is greatly appreciated. John Windsor Co-curricular Co-ordinator L to R: Patrick Blackmore, Jeremy Mututu, Stefan Vujic, Andrew Allen, Glen Ah Sam-Wuvuai, Karl Jacobson outside the Canberra Stadium awaiting their march into the arena for the Opening Ceremony of the Kanga Cup. Winter Co-curricular