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Pelican : June 2010
During the summer sports season the College witnessed some very successful activities. In Basketball two teams won their grand fnals, while in Cricket, one team was premiers and the First XI came second in the Associated Southern Colleges’ competition. The numbers involved in Dragon Boating continues to fourish and our crews competed successfully in a number of regattas. Mountain Biking is also very popular at the moment and the College was well represented at the recent 24 hour event held near Queanbeyan in late March. Students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh program also spent a number of weekends away on camps. There was no let up in the College’s busy Co- curricular program between Terms 1 and 2. At the end of March the College hosted 12 teams from Waverley College, Sydney, in Rugby. Then at the beginning of the holidays 35 senior rugby players travelled to Armidale to compete in the University of New England’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. The First XV was defeated in the fnal by The Southport School. During the frst week of the holidays the College hosted Football and Rugby teams from Saint Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe and two teams from Barker College. By the time this article goes to print, the College’s production of “Oliver” will be over. I would like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of staff and students, including the girls from St Clare’s, which helped to make a successful production. This winter the College is felding 13 Basketball, 21 Rugby, 15 Football and 6 AFL teams in the local competitions. There is no way the College could feld so many teams without the support of parents, staff and the wider College community. In closing I would like to acknowledge the following students who have recently excelled in their chosen activities. Nathan Sandy (Year 12) won Bronze at the Worldskills’ Australian National Competition – Culinary section, Daniel Barac (Year 11) has been selected in the Australian U17 Football team. Dakota Smith (Year 9) broke 9 Australian records at the Australian Junior Archery titles and won 2 Gold and a Silver Medal and Patrick Beer (Year 12) will be representing Australia at the World Mounted Games in South Africa. John Windsor Co-curricular Co-ordinator Co-curricular round-up THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD PROGRAMME The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Australian Challenge, owes its origins to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This was established in 1956, at the instigation of the Duke of Edinburgh, in the UK. The Award Scheme is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Award candidates are required to: • undertake some form of community service, • pursue a physical activity, • undertake a recreational skill and • train for and undertake an exploration or expedition. The Scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each more demanding. St Edmund’s, as a registered operator, provides the organizational structure and the support base for students who wish to participate in the Challenge as a co-curricular activity. The College focuses on training candidates in the different skills required to undertake the assessed expedition/ exploration. Award Activities The frst activity for 2010 was a sea kayaking expedition held from 26th – 28th March at South Durras. This camp has become an annual event and offers senior candidates a challenging experience. Fourteen students took part paddling in South Durras Lake on Saturday and then on Sunday from South Durras to Long Beach. The weather was sublime on both days which made for very calm seas on the Sunday for the journey in the open water from Durras to Long Beach. The canoeing component offers the opportunity to engage in a ‘fun’ activity whilst at the same time developing co-ordination and communication skills, vital in the more advanced stages of the Award. Pictured are two candidates who took part in this year’s expedition. The next activity was a hike through Ben Boyd National park. Students travelled to Edrum on Friday 21st May, camped overnight and then walked from Boyd’s Tower to Saltwater Creek on the Saturday, where they again set up camp for the night. Sunday we walked to Bittangabee Bay and explored the light house at Disaster Bay. Thank you to Br Phil Grundy and Jacob Knowles for their help and support. Without them these activities could not take place and our students would be the poorer for it. Tracey Craze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator 11 Getting ready to paddle from South Durras to Long Beach. A surprise catch for Trahern Griffths (l) and Rudi Radinger on South Durras Lake.