The winter sporting season has started again with a flurry of trainings, trials, events and games from Week 1, Term 2. Across the Middle and Senior school, we have over 220 students involved in weekly competitions, in seven different sports and 18 weekly teams. A huge focus area in sport this year is continuing to lift the profile of our sporting program, through hiring head coaches in our two major winter sports of netball and soccer. Calvin Mbarga (soccer) and Belinda Smart (netball) have brought a sense of professionalism to these programs and our students have responded amazingly.
Attendance at training and the leadership shown by our students has been a real highlight to start the season. I encourage all parents, grandparents and extended family to come out and cheer our students on. It is a huge part of our community and something we are very proud of here at St John’s Grammar.
Anglican Cup 2019
On Wednesday May 8, over 100 students made the journey to Pulteney Grammar School to compete against Pulteney, Pedare and Woodcroft in the annual Senior School Anglican Cup. They had the opportunity to compete in netball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and mixed hockey.
The team spirit, passion and pride for St John’s was on display from start to finish. It was a super impressive performance by everyone to compete at a very high standard. We were undefeated in boys’ soccer, boys’ footy, girls’ basketball and hockey. Daniel Lawn won the ‘Fair Play’ award in boys’ basketball and Harry Parsons won the ‘Fair Play’ award in boys’ footy. Congratulations!
It was a very close contest and we finished second overall, only falling short by four points to Pulteney. An outstanding effort by all involved. Well done!
Hume Grammar Trip – Melbourne
On Friday May 10, 30 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students departed for Melbourne on the Hume Grammar Sports Exchange. The weekend started with a trip to the MCG and a tour of the National Sporting Museum, along with some down-time shopping Friday evening. Saturday saw the sporting competition between St John’s and Hume Grammar take place from 9.00am to 4.00pm. We played Hume in boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, netball and boys’ soccer and were successful in retaining the trophy, winning five out of six games. The students represented the school with pride, passion and enthusiasm throughout the day and many played multiple sports, which was very pleasing. After a long day on the court/field, the group headed to Marvel Stadium to see the AFL game between St Kilda and the West Coast Eagles. After two action packed days, Sunday morning allowed for some time at the Queen Victoria Markets before we packed up and headed home that afternoon. The weekend was full of excitement, sporting competitions and fun. As staff, we were proud of the students’ attitude and efforts throughout.
Paul Travis and Brooke Watson (Heads of Sport) and Josh Carey (Sports Trainee)