In July, our school community witnessed the culmination of a range of NAIDOC week celebratory activities and experiences. These have been driven and designed by the 'Moving Together' staff group in consultation with our First Nations students and families during Semester 1. It has been my privilege to both witness and support the passion and commitment of the group as opportunities were created to deepen our understanding of First Nations cultures, particularly connection to land and place this year, within a learning process of reflection, advocacy and celebration.
An aspect of our school's growth in this area that I am most proud of is the acceptance that, whilst our collective efforts and learning may be incremental with next steps not always clear, the commitment to keep working together, striving and finding a path forward has been so positive and respectful. Creating ways our school will signal virtues to which we aspire and sustain meaningful evolving practices, has been a truly energising and deeply satisfying process. This year's NAIDOC theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show up! has resonated to a level not previously achieved I believe, with all students actively involved.
Students participated in a range of activities, including presentation of our whole school nature art ensemble artwork, shared performance pieces during the assembly, the announcement of colouring competition winners and student break-time art and music activities. We also welcomed author, Gregg Dreise who shared his stories and music with our students.
Our annual Athletics Carnival for Years 4-6 was held during the last week of Term 2. Age champions and award recipients were acknowledged at a special assembly in the first week of Term 3.
The Kolomeitz Cup is an individual award sponsored by the P&C and recognising over 25 years of coaching, managing and administration of school sport at The Gap State School, North West District Sports, Queensland and Australian School Sports, by former teacher, Mr Rob Kolomeitz. The award recognises outstanding individual achievement at the Athletics Carnival, and is presented to the student who achieves the highest individual overall points awarded to them at the completion of all events both track and field, at the carnival.
The winner of the Kolomeitz Cup for 2022 is Mindi.
Students who accumulated the second and third highest number of points at the carnival were Charlie and Hardy.
The Castrisos Cup is another of our school's perpetual awards, sponsored by the Castrisos family who have a long and proud history with our school. The cup is presented to the house with the greatest number of points accumulated from student involvement at the carnival. This year, the Castrisos Cup was presented to Investigator house.
The Sherlock Shield for the most improved house compared to the previous year's competition, this year has been won by Fortitude house.
I commend all students for their efforts and their participation in this year's Athletics carnival.
Our age champions for 2022 are:
12 Years – 1st Cassandra and Obi, 2nd – Julian and Georgia, 3rd – James and Josie
11 Years – 1st Isaac and Mindi, 2nd – Shani and Dylan, 3rd, Ava and Levi
10 Years – 1st Charlie and Rosie, 2nd – Hardy and Lucy, 3rd, Lucas and Faye
9 Years – 1st Felix and Ava, 2nd – Madeline and Arlo, 3rd – Riley and Imogen
Finally, thank you to a number of our school dads who volunteered their time at a working bee during the last weeks of Term 2. Thank you to Aaron, Mark, Paul, Ross, Phil, Grant, Ross and Dave, your practical support is greatly appreciated by the whole school community.